Remember when English fans and media were enraged after clips of a drunk Wayne Rooney went viral? Well, in Norway he would be worshipped and awarded, and might even have a statue in his honour.
What did Rooney even do? Have a few pints of beer at the team hotel and play piano in the lead up to a game he wasn’t even playing in. Only that and all the noise came? Meanwhile in Norway people are getting drunk and hitting the field of play – even the drunkest player scores a winner.
Norwegian drunk football is pretty simple. It’s your usual game of five-a-side only before the match players have to drink to the extent that their blood alcohol concentration is 1.0, that’s some heavy boozing.
And it doesn’t stop with pre drinks. The players have to maintain that level otherwise their goals are disallowed.
As for fan engagement, the fans are invited in to the changing room pre kick-off to join in the drinking.
Whether as a spectator, player, coach or pundit, be sure to expect hilarious scenes, terrible football – and maybe the greatest comeback in football history.