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Norway national football team

The Norway men's national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball) represents Norway in international association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Norway, the governing body for football in Norway. Norway's home ground is Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo and their head coach is Lars Lagerbäck. It is, as of November 2017, ranked by FIFA as the 58th best national team in the world.[2]

Norway
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Lars Lagerbäck
Captain Stefan Johansen
Most caps John Arne Riise (110)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
FIFA code NOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 58 Increase 15 (16 October 2017)
Highest 2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest 88 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 68 (15 November 2017)
Highest 6 (June 2000)
Lowest 91 (May–June 1976)
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway Norway
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
Norway Norway 12–0 Finland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 12–0 Norway Norway
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1938)
Best result Round of 16, 1998
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2000)
Best result Group Stage, 2000
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 1936 Berlin Team

Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).

Norway is also notable as the only national team that has never lost any of the matches it has played against Brazil. In four matches played, Norway has a 2–2–0 (2 wins and 2 draws) record against Brazil, with one of those victories coming in the 1998 World Cup.

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HistoryEdit

Norway's performances in international football have usually been weaker than those of their Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Denmark, but they did have a golden age in the late 1930s. An Olympic team achieved third place in the 1936 Olympics, after beating the hosts Germany earlier in the tournament. Norway also qualified for the 1938 FIFA World Cup, where they lost 2–1 after extra time against eventual champions Italy. This turned out to be Norway's last World Cup finals appearance in 56 years.

In the post-war years, up to and including the 1980s, Norway was usually considered as one of the weaker nations in Europe. They never qualified for a World Cup or European Championship in this period, and usually finished near the bottom of their qualifying group. Nevertheless, Norway had a reputation for producing the occasional shock result, such as the 3–0 win against Yugoslavia in 1965, the 1–0 away win against France in 1968, and the 2–1 victory against England in 1981 that prompted radio commentator Bjørge Lillelien's famous "Your boys took a hell of a beating" rant.

Norway had their most successful period from 1990 to 1998 under the legendary coach Egil "Drillo" Olsen. At its height in the mid-90s the team was even ranked second on the FIFA World Rankings. Olsen started his training career with Norway with a 6–1 home victory against Cameroon on 31 October 1990 and ended it on 27 June 1998 after a 0–1 defeat against Italy in the second stage of the 1998 World Cup.

In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Norway was knocked out at the group stage after a win against Mexico, a defeat against Italy and a draw against the Republic of Ireland. In the 1998 World Cup in France, Norway was eliminated by Italy in the first round of the knock out stage after finishing second in their group, having drawn against Morocco and Scotland and won 2–1 against Brazil.

Former under-21 coach Nils Johan Semb replaced Olsen after the planned retirement of the latter. Under Semb's guidance, Norway qualified for Euro 2000, which remains their last finals appearance to date. Semb resigned at the end of an unsuccessful qualifying campaign in 2003, and was replaced by Åge Hareide. Under Hareide, Norway came close to reaching both the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, but ultimately fell short on both occasions. Then, in 2008, it all fell apart as Norway failed to win a single game the entire calendar year. Hareide resigned at the end of 2008. His replacement, initially on a temporary basis, was the returning Egil Olsen, who began his second spell in charge with an away win against Germany, and subsequently signed a three-year contract. Olsen resigned in September 2013 after Norway lost at home to Switzerland and failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. He was replaced with Per-Mathias Høgmo.

Norway's best single result is arguably the 2–1 win against Brazil on 23 June 1998 in the World Cup group stage (a match before Brazil had clinched first-place in the group). Norway is in fact the only team in the world that has played against Brazil and never lost. In its four matches all-time against Brazil, Norway have won twice, and drawn on the other two occasions.

CrestEdit

Norway used the national flag on a white circle as their badge from the 1920s onwards. In May 2008 the NFF unveiled a new crest, a Viking-style Dragon wrapped around the NFF logo. After massive public pressure the crest was dropped. Between the 1980s and the 1990s, Norway used the NFF logo in the opposite breast of the shirt together with the national flag on a white circle. On 12 December 2014, a new crest was presented. The crest primarily features the national flag, in addition, there are two lions taken from the Coat of arms of Norway on the top. The lions are facing each other while holding a blue miniature of the NFF logo, and between the lions and above the NFF logo, it says "NORGE" (Norway) in blue letters.[3]

Championship recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter  –  –  –  –  –  –
  1934  –  –  –  –  –  –
  1938 Round 1 12 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 6 5
  1950 Did not enter  –  –  –  –  –  –
  1954 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 4 9
  1958 4 1 0 3 3 15
  1962 4 0 0 4 3 11
  1966 6 3 1 2 10 5
  1970 4 1 0 3 4 19
  1974 6 2 0 4 9 16
  1978 4 2 0 2 3 4
  1982 8 2 2 4 8 15
  1986 8 1 3 4 4 10
  1990 8 2 2 4 10 9
  1994 Group Stage 17 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 2 1 25 5
  1998 Round of 16 15 4 1 2 1 5 5 8 6 2 0 21 2
   2002 Did not qualify 10 2 4 4 12 14
  2006 12 5 3 4 12 9
  2010 8 2 4 2 9 7
  2014 10 3 3 4 10 13
  2018 10 4 1 5 17 16
  2022 To be determined
Total Round of 16 3/22 8 2 3 3 7 8 126 44 30 52 170 184

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
  1964 2 0 1 1 1 3
  1968 6 1 1 4 9 14
  1972 6 0 1 5 5 18
  1976 6 1 0 5 5 15
  1980 8 0 1 7 5 20
  1984 6 1 2 3 7 8
  1988 8 1 2 5 5 12
  1992 8 3 3 2 9 5
  1996 10 6 2 2 17 7
   2000 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 8 1 1 21 9
  2004 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 10 10
   2008 12 7 2 3 27 11
   2012 8 5 1 2 10 7
  2016 12 6 1 5 14 13
  2020 To be determined
Total Group Stage 3 1 1 1 1 1 114 43 20 51 147 158

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifyingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Germany 10 10 0 0 43 4 +39 30 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–0 3–0 6–0 5–1 7–0
2   Northern Ireland 10 6 1 3 17 6 +11 19 Advance to second round 1–3 2–0 2–0 4–0 4–0
3   Czech Republic 10 4 3 3 17 10 +7 15 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 5–0
4   Norway 10 4 1 5 17 16 +1 13 0–3 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–1
5   Azerbaijan 10 3 1 6 10 19 −9 10 1–4 0–1 1–2 1–0 5–1
6   San Marino 10 0 0 10 2 51 −49 0 0–8 0–3 0–6 0–8 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Current squadEdit

The following squad was called up for the Friendly matches against Macedonia on 11 November 2017 and Slovakia on 14 November 2017.[4]

Caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017, after the game against Slovakia.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 33) 50 0   Hertha BSC
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 27) 25 0   FC Ingolstadt
22 1GK Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 28) 3 0   Odense

3 2DF Jørgen Skjelvik (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 26) 7 0   Rosenborg
4 2DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 31) 24 2   Rosenborg
5 2DF Gustav Valsvik (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 24) 6 0   Eintracht Braunschweig
6 2DF Håvard Nordtveit (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 27) 38 2   1899 Hoffenheim
16 2DF Jonas Svensson (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 24) 14 0   AZ Alkmaar
21 2DF Birger Meling (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 22) 4 0   Rosenborg

8 3MF Anders Trondsen (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 22) 4 0   Rosenborg
10 3MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 25) 35 3   Hull City
11 3MF Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 23) 14 4   Basel
17 3MF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 26) 20 1   Galatasaray
18 3MF Ole Selnæs (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 23) 14 1   Saint-Étienne
20 3MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 22) 20 1   FC St. Pauli
23 3MF Jo Inge Berget (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 27) 20 2   Malmö FF

7 4FW Ola Kamara (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 28) 9 1   Columbus Crew SC
9 4FW Alexander Søderlund (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 30) 32 2   Saint-Étienne
19 4FW Alexander Sørloth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 22) 12 1   Midtjylland
25 4FW Pål Alexander Kirkevold (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 27) 1 0   Hobro

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the Norway squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 27) 3 0   Rosenborg v.   Germany, 4 September 2017
GK Mathias Dyngeland (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Sogndal v.   Sweden, 13 June 2017

DF Omar Elabdellaoui INJ (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 26) 26 0   Olympiacos v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
DF Haitam Aleesami [a] (1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 26) 16 0   Palermo v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
DF Sigurd Rosted (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Sarpsborg 08 v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2017
DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 28) 24 0   Sogndal v.   Sweden, 13 June 2017
DF Per Egil Flo (1989-01-18) 18 January 1989 (age 28) 5 0   Slavia Praha v.   Sweden, 13 June 2017
DF Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 26) 4 0   Rosenborg v.   Northern Ireland, 26 March 2017
DF Fredrik Semb Berge (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 27) 3 0   Odd v.   Northern Ireland, 26 March 2017

MF Morten Thorsby (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Heerenveen v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
MF Martin Ødegaard (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 18) 10 0   Heerenveen v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
MF Stefan Johansen INJ (Captain) (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 26) 37 3   Fulham v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
MF Fredrik Midtsjø [a] (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 24) 1 0   AZ v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
MF Sander Berge INJ (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 19) 7 0   Racing Genk v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2017
MF Pål André Helland (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 27) 6 1   Rosenborg v.   San Marino, 5 October 2017
MF Anders Konradsen INJ (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 27) 8 1   Rosenborg v.   Azerbaijan, 1 September 2017

FW Joshua King INJ (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 25) 31 10   Bournemouth v.   Macedonia, 11 November 2017
FW Tarik Elyounoussi INJ (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 29) 46 9   Qarabağ v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2017
FW Bjørn Maars Johnsen (1991-11-06) 6 November 1991 (age 26) 2 0   ADO Den Haag v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2017
FW Ohi Omoijuanfo (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Stabæk v.   Sweden, 13 June 2017
FW Adama Diomande (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 27) 11 1   Hull City v.   Northern Ireland, 26 March 2017
FW Veton Berisha (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 23) 4 1   Rapid Wien v.   Northern Ireland, 26 March 2017
Notes
  • [a] Withdrew from squad.
  • INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Individual all-time recordsEdit

 
John Arne Riise is the most capped male player in the history of Norway with 110 caps.
  Still active players are highlighted

Top appearancesEdit

# Player Career Matches
1 John Arne Riise 2000–2013 110
2 Thorbjørn Svenssen 1947–1962 104
3 Henning Berg 1992–2004 100
4 Erik Thorstvedt 1982–1996 97
5 John Carew 1998–2011 91
Brede Hangeland 2002–2014 91
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 86
8 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–2000 83
Morten Gamst Pedersen 2004–2014 83
10 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 79
Last updated: 9 September 2014
Source: RSSSF.no

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Jørgen Juve is the top male goalscorer in the history of Norway with 33 goals.
# Player Career Goals Matches Average
1 Jørgen Juve 1928–1937 33 45 0.73
2 Einar Gundersen 1917–1928 26 33 0.79
3 Harald Hennum 1949–1960 25 43 0.58
4 John Carew 1998–2011 24 91 0.26
5 Ole Gunnar Solskjær 1995–2007 23 67 0.34
Tore André Flo 1995–2004 23 76 0.30
7 Gunnar Thoresen 1946–1959 22 64 0.34
8 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 21 79 0.27
9 Jan Åge Fjørtoft 1986–1996 20 71 0.28
10 Odd Iversen 1967–1979 19 45 0.42
Olav Nilsen 1962–1971 19 62 0.31
Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 19 86 0.22
Last updated: 9 September 2014
Source: RSSSF.no

ManagersEdit

The following is a list of all managers of the national team. Prior to 1953, the team was selected by a selection committee, which also continued to select the team until 1969. The table lists the manager, his nationality, the period he was manager, games played (P), games won (W), games drawn (D), games lost (L), goals for (F) and goals against (A). It also lists any finals reached and how far the team progressed. The list is up to date as of 9 October 2017.[6][7]

Manager Nationality Tenure P W D L F A Finals
Hahn, WillibaldWillibald Hahn   Austria 1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955 26 7 7 12 28 42
Lewin, RonRon Lewin   England 1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957 17 5 4 8 25 38
Majowski, EdmundEdmund Majowski   Poland 1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958 5 3 1 1 10 8
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen   Norway 16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958 1 0 0 1 1 4
Henriksen, KristianKristian Henriksen   Norway 1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959 10 3 0 7 15 29
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment   Austria 1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962 20 6 2 12 32 45
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen   Norway 16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966 33 11 7 15 47 74
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment   Austria 1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969 25 9 3 13 39 61
Øivind Johannessen   Norway 1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971 17 4 2 11 18 43
Curtis, GeorgeGeorge Curtis   England 1 January 1972 – August 1974 17 4 2 11 18 43
Schou-Andreassen, KjellKjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
  Norway August 1974 – 31 December 1977 27 6 4 17 26 52
Fossen, Tor RøsteTor Røste Fossen   Norway 1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987 94 28 28 38 96 119
Grip, TordTord Grip   Sweden 1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988 7 0 4 3 3 7
Stadheim, IngvarIngvar Stadheim   Norway 1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990 24 5 8 11 32 37
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen   Norway 11 October 1990 – 30 June 1998 88 46 26 16 168 63 1994 World Cup – Group stage
1998 World Cup – Round of 16
Semb, Nils JohanNils Johan Semb   Norway 1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003 68 29 21 18 89 61 Euro 2000 – Group stage
Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide   Norway 1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008 58 24 18 16 88 65
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen   Norway 14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013 48 25 8 16 61 50
Høgmo, Per-MathiasPer-Mathias Høgmo   Norway 27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016 35 10 7 18 33 49
Lagerbäck, LarsLars Lagerbäck   Sweden 1 February 2017 – 9 3 2 4 13 13

All-time team recordEdit

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 9 October 2017.[8]

Results and fixturesEdit

2017Edit

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
  Hummel 1981–1991
  Adidas 1992–1996
  Umbro 1996–2014
  Nike 2015 – present

Between 1996 and 2014, Norway's kit was supplied by Umbro. They took over from Adidas who supplied Norway's kit between 1992 and 1996.

10 September 2014 Norway and Nike announced a new partnership that made the sportswear provider the official Norwegian team kit supplier from 1 January 2015.[9] The new partnership will run until at least until 2021.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Norway national football team at Wikimedia Commons