Norway national football team
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The Norway men's national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball, or informally Landslaget) 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 2018, ranked by FIFA as the 46th best football team in the world.
|Nickname(s)||Løvene (The Lions)|
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Lars Lagerbäck|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||46 2 (29 November 2018)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||88 (July 2017)|
|Current||45 22 (13 December 2018)|
|Highest||6 (June 2000)|
|Lowest||91 (May–June 1976)|
| Sweden 11–3 Norway |
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
| Norway 12–0 Finland |
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)
| Denmark 12–0 Norway |
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1938)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (1998)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (2000)|
|Olympic medal record|
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 a friendly in 1997 and the other in a 1998 World Cup group stage match.
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. The Norwegians lost out on second round qualification on goal difference as all 4 teams finished with 4 points in the group. In the 1998 World Cup in France, Norway was once again 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 had limited chances to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with one game to spare. He was replaced with Per-Mathias Høgmo. Olsen later claimed he was sacked.
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.
FIFA World CupEdit
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||B||To be determined|
|Total||B||To be determined|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingEdit
|1||Spain||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualify for final tournament||—||10 Jun||23 Mar||18 Nov||8 Sep||15 Nov|
|2||Sweden (X)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15 Oct||—||8 Sep||23 Mar||18 Nov||7 Jun|
|3||Norway (X)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12 Oct||26 Mar||—||7 Jun||15 Nov||5 Sep|
|4||Romania||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5 Sep||15 Nov||15 Oct||—||26 Mar||8 Sep|
|5||Faroe Islands||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7 Jun||5 Sep||10 Jun||12 Oct||—||15 Oct|
|6||Malta||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||26 Mar||12 Oct||18 Nov||10 Jun||23 Mar||—|
- The following 23 players were called up for the two Nations League matches:
- Match date: 16 and 19 November 2018
- Opposition: Slovenia and Cyprus
- Caps and goals correct as of: 19 November 2018, after the match against Cyprus.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Rune Jarstein||29 September 1984||58||0||Hertha BSC|
|12||GK||Ørjan Nyland||10 September 1990||27||0||Aston Villa|
|22||GK||Sten Grytebust||25 October 1989||4||0||OB|
|2||DF||Birger Meling||17 December 1994||10||0||Rosenborg|
|3||DF||Even Hovland||14 February 1989||25||0||Rosenborg|
|4||DF||Tore Reginiussen||10 April 1986||26||3||Rosenborg|
|5||DF||Sigurd Rosted||22 July 1994||5||1||Gent|
|6||DF||Håvard Nordtveit||21 June 1990||45||2||1899 Hoffenheim|
|13||DF||Haitam Aleesami||31 July 1991||19||0||Palermo|
|14||DF||Omar Elabdellaoui||5 December 1991||34||0||Olympiacos|
|16||DF||Jonas Svensson||6 March 1993||16||0||AZ|
|8||MF||Stefan Johansen (Captain)||8 January 1991||46||5||Fulham|
|11||MF||Mohamed Elyounoussi||2 March 1994||22||5||Southampton|
|15||MF||Sander Berge||14 February 1998||12||0||Genk|
|17||DF||Martin Linnes||20 September 1991||23||1||Galatasaray|
|18||MF||Ole Selnæs||7 July 1994||23||2||Saint-Étienne|
|19||MF||Markus Henriksen||25 July 1992||45||3||Hull City|
|20||MF||Martin Ødegaard||17 December 1998||14||0||Vitesse|
|23||MF||Iver Fossum||15 July 1996||12||0||Hannover 96|
|7||FW||Ola Kamara||15 October 1989||13||6||LA Galaxy|
|9||FW||Alexander Sørloth||5 December 1995||17||2||Crystal Palace|
|10||FW||Tarik Elyounoussi||23 February 1988||53||9||AIK|
|21||FW||Bjørn Maars Johnsen||6 November 1991||10||2||AZ|
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||Eirik Johansen||12 July 1992||0||0||Sandefjord||v. Bulgaria, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Kristoffer AjerINJ||17 April 1998||6||0||Celtic||v. Slovenia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Vegard Forren||16 February 1988||33||1||Molde||v. Bulgaria, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Vegar Eggen Hedenstad||26 June 1991||4||0||Rosenborg||v. Panama, 6 June 2018|
|MF||Mats Møller Dæhli||2 March 1995||21||1||St. Pauli||v. Bulgaria, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Fredrik Midtsjø||11 August 1993||3||0||AZ||v. Bulgaria, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Ghayas Zahid||8 September 1994||1||0||APOEL||v. Panama, 6 June 2018|
|MF||Jo Inge Berget||11 September 1990||20||2||New York City||v. Iceland, 2 June 2018|
|FW||Joshua King INJ||15 January 1992||37||12||Bournemouth||v. Slovenia, 16 November 2018|
|FW||Fredrik Gulbrandsen||10 September 1992||3||0||Red Bull Salzburg||v. Albania, 26 March 2018|
- WIT Withdrew from squad.
- INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
- RET Retired from international football.
Individual all-time recordsEdit
|1||John Arne Riise||2000–2013||110|
|Morten Gamst Pedersen||2004–2014||83|
Last updated: 9 September 2014
|5||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||1995–2007||23||67||0.34|
|Tore André Flo||1995–2004||23||76||0.30|
|9||Jan Åge Fjørtoft||1986–1996||20||71||0.28|
Last updated: 9 September 2014
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 19 November 2018.
|Willibald Hahn||Austria||1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955||26||7||7||12||28||42|
|Ron Lewin||England||1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957||17||5||4||8||25||38|
|Edmund Majowski||Poland||1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958||5||3||1||1||10||8|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958||1||0||0||1||1||4|
|Kristian Henriksen||Norway||1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959||10||3||0||7||15||29|
|Wilhelm Kment||Austria||1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962||20||6||2||12||32||45|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966||33||11||7||15||47||74|
|Wilhelm 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|
|George Curtis||England||1 January 1972 – August 1974||17||4||2||11||18||43|
|Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
|Norway||August 1974 – 31 December 1977||27||6||4||17||26||52|
|Tor Røste Fossen||Norway||1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987||94||28||28||38||96||119|
|Tord Grip||Sweden||1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988||7||0||4||3||3||7|
|Ingvar Stadheim||Norway||1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990||24||5||8||11||32||37|
|Egil 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
|Nils Johan Semb||Norway||1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003||68||29||21||18||89||61||Euro 2000 – Group stage|
|Åge Hareide||Norway||1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008||58||24||18||16||88||65|
|Egil Olsen||Norway||14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013||48||25||8||16||61||50|
|Per-Mathias Høgmo||Norway||27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016||35||10||7||18||33||49|
|Lars Lagerbäck||Sweden||1 February 2017 –||19||11||3||5||29||18|
All-time team recordEdit
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 26 March 2018.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2018|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2||5||3||+2||50%|
|Republic of Ireland||20||4||9||7||21||30||−9||20%|
|Serbia and Montenegro||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||100%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||0||0||1||2||3||−1||0%|
|United Arab Emirates||2||2||2||0||2||2||0||50%|
Results and fixturesEdit
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Norway||4–1||Australia||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Irvine 19'||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|26 March 2018 Friendly||Albania||0–1||Norway||Elbasan, Albania|
|18:00 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Rosted 70'||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Fyodor Zammit (Malta)
|2 June 2018 Friendly||Iceland||2–3||Norway||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|20:00 GMT (UTC±0)||Report||Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur|
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
|6 June 2018 Friendly||Norway||1–0||Panama||Oslo, Norway|
|19:00 CEST (UTC+2)||King 4'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|6 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Norway||2–0||Cyprus||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Johansen 20', 42'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
|9 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||1–0||Norway||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|19:00 (UTC+3)||Vasilev 59'||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
|13 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Norway||1–0||Slovenia||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Selnæs 45+5'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
|16 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Norway||1–0||Bulgaria||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 (UTC+2)||Elyounoussi 31'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)
|16 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Slovenia||1–1||Norway||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Verbič 9'||Report||Johnsen 85'||Stadium: Stožice Stadium|
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
|Le Coq Sportif||1976–1980|
On 10 September 2014, the NFF and Nike announced a new partnership that made the sportswear provider the official Norwegian team kit supplier from 1 January 2015. The new partnership will run until at least until 2021.
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