Norway national under-21 football team

The Norway national under-21 football team, controlled by the Football Association of Norway, is the national football team of Norway for players of 21 years of age or under at the start of a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign. The team has reached the European Championship finals twice, in 1998 and 2013, winning bronze medals on both occasions.

Norway Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)U21-landslaget
AssociationFootball Association of Norway
(Norges Fotballforbund)
Head coachLeif Gunnar Smerud
Most capsTommy Svindal Larsen (41)
Top scorerSteffen Iversen (17)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best result3rd place (1998, 2013)

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1978 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 9
  1980 6 1 3 2 5 12
  1982 4 1 1 2 5 6
  1984 6 0 2 4 6 15
  1986 6 2 2 2 10 9
  1988 6 0 3 3 3 7
  1990 6 1 2 3 3 7
  1992 6 3 1 2 13 6
  1994 10 6 1 3 20 13
  1996 10 7 0 3 32 13
  1998 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 3 2 0 1 3 1 8 5 2 1 22 10
  2000 Did not qualify 12 7 1 4 22 15
  2002 10 6 0 4 21 12
  2004 10 7 1 2 23 9
  2006 10 4 2 4 14 13
  2007 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2009 8 3 3 2 7 6
  2011 8 2 1 5 14 18
  2013 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 4 1 2 1 6 7 10 6 1 3 18 11
  2015 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 11 19
  2017 10 6 1 3 13 12
   2019 10 4 3 3 15 13
Total 3rd 2/22 7 3 2 2 9 8 170 76 31 63 284 237

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification against Cyprus on 15 November 2019 and Portugal on 19 November 2019.[1]

Statistics correct as of 20 November 2019.[2]

* Players in bold have played at least one full international match for Norway's senior national team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Julian Faye Lund (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Rosenborg
12 1GK Kristoffer Klaesson (2000-11-27) 27 November 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Vålerenga
2 2DF Fredrik André Bjørkan (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 9 0   Bodø/Glimt
3 2DF Leo Skiri Østigård (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 20) 8 2   St. Pauli
4 2DF Ulrik Fredriksen (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Haugesund
5 2DF Christian Borchgrevink (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Vålerenga
9 2DF Birk Risa (1998-02-13) 13 February 1998 (age 22) 21 4   Odd
13 2DF Tord Salte (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Viking
14 2DF Odin Bjørtuft (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Odd
16 2DF Adrian Pereira (1998-08-31) 31 August 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Viking
6 3MF Gaute Høberg Vetti (1998-09-02) 2 September 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Sarpsborg 08
7 3MF Hugo Vetlesen (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 19) 7 0   Stabæk
8 3MF Emil Bohinen (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 20) 9 1   Stabæk
10 3MF Aron Dønnum (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 21) 7 1   Vålerenga
11 3MF Håkon Evjen (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 20) 6 0   AZ
17 3MF Jens Petter Hauge (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Bodø/Glimt
18 3MF Johan Hove (2000-09-07) 7 September 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Strømsgodset
15 4FW Ola Brynhildsen (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 20) 6 1   Stabæk
19 4FW Jørgen Strand Larsen (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 20) 3 1   Sarpsborg 08
20 4FW Kristian Thorstvedt (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 20) 6 4   Genk

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players still eligible for the U21 team (i.e. born in 1998 or later) have been called up since January 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Lars Ranger (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Ullensaker/Kisa
3MF Tobias Heintz (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 21) 9 2   Kasımpaşa
3MF Dennis Johnsen (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 22) 17 2   PEC Zwolle
3MF Tobias Christensen (2000-05-11) 11 May 2000 (age 19) 3 1   Molde
4FW Rafik Zekhnini (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 22) 8 0   Twente

RecordsEdit

As of 22 March 2019[3]

Leading appearancesEdit

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Caps
1 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 41
2 Hai Ngoc Tran Kongsvinger 38
3 Harmeet Singh Vålerenga, Feyenoord 36
4 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 35
Petter Rudi Molde 35
6 Kristian Flittie Onstad Lyn 34
7 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 33
Steinar Pedersen Start, Borussia Dortmund 33
9 Trond Erik Bertelsen Haugesund, Fredrikstad 32
Thomas Holm Heerenveen, Vålerenga 32

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Leading goalscorersEdit

As of 22 March 2019[3]
Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals
1 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 16
Tore André Flo Sogndal, Tromsø 15
3 Steffen Iversen Rosenborg, Tottenham Hotspur 14
4 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Clausenengen, Molde 13
5 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 12
Daniel Berg Hestad Molde 12
Frank Strandli Start, Leeds United 12
8 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 11
9 John Carew Vålerenga, Rosenborg, Valencia 10
Morten Gamst Pedersen Tromsø 10

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Past squadsEdit

CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U21-tropp til EM-kvalik" (in Norwegian). 1 October 2019.
  2. ^ Match report: Russia v Norway (28 March 2017), fotball.no. Retrieved 28 March 2017. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Norge Menn U21". www.fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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