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 Gibraltar on 13 November 2020.[1]

Statistics correct as of 10 October 2020.[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
1GK Julian Faye Lund (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 22) 6 0   Rosenborg
1GK Kristoffer Klaesson (2000-11-27) 27 November 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Vålerenga
1GK Håvard Hetle (2003-02-05) 5 February 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Sogndal
2DF Marcus Holmgren Pedersen (2000-07-16) 16 July 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Molde
2DF Jesper Daland (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Start
2DF Leo Cornic (2001-01-02) 2 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Grorud
2DF Colin Rösler (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0   NAC Breda
2DF Josef Baccay (2001-04-29) 29 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Fredrikstad
2DF Henrik Heggheim (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Viking
2DF Ole Martin Kolskogen (2001-01-20) 20 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   SK Brann
3MF Håkon Evjen (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 21) 9 0   AZ
3MF Johan Hove (2000-09-07) 7 September 2000 (age 20) 6 0   Strømsgodset
3MF Kristoffer Askildsen (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Sampdoria
3MF Joshua Kitolano (2001-08-03) 3 August 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Odd
3MF Thomas Rekdal (2001-03-16) 16 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Mainz 05
3MF Mathias Kjølø (2001-06-27) 27 June 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Jong PSV
3MF Edvard Tagseth (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Rosenborg
4FW Jørgen Strand Larsen (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 21) 6 5   Groningen
4FW Noah Jean Holm (2001-05-23) 23 May 2001 (age 20) 3 2   Vitória
4FW Osame Sahraoui (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Vålerenga
4FW Fredrik Oppegård (2002-08-07) 7 August 2002 (age 18) 0 0   PSV Eindhoven
4FW Emil Konradsen Ceide (2001-09-03) 3 September 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Rosenborg

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
1GK Markus Olsen Pettersen (1999-02-12) 12 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Brann
2DF Birk Risa (Captain) (1998-02-13) 13 February 1998 (age 23) 23 6   Molde
2DF Lars Ranger (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Ullensaker/Kisa
3MF Aron Dønnum (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 23) 9 1   Vålerenga
3MF Tobias Heintz (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 22) 9 2   Kasımpaşa
3MF Dennis Johnsen (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 23) 17 2   PEC Zwolle
4FW Rafik Zekhnini (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 23) 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. ^ "v" (in Norwegian). 5 November 2020.
  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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