Nordic Football Championship

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Nordic Football Championship
Founded1924
Abolished2001
RegionEurope (UEFA)
Number of teams4 (2000–01)
Last championsFlag of Finland.svg  Finland (1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (9 titles)

The Nordic Football Championship (Danish : Nordisk Mesterskab, Norwegian : Nordisk Mesterskap, Swedish : Nordiska Mästerskapet, Finnish : Pohjoismaiden-mestaruusturnaus, commonly abbreviated NM or PM) was an international football competition contested by the men's national football teams of the Nordic countries. In the first tournament played 19241928, only Denmark, Norway and Sweden competed, but Finland joined for the second tournament, and at the last tournament played in 20002001, Iceland and the Faroe Islands also competed.

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History

The tournament was created on Danish initiative to replace a contract, ended in 1919, between the Danish (DBU), Norwegian (NFF) and Swedish Football Association (SvFF) that stated that the national teams of the three associations should play two annual matches against each other. However the idea was not realised until four years later, when the Danish association celebrated its 35th anniversary, and the first tournament was started. It was arranged by the DBU and was played as a single group where the three teams met each other five times for a total of ten matches each. DBU also provided the trophy of the first edition, a trophy that Denmark won when the tournament ended in 1928.

The second tournament was arranged by SvFF that celebrated its 25th anniversary, and this time the Football Association of Finland (SPF) was invited. It was also decided to play the tournaments over four years, with each team playing 12 matches, four against each other team, two at home and two away. The tournament was won by Norway, but the following nine tournaments, played between 1933 and 1977, were completely dominated by Sweden which won all of them. The fourth tournament was interrupted by the Second World War, and thus was played over eleven years, from 1937 to 1947.

The tournament gained popularity after the war and the matches were important for the Nordic national teams as preparation for larger tournaments such as the World Cup and the Olympics. But the tournament lost significance in the 1970s, partially due to the increased number of matches played against other international opponents, and thus the last three tournaments played in the 1970s and 1980s varied in length and format. The last match of the 19811983 tournament, between Sweden and Norway, was not even played as Denmark had already won. But the match was then played in 1985 after all.

A non-recurrent edition of the tournament was played in 200001, to which the Football Association of Iceland and the Faroe Islands Football Association were invited. Some of the matches were played during a joint training camp in La Manga Club, Spain, and the rest were played at home, some in indoor arenas. One match, between Norway and the Faroe Islands, was never played.

Results

YearTrophyWinnerRunner-up3rd Place4th Place
192428
Details
JubilæumspokalFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Only three participants
192932
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GuldkrusFlag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
193336
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Nordiske PokalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
193747
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Suomen KarhutFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
194851
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DBU's VaseFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
195255
Details
SvFF:s pokalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
195659
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Eventyr og LekFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
196063
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SPL's PokalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
196467
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FodboldspillereFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
196871
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SvFF:s pokalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
197277
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Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
197880
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Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
198185
Details
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
200001
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Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway

Medal summary

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 94013
2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 37414
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12912
4Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1012
5Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 0101
Totals (5 nations)14141442

General statistics

PosTeamPartPldWDLGFGADifPts
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 14147892632382198+184293
2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 14147752349323218+105248
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 14145523162265300–35187
4Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 13137212492150401–25166
5Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1531175+210
6Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1401326–41

Top scorers per tournament

TournamentNameTeamGoals
1924–1928 Flag of Sweden.svg Sven Rydell Sweden 15
1929–1932 Flag of Norway.svg Jørgen Juve Norway 17
1933–1936 Flag of Denmark.svg Pauli Jørgensen Denmark 8
Flag of Sweden.svg Bertil Ericsson Sweden
1937–1947 Flag of Sweden.svg Gunnar Nordahl Sweden 7
1948–1951 Flag of Sweden.svg Egon Jönsson Sweden 7
1952–1955 Flag of Sweden.svg Nils-Åke Sandell Sweden 10
1956–1959 Flag of Sweden.svg Agne Simonsson Sweden 7
1960–1963 Flag of Denmark.svg Ole Madsen Denmark 11
1964–67 Flag of Denmark.svg Erik Dyreborg Denmark 5
Flag of Denmark.svg Ole Madsen Denmark
Flag of Sweden.svg Tom Turesson Sweden
1968–71 Flag of Norway.svg Odd Iversen Norway 6
1972–77 Flag of Sweden.svg Conny Torstensson Sweden 4
1978–80 Flag of Norway.svg Pål Jacobsen Norway 4
1981–85 Flag of Denmark.svg Preben Elkjær Denmark 2
Flag of Denmark.svg Frank Arnesen Denmark
Flag of Denmark.svg Lars Bastrup Denmark
2000–01 Flag of Iceland.svg Ríkharður Daðason Iceland 4

All-time top scorers

PlayerTeamGoals
1 Pauli Jørgensen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 27
2 Jørgen Juve Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 20
3 Ole Madsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 18
4 Sven Rydell Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 17

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