Løvene (The Lions)
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Ståle Solbakken|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||42 1 (26 October 2023)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||88 (July 2017)|
| 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 (1938, 1998)|
|UEFA European Championship|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000 )|
|Best result||Group stage (2000)|
The Norway national football team (Norwegian : Norges herrelandslag i fotball, or informally Landslaget) represents Norway in men's international football, and is controlled by the Norwegian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Norway. Norway's home ground is Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo and their head coach is Ståle Solbakken. Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).
Norway is one of very few national teams to never have lost against Brazil. In four matches, Norway has a match record against Brazil of two wins and two draws,in three friendly matches (in 1988, 1997 and 2006) and 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 host 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 was Norway's last World Cup appearance in 56 years.
In the post-war years, up to and including the 1980s, Norway was usually considered one of the weaker teams 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 ranked No. 2. 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 qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, Norway topped their group, finishing above both the European Championship winning and three-time World Cup finalists the Netherlands, and also above former World Cup winners England, beating both teams in the process.
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. Norway failed to qualify for second round qualification on goals scored as all 4 teams in the group finished with 4 points and identical goal difference. 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 World Cup 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 2013after 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.
Between 1996 and 2014, Norway's kits were supplied by Umbro. They took over from Adidas who supplied Norway's kit between 1992 and 1996.
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.
|Le Coq Sportif||1976–1980|
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|25 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Spain||3–0||Norway||Málaga, Spain|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: La Rosaleda |
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|28 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||1–1||Norway||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00 UTC+4||Mikautadze 60'||Report||Sørloth 15'||Stadium: Batumi Stadium |
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||1–2||Scotland||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||3–1||Cyprus||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
|7 September 2023 Friendly||Norway||6–0||Jordan||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
|12 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||2–1||Georgia||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
|12 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||0–4||Norway||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena |
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|15 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||0–1||Spain||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|16 November 2023 Friendly||Norway||2–0||Faroe Islands||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Vilhjálmur Þórarinsson (Iceland)
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.
|Willibald Hahn||1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955||26||7||7||12||28||42|
|Ron Lewin||1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957||17||5||4||8||25||38|
|Edmund Majowski||1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958||5||3||1||1||10||8|
|Ragnar Larsen||16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958||1||0||0||1||1||4|
|Kristian Henriksen||1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959||10||3||0||7||15||29|
|Wilhelm Kment||1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962||20||6||2||12||32||45|
|Ragnar Larsen||16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966||33||11||7||15||47||74|
|Wilhelm Kment||1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969||25||9||3||13||39||61|
|Øivind Johannessen||1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971||17||4||2||11||18||43|
|George Curtis||1 January 1972 – August 1974||17||3||2||12||17||30|
| Kjell Schou-Andreassen |
Nils Arne Eggen
|August 1974 – 31 December 1977||27||6||4||17||26||52|
|Tor Røste Fossen||1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987||94||28||28||38||96||119|
|Tord Grip||1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988||7||0||4||3||3||7|
|Ingvar Stadheim||1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990||24||5||8||11||32||37|
|Egil Olsen||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||1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003||68||29||21||18||89||61||Euro 2000 – Group stage|
|Åge Hareide||1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008||58||24||18||16||88||65|
|Egil Olsen||14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013||49||25||8||16||61||50|
|Per-Mathias Høgmo||27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016||35||10||7||18||33||49|
|Lars Lagerbäck||1 February 2017 – 6 December 2020||34||18||8||8||60||34|
|Leif Gunnar Smerud||18 November 2020||1||0||1||0||1||1|
|Ståle Solbakken||7 December 2020 –||32||17||7||8||60||31|
The following players were called up for the friendly match against Faroe Islands and the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match against Scotland on 16 and 19 November 2023, respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2023, after the match against Faroe Islands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Viljar Myhra||21 July 1996||0||0||Strømsgodset|
|12||GK||Mathias Dyngeland||7 October 1995||1||0||Brann|
|13||GK||Egil Selvik||30 July 1997||2||0||Haugesund|
|2||DF||Marcus Holmgren Pedersen||16 July 2000||21||0||Sassuolo|
|3||DF||Kristoffer Ajer||17 April 1998||33||1||Brentford|
|4||DF||Stefan Strandberg||25 July 1990||36||1||Vålerenga|
|5||DF||David Møller Wolfe||23 April 2002||1||0||AZ|
|14||DF||Julian Ryerson||17 November 1997||22||0||Borussia Dortmund|
|15||DF||Leo Skiri Østigård||28 November 1999||19||1||Napoli|
|17||DF||Fredrik André Bjørkan||21 August 1998||12||1||Bodø/Glimt|
|21||DF||Stian Rode Gregersen||17 May 1995||8||0||Bordeaux|
|6||MF||Patrick Berg||24 November 1997||22||0||Bodø/Glimt|
|7||MF||Fredrik Aursnes||10 December 1995||20||1||Benfica|
|8||MF||Sander Berge||14 February 1998||42||1||Burnley|
|10||MF||Ola Solbakken||7 September 1998||11||1||Olympiacos|
|11||MF||Mohamed Elyounoussi||4 August 1994||54||10||Copenhagen|
|16||MF||Hugo Vetlesen||29 February 2000||3||1||Club Brugge|
|18||MF||Kristian Thorstvedt||13 March 1999||25||4||Sassuolo|
|20||MF||Aron Dønnum||20 April 1998||4||1||Toulouse|
|22||MF||Oscar Bobb||12 July 2003||4||1||Manchester City|
|19||FW||Bård Finne||13 February 1995||4||1||Brann|
|23||FW||Jørgen Strand Larsen||6 February 2000||11||3||Celta Vigo|
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||Ørjan Nyland||10 September 1990||50||0||Sevilla||v. Faroe Islands , 16 November 2023 INJ|
|GK||Jacob Karlstrøm||9 January 1997||0||0||Molde||v. Georgia , 28 March 2023|
|DF||Birger Meling||17 December 1994||39||0||Copenhagen||v. Spain , 16 October 2023 INJ|
|DF||Jesper Daland||6 January 2000||0||0||Cercle Brugge||v. Georgia , 12 September 2023|
|DF||Andreas Hanche-Olsen||17 January 1997||14||0||Mainz 05||v. Jordan , 7 September 2023INJ|
|DF||Brice Wembangomo||18 December 1996||1||0||Bodø/Glimt||v. Cyprus , 20 June 2023|
|MF||Martin Ødegaard (captain)||17 December 1998||55||3||Arsenal||v. Faroe Islands , 16 November 2023 INJ|
|MF||Antonio Nusa||17 April 2005||4||1||Club Brugge||v. Faroe Islands , 16 November 2023 INJ|
|MF||Osame Sahraoui||11 June 2001||1||0||Heerenveen||v. Faroe Islands , 16 November 2023 INJ|
|MF||Morten Thorsby||5 May 1996||17||0||Genoa||v. Spain , 16 October 2023|
|MF||Markus Solbakken||25 July 2000||1||0||Viking||v. Georgia , 12 September 2023|
|MF||Emil Breivik||11 June 2000||0||0||Molde||v. Georgia , 12 September 2023|
|MF||Mats Møller Dæhli||2 March 1995||36||2||Nürnberg||v. Cyprus , 20 June 2023|
|MF||Kristoffer Velde||9 September 1999||1||0||Lech Poznań||v. Cyprus , 20 June 2023|
|MF||Ola Brynhildsen||28 May 1999||4||0||Midtjylland||v. Georgia , 28 March 2023|
|FW||Erling Haaland||21 July 2000||29||27||Manchester City||v. Scotland , 19 November 2023 INJ|
|FW||Alexander Sørloth||5 December 1995||51||17||Villarreal||v. Faroe Islands , 16 November 2023 INJ|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
|1||John Arne Riise||110||16||2000–2013|
|8||Morten Gamst Pedersen||83||17||2004–2014|
|6||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||23||67||0.34||1995–2007|
|Tore André Flo||23||76||0.3||1995–2004|
|Jan Åge Fjørtoft||20||71||0.28||1986–1996|
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1938||Round of 16||12th||1||0||0||1||1||2||Squad||2||1||1||0||6||5|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1954||Did not qualify||4||0||2||2||4||9|
|1998||Round of 16||15th||4||1||2||1||5||5||Squad||8||6||2||0||21||2|
|2002||Did not qualify||10||2||4||4||12||14|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||3/22||8||2||3||3||7||8||—||136||49||33||54||185||186|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||6|
|2004||Did not qualify||10||4||2||4||10||10|
|2028||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2024–25||B||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1908||Did not enter|
|1924||Did not enter|
|1948||Did not enter|
|1952||Round of 16||1||0||0||1||1||4||Squad|
|1956||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1964||Did not enter|
|1980||Qualified, but later withdrew|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament|
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 27 September 2022.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2022|
|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%|
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