Norway national football team

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Norway
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Nickname(s) Løvene (The Lions)
Association Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Lars Lagerbäck
Captain Stefan Johansen
Most caps John Arne Riise (110)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
FIFA code NOR
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 43 Increase2.svg 1 (22 October 2020) [1]
Highest2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest88 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 32 Increase2.svg 8 (22 October 2020) [2]
Highest6 (June 2000)
Lowest91 (May–June 1976)
First international
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 11–3 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12–0 Finland  Flag of Finland.svg
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946) [3]
Biggest defeat
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12–0 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1938 )
Best resultRound of 16 (1938, 1998)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000 )
Best resultGroup stage (2000)
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1936 Berlin Team

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 Lars Lagerbäck. In February 2019, they were ranked by FIFA at No. 48., [4] Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).

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Norway is, along with Senegal, the only national team that remains unbeaten in all matches against Brazil. In four matches, Norway has a play record against Brazil of 2 wins and 2 draws, [5] in three friendlies matches (in 1988, 1997 and 2006) and a 1998 World Cup group stage match.

History

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 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 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. [6]

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 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 goal difference as all 4 teams in the group finished with 4 points. 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 [7] 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. [8]

Crest

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. [9] 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. [10]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enter      
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934       
Flag of France.svg 1938 Round of 1612th100112211065
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enter      
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify402249
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 4103315
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 4004311
Flag of England.svg 1966 6312105
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 4103413
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 6204916
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 420234
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 8224815
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 8134410
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 8224109
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Group stage17th31111110721255
Flag of France.svg 1998 Round of 1615th4121558620212
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Did not qualify102441214
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 12534129
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 824297
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 103341013
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 104151716
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
TotalBest: Round of 163/23823378126443052170178

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not qualify200226
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 201113
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 6114914
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6015518
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 6105515
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 8017520
Flag of France.svg 1984 612378
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 8125512
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 833295
Flag of England.svg 1996 10622177
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Group stage9th31111110811219
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Did not qualify104241010
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 127232711
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 8512107
Flag of France.svg 2016 126151413
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 114522013
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determined
TotalBest: Group stage1/16311111118442153154166

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRank
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 3 641172Green Arrow Up Darker.svg26th
Flag of none.svg 2020–21 B 1 210163TBD
Total851213526th

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Romania.svg Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Flag of Malta.svg
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10820315+2626Qualify for final tournament 3–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 7–0
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10631239+1421 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 104511911+817Advance to play-offs via Nations League 1–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 2–0
4Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 104241715+214 1–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–0
5Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 10109430263 [lower-alpha 1] 1–4 0–4 0–2 0–3 1–0
6Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 10109327243 [lower-alpha 1] 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Tied on head-to-head points (3) and goal difference (0). Head-to-head away goals: Faroe Islands 1, Malta 0.

Players

Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 36)690 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
121 GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 30)50 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg
131 GK Sondre Rossbach (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 24)00 Flag of Norway.svg Odd

22 DF Birger Meling (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 25)140 Flag of France.svg Nîmes
32 DF Kristoffer Ajer (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 22)190 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
42 DF Leo Østigård (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of England.svg Coventry City
52 DF Sigurd Rosted (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 26)51 Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby
62 DF Stefan Strandberg (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 30)130 Flag of Russia.svg Ural
142 DF Omar Elabdellaoui (vice-captain) (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 28)490 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray
162 DF Jonas Svensson (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 27)190 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ Alkmaar
172 DF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 29)271 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray
2 DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 34)314 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg
2 DF Haitam Aleesami (1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 29)310 Flag of Russia.svg Rostov

83 MF Stefan Johansen (captain) (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 29)556 Flag of England.svg Fulham
103 MF Martin Ødegaard (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 21)251 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
113 MF Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 26)286 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
153 MF Sander Berge (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22)241 Flag of England.svg Sheffield United
183 MF Fredrik Midtsjø (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 27)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ Alkmaar
193 MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 28)583 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg
213 MF Mathias Normann (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 24)71 Flag of Russia.svg Rostov
223 MF Morten Thorsby (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 24)30 Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria
3 MF Patrick Berg (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 22)00 Flag of Norway.svg Bodø/Glimt

74 FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 28)5117 Flag of England.svg Bournemouth
94 FW Alexander Sørloth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 24)279 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig
204 FW Jens Petter Hauge (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of Italy.svg Milan
234 FW Erling Haaland (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 (age 20)76 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the Norway squad within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Ørjan Nyland INJ (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 30)280 Unattached v. Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia , 8 October 2020
GK Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 31)30 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 18 November 2019

DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 31)290 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 7 September 2020
DF Ruben Gabrielsen (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 28)00 Flag of France.svg Toulouse v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 7 September 2020
DF Andreas Hanche-Olsen (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 7 September 2020

MF Iver Fossum (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 25)141 Flag of Denmark.svg AaB v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 7 September 2020
MF Ole Selnæs (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26)322 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shenzhen v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 18 November 2019
MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 25)231 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 18 November 2019
MF Fredrik Ulvestad (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 (age 28)30 Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgården v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 18 November 2019

FW Tarik Elyounoussi (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 32)6010 Flag of Japan.svg Shonan Bellmare v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 18 November 2019
Notes

Individual all-time records

John Arne Riise is the most capped male player in the history of Norway with 110 caps. John Arne Riise2.JPG
John Arne Riise is the most capped male player in the history of Norway with 110 caps.
  Still active players are highlighted

Top appearances

#NameCareerMatches
1 John Arne Riise 2000–2013110
2 Thorbjørn Svenssen 1947–1962104
3 Henning Berg 1992–2004100
4 Erik Thorstvedt 1982–199697
5 John Carew 1998–201191
Brede Hangeland 2002–201491
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–200386
8 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–200083
Morten Gamst Pedersen 2004–201483
10 Steffen Iversen 1998–201179

Last updated: 8 September 2019
Source: RSSSF.no

Top goalscorers

Jorgen Juve is the top male goalscorer in the history of Norway with 33 goals. JorgenJuve.jpg
Jørgen Juve is the top male goalscorer in the history of Norway with 33 goals.
#NameCareerGoalsMatchesAverage
1 Jørgen Juve 1928–193733450.73
2 Einar Gundersen 1917–192826330.79
3 Harald Hennum 1949–196025430.58
4 John Carew 1998–201124910.26
5 Ole Gunnar Solskjær 1995–200723670.34
Tore André Flo 1995–200423760.30
7 Gunnar Thoresen 1946–195922640.34
8 Steffen Iversen 1998–201121790.27
9 Jan Åge Fjørtoft 1986–199620710.28
10 Odd Iversen 1967–197919450.42
Olav Nilsen 1962–197119620.31
Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–200319860.22

Last updated: 8 September 2019
Source: RSSSF.no

Managers

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 14 October 2020. [13] [14]

ManagerNationalityTenurePWDLFAFinals
Willibald Hahn Flag of Austria.svg Austria1 August 1953 – 31 December 19552677122842
Ron Lewin Flag of England.svg England1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957175482538
Edmund Majowski Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Poland1 January 1958 – 15 September 19585311108
Ragnar Larsen Flag of Norway.svg Norway16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958100114
Kristian Henriksen Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959103071529
Wilhelm Kment Flag of Austria.svg Austria1 January 1960 – 15 August 19622062123245
Ragnar Larsen Flag of Norway.svg Norway16 August 1962 – 31 December 196633117154774
Wilhelm Kment Flag of Austria.svg Austria1 January 1967 – 31 December 19692593133961
Øivind Johannessen Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 January 1970 – 31 December 19711742111843
George Curtis Flag of England.svg England1 January 1972 – August 19741732121730
Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
Flag of Norway.svg NorwayAugust 1974 – 31 December 19772764172652
Tor Røste Fossen Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 January 1978 – 30 June 19879428283896119
Tord Grip Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988704337
Ingvar Stadheim Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 July 1988 – 10 October 19902458113237
Egil Olsen Flag of Norway.svg Norway11 October 1990 – 30 June 19988846261616863 1994 World Cup  – Group stage
1998 World Cup  – Round of 16
Nils Johan Semb Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003682921188961 Euro 2000  – Group stage
Åge Hareide Flag of Norway.svg Norway1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008582418168865
Egil Olsen Flag of Norway.svg Norway14 January 2009 – 27 September 201349258166150
Per-Mathias Høgmo Flag of Norway.svg Norway27 September 2013 – 16 November 201635107183349
Lars Lagerbäck Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden1 February 2017 3418886034

All-time team record

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2019. [15]

Results and fixtures

2019

15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Norway  Flag of Norway.svg4–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Oslo, Norway
18:00 (UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 10,400
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
18 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Malta  Flag of Malta.svg1–2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45 (UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 2,708
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)

2020

4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Oslo, Norway
20:45
Report
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: NIL [16]
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg1–5Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Belfast, Northern Ireland
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: NIL [17]
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
8 October 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Oslo, Norway
18:00
Report
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Norway  Flag of Norway.svg4–0Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Oslo, Norway
18:00
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
TBD Friendly Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svgvFlag of Norway.svg  Norway TBD, Denmark
Report Stadium: TBD

Honours

Major:

Regional:

Kit suppliers

Kit providerPeriod
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1976–1980
Flag of Denmark.svg Hummel 1981–1991
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1992–1996
Flag of England.svg Umbro 1996–2014
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2015–present

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. [18] The new partnership will run until at least 2021.

See also

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