Norway national football team

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Nickname(s) Drillos [lower-alpha 1]
Løvene (The Lions)
Association Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ståle Solbakken
Captain Martin Ødegaard
Most caps John Arne Riise (110)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
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FIFA ranking
Current 41 Increase2.svg 4 (31 March 2022) [1]
Highest2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest88 (July 2017)
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) [2]
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)
UEFA European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000 )
Best resultGroup 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. In February 2019, they were ranked by FIFA at No. 48. [3] Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).

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, [4] 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 finals 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. [5]

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 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 [6] 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. [7]

Team image


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National football team of Norway, before the match with Bulgaria, 3-09-2015

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. [8] 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. [9]

Kit suppliers

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

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 the United Kingdom.svg Umbro 1996–2014
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2015–present

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss


2 June 2021 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–0Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Malaga, Spain
Haaland Soccerball shade.svg90+2' Report Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
6 June 2021 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–2Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Malaga, Spain
19:00 Report Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg0–2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Riga, Latvia
18:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Daugava Stadium
Referee: David Fuxman (Israel)
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Norway  Flag of Norway.svg5–1Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar Oslo, Norway
20:45 UTC+1
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Nikolas Neokleous (Cyprus)
13 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Norway  Flag of Norway.svg0–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Oslo, Norway
18:00 UTC+1 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)


25 March 2022 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg2–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Oslo, Norway
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
29 March 2022 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg9–0Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Oslo, Norway
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
27 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Norway  Flag of Norway.svgvFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Norway
20:45 UTC+2 Report


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches against Serbia, Sweden and Slovenia on 2, 5, 9 and 12 June 2022. [11]

Caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Armenia. [12]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 31)340 Flag of England.svg Reading
1 GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 32)110 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg
1 GK Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 32)50 Flag of Norway.svg Aalesund

2 DF Birger Meling (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 27)260 Flag of France.svg Rennes
2 DF Stefan Strandberg (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 31)241 Flag of Italy.svg Salernitana
2 DF Andreas Hanche-Olsen (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 25)100 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
2 DF Marcus Holmgren Pedersen (2000-07-16) 16 July 2000 (age 21)90 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
2 DF Julian Ryerson (1997-11-17) 17 November 1997 (age 24)90 Flag of Germany.svg Union Berlin
2 DF Fredrik André Bjørkan (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 23)40 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
2 DF Marius Lode (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 29)20 Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04
2 DF Leo Skiri Østigård (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
2 DF Brede Moe (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of Norway.svg Bodø/Glimt

3 MF Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 27)419 Flag of England.svg Southampton
3 MF Martin Ødegaard (captain) (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 23)392 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
3 MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 27)313 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Nürnberg
3 MF Sander Berge (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 24)261 Flag of England.svg Sheffield United
3 MF Morten Thorsby (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 26)120 Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria
3 MF Mathias Normann (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 25)121 Flag of England.svg Norwich City
3 MF Patrick Berg (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 24)90 Flag of France.svg Lens
3 MF Jens Petter Hauge (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 22)80 Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt
3 MF Fredrik Aursnes (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 26)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
3 MF Dennis Johnsen (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of Italy.svg Venezia

4 FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 30)5920 Flag of England.svg Watford
4 FW Alexander Sørloth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 26)3814 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad
4 FW Erling Haaland (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 (age 21)1715 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund
4 FW Kristian Thorstvedt (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 23)134 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk
4 FW Veton Berisha (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 28)91 Flag of Norway.svg Viking

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 Jacob Karlstrøm (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 25)00 Flag of Norway.svg Molde v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 29 March 2022
GK Viljar Myhra (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Norway.svg Strømsgodset v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 11 October 2021
GK Per Kristian Bråtveit (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 26)10 Flag of France.svg Nîmes v. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey , 8 October 2021 INJ

DF Stian Rode Gregersen (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 27)50 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 29 March 2022
DF Kristoffer Ajer (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 24)260 Flag of England.svg Brentford v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 29 March 2022
DF Omar Elabdellaoui (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 30)490 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 25 March 2022 WD
DF Anders Trondsen (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 27)40 Flag of Turkey.svg Trabzonspor v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 16 November 2021
DF Ruben Gabrielsen (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 30)20 Flag of the United States.svg Austin FC v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 16 November 2021
DF Jonas Svensson (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 29)231 Flag of Turkey.svg Adana Demirspor v. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey , 8 October 2021 INJ

MF Ola Solbakken (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of Norway.svg Bodø/Glimt v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 25 March 2022 WD
MF Fredrik Midtsjø (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 28)110 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 16 November 2021 INJ
MF Iver Fossum (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 25)141 Flag of Denmark.svg AaB v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 11 October 2021
MF Aron Dønnum (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 24)20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège v. Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar , 7 September 2021
MF Kristoffer Zachariassen (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 28)10 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece , 6 June 2021

FW Thomas Lehne Olsen (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 30)10 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 16 November 2021
FW Ohi Omoijuanfo (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 28)10 Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 11 October 2021
FW Erik Botheim (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 22)00Unattachedv. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 1 September 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
QUA Placed in mandatory quarantine
WD Withdrew due to non-injury issue.

Player records

As of 29 March 2022 [13]
Players in bold are still active with Norway.

Top appearances

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.
1 John Arne Riise 110162000–2013
2 Thorbjørn Svenssen 10401947–1962
3 Henning Berg 10091992–2004
4 Erik Thorstvedt 9701982–1996
5 John Carew 91241998–2011
Brede Hangeland 9142002–2014
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 86191990–2003
8 Kjetil Rekdal 83171987–2000
Morten Gamst Pedersen 83172004–2014
10 Steffen Iversen 79211998–2011

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.
1 Jørgen Juve 33450.731928–1937
2 Einar Gundersen 26330.791917–1928
3 Harald Hennum 25430.581949–1960
4 John Carew 24910.261998–2011
5 Ole Gunnar Solskjær 23670.341995–2007
Tore André Flo 23760.31995–2004
7 Gunnar Thoresen 22640.341946–1959
8 Steffen Iversen 21790.271998–2011
9 Joshua King 20590.342012–present
Jan Åge Fjørtoft 20710.281986–1996

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 Round of 1612th100112 Squad 211065
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDid 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 stage17th311111 Squad 10721255
Flag of France.svg 1998 Round of 1615th412155 Squad 8620212
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 10532158
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalRound of 163/21823378136493354185186

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).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 stage9th311111 Squad 10811219
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 determinedTo be determined
TotalGroup stage1/16311111125472553167171

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 3 641172Green Arrow Up Darker.svg26th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 B 1 6312127Equals-sign-blue.gif22nd
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 B To be determined

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908 Did not enter
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912 Quarter-finals100107 Squad
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 210135 Squad
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Did not enter
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Bronze medal4301104 Squad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not enter
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round of 16100114 Squad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Did not enter
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Group stage311132 Squad
Since 1992 Olympics football has been an under-23 tournament
TotalBronze medal115151722

All-time team record

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 11 October 2021. [14]


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 29 March 2022. [15] [16]

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 – 6 December 20203418886034
Leif Gunnar Smerud Flag of Norway.svg Norway18 November 2020101011
Ståle Solbakken Flag of Norway.svg Norway7 December 2020 148332810



See also


  1. In the period when Egil 'Drillo' Olsen was head coach.

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