Norway national football team

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Norway
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Per-Mathias Høgmo
Asst coach Jarl Torske
Captain Brede Hangeland
Most caps John Arne Riise (110)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
FIFA code NOR
FIFA ranking 56 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking 2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 60 (February 2014)
Elo ranking 56
Highest Elo ranking 6 (June 2000)
Lowest Elo ranking 91 (May–June 1976)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Sweden  11–3 Norway Norway
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
Norway Norway 12–0 Finland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
Denmark  12–0 Norway Norway
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1938)
Best result Round of 16, 1998
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2000)
Best result Round 1, 2000
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 1936 Berlin Team

The Norway national football team[2] represents Norway in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Norway, the governing body for football in Norway. Norway's home ground is Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo and their head coach is Per-Mathias Høgmo.[3] It is as of October 2013 currently ranked by FIFA as the 47th best national team in the world.[4]

Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the European Championship (2000).

Norway is also notable as the only national team that has never lost a match against Brazil. In four matches played, Norway has a record of two wins and two draws against Brazil, with one of those victories coming in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

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 hosts Germany earlier in the tournament. Norway also qualified for the 1938 World Cup, where they lost 2–1 after extra time against eventual champions Italy. This turned out to be 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 nations 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 reigning European champions 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 even ranked second on the FIFA World Rankings. 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 FIFA 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. In France 1998, Norway was 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.

The former under-21 coach Nils Johan Semb replaced Olsen after the planned retirement of the latter. Under Semb's guidance, Norway qualified for the 2000 European Championship, 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.

Norway's best single result is arguably the 2–1 win against Brazil on 23 June 1998 in the World Cup group stage (a game, before which Brazil were already the group winner). Norway is in fact the only team in the world that has played against Brazil and never lost. In its four matches all-time against Brazil, Norway have won twice, and drawn on the other two occasions.

Crest[edit]

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 complaints were received the crest was dropped.

Championship records[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1938 Round 1 12 1 0 0 1 1 2
Brazil 1950 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Group Stage 17 3 1 1 1 1 1
France 1998 Round of 16 15 4 1 2 1 5 5
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Russia 2018 TBD - - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 3/20 8 2 3 3 7 8
 

European Championship[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - -
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1/13 3 1 1 1 1 1

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

Legend
Group winners directly qualify for the finals
The eight best group runners-up advance to the play-offs
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
 Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
 Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
 Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5
  Albania Cyprus Iceland Norway Slovenia Switzerland
Albania  3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Cyprus  0–0 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0
Iceland  2–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 0–2
Norway  0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Slovenia  1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Switzerland   2–0 1–0 4–4 1–1 1–0


Current squad[edit]

The following squad was called up for the friendly match against Czech Republic on 5 March 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.[5]

Statistics correct as of 5 March 2014.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 29) 36 0 Germany Hertha Berlin
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Norway Molde
5 2DF Brede Hangeland (1981-06-20) 20 June 1981 (age 32) 90 4 England Fulham
2 2DF Tom Høgli (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 30) 39 2 Belgium Club Brugge
23 2DF Vegard Forren (1988-02-16) 16 February 1988 (age 26) 12 0 Norway Molde
17 2DF Jonathan Parr (1988-10-21) 21 October 1988 (age 25) 9 0 England Crystal Palace
16 2DF Omar Elabdellaoui (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig
4 2DF Fredrik Semb Berge (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Norway Odd
13 2DF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Norway Molde
11 3MF Morten Gamst Pedersen (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 32) 79 17 Norway Rosenborg
21 3MF Daniel Braaten (1982-05-25) 25 May 1982 (age 31) 51 4 Denmark Copenhagen
19 3MF Ruben Yttergård Jenssen (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 25) 30 0 Germany Kaiserslautern
15 3MF Per Ciljan Skjelbred (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 26) 23 1 Germany Hertha Berlin
14 3MF Alexander Tettey (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 28) 16 0 England Norwich City
7 3MF Magnus Wolff Eikrem (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 23) 15 0 Wales Cardiff City
8 3MF Håvard Nordtveit (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 23) 13 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
6 3MF Stefan Johansen (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 23) 7 1 Scotland Celtic
20 3MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Wales Cardiff City
18 4FW Erik Huseklepp (1984-09-05) 5 September 1984 (age 29) 36 7 Norway Brann
9 4FW Mohammed Abdellaoue (1985-10-23) 23 October 1985 (age 28) 32 7 Germany Stuttgart
10 4FW Tarik Elyounoussi (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 26) 29 8 Germany Hoffenheim
22 4FW Håvard Nielsen (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 20) 3 1 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Norway Aalesund v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
GK Kenneth Høie (1979-09-11) 11 September 1979 (age 34) 1 0 Sweden Djurgården v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Norway Odd v.   Switzerland, 10 September 2013[8]
DF Espen Ruud (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 30) 35 1 Denmark OB v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 28) 21 2 Norway Rosenborg v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Norway Molde v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Ruben Kristiansen (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Norway Tromsø v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Stefan Strandberg (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Jørgen Skjelvik (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
DF Lars Christopher Vilsvik (1988-10-18) 18 October 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Norway Strømsgodset v.  Moldova, 15 January 2014[a] [9]
DF Johan Lædre Bjørdal (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Denmark AGF v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013[10]
DF Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 22) 4 0 Germany Freiburg v.  Sweden, 14 August 2013[a] [11]
DF Kjetil Wæhler (1976-03-16) 16 March 1976 (age 38) 32 1 Sweden Göteborg v.  Macedonia, 11 June 2013[12]
DF Kim André Madsen (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Norway Strømsgodset v.  Macedonia, 11 June 2013[12]
MF Harmeet Singh (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Norway Molde v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
MF Yann-Erik de Lanlay (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 21) 4 1 Norway Viking v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
MF Thomas Kind Bendiksen (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Norway Tromsø v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
MF Abdisalam Ibrahim (1991-05-01) 1 May 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Greece Ergotelis v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
MF Magnus Lekven (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Denmark Esbjerg v.  Moldova, 15 January 2014[a] [13]
MF Anders Konradsen (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 23) 3 0 France Rennes v.  Scotland, 19 November 2013[14]
MF Ardian Gashi (1981-06-20) 20 June 1981 (age 32) 14 0 Sweden Helsingborg v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013[10]
MF Valon Berisha (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013[10]
MF Øyvind Storflor (1979-12-18) 18 December 1979 (age 34) 4 0 Norway Strømsgodset v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013[10]
MF Christian Grindheim (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 30) 53 2 Norway Vålerenga v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2013[a] [10]
MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 21) 18 1 Netherlands AZ v.  Sweden, 14 August 2013[11]
FW Ola Kamara (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 24) 6 1 Austria Austria Wien v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
FW Jo Inge Berget (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 23) 4 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
FW Mushaga Bakenga (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Denmark Esbjerg v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
FW Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Norway Molde v.  Poland, 18 January 2014[7]
FW Marcus Pedersen (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 23) 6 1 England Barnsley v.  Scotland, 19 November 2013[14]
FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22) 9 2 England Blackburn Rovers v.  Denmark, 15 November 2013[a] [15]
FW Frode Johnsen (1974-03-17) 17 March 1974 (age 40) 35 10 Norway Odd v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013[10]
FW Alexander Søderlund (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 26) 15 0 Norway Rosenborg v.   Switzerland, 10 September 2013[8]
Notes
  • [a] Player withdrew from the squad.

Notes[edit]


Individual all-time records[edit]

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

Top Appearances[edit]

# Player Career Matches
1 John Arne Riise 2000–2013 110
2 Thorbjørn Svenssen 1947–1962 104
3 Henning Berg 1992–2004 100
4 Erik Thorstvedt 1982–1996 97
5 John Carew 1998–2011 91
6 Brede Hangeland 2002–present 90
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 86
8 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–2000 83
9 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 79
Morten Gamst Pedersen 2004–present 79

Last updated: 5 March 2014
Source: RSSSF.no

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Jørgen Juve is the top goalscorer in the history of Norway with 33 goals.
# Player Career Goals Matches Average
1 Jørgen Juve 1928–1937 33 45 0.73
2 Einar Gundersen 1917–1928 26 33 0.79
3 Harald Hennum 1949–1960 25 43 0.58
4 John Carew 1998–2011 24 91 0.26
5 Ole Gunnar Solskjær 1995–2007 23 67 0.34
Tore André Flo 1995–2004 23 76 0.30
7 Gunnar Thoresen 1946–1959 22 64 0.34
8 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 21 79 0.27
9 Jan Åge Fjørtoft 1986–1996 20 71 0.28
10 Odd Iversen 1967–1979 19 45 0.42
Olav Nilsen 1962–1971 19 62 0.31
Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 19 86 0.22

Last updated: 5 March 2014
Source: RSSSF.no

Managers[edit]

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 15 October 2013.[16][17]

Manager Nationality Tenure P W D L F A Finals
Hahn, WillibaldWillibald Hahn Austria Austria 1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955 26 7 7 12 28 42
Lewin, RonRon Lewin England England 1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957 17 5 4 8 25 38
Majowski, EdmundEdmund Majowski Poland Poland 1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958 5 3 1 1 10 8
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen Norway Norway 16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958 1 0 0 1 1 4
Henriksen, KristianKristian Henriksen Norway Norway 1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959 10 3 0 7 15 29
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment Austria Austria 1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962 20 6 2 12 32 45
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen Norway Norway 16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966 33 11 7 15 47 74
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment Austria Austria 1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969 25 9 3 13 39 61
Johannessen, ØivindØivind Johannessen Norway Norway 1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971 17 4 2 11 18 43
Curtis, GeorgeGeorge Curtis England England 1 January 1972 – August 1974 17 4 2 11 18 43
Schou-Andreassen, KjellKjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
Norway Norway August 1970 – 31 December 1977 27 6 4 17 26 52
Fossen, Tor RøsteTor Røste Fossen Norway Norway 1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987 94 28 28 38 96 119
Grip, TordTord Grip Sweden Sweden 1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988 7 0 4 3 3 7
Stadheim, IngvarIngvar Stadheim Norway Norway 1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990 24 5 8 11 32 37
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen Norway Norway 11 October 1990 – 30 June 1998 88 46 26 16 168 63 1994 World Cup – Group stage
1998 World Cup – Round of 16
Semb, Nils JohanNils Johan Semb Norway Norway 1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003 68 29 21 18 89 61 Euro 2000 – Group stage
Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide Norway Norway 1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008 58 24 18 16 88 65
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen Norway Norway 14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013 48 25 8 15 62 46
Høgmo, Per-MathiasPer-Mathias Høgmo Norway Norway 27 September 2013 6 1 1 4 4 11

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 15 August 2012.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]