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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 Group Stage, 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 any of the matches it has had 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. Olsen resigned in September 2013 after Norway lost at home to Switzerland and failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was replaced with Per-Mathias Høgmo.

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. Between the 80's and the 90's, Norway used the NFF logo in the opposite breast of the shirt together with the national flag on a white circle.

Championship records[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938 Round 1 12 1 0 0 1 1 2
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
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
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 TBD - - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total Round of 16 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
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify
AustriaSwitzerland 2008
PolandUkraine 2012
France 2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1/14 3 1 1 1 1 1

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Legend
Group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team among all groups directly qualify for the finals
Remaining eight third-placed teams advance to the play-offs
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Azerbaijan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Azerbaijan Bulgaria Croatia Italy Malta Norway
Azerbaijan  9 Sep '14 3 Sep '15 10 Oct '15 28 Mar '15 16 Nov '14
Bulgaria  13 Oct '15 10 Oct '14 28 Mar '15 16 Nov '14 3 Sep '15
Croatia  13 Oct '14 10 Oct '15 12 Jun '15 9 Sep '14 28 Mar '15
Italy  10 Oct '14 6 Sep '15 16 Nov '14 3 Sep '15 13 Oct '15
Malta  6 Sep '15 12 Jun '15 13 Oct '15 13 Oct '14 10 Oct '14
Norway  12 Jun '15 13 Oct '14 6 Sep '15 9 Sep '14 10 Oct '15


Current squad[edit]

The following squad was called up for the friendly matches against France on 27 May 2014 in Paris, France and Russia on 31 May 2014 in Oslo, Norway.[5]
Caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2014 after the match against Russia.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 29) 37 0 Germany Hertha Berlin
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 23) 4 0 Norway Molde
22 1GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Norway Odd
5 2DF Brede Hangeland (1981-06-20) 20 June 1981 (age 33) 91 4 Unattached
2 2DF Tom Høgli (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 30) 41 2 Denmark Copenhagen
6 2DF Håvard Nordtveit (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 24) 15 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
14 2DF Vegard Forren (1988-02-16) 16 February 1988 (age 26) 13 0 Norway Molde
3 2DF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Norway Molde
13 2DF Johan Lædre Bjørdal (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Denmark AGF
18 2DF André Danielsen (1985-01-20) 20 January 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Norway Viking
4 2DF Stian Ringstad (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Norway Lillestrøm
11 3MF Morten Gamst Pedersen (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 32) 80 17 Norway Rosenborg
21 3MF Daniel Braaten (1982-05-25) 25 May 1982 (age 32) 52 4 Unattached
19 3MF Ruben Yttergård Jenssen (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 26) 32 0 Germany Kaiserslautern
15 3MF Alexander Tettey (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 28) 18 0 England Norwich City
16 3MF Valon Berisha (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 21) 13 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
8 3MF Stefan Johansen (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 23) 9 1 Scotland Celtic
23 3MF Anders Konradsen (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 23) 5 1 France Rennes
20 3MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 19) 5 0 Wales Cardiff City
9 3MF Jone Samuelsen (1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 30) 2 0 Norway Odd
10 4FW Tarik Elyounoussi (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 26) 31 8 Germany Hoffenheim
7 4FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22) 11 2 England Blackburn Rovers
17 4FW Håvard Nielsen (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 20) 5 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]
DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 28) 21 2 Norway Rosenborg v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
DF Per Egil Flo (1989-01-18) 18 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Norway Molde v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Germany Nürnberg v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
DF Jonathan Parr (1988-10-21) 21 October 1988 (age 25) 9 0 England Ipswich Town v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
DF Omar Elabdellaoui (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Czech Republic, 5 March 2014 [8]
DF Fredrik Semb Berge (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Denmark Brøndby v.  Czech Republic, 5 March 2014 [8]
DF Espen Ruud (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 30) 35 1 Denmark OB v.  Poland, 18 January 2014 [7]
DF Ruben Kristiansen (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Norway Vålerenga 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 23) 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 Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig v.  Sweden, 14 August 2013 [a] [10]
MF Per Ciljan Skjelbred (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 27) 23 1 Germany Hamburg v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
MF Yann-Erik de Lanlay (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 22) 4 1 Norway Viking v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
MF Magnus Wolff Eikrem (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 23) 15 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  Czech Republic, 5 March 2014 [8]
MF Harmeet Singh (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Norway Molde 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 23) 2 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Poland, 18 January 2014 [7]
MF Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Norway Molde 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] [11]
MF Ardian Gashi[b] (1981-06-20) 20 June 1981 (age 33) 14 0 Sweden Helsingborg v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013 [12]
MF Øyvind Storflor (1979-12-18) 18 December 1979 (age 34) 4 0 Norway Strømsgodset v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013 [12]
MF Christian Grindheim (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 30) 53 2 Norway Vålerenga v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2013 [a] [12]
MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 21) 18 1 Netherlands AZ v.  Sweden, 14 August 2013 [10]
FW Mohammed Abdellaoue (1985-10-23) 23 October 1985 (age 28) 32 7 Germany Stuttgart v.  France, 27 May 2014 [a] [5]
FW Erik Huseklepp (1984-09-05) 5 September 1984 (age 29) 36 7 Norway Brann v.  Czech Republic, 5 March 2014 [8]
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 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig v.  Poland, 18 January 2014 [7]
FW Marcus Pedersen (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 24) 6 1 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Scotland, 19 November 2013 [13]
FW Frode Johnsen (1974-03-17) 17 March 1974 (age 40) 35 10 Norway Odd v.  Iceland, 15 October 2013 [12]
FW Alexander Søderlund (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 26) 15 0 Norway Rosenborg v.   Switzerland, 10 September 2013 [14]
Notes
  • [a] Player withdrew from the squad.
  • [b] Ardian Gashi has changed his international eligibility to Kosovo.

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
Brede Hangeland 2002–present 91
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 86
8 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–2000 83
9 Morten Gamst Pedersen 2004–present 80
10 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 79

Last updated: 1 June 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: 1 June 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 28 May 2014.[15][16]

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 1974 – 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 8 1 2 5 6 17

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 15 August 2012.[17]

Kit Suppliers[edit]

Since 1996, Norway's kit have been supplied by Umbro. They took over from Adidas who supplied Norway's kit between 1994 to 1996.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

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