Norway national football team
|Nickname(s)||Løvene (The Lions)|
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Lars Lagerbäck|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||44 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||88 (July 2017)|
|Current||39 6 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||6 (June 2000)|
|Lowest||91 (May–June 1976)|
| 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)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (2000)|
|Olympic medal record|
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., Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).
Norway is 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, in three friendlies 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 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.
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 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.
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.
FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Championship
UEFA Nations League
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||B||To be determined|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
|1||Spain||10||8||2||0||31||5||+26||26||Qualify for final tournament||—||3–0||2–1||5–0||4–0||7–0|
- Tied on head-to-head points (3) and goal difference (0). Head-to-head away goals: Faroe Islands 1, Malta 0.
- The following 23 players were called up for the two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches:
- Match date: 15 and 18 November 2019
- Opposition: Faroe Islands and Malta
- Caps and goals correct as of: 18 November 2019, after the match against Malta.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Rune Jarstein||29 September 1984||65||0||Hertha BSC|
|12||GK||Ørjan Nyland||10 September 1990||28||0||Aston Villa|
|22||GK||Sten Grytebust||25 October 1989||3||0||Copenhagen|
|14||DF||Omar Elabdellaoui (Captain)||5 December 1991||44||0||Olympiacos|
|4||DF||Tore Reginiussen||10 April 1986||29||4||Rosenborg|
|2||DF||Haitam Aleesami||31 July 1991||28||0||Amiens|
|5||DF||Even Hovland||14 February 1989||28||0||Rosenborg|
|16||DF||Jonas Svensson||6 March 1993||17||0||AZ|
|3||DF||Kristoffer Ajer||17 April 1998||14||0||Celtic|
|17||DF||Birger Meling||17 December 1994||11||0||Rosenborg|
|6||DF||Sigurd Rosted||22 July 1994||5||1||Brøndby|
|19||MF||Markus Henriksen||25 July 1992||54||3||Bristol City|
|18||MF||Ole Selnæs||7 July 1994||32||2||Shenzhen|
|20||MF||Mats Møller Dæhli||2 March 1995||23||1||Genk|
|15||MF||Sander Berge||14 February 1998||20||1||Sheffield United|
|8||MF||Iver Fossum||15 July 1996||14||1||AaB|
|13||MF||Fredrik Ulvestad||17 June 1992||3||0||Djurgården|
|21||MF||Morten Thorsby||5 May 1996||1||0||Sampdoria|
|10||FW||Tarik Elyounoussi||23 February 1988||60||10||Shonan Bellmare|
|7||FW||Joshua King||15 January 1992||46||17||Bournemouth|
|9||FW||Alexander Sørloth||5 December 1995||22||6||Trabzonspor|
|23||FW||Erling Braut Håland||21 July 2000||2||0||Borussia Dortmund|
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||Sondre Rossbach||7 February 1996||0||0||Odd||v. Romania, 15 October 2019|
|GK||André Hansen||17 December 1989||4||0||Rosenborg||v. Spain, 12 October 2019|
|GK||Per Kristian Bråtveit||15 February 1996||0||0||Djurgården||v. Sweden, 26 March 2019|
|DF||Jakob Glesnes||25 March 1994||0||0||Philadelphia Union||v. Romania, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Håvard NordtveitINJ||21 June 1990||52||2||Hoffenheim||v. Spain, 12 October 2019|
|DF||Ruben Gabrielsen||10 March 1992||0||0||Toulouse||v. Spain, 12 October 2019|
|DF||Martin Linnes||20 September 1991||23||1||Galatasaray||v. Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019|
|DF||Stefan Strandberg||25 July 1990||10||0||Trapani||v. Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019|
|MF||Stefan JohansenINJ (Captain)||8 January 1991||53||6||Fulham||v. Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT|
|MF||Mohamed ElyounoussiINJ||2 March 1994||22||5||Celtic||v. Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT|
|MF||Martin ØdegaardINJ||17 December 1998||22||1||Real Sociedad||v. Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT|
|MF||Fredrik MidtsjøINJ||11 August 1993||4||0||AZ||v. Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT|
|MF||Mathias NormannINJ||28 May 1996||2||0||Rostov||v. Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT|
|FW||Bjørn Maars Johnsen||6 November 1991||16||5||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Romania, 15 October 2019|
|FW||Ola Kamara||15 October 1989||17||7||D.C. United||v. Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019|
- WIT Withdrew from squad.
- INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
- RET Retired from international football.
Individual all-time records
|1||John Arne Riise||2000–2013||110|
|Morten Gamst Pedersen||2004–2014||83|
Last updated: 8 September 2019
|5||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||1995–2007||23||67||0.34|
|Tore André Flo||1995–2004||23||76||0.30|
|9||Jan Åge Fjørtoft||1986–1996||20||71||0.28|
Last updated: 8 September 2019
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 18 November 2019.
|Willibald Hahn||Austria||1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955||26||7||7||12||28||42|
|Ron Lewin||England||1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957||17||5||4||8||25||38|
|Edmund Majowski||Poland||1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958||5||3||1||1||10||8|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958||1||0||0||1||1||4|
|Kristian Henriksen||Norway||1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959||10||3||0||7||15||29|
|Wilhelm Kment||Austria||1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962||20||6||2||12||32||45|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966||33||11||7||15||47||74|
|Wilhelm Kment||Austria||1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969||25||9||3||13||39||61|
|Øivind Johannessen||Norway||1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971||17||4||2||11||18||43|
|George Curtis||England||1 January 1972 – August 1974||17||3||2||12||17||30|
|Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
|Norway||August 1974 – 31 December 1977||27||6||4||17||26||52|
|Tor Røste Fossen||Norway||1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987||94||28||28||38||96||119|
|Tord Grip||Sweden||1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988||7||0||4||3||3||7|
|Ingvar Stadheim||Norway||1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990||24||5||8||11||32||37|
|Egil Olsen||Norway||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||Norway||1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003||68||29||21||18||89||61||Euro 2000 – Group stage|
|Åge Hareide||Norway||1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008||58||24||18||16||88||65|
|Egil Olsen||Norway||14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013||49||25||8||16||61||50|
|Per-Mathias Høgmo||Norway||27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016||35||10||7||18||33||49|
|Lars Lagerbäck||Sweden||1 February 2017 –||29||15||8||6||48||28|
All-time team record
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2019.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2019|
|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%|
Results and fixtures
|23 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Spain||2–1||Norway||Valencia, Spain|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Mestalla Stadium|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|26 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Norway||3–3||Sweden||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|7 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Norway||2–2||Romania||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Faroe Islands||0–2||Norway||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands|
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Norway||2–0||Malta||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova)
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Sweden||1–1||Norway||Stockholm, Sweden|
||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|12 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Norway||1–1||Spain||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Romania||1–1||Norway||Bucharest, Romania|
||Stadium: Arena Națională|
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Norway||4–0||Faroe Islands||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|18 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Malta||1–2||Norway||Ta' Qali, Malta|
||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
|26 March 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs||Norway||v||Serbia||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
|Le Coq Sportif||1976–1980|
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. The new partnership will run until at least 2021.
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