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
Captain Per Ciljan Skjelbred
Most caps John Arne Riise (110)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
FIFA code NOR
FIFA ranking 64 Increase 6 (4 June 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 76 (September 2014)
Elo ranking 59 (31 March 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 6 (June 2000)
Lowest Elo ranking 91 (May–June 1976)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
 Norway 12–0 Finland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 12–0 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 medal – third place 1936 Berlin Team

The Norway national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball) 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.[2] It is as of June 2015 currently ranked by FIFA as the 64th best national team in the world.[3]

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 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 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.[4]

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
East Germany 1974
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 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 - - - - - - -
2026 TBD - - - - - - -
2030 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
East Germany 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]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia Italy Norway Bulgaria Azerbaijan Malta
1  Croatia 6 4 2 0 16 3 +13 14 Advance to final tournament 1–1 5–1 10 Oct 6–0 2–0
2  Italy 6 3 3 0 9 5 +4 12 1–1 13 Oct 6 Sep 2–1 3 Sep
3  Norway 6 3 1 2 7 8 −1 10 Final tournament or play-offs 6 Sep 0–2 2–1 0–0 10 Oct
4  Bulgaria 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–2 3 Sep 13 Oct 1–1
5  Azerbaijan 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4 3 Sep 10 Oct 0–1 1–2 2–0
6  Malta 6 0 1 5 1 10 −9 1 13 Oct 0–1 0–3 0–1 6 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 12 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Current squad[edit]

The following squad was called up for the friendly match against Sweden on 8 June 2015 and the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan on 12 June 2015 on Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, Norway.[5]
Caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2015 after the game against Azerbaijan. [6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 30) 38 0 Germany Hertha Berlin
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 24) 13 0 Germany Ingolstadt 04
22 1GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Norway Rosenborg
2 2DF Tom Høgli (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 31) 46 2 Denmark Copenhagen
3 2DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 26) 6 0 Germany Nürnberg
4 2DF Steffen Hagen (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 29) 3 0 Norway Odd
6 2DF Håvard Nordtveit (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 25) 24 2 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
14 2DF Omar Elabdellaoui (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 23) 15 0 Greece Olympiacos
16 2DF Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 24) 4 0 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig
17 2DF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 23) 12 0 Norway Molde
21 2DF Vegard Forren (1988-02-16) 16 February 1988 (age 27) 23 0 Norway Molde
5 3MF Alexander Tettey (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 29) 24 1 England Norwich City
8 3MF Stefan Johansen (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 24) 18 1 Scotland Celtic
10 3MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Netherlands AZ
11 3MF Martin Ødegaard (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 16) 6 0 Spain Real Madrid
15 3MF Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Captain) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 28) 32 1 Germany Hertha Berlin
19 3MF Magnus Wolff Eikrem (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 24) 16 0 Sweden Malmö
23 3MF Anders Konradsen (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 24) 8 1 France Rennes
7 4FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 23) 17 4 England Bournemouth
9 4FW Alexander Søderlund (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 27) 19 0 Norway Rosenborg
13 4FW Adama Diomande (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Norway Stabæk
18 4FW Håvard Nielsen (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 21) 13 2 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig
20 4FW Pål André Helland (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Norway Rosenborg

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 25) 2 0 Norway Aalesund v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] [5]
DF Stefan Strandberg (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] [5]
DF Ruben Gabrielsen (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Norway Molde v.  Croatia, 28 March 2015 [7]
DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 29) 21 2 Norway Rosenborg v.  Croatia, 28 March 2015 INJ [a] [7]
DF Per Egil Flo (1989-01-18) 18 January 1989 (age 26) 4 0 Norway Molde v.  Azerbaijan, 16 November 2014 [8]
DF André Danielsen (1985-01-20) 20 January 1985 (age 30) 2 0 Norway Viking v.  Bulgaria, 13 October 2014 [9]
DF Fredrik Semb Berge (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 25) 3 0 Norway Molde v.  Italy, 9 September 2014 [10]
DF Thomas Grøgaard (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Norway Odd v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
MF Henning Hauger (1985-07-17) 17 July 1985 (age 29) 23 0 Sweden Elfsborg v.  Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015 [a] [5]
MF Jone Samuelsen (1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 31) 8 0 Norway Odd v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] [5]
MF Harmeet Singh (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Norway Molde v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] [5]
MF Valon Berisha (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 22) 13 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] [5]
MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 20) 12 1 Germany Freiburg v.  Croatia, 28 March 2015 INJ[7]
MF Ruben Yttergård Jenssen (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 27) 34 0 Germany Kaiserslautern v.  Italy, 9 September 2014 [10]
MF Morten Gamst Pedersen (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 33) 83 17 Norway Rosenborg v.  Italy, 9 September 2014 [10]
MF Christian Grindheim (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 31) 54 2 Norway Vålerenga v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
MF Fredrik Ulvestad (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 (age 23) 1 0 England Burnley v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
FW Tarik Elyounoussi (Vice-captain) (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 27) 39 9 Germany Hoffenheim v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015
FW Mohamed Elyounoussi (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Norway Molde v.  Sweden, 8 June 2015
FW Mohammed Abdellaoue (1985-10-23) 23 October 1985 (age 29) 33 7 Germany Stuttgart v.  Croatia, 28 March 2015 [7]
FW Fredrik Gulbrandsen (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Norway Molde v.  Azerbaijan, 16 November 2014 INJ [8]
FW Ola Kamara (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 25) 7 1 Norway Molde v.  Italy, 9 September 2014 [10]
FW Marcus Pedersen (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 25) 7 1 Norway Brann v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
FW Yann-Erik de Lanlay (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Norway Viking v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
FW Fredrik Brustad (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Sweden AIK v.  United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2014 [11]
Notes
  • [a] Withdrew from squad.
  • INJ Injured or recovering from surgery.
  • SUS Suspended from competitive match.
  • RET Retired from international football.

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 2002–2014 91
7 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 86
8 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–2000 83
Morten Gamst Pedersen 2004–present 83
10 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 79

Last updated: 9 September 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: 9 September 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 12 June 2015.[12][13]

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 19 4 6 9 14 28

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 16 November 2014.[14]

Kit Suppliers[edit]

Since 1996, Norway's kit have been supplied by Umbro. They took over from Adidas who supplied Norway's kit between 1992 to 1996.

Norway and Nike have announced a new partnership that will see the sportswear provider become the official Norwegian team kit supplier from 1 January 2015.

Nike are replacing Umbro , who have been the official jersey supplier since 1996. The new partnership will run until at least 2021.

The new Nike Norway kits are expected to be unveiled at the beginning of the partnership in 1 January 2015.

See also[edit]

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