Norway national under-21 football team

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Norway Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)U21-landslaget
AssociationFootball Association of Norway
(Norges Fotballforbund)
Head coachLeif Gunnar Smerud
Most capsTommy Svindal Larsen (41)
Top scorerSteffen Iversen (17)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best result3rd place (1998, 2013)

The Norway national under-21 football team, controlled by the Football Association of Norway, is the national football team of Norway for players of 21 years of age or under at the start of a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign. The team has reached the European Championship finals twice, in 1998 and 2013, winning bronze medals on both occasions.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Europe 1978 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 9
Europe 1980 6 1 3 2 5 12
Europe 1982 4 1 1 2 5 6
Europe 1984 6 0 2 4 6 15
Europe 1986 6 2 2 2 10 9
Europe 1988 6 0 3 3 3 7
Europe 1990 6 1 2 3 3 7
Europe 1992 6 3 1 2 13 6
France 1994 10 6 1 3 20 13
Spain 1996 10 7 0 3 32 13
Romania 1998 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 3 2 0 1 3 1 8 5 2 1 22 10
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 12 7 1 4 22 15
Switzerland 2002 10 6 0 4 21 12
Germany 2004 10 7 1 2 23 9
Portugal 2006 10 4 2 4 14 13
Netherlands 2007 2 0 1 1 1 2
Sweden 2009 8 3 3 2 7 6
Denmark 2011 8 2 1 5 14 18
Israel 2013 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 4 1 2 1 6 7 10 6 1 3 18 11
Czech Republic 2015 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 11 19
Poland 2017 10 6 1 3 13 12
ItalySan Marino 2019 10 4 3 3 15 13
Total 3rd 2/22 7 3 2 2 9 8 170 76 31 63 284 237

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendlies against Sweden on 7 June 2019 and Denmark on 10 June 2019.[1]

Statistics correct as of 24 August 2019.[2]

* Players in bold have played at least one full international match for Norway's senior national team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Christian Kjetil Haug (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Norway Vålerenga
12 1GK Emil Ødegaard (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Grorud
2 2DF Fredrik André Bjørkan (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt
3 2DF Lars Ranger (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Norway Ullensaker/Kisa
4 2DF Tord Johnsen Salte (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Viking
5 2DF Odin Bjørtuft (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Norway Odd
13 2DF Adrian Nilsen Pereira (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Norway Viking
15 2DF William Sell (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Mjøndalen
6 3MF Martin Tangen Vinjor (1999-09-29) 29 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Norway Kongsvinger
7 3MF Felix Myhre (1999-03-04) 4 March 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Norway Vålerenga
8 3MF Simen Bolkan Nordli (1999-12-25) 25 December 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Norway HamKam
10 3MF Magnus Grødem (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Norway Vålerenga
11 3MF Lars Olden Larsen (1998-09-17) 17 September 1998 (age 20) 2 1 Norway KFUM
14 3MF Andreas Hoven (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Norway Sogndal
18 3MF Dennis Johnsen (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 21) 13 2 Netherlands Heerenveen
9 4FW Birk Risa (1998-02-13) 13 February 1998 (age 21) 16 4 Norway Odd
16 4FW Olaus Jair Skarsem (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 21) 1 1 Norway Ranheim
17 4FW Rafik Zekhnini (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 21) 8 0 Netherlands Twente

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players still eligible for the U21 team (i.e. born in 1996 or later) have been called up since January 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Amund Wichne (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Norway Viking
3MF Sander Berge* (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Genk
4FW Zymer Bytyqi (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Norway Viking

Records[edit]

As of 22 March 2019[3]

Leading appearances[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Caps
1 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 41
2 Hai Ngoc Tran Kongsvinger 38
3 Harmeet Singh Vålerenga, Feyenoord 36
4 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 35
Petter Rudi Molde 35
6 Kristian Flittie Onstad Lyn 34
7 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 33
Steinar Pedersen Start, Borussia Dortmund 33
9 Trond Erik Bertelsen Haugesund, Fredrikstad 32
Thomas Holm Heerenveen, Vålerenga 32

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Leading goalscorers[edit]

As of 22 March 2019[3]
Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals
1 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 16
Tore André Flo Sogndal, Tromsø 15
3 Steffen Iversen Rosenborg, Tottenham Hotspur 14
4 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Clausenengen, Molde 13
5 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 12
Daniel Berg Hestad Molde 12
Frank Strandli Start, Leeds United 12
8 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 11
9 John Carew Vålerenga, Rosenborg, Valencia 10
Morten Gamst Pedersen Tromsø 10

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Past squads[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "https://www.fotball.no/landslag/norge-menn-u-21/2019/u21-troppen-til-privatlandskamper/" (in Norwegian). 30 May 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ Match report: Russia v Norway (28 March 2017), fotball.no. Retrieved 28 March 2017. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Norge Menn U21". www.fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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