Norway national football team
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Lars Lagerbäck|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||81 (9 March 2017)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||84 (November 2016, January 2017)|
|Current||71 (24 February 2017)|
|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, 1998|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 2000|
|Olympic medal record|
The Norway men's national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball) represents Norway in international 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 Lars Lagerbäck. It is, as of March 2017, ranked by FIFA as the 81st best national team in the world.
Norway is also notable as the only national team that has never lost any of the matches it has played against Brazil. In four matches played, Norway has a 2–0–2 (2 wins and 2 draws) record against Brazil, with one of those victories coming in the 1998 World Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest
- 3 Championship records
- 4 FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Individual all-time records
- 7 Managers
- 8 All-time team record
- 9 Results and fixtures
- 10 Kit suppliers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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 FIFA 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 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 the 1998 World Cup in France, 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.
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 failed to qualify for the 2014 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 match before Brazil had clinched first-place in the group). 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.
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
Main article: Norway at the FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Championship
Main article: Norway at the UEFA European Football Championship
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying
|1||Germany||4||4||0||0||16||0||+16||12||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2–0||8 Oct||3–0||4 Sep||10 Jun|
|2||Northern Ireland||4||2||1||1||8||2||+6||7||Possible second round[a]||5 Oct||—||4–0||4 Sep||26 Mar||4–0|
|3||Azerbaijan||4||2||1||1||2||4||−2||7||26 Mar||10 Jun||—||5 Oct||1–0||4 Sep|
|4||Czech Republic||4||1||2||1||2||4||−2||5||1 Sep||0–0||0–0||—||2–1||8 Oct|
|5||Norway||4||1||0||3||5||7||−2||3||0–3||8 Oct||1 Sep||10 Jun||—||4–1|
|6||San Marino||4||0||0||4||1||17||−16||0||0–8||1 Sep||0–1||26 Mar||5 Oct||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
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||25 October 1989||2||0||OB||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|DF||Haitam Aleesami||31 July 1991||12||0||Palermo||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|DF||Stefan Strandberg||25 July 1990||10||0||Hannover 96||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|DF||Thomas Rogne||29 June 1990||2||0||IFK Göteborg||v. Germany, 4 September 2016|
|DF||Martin Linnes||20 September 1991||15||0||Galatasaray||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|DF||Vegard Forren||16 February 1988||33||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|MF||Magnus Wolff Eikrem||8 August 1990||17||0||Malmö FF||v. Germany, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Valon Berisha KOS||7 February 1993||20||0||Red Bull Salzburg||v. Belarus, 31 August 2016|
|MF||Alexander Tettey RET||4 April 1986||34||3||Norwich City||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|MF||Per Ciljan Skjelbred RET||16 June 1987||43||1||Hertha BSC||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|MF||Martin Ødegaard||17 December 1998||9||0||Heerenveen||v. Belgium, 5 June 2016|
|MF||Iver Fossum||15 July 1996||3||0||Hannover 96||v. Belgium, 5 June 2016|
|MF||Ruben Yttergård Jenssen||4 May 1988||39||0||Groningen||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|MF||Martin Samuelsen||17 April 1997||3||1||Peterborough||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
|FW||Mohammed Abdellaoue||23 October 1985||33||7||Vålerenga||v. Germany, 4 September 2016|
|FW||Marcus Pedersen||8 June 1990||9||1||Strømsgodset||v. Iceland, 1 June 2016|
|FW||Pål André Helland||4 January 1990||6||1||Rosenborg||v. Czech Republic, 11 November 2016|
- [a] Withdrew from squad.
- INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
- RET Retired from international football.
- KOS Changed international eligibility to Kosovo.
Individual all-time records
|1||John Arne Riise||2000–2013||110|
|Morten Gamst Pedersen||2004–2014||83|
Last updated: 9 September 2014
|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: 9 September 2014
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 1 February 2017.
|Hahn, WillibaldWillibald Hahn||Austria||1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955||26||7||7||12||28||42|
|Lewin, RonRon Lewin||England||1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957||17||5||4||8||25||38|
|Majowski, EdmundEdmund Majowski||Poland||1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958||5||3||1||1||10||8|
|Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen||Norway||16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958||1||0||0||1||1||4|
|Henriksen, KristianKristian Henriksen||Norway||1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959||10||3||0||7||15||29|
|Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment||Austria||1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962||20||6||2||12||32||45|
|Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen||Norway||16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966||33||11||7||15||47||74|
|Kment, WilhelmWilhelm 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|
|Curtis, GeorgeGeorge Curtis||England||1 January 1972 – August 1974||17||4||2||11||18||43|
|Schou-Andreassen, KjellKjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
|Norway||August 1974 – 31 December 1977||27||6||4||17||26||52|
|Fossen, Tor RøsteTor Røste Fossen||Norway||1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987||94||28||28||38||96||119|
|Grip, TordTord Grip||Sweden||1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988||7||0||4||3||3||7|
|Stadheim, IngvarIngvar Stadheim||Norway||1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990||24||5||8||11||32||37|
|Olsen, EgilEgil 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
|Semb, Nils JohanNils Johan Semb||Norway||1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003||68||29||21||18||89||61||Euro 2000 – Group stage|
|Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide||Norway||1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008||58||24||18||16||88||65|
|Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen||Norway||14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013||48||25||8||15||62||46|
|Høgmo, Per-MathiasPer-Mathias Høgmo||Norway||27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016||35||10||7||18||33||44|
|Lagerbäck, LarsLars Lagerbäck||Sweden||1 February 2017 –||0||0||0||0||0||0|
All-time team record
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 5 June 2016.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2016|
|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||50%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||0||0||1||2||3||−1||0%|
|United Arab Emirates||3||1||2||0||5||2||+3||50%|
Results and fixtures
|24 March 2016 Friendly||Estonia||0–0||Norway||Tallinn, Estonia|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Referee: Andrew Dallas (Scotland)
|29 March 2016 Friendly||Norway||2–0||Finland||Oslo, Norway|
|Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
|29 May 2016 Friendly||Portugal||3–0||Norway||Porto, Portugal|
|Report||Stadium: Estádio do Dragão
Referee: Padraig Sutton (Republic of Ireland)
|1 June 2016 Friendly||Norway||3–2||Iceland||Oslo, Norway|
|Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)
|5 June 2016 Friendly||Belgium||3–2||Norway||Brussels, Belgium|
|18:00||R. Lukaku 3'
|Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|31 August 2016 Friendly||Norway||0–1||Belarus||Oslo, Norway|
|19:30||Summary||Krivets 56'||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
|4 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Norway||0–3||Germany||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
|8 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Azerbaijan||1–0||Norway||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|18:00||Medvedev 11'||Stadium: Baku National Stadium
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
|11 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Norway||4–1||San Marino||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||D. Simoncini 12' (o.g.)
|Stefanelli 54'||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|11 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Czech Republic||2–1||Norway||Prague, Czech Republic|
|King 87'||Stadium: Eden Arena
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
|26 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Northern Ireland||v||Norway||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|20:45||Stadium: Windsor Park
|10 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Norway||v||Czech Republic||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
|1 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Norway||v||Azerbaijan||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
|4 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Germany||v||Norway||TBD, Germany|
|5 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||San Marino||v||Norway||Serravalle, San Marino|
|20:45||Stadium: San Marino Stadium
|8 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Norway||v||Northern Ireland||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
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. The new partnership will run until at least until 2021.
- "Dette emblemet skal pryde den norske landslagsdrakta" [This crest shall adorn the national kit of Norway]. Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 December 2014
- Norges tropp til kamper mot Aserbajdsjan og San Marino, fotball.no (15 March 2017) (Norwegian)
- Norway national team statistics, eu-football-info. Accessed 1 September 2016.
- "National team coaches (1953–2011)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "Norwegian National Football Team Matches". NFF. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
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