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Norway national football team

Norway
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Løvene (The Lions)
AssociationNorges Fotballforbund (NFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLars Lagerbäck
CaptainStefan Johansen
Most capsJohn Arne Riise (110)
Top scorerJørgen Juve (33)
Home stadiumUllevaal Stadion
FIFA codeNOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 44 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest88 (July 2017)
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
 Norway 12–0 Finland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 12–0 Norway 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1938)
Best resultRound of 16 (1938, 1998)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup 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, 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.,[4] Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).

Norway is, along with Senegal, 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,[5] in three friendlies matches (in 1988, 1997 and 2006) and a 1998 World Cup group stage match.

History

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.[6]

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[7] 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.[8]

Crest

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.[9] 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.[10]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter  –  –  –  –  –  –
Italy 1934  –  –  –  –  –  –
France 1938 Round of 16 12th 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 6 5
Brazil 1950 Did not enter  –  –  –  –  –  –
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 4 9
Sweden 1958 4 1 0 3 3 15
Chile 1962 4 0 0 4 3 11
England 1966 6 3 1 2 10 5
Mexico 1970 4 1 0 3 4 13
West Germany 1974 6 2 0 4 9 16
Argentina 1978 4 2 0 2 3 4
Spain 1982 8 2 2 4 8 15
Mexico 1986 8 1 3 4 4 10
Italy 1990 8 2 2 4 10 9
United States 1994 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 2 1 25 5
France 1998 Round of 16 15th 4 1 2 1 5 5 8 6 2 0 21 2
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 10 2 4 4 12 14
Germany 2006 12 5 3 4 12 9
South Africa 2010 8 2 4 2 9 7
Brazil 2014 10 3 3 4 10 13
Russia 2018 10 4 1 5 17 16
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total Best: Round of 16 3/23 8 2 3 3 7 8 126 44 30 52 170 178

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
Spain 1964 2 0 1 1 1 3
Italy 1968 6 1 1 4 9 14
Belgium 1972 6 0 1 5 5 18
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 1 0 5 5 15
Italy 1980 8 0 1 7 5 20
France 1984 6 1 2 3 7 8
West Germany 1988 8 1 2 5 5 12
Sweden 1992 8 3 3 2 9 5
England 1996 10 6 2 2 17 7
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 8 1 1 21 9
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 10 10
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 7 2 3 27 11
Poland Ukraine 2012 8 5 1 2 10 7
France 2016 12 6 1 5 14 13
European Union 2020 Qualifications in progress 10 4 5 1 19 11
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 1/17 3 1 1 1 1 1 117 44 21 52 153 164

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Position Pld W D L GF GA Rank
2018–19 C 1st (Promoted) 6 4 1 1 7 2 26th
2020–21 B To be determined
Total
1/1 6 4 1 1 7 2 Best: 26th

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Sweden Norway Romania Faroe Islands Malta
1  Spain 10 8 2 0 31 5 +26 26 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 7–0
2  Sweden 10 6 3 1 23 9 +14 21 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0
3  Norway 10 4 5 1 19 11 +8 17 1–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 2–0
4  Romania 10 4 2 4 17 15 +2 14 1–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–0
5  Faroe Islands 10 1 0 9 4 30 −26 3[a] 1–4 0–4 0–2 0–3 1–0
6  Malta 10 1 0 9 3 27 −24 3[a] 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3) and goal difference (0). Head-to-head away goals: Faroe Islands 1, Malta 0.

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rune Jarstein (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 35) 65 0 Germany Hertha BSC
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 29) 28 0 England Aston Villa
22 1GK Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Denmark Copenhagen

14 2DF Omar Elabdellaoui (Captain) (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 28) 44 0 Spain Real Betis
4 2DF Tore Reginiussen (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 34) 29 4 Norway Rosenborg
2 2DF Haitam Aleesami (1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 28) 28 0 France Amiens
5 2DF Even Hovland (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 31) 28 0 Norway Rosenborg
16 2DF Jonas Svensson (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 27) 17 0 Netherlands AZ
3 2DF Kristoffer Ajer (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 22) 14 0 Scotland Celtic
17 2DF Birger Meling (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 25) 11 0 Norway Rosenborg
6 2DF Sigurd Rosted (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 25) 5 1 Denmark Brøndby

19 3MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 27) 54 3 England Bristol City
18 3MF Ole Selnæs (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 25) 32 2 China Shenzhen
20 3MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 25) 23 1 Belgium Genk
15 3MF Sander Berge (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22) 20 1 England Sheffield United
8 3MF Iver Fossum (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 23) 14 1 Denmark AaB
13 3MF Fredrik Ulvestad (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 (age 28) 3 0 Sweden Djurgården
21 3MF Morten Thorsby (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Sampdoria

10 4FW Tarik Elyounoussi (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 32) 60 10 Japan Shonan Bellmare
7 4FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 28) 46 17 England Bournemouth
9 4FW Alexander Sørloth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 24) 22 6 Turkey Trabzonspor
23 4FW Erling Haaland (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund

Recent call-ups

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 (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Norway Odd v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 30) 4 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Spain, 12 October 2019

DF Jakob Glesnes (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 (age 26) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
DF Håvard NordtveitINJ (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 30) 52 2 Germany Hoffenheim v.  Spain, 12 October 2019
DF Ruben Gabrielsen (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 28) 0 0 France Toulouse v.  Spain, 12 October 2019

MF Stefan JohansenINJ (Captain) (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 29) 53 6 England Fulham v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT
MF Mohamed ElyounoussiINJ (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 26) 24 5 England Southampton v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT
MF Martin ØdegaardINJ (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 21) 22 1 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT
MF Fredrik MidtsjøINJ (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Netherlands AZ v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT
MF Mathias NormannINJ (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Russia Rostov v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2019WIT

FW Bjørn Maars Johnsen (1991-11-06) 6 November 1991 (age 28) 16 5 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
Notes
  • WIT Withdrew from squad.
  • INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Individual all-time records

John Arne Riise is the most capped male player in the history of Norway with 110 caps.
  Still active players are highlighted

Top appearances

# Name 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 2004–2014 83
10 Steffen Iversen 1998–2011 79

Last updated: 8 September 2019
Source: RSSSF.no

Top goalscorers

Jørgen Juve is the top male goalscorer in the history of Norway with 33 goals.
# Name 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: 8 September 2019
Source: RSSSF.no

Managers

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.[13][14]

Manager Nationality Tenure P W D L F A Finals
Willibald Hahn Austria Austria 1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955 26 7 7 12 28 42
Ron Lewin England England 1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957 17 5 4 8 25 38
Edmund Majowski Poland Poland 1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958 5 3 1 1 10 8
Ragnar Larsen Norway Norway 16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958 1 0 0 1 1 4
Kristian Henriksen Norway Norway 1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959 10 3 0 7 15 29
Wilhelm Kment Austria Austria 1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962 20 6 2 12 32 45
Ragnar Larsen Norway Norway 16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966 33 11 7 15 47 74
Wilhelm Kment Austria Austria 1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969 25 9 3 13 39 61
Øivind Johannessen Norway Norway 1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971 17 4 2 11 18 43
George Curtis England England 1 January 1972 – August 1974 17 3 2 12 17 30
Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
Norway Norway August 1974 – 31 December 1977 27 6 4 17 26 52
Tor Røste Fossen Norway Norway 1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987 94 28 28 38 96 119
Tord Grip Sweden Sweden 1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988 7 0 4 3 3 7
Ingvar Stadheim Norway Norway 1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990 24 5 8 11 32 37
Egil 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
Nils Johan Semb Norway Norway 1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003 68 29 21 18 89 61 Euro 2000 – Group stage
Åge Hareide Norway Norway 1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008 58 24 18 16 88 65
Egil Olsen Norway Norway 14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013 49 25 8 16 61 50
Per-Mathias Høgmo Norway Norway 27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016 35 10 7 18 33 49
Lars Lagerbäck Sweden 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.[15]

Results and fixtures

2019

5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingNorway 2–0 MaltaOslo, Norway
20:45 (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova)
12 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingNorway 1–1 SpainOslo, Norway
20:45 (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingNorway 4–0 Faroe IslandsOslo, Norway
18:00 (UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 10,400
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
18 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingMalta 1–2 NorwayTa' Qali, Malta
20:45 (UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 2,708
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)

2020

TBD FriendlyDenmark v NorwayTBD, Denmark
Report Stadium: TBD

Honours

Major:

Regional:

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
France Le Coq Sportif 1976–1980
Denmark Hummel 1981–1991
Germany Adidas 1992–1996
England Umbro 1996–2014
United States Nike 2015–present

Between 1996 and 2014, Norway's kits were supplied by Umbro. They took over from Adidas who supplied Norway's kit between 1992 and 1996.

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.[16] The new partnership will run until at least 2021.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Norwegian national team 1946". www.rsssf.no.
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  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking Table − Men's Ranking". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Norway national football team: record v Brazil". 11v11.com. 11v11. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
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  10. ^ "Dette emblemet skal pryde den norske landslagsdrakta" [This crest shall adorn the national kit of Norway]. Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 December 2014
  11. ^ Veland, Bernhard (1 October 2019). "Norges tropp mot Spania og Romania". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  12. ^ Norway national team statistics, eu-football-info. Accessed 31 October 2017.
  13. ^ "National team coaches (1953–2019)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
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  16. ^ "Norge skifter fra Umbro til Nike (In Norwegian)". Aftenposten.

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