Norway national football team

The Norway national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball, or informally Landslaget) represents Norway in international men's 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
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 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest88 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 38 7 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest6 (June 2000)
Lowest91 (May–June 1976)
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
 Norway 12–0 Finland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)[3]
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
1936 Berlin Team

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,[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
1930 Did not enter            
1934            
1938 Round of 16 12th 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 6 5
1950 Did not enter            
1954 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 4 9
1958 4 1 0 3 3 15
1962 4 0 0 4 3 11
1966 6 3 1 2 10 5
1970 4 1 0 3 4 13
1974 6 2 0 4 9 16
1978 4 2 0 2 3 4
1982 8 2 2 4 8 15
1986 8 1 3 4 4 10
1990 8 2 2 4 10 9
1994 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 2 1 25 5
1998 Round of 16 15th 4 1 2 1 5 5 8 6 2 0 21 2
2002 Did not qualify 10 2 4 4 12 14
2006 12 5 3 4 12 9
2010 8 2 4 2 9 7
2014 10 3 3 4 10 13
2018 10 4 1 5 17 16
2022 To be determined
2026 To be determined
Total Best: Round of 16 3/21 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
1960 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
1964 2 0 1 1 1 3
1968 6 1 1 4 9 14
1972 6 0 1 5 5 18
1976 6 1 0 5 5 15
1980 8 0 1 7 5 20
1984 6 1 2 3 7 8
1988 8 1 2 5 5 12
1992 8 3 3 2 9 5
1996 10 6 2 2 17 7
2000 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 1 10 8 1 1 21 9
2004 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 10 10
2008 12 7 2 3 27 11
2012 8 5 1 2 10 7
2016 12 6 1 5 14 13
2020 Qualifications in progress 9 3 5 1 17 10
2024 To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 1/15 3 1 1 1 1 1 116 43 21 52 151 163

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Position Pld W D L GF GA Rank
2018–19 C 1st (Promoted)64117226th
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
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[lower-alpha 1] 1–4 0–4 0–2 0–3 1–0
6  Malta 10 1 0 9 3 27 24 3[lower-alpha 1] 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 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 65 0 Hertha BSC
12 1GK Ørjan Nyland (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 28 0 Aston Villa
22 1GK Sten Grytebust (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 3 0 Copenhagen

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

8 3MF Iver Fossum (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 14 1 AaB
13 3MF Fredrik Ulvestad (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 3 0 Djurgården
15 3MF Sander Berge (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 20 1 Genk
18 3MF Ole Selnæs (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 32 2 Shenzhen
19 3MF Markus Henriksen (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 54 3 Hull City
20 3MF Mats Møller Dæhli (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 23 1 St. Pauli
21 3MF Morten Thorsby (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 1 0 Sampdoria

7 4FW Joshua King (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 46 17 Bournemouth
9 4FW Alexander Sørloth (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 22 6 Trabzonspor
10 4FW Tarik Elyounoussi (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 60 10 AIK
23 4FW Erling Braut Håland (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 2 0 RB Salzburg

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 0 0 Odd v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
GK André Hansen (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 4 0 Rosenborg v.  Spain, 12 October 2019
GK Per Kristian Bråtveit (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 0 0 Djurgården v.  Sweden, 26 March 2019

DF Jakob Glesnes (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 0 0 Strømsgodset v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
DF Håvard NordtveitINJ (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 52 2 Hoffenheim v.  Spain, 12 October 2019
DF Ruben Gabrielsen (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 0 0 Molde v.  Spain, 12 October 2019
DF Martin Linnes (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 23 1 Galatasaray v.  Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019
DF Stefan Strandberg (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 10 0 Unattached v.  Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019

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

FW Bjørn Maars Johnsen (1991-11-06) 6 November 1991 16 5 Rosenborg v.  Romania, 15 October 2019
FW Ola Kamara (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 17 7 D.C. United v.  Faroe Islands, 10 June 2019
Notes
  • WIT Withdrew from squad.
  • INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Individual all-time records

  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

# 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 Austria1 August 1953 – 31 December 19552677122842
Ron Lewin England1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957175482538
Edmund Majowski Poland1 January 1958 – 15 September 19585311108
Ragnar Larsen Norway16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958100114
Kristian Henriksen Norway1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959103071529
Wilhelm Kment Austria1 January 1960 – 15 August 19622062123245
Ragnar Larsen Norway16 August 1962 – 31 December 196633117154774
Wilhelm Kment Austria1 January 1967 – 31 December 19692593133961
Øivind Johannessen Norway1 January 1970 – 31 December 19711742111843
George Curtis England1 January 1972 – August 19741742111843
Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
NorwayAugust 1974 – 31 December 19772764172652
Tor Røste Fossen Norway1 January 1978 – 30 June 19879428283896119
Tord Grip Sweden1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988704337
Ingvar Stadheim Norway1 July 1988 – 10 October 19902458113237
Egil Olsen Norway11 October 1990 – 30 June 199888462616168631994 World Cup – Group stage
1998 World Cup – Round of 16
Nils Johan Semb Norway1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003682921188961Euro 2000 – Group stage
Åge Hareide Norway1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008582418168865
Egil Olsen Norway14 January 2009 – 27 September 201348258166150
Per-Mathias Høgmo Norway27 September 2013 – 16 November 201635107183349
Lars Lagerbäck Sweden1 February 2017 2915864828

All-time team record

The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2019.[15]

Results and fixtures

2018

2019

2020

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Le Coq Sportif 1976–1980
Hummel 1981–1991
Adidas 1992–1996
Umbro 1996–2014
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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