Norway national football 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 Ståle Solbakken. In February 2019, they were ranked by FIFA at No. 48., Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the UEFA European Championship (2000).
|Nickname(s)||Løvene (The Lions)|
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Ståle Solbakken|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||39 4 (16 September 2021)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||88 (July 2017)|
| 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 (1938, 1998)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (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, in three friendly matches (in 1988, 1997 and 2006) and a 1998 World Cup group stage match.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
|Le Coq Sportif||1976–1980|
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. The new partnership will run until at least 2021.
2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
|1||Netherlands||8||6||1||1||29||6||+23||19||Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup||—||16 Nov||6–1||4–0||2–0||6–0|
|2||Norway||8||5||2||1||15||6||+9||17||Advance to second round||1–1||—||0–3||2–0||13 Nov||5–1|
|4||Montenegro (Y)||8||3||2||3||11||11||0||11||13 Nov||0–1||16 Nov||—||0–0||4–1|
|6||Gibraltar (E)||8||0||0||8||3||34||−31||0||0–7||0–3||0–3||0–3||16 Nov||—|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Norway||1–2||Austria||Oslo, Norway|
||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Northern Ireland||1–5||Norway||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)||
||Report||Stadium: Windsor Park|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|8 October 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs||Norway||1–2 (a.e.t.)||Serbia||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Norway||4–0||Romania||Oslo, Norway|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Norway||1–0||Northern Ireland||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Romania||3–0|
|20:45 (21:45 UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Arena Națională|
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
|18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B||Austria||1–1||Norway||Vienna, Austria|
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Gibraltar||0–3||Norway||Gibraltar|
|20:45 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Victoria Stadium|
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
|27 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Norway||0–3||Turkey||Malaga, Spain|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium|
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
|30 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Montenegro||0–1||Norway||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45 UTC+1||Report||Sørloth 35'||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|2 June 2021 Friendly||Norway||1–0||Luxembourg||Malaga, Spain|
|Haaland 90+2'||Report||Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium|
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
|6 June 2021 Friendly||Norway||1–2||Greece||Malaga, Spain|
||Report||Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium|
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
|1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Norway||1–1||Netherlands||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Latvia||0–2||Norway||Riga, Latvia|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Daugava Stadium|
Referee: David Fuxman (Israel)
|7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Norway||5–1||Gibraltar||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Nikolas Neokleous (Cyprus)
|8 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Turkey||1–1||Norway||Istanbul, Turkey|
||Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium|
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|11 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Norway||2–0||Montenegro||Oslo, Norway|
||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
|13 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Norway||v||Latvia||Oslo , Norway|
|18:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
- The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match:
- Match date: 8 October and 11 October 2021
- Opposition: Turkey and Montenegro
- Caps and goals correct as of: 11 October 2021, after the match against Montenegro.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ørjan Nyland||10 September 1990||31||0||Bournemouth|
|12||GK||Viljar Myhra||21 July 1996||0||0||Strømsgodset|
|13||GK||Sten Grytebust||25 October 1989||5||0||Vejle|
|2||DF||Marius Lode||11 March 1993||1||0||Bodø/Glimt|
|3||DF||Ruben Gabrielsen||10 March 1992||2||0||Copenhagen|
|4||DF||Stefan Strandberg||25 July 1990||21||1||Salernitana|
|5||DF||Birger Meling||17 December 1994||24||0||Rennes|
|14||DF||Julian Ryerson||17 November 1997||7||0||Union Berlin|
|15||DF||Stian Rode Gregersen||17 May 1995||4||0||Bordeaux|
|17||DF||Fredrik André Bjørkan||21 August 1998||2||0||Bodø/Glimt|
|21||DF||Andreas Hanche-Olsen||17 January 1997||7||0||Gent|
|22||DF||Marcus Holmgren Pedersen||16 July 2000||5||0||Feyenoord|
|6||MF||Iver Fossum||15 July 1996||14||1||AaB|
|7||MF||Jens Petter Hauge||12 October 1999||7||0||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|8||MF||Patrick Berg||24 November 1997||9||0||Bodø/Glimt|
|10||MF||Martin Ødegaard (captain)||17 December 1998||35||1||Arsenal|
|11||MF||Mohamed Elyounoussi||4 August 1994||37||9||Southampton|
|16||MF||Fredrik Aursnes||10 December 1995||4||0||Feyenoord|
|18||MF||Dennis Johnsen||17 February 1998||1||0||Venezia|
|20||MF||Mats Møller Dæhli||2 March 1995||29||1||1. FC Nürnberg|
|MF||Morten Thorsby||5 May 1996||10||0||Sampdoria|
|9||FW||Veton Berisha||13 April 1994||7||1||Viking|
|19||FW||Kristian Thorstvedt||13 March 1999||9||3||Genk|
|23||FW||Ohi Omoijuanfo||10 January 1994||1||0||Molde|
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||Per Kristian Bråtveit||15 February 1996||1||0||Nîmes||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|GK||André Hansen||17 December 1989||10||0||Rosenborg||v. Gibraltar, 7 September 2021 INJ|
|GK||Rune Jarstein||29 September 1984||72||0||Hertha BSC||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021|
|GK||Kristoffer Klaesson||27 November 2000||0||0||Leeds United||v. Gibraltar, 24 March 2021 QUA|
|GK||Anders Kristiansen||17 March 1990||0||0||Sarpsborg 08||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|GK||Sondre Rossbach||7 February 1996||0||0||Odd||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 QUA|
|DF||Kristoffer Ajer||17 April 1998||25||0||Brentford||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|DF||Jonas Svensson||6 March 1993||23||1||Adana Demirspor||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|DF||Martin Linnes||20 September 1991||29||1||Molde||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Haitam Aleesami||31 July 1991||31||0||Apollon Limassol||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Leo Skiri Østigård||28 November 1999||0||0||Stoke City||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Jørgen Skjelvik||5 July 1991||8||0||OB||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|DF||Daniel Granli||1 May 1994||1||0||AaB||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|DF||Andreas Vindheim||4 August 1995||1||0||Sparta Prague||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|DF||Omar Elabdellaoui (vice-captain)||5 December 1991||49||0||Galatasaray||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 QUA|
|DF||Sigurd Rosted||22 July 1994||5||1||Brøndby||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 QUA|
|MF||Fredrik Midtsjø||11 August 1993||11||0||AZ||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|MF||Mathias Normann||28 May 1996||9||1||Norwich City||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|MF||Aron Dønnum||20 April 1998||2||0||Standard Liège||v. Gibraltar, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Sander Berge||14 February 1998||24||1||Sheffield United||v. Netherlands, 1 September 2021 QUA|
|MF||Kristoffer Zachariassen||27 January 1994||1||0||Ferencváros||v. Greece, 6 June 2021|
|MF||Fredrik Ulvestad||17 June 1992||4||0||Sivasspor||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Ghayas Zahid||8 September 1994||2||1||Ankaragücü||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Kristoffer Askildsen||9 January 2001||1||0||Sampdoria||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Håkon Evjen||14 February 2000||1||0||AZ||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Sondre Tronstad||26 August 1995||1||0||Vitesse||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Tobias Børkeeiet||18 April 1999||0||0||Brøndby||v. Austria, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Markus Henriksen||25 July 1992||58||3||Rosenborg||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 QUA|
|MF||Stefan Johansen||8 January 1991||55||6||Queens Park Rangers||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 RET|
|MF||Simen Juklerød||18 May 1994||0||0||Genk||v. Romania, 15 November 2020 QUA|
|FW||Joshua King||15 January 1992||56||17||Watford||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|FW||Erling Haaland||21 July 2000||15||12||Borussia Dortmund||v. Turkey, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|FW||Alexander Sørloth||5 December 1995||34||12||Real Sociedad||v. Gibraltar, 7 September 2021INJ|
|FW||Erik Botheim||10 January 2000||0||0||Bodø/Glimt||v. Netherlands, 1 September 2021|
|FW||Tokmac Nguen||20 October 1993||1||0||Ferencváros||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021|
|FW||Bjørn Johnsen||6 November 1991||16||5||Montréal||v. Montenegro, 30 March 2021 WD|
|FW||Jørgen Strand Larsen||6 February 2000||1||0||Groningen||v. Gibraltar, 24 March 2021 INJ|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
- As of 17 November 2020
- Players in bold are still active with Norway.
|1||John Arne Riise||110||16||2000–2013|
|Morten Gamst Pedersen||83||17||2004–2014|
|5||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||23||67||0.34||1995–2007|
|Tore André Flo||23||76||0.3||1995–2004|
|9||Jan Åge Fjørtoft||20||71||0.28||1986–1996|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not invited||Not invited|
|1934||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1938||Round of 16||12th||1||0||0||1||1||2||Squad||2||1||1||0||6||5|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1954||Did not qualify||4||0||2||2||4||9|
|1998||Round of 16||15th||4||1||2||1||5||5||Squad||8||6||2||0||21||2|
|2002||Did not qualify||10||2||4||4||12||14|
|2022||To be determined||7||4||2||1||13||6|
|2026||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||3/21||8||2||3||3||7||8||—||126||48||32||53||183||184|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||6|
|2004||Did not qualify||10||4||2||4||10||10|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1908||Did not enter|
|1920||Did not enter|
|1948||Did not enter|
|1952||Round of 16||16th||1||0||0||1||1||4||Squad|
|1956||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1964||Did not enter|
|1980||Qualified, but withdrew|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament|
|Total||1 Bronze medal||4/17||9||3||1||5||14||17||—|
All-time team recordEdit
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 4 September 2021.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2021|
|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||100%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||0||0||1||2||3||−1||0%|
|United Arab Emirates||2||2||2||0||2||2||0||50%|
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 8 October 2021.
|Willibald Hahn||Austria||1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955||26||7||7||12||28||42|
|Ron Lewin||England||1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957||17||5||4||8||25||38|
|Edmund Majowski||Poland||1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958||5||3||1||1||10||8|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958||1||0||0||1||1||4|
|Kristian Henriksen||Norway||1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959||10||3||0||7||15||29|
|Wilhelm Kment||Austria||1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962||20||6||2||12||32||45|
|Ragnar Larsen||Norway||16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966||33||11||7||15||47||74|
|Wilhelm 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|
|George Curtis||England||1 January 1972 – August 1974||17||3||2||12||17||30|
|Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
|Norway||August 1974 – 31 December 1977||27||6||4||17||26||52|
|Tor Røste Fossen||Norway||1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987||94||28||28||38||96||119|
|Tord Grip||Sweden||1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988||7||0||4||3||3||7|
|Ingvar Stadheim||Norway||1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990||24||5||8||11||32||37|
|Egil 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
|Nils Johan Semb||Norway||1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003||68||29||21||18||89||61||Euro 2000 – Group stage|
|Åge Hareide||Norway||1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008||58||24||18||16||88||65|
|Egil Olsen||Norway||14 January 2009 – 27 September 2013||49||25||8||16||61||50|
|Per-Mathias Høgmo||Norway||27 September 2013 – 16 November 2016||35||10||7||18||33||49|
|Lars Lagerbäck||Sweden||1 February 2017 – 6 December 2020||34||18||8||8||60||34|
|Leif Gunnar Smerud||Norway||18 November 2020||1||0||1||0||1||1|
|Ståle Solbakken||Norway||7 December 2020 –||9||5||2||2||15||8|
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