Norway national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|Association||Norges Fotballforbund (NFF)|
|Head coach||Per-Mathias Høgmo|
|Captain||Per Ciljan Skjelbred|
|Most caps||John Arne Riise (110)|
|Top scorer||Jørgen Juve (33)|
|Home stadium||Ullevaal Stadion|
|Current||54 8 (3 December 2015)|
|Highest||2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)|
|Lowest||76 (September 2014)|
| Sweden 11–3 Norway
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
|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 national football team (Norwegian: Norges herrelandslag i fotball) represents Norway in 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 Per-Mathias Høgmo. It is as of October 2015 currently ranked by FIFA as the 34th 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 had against Brazil. In four matches played, Norway has a record of two wins and two draws against Brazil, with one of those victories coming in the 1998 World Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest
- 3 Championship records
- 4 UEFA Euro 2016 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 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 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 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 FIFA 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 France 1998, 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.
The former under-21 coach Nils Johan Semb replaced Olsen after the planned retirement of the latter. Under Semb's guidance, Norway qualified for the 2000 European Championship, 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 FIFA 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 game, before which Brazil were already the group winner). 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 complaints were received 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.
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
|1||Italy||10||7||3||0||16||7||+9||24||Qualify for final tournament||—||1–1||2–1||1–0||2–1||1–0|
|3||Norway||10||6||1||3||13||10||+3||19||Advance to play-offs||0–2||2–0||—||2–1||0–0||2–0|
- Croatia were deducted one point after charges for racist behaviour in the match against Italy at Stadion Poljud. In addition, the Croatian Football Federation were ordered to play their next two home matches of UEFA competition behind closed doors and not to play any of its remaining qualifying games at Poljud. A fine of €100,000 was also imposed. The Croatian Football Federation appealed against the decision and a hearing was scheduled for 17 September 2015. Croatia's appeal was rejected.
|12 November 2015||Norway||0 – 1||Hungary||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo|
|20:45 UTC+1||Report||Kleinheisler 20'||Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
|15 November 2015||Hungary||2 – 1
(3 – 1 agg.)
|Norway||Groupama Arena, Budapest|
|20:45 UTC+1||Priskin 14'
Henriksen 83' (o.g.)
|Report||Henriksen 87'||Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
The following squad was called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs against Hungary on 12 and 15 November 2015 on respectively Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, Norway and Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
Caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2015, after the game against Hungary.
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||Aalesund||v. Sweden, 8 June 2015[a] |
|DF||Jonas Svensson||6 March 1993||0||0||Rosenborg||v. Italy, 13 October 2015 |
|DF||Vegar Eggen Hedenstad||26 June 1991||4||0||Freiburg||v. Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015 |
|DF||Steffen Hagen||8 March 1986||3||0||Odd||v. Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015 |
|DF||Ruben Gabrielsen||10 March 1992||0||0||Molde||v. Croatia, 28 March 2015 
|DF||Tore Reginiussen||10 April 1986||21||2||Rosenborg||v. Croatia, 28 March 2015 [a] |
|MF||Jone Samuelsen||6 July 1984||10||0||Odd||v. Italy, 13 October 2015 |
|MF||Ruben Yttergård Jenssen||4 May 1988||34||0||Kaiserslautern||v. Croatia, 6 September 2015 
|MF||Magnus Wolff Eikrem||8 August 1990||16||0||Malmö||v. Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015 |
|MF||Anders Konradsen||18 July 1990||8||1||Rosenborg||v. Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015 |
|MF||Henning Hauger||17 July 1985||23||0||Elfsborg||v. Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] |
|MF||Harmeet Singh||12 November 1990||7||0||Molde||v. Sweden, 8 June 2015 [a] |
|MF||Mats Møller Dæhli INJ||2 March 1995||12||1||Freiburg||v. Croatia, 28 March 2015 |
|FW||Joshua King||15 January 1992||19||4||Bournemouth||v. Italy, 13 October 2015 |
|FW||Håvard Nielsen||15 July 1993||14||2||Freiburg||v. Croatia, 6 September 2015 |
|FW||Adama Diomandé||14 February 1990||1||0||Hull City||v. Bulgaria, 3 September 2015 [a] |
|FW||Tarik Elyounoussi INJ||23 February 1988||39||9||Hoffenheim||v. Sweden, 8 June 2015 |
|FW||Mohammed Abdellaoue INJ||23 October 1985||33||7||Vålerenga||v. Croatia, 28 March 2015 |
- [a] Withdrew from squad.
- INJ Injured or recovering from surgery.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- RET Retired from international football.
- SUS Suspended from competitive match.
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 15 November 2015.
|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|
|Johannessen, ØivindØivind 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 –||25||7||6||12||21||33|
All-time team record
The following table shows Norway's all-time international record, correct as of 12 November 2015.
|Norway's all-time international record, 1908–2015|
|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
|28 March 2015 Euro 2016 Q
|18:00 UTC+1||Brozović 30'
|||Tettey 81'||Stadium: Maksimir Stadium
Attendance: 23 912
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
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.
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