Norway national football team


Norway national football team
Norway
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Drillos
Association Football Association of Norway
(Norges Fotballforbund)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Egil Olsen
Asst coach Ola By Rise
Captain Brede Hangeland
Most caps Thorbjørn Svenssen (104)
Top scorer Jørgen Juve (33)
Home stadium Ullevaal Stadion
FIFA code NOR
FIFA ranking 24
Highest FIFA ranking 2 (October 1993, July–August 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 59 (December 2008)
Elo ranking 29
Highest Elo ranking 6 (June 2000)
Lowest Elo ranking 91 (May–June 1976)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway Norway
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
Norway Norway 12–0 Iceland 
(Bergen, Norway; 28 June 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 12–0 Norway Norway
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 October 1917)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1938)
Best result Round 2, 1998
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2000)
Best result Round 1, 2000
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 1936 Berlin Team

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 Egil Olsen.[1] It is as of October 2011 currently ranked by FIFA as the 24th best national team in the world.[2]

Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998), and once in the European Championship (2000).

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History

An Olympic team achieved third place in the 1936 Olympics, after beating the hosts Germany earlier in the tournament.

Norway had their most successful period from 1990 to 1998 under the legendary coach Egil "Drillo" Olsen. Together with a rising quality in Norwegian players, Olsen is given much of the credit for taking Norway's national team from obscurity and turning them into a dreaded opponent, respected around the world[citation needed]. 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. During the 1994 World Cup tournament Norway received some criticism, claiming their somewhat defensive tactics ruined the fun of the game[citation needed].

The former under-21 coach Nils Johan Semb replaced Olsen after the planned retirement of the latter, but did not manage to achieve the same results as Olsen. He was replaced by Rosenborg coach Åge Hareide at the end of 2003.

Some of Norway's best single results are: Norway–Brazil 2–1 on 23 June 1998 in the World Cup group stage, and Norway–Brazil 4–2 on 30 May 1997. In fact, Norway is the only team in the world who has played Brazil and never lost, winning two matches and drawing on two other occasions.

Crest

Norway used the national flag 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.

Championship records

World Cup

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1938 Round 1 12 1 0 0 1 1 2
Brazil 1950 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Round 1 17 3 1 1 1 1 1
France 1998 Round 2 15 4 1 2 1 5 5
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 TBD - - - - - - -
Russia 2018 TBD - - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 3/19 8 2 3 3 7 8
 

European Championship

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - -
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Round 1 3 1 1 1 1 1
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/13 3 1 1 1 1 1

UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Legend
Group winners and best runner-up among all groups directly qualify for the finals
Remaining group runners-up advance to the play-offs


Teamv · d · e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 8 6 1 1 15 6 +9 19
 Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 +9 16
 Norway 8 5 1 2 10 7 +3 16
 Iceland 8 1 1 6 6 14 −8 4
 Cyprus 8 0 2 6 7 20 −13 2
  Cyprus Denmark Iceland Norway Portugal
Cyprus  1–4 0–0 1–2 0–4
Denmark  2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Iceland  1–0 0–2 1–2 1–3
Norway  3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Portugal  4–4 3–1 5–3 1–0


Current players

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Wales on 12 November 2011.[3]

Statistics correct as of match played 12 November 2011.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Rune Almenning Jarstein 29 September 1984 (1984-09-29) (age 27) 17 0 Norway Viking
12 GK Espen Bugge Pettersen 10 May 1980 (1980-05-10) (age 31) 3 0 Norway Molde
2 DF Lars Christopher Vilsvik 18 October 1988 (1988-10-18) (age 23) 0 0 Norway Strømsgodset
3 DF Kjetil Wæhler 16 March 1976 (1976-03-16) (age 35) 29 1 Denmark AaB
4 DF Vadim Demidov 10 October 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 25) 12 0 Spain Real Sociedad
5 DF Brede Hangeland 20 June 1981 (1981-06-20) (age 30) 73 1 England Fulham
6 DF John Arne Riise 24 September 1980 (1980-09-24) (age 31) 100 14 England Fulham
13 DF Espen Ruud 26 February 1984 (1984-02-26) (age 27) 15 0 Denmark OB
20 DF Jonathan Parr 21 October 1988 (1988-10-21) (age 23) 6 0 England Crystal Palace
DF Tom Høgli 24 February 1984 (1984-02-24) (age 27) 23 1 Belgium Club Brugge
11 MF Morten Gamst Pedersen 8 September 1981 (1981-09-08) (age 30) 71 16 England Blackburn Rovers
14 MF Alexander Tettey 4 April 1986 (1986-04-04) (age 25) 12 0 France Rennes
15 MF Simen Brenne 17 March 1981 (1981-03-17) (age 30) 12 1 Norway Odd Grenland
16 MF Christian Grindheim 17 July 1983 (1983-07-17) (age 28) 48 2 Denmark Copenhagen
19 MF Ruben Yttergård Jenssen 4 May 1988 (1988-05-04) (age 23) 10 0 Norway Tromsø
21 MF Daniel Braaten 25 May 1982 (1982-05-25) (age 29) 33 2 France Toulouse
9 FW Mohammed Abdellaoue 23 October 1985 (1985-10-23) (age 26) 18 5 Germany Hannover 96
10 FW John Carew 5 September 1979 (1979-09-05) (age 32) 91 24 England West Ham United
17 FW Thomas Sørum 17 November 1982 (1982-11-17) (age 29) 0 0 Sweden Helsingborg[5]
18 FW Erik Huseklepp 5 September 1984 (1984-09-05) (age 27) 26 7 England Portsmouth

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the Norway squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Call-up
GK Jon Knudsen 20 November 1974 (1974-11-20) (age 37) 20 0 Norway Stabæk v Denmark Denmark, 6 September 2011[6]
DF Even Hovland 14 February 1989 (1989-02-14) (age 22) 0 0 Norway Sogndal v Cyprus Cyprus, 11 October 2011[7]
DF Kim André Madsen 12 March 1989 (1989-03-12) (age 22) 1 0 Norway Strømsgodset v Czech Republic Czech Republic, 10 August 2011[8]
DF Thomas Rogne 29 June 1990 (1990-06-29) (age 21) 0 0 Scotland Celtic v Denmark Denmark, 26 March 2011[9]
MF Henning Hauger 17 July 1985 (1985-07-17) (age 26) 23 0 Germany Hannover 96 v Denmark Denmark, 6 September 2011[6]
MF Markus Henriksen 25 July 1992 (1992-07-25) (age 19) 2 0 Norway Rosenborg v Lithuania Lithuania, 26 March 2011[10]
MF Petter Vaagan Moen 5 February 1984 (1984-02-05) (age 27) 9 1 England Queens Park Rangers v Poland Poland, 9 February 2011[11]
MF Håvard Nordtveit 21 June 1990 (1990-06-21) (age 21) 2 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v Denmark Denmark, 6 September 2011[6]
MF Bjørn Helge Riise 21 June 1983 (1983-06-21) (age 28) 31 1 England Portsmouth v Denmark Denmark, 6 September 2011[6]
MF Per Ciljan Skjelbred 16 June 1987 (1987-06-16) (age 24) 17 0 Germany Hamburg v Poland Poland, 9 February 2011[11]
FW Tarik Elyounoussi 23 February 1988 (1988-02-23) (age 23) 4 1 Norway Fredrikstad v Cyprus Cyprus, 11 October 2011[12]
FW Steffen Iversen 10 November 1976 (1976-11-10) (age 35) 79 21 England Crystal Palace v Denmark Denmark, 26 March 2011[9]
FW Morten Moldskred 13 June 1980 (1980-06-13) (age 31) 9 1 Norway Rosenborg v Poland Poland, 9 February 2011[11]

Notes


Individual all-time records

  Still active players are highlighted

Most matches played

# Player Career Matches
1 Thorbjørn Svenssen 1947–1962 104
2 Henning Berg 1992–2004 100
John Arne Riise 2000–present 100
4 Erik Thorstvedt 1982–1996 97
5 John Carew 1998–present 91
6 Øyvind Leonhardsen 1990–2003 86
7 Kjetil Rekdal 1987–2000 83
8 Steffen Iversen 1998–present 79
9 Erik Mykland 1990–2000 78
10 Svein Grøndalen 1973–1984 77
Last updated: 12 September 2011
Source: RSSSF.no

Most goals scored

# Player 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–present 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–present 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: 2 September 2011
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 21 October 2011.[13]

Manager Nationality Tenure P W D L F A Finals
Hahn, WillibaldWillibald Hahn Austria Austria 01953-08-01 1 August 1953 – 31 December 1955 26 7 7 12 28 42
Lewin, RonRon Lewin England England 01956-01-01 1 January 1956 – 31 December 1957 17 5 4 8 25 38
Majowski, EdmundEdmund Majowski Poland Poland 01958-01-01 1 January 1958 – 15 September 1958 5 3 1 1 10 8
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen Norway Norway 01958-09-16 16 September 1958 – 31 December 1958 1 0 0 1 1 4
Henriksen, KristianKristian Henriksen Norway Norway 01959-01-01 1 January 1959 – 31 December 1959 10 3 0 7 15 29
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment Austria Austria 01960-01-01 1 January 1960 – 15 August 1962 20 6 2 12 32 45
Larsen, RagnarRagnar Larsen Norway Norway 01962-08-16 16 August 1962 – 31 December 1966 33 11 7 15 47 74
Kment, WilhelmWilhelm Kment Austria Austria 01967-01-01 1 January 1967 – 31 December 1969 25 9 3 13 39 61
Johannessen, ØivindØivind Johannessen Norway Norway 01970-01-01 1 January 1970 – 31 December 1971 17 4 2 11 18 43
Curtis, GeorgeGeorge Curtis England England 01972-01-01 1 January 1972 – August 1974 17 4 2 11 18 43
Schou-Andreassen, KjellKjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
Norway Norway 01970-08 August 1970 – 31 December 1977 27 6 4 17 26 52
Fossen, Tor RøsteTor Røste Fossen Norway Norway 01978-01-01 1 January 1978 – 30 June 1987 94 28 28 38 96 119
Grip, TordTord Grip Sweden Sweden 01987-07-01 1 July 1987 – 30 June 1988 7 0 4 3 3 7
Stadheim, IngvarIngvar Stadheim Norway Norway 01988-07-01 1 July 1988 – 10 October 1990 24 5 8 11 32 37
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen Norway Norway 01990-10-11 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 Norway 01998-07-01 1 July 1998 – 31 December 2003 68 29 21 18 89 61 Euro 2000 – Group stage
Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide Norway Norway 02004-01-01 1 January 2004 – 8 December 2008 58 24 18 16 88 65
Olsen, EgilEgil Olsen Norway Norway 02009-01-14 14 January 2009 27 17 3 7 36 22

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