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Norway team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.35CET
Norway did not begin life in the UEFA European Championship particularly well and have made only one recent finals appearance, in 2000, despite coming close several times.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.35CET

Norway team profile

Norway did not begin life in the UEFA European Championship particularly well and have made only one recent finals appearance, in 2000, despite coming close several times.

Best result: group stage 2000
Coach: Per-Mathias Høgmo
Leading scorers: all-time – Jørgen Juve (33); current – Tarik Elyounoussi (9)
Most appearances: all-time – John Arne Riise (110); current – Tom Høgli (49)
Association formed: 1902
Nickname: None
Where they play: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo

Norway's most successful period came in the 1990s when coach Egil Olsen took them to successive FIFA World Cups, in the United States and France. His replacement, Nils Johan Semb, then steered Norway to their only UEFA European Championship, in Belgium and the Netherlands, where they bowed out early despite beating Spain in their opening game. In his second spell at the helm, Olsen came close to qualifying Norway for UEFA EURO 2012 but they missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference. Fourth place was a disappointing outcome in an inviting 2014 World Cup qualifying group before they missed out on automatic qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 on the final day.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P115 W44 D21 L50 F147 A156
Final tournament: P3 W1 D1 L1 F1 A1
Qualifying: P112 W43 D20 L49 F146 A155

Norway did not begin life in the UEFA European Championship particularly well, losing both their matches against Austria in qualification for the 1960 tournament. Since then, they have come close to qualifying several times but managed to do so only once, in 2000, when the highlight was a 1-0 win against Spain in Rotterdam. Two late Spain goals in the last group game against Yugoslavia denied Norway a place in the quarter-finals.

Norway did reach the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2004, where Spain proved too strong, while a home defeat at the hands of Turkey ended their quest for a place at the 2008 finals. 'Drillo' Olsen returned as coach, but UEFA EURO 2012 was another near miss, defeat in Portugal and picking up just one point from two meetings with Denmark proving to be their downfall.

Memorable EURO matches
13/06/2000: Spain 0-1 Norway, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
A Steffen Iversen header earned Norway a famous win, but it was not enough to progress.

09/10/1999: Latvia 1-2 Norway, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Victory in Riga capped a perfect campaign on the road, with five straight away wins.

05/06/1991: Norway 2-1 Italy, EURO '92 qualifying
Goals from Tore André Dahlum and Lars Roar Bohinen hinted at Norway's future success.

Did you know?
Olsen was also an expert in geography, and wrote a book about geographical trivia, 'Drillos Verden' (Drillo's World), which was published in 2002.

*Last updated on 14/10/15

Last updated: 14/10/15 13.48CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/11/2016 15:17 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-2Italy
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:42
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-3Norway
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:22
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-1Bulgaria
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:42
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-1Norway
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/26/2016 11:27:43
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia5-1Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:18
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:43
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Norway
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
09/05/2016 18:49:32
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 17:57:56
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 18:12:18
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Norway
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
09/05/2016 18:15:25
12 November 2015 12 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Norway0-1Hungary
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 18:20:42
15 November 2015 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Hungary2-1Norway
Aggregate: 3-1 (agg: 3-1)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
09/05/2016 18:24:09
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Norway0-1Belarus
Referee: not available Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
10/11/2016 17:20:00
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Norway0-3Germany
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 11:35:01
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan1-0Norway
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
11/01/2016 08:18:18
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Norway4-1San Marino
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
10/12/2016 10:38:00
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech Republic2-1Norway
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Eden Arena, Prague (CZE)
11/12/2016 14:18:19
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern IrelandNorway
Referee: TBD Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/24/2016 16:16:43
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
NorwayCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
NorwayAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:30
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyNorway
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
San MarinoNorway
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
NorwayNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1902
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    26/04/1995, Norway 5-0 Luxembourg, Oslo
  • Biggest defeat:
    28/03/2015, Croatia 5-1 Norway, Zagreb
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 31
    Steffen Iversen (NOR)
  • Top scorers: 13
    Steffen Iversen (NOR)