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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 – Morten Gamst Pedersen (16)
Most appearances: all-time – John Arne Riise (110); current – Brede Hangeland (89)
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.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P105 W38 D20 L47 F134 A146
Final tournament: P3 W1 D1 L1 F1 A1
Qualifying: P102 W37 D19 L46 F133 A145

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 07/01/14

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.16CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 02/06/2014 01:25 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway2-3Greece
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:53:03
Iceland2-0Norway
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/18/2013 19:16:37
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
Norway2-1Slovenia
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/18/2013 19:16:07
Switzerland1-1Norway
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) – Stadium: Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
04/18/2013 20:04:13
Cyprus1-3Norway
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) – Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca (CYP)
04/18/2013 19:16:52
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Hungary0-2Norway
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
08/18/2014 15:54:02
8 January 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
South Africa - Norway
Match cancelled
Referee: not available – Cape Town
08/18/2014 15:50:08
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway0-2Ukraine
Referee: Carlos Gómez (ESP) – Stadium: Olimpico, Seville (ESP)
08/18/2014 15:50:27
Norway0-1Albania
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Albania1-1Norway
Referee: William Collum (SCO) – Stadium: Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa, Tirana (ALB)
07/25/2013 10:57:53
11 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway2-0FYROM
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:51:18
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden4-2Norway
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
08/18/2014 15:51:29
Norway2-0Cyprus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/11/2013 07:09:31
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
Norway0-2Switzerland
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/11/2013 07:25:12
Slovenia3-0Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
12/16/2013 12:40:54
Norway1-1Iceland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
12/16/2013 12:40:54
15 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Denmark2-1Norway
Referee: not available – Stadium: Herning Stadion, Herning (DEN)
08/18/2014 15:52:08
19 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway0-1Scotland
Referee: not available – Stadium: Molde Stadion, Molde (NOR)
08/18/2014 15:49:17
15 January 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Moldova1-2Norway
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:49:32
18 January 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Poland3-0Norway
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:49:33
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Czech Republic2-2Norway
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stadion Eden, Prague (CZE)
08/18/2014 15:50:17
27 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
France4-0Norway
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
08/18/2014 15:51:02
31 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway1-1Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
08/18/2014 15:51:47
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayItaly
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
08/07/2014 11:37:43
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaNorway
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
08/07/2014 11:40:10
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayBulgaria
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
08/07/2014 11:40:40
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanNorway
Referee: TBD – Stadium: 8 KM Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
08/07/2014 11:39:09
CroatiaNorway
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:34
NorwayAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:45
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaNorway
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:44
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:34
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayMalta
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:54
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyNorway
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:21

General info

  • Founded : 1902
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    26/04/1995, Norway 5-0 Luxembourg, Oslo
  • Biggest defeat:
    29/10/1986, USSR 4-0 Norway, Simferopol
    29/08/1979, Austria 4-0 Norway, Vienna
    07/06/1979, Norway 0-4 Scotland, Oslo
    27/10/1971, Hungary 4-0 Norway, Budapest
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 30
    Steffen Iversen (NOR)
  • Top scorers: 13
    Steffen Iversen (NOR)
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