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Germany and Norway together once more

Published: Tuesday 1 January 2013, 7.30CET
Matched in three finals, Germany and Norway have between them won all but the inaugural UEFA European Women's Championship and are once again up against each other.
Germany and Norway together once more
Isabell Herlovsen puts Norway ahead in the 2009 semi-final ©Getty Images
 

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Germany and Norway together once more

Matched in three finals, Germany and Norway have between them won all but the inaugural UEFA European Women's Championship and are once again up against each other.

Frequent opponents in UEFA European Women's Championship final tournament matches, Germany have proved to be Norway's nemesis at this level.

Head-to-head record
• This will be their 36th encounter, the 35th to come on 11 March in the Algarve Cup. Of 34 games so far, Germany lead 16-13 in wins and 60-47 in goals.

• Germany's advantage is down to UEFA Women's EURO finals matches with six wins and one draw in seven meetings, which include games at every edition since the group stage was introduced in 1997.

• Norway won the earliest encounter 4-1 on 2 May 1984 in Helmstedt, West Germany.

• In 1987 European qualifying, Norway won 3-2 in West Germany and drew 0-0 at home on their way to winning the title.

• The first of these nations' three Women's EURO final meetings was on 2 July 1989 in Osnabruck when a West Germany team containing current coach Silvia Neid won 4-1 against a Norway side managed, as now, by Even Pellerud.

• Two years later in the 1991 final, Germany won 3-1 in Aalborg, Neid's 85th-minute goal clinching victory against Pellerud's side.

• Revenge was Pellerud's as Norway defeated Neid's Germany 2-0 in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup final in Solna at the old Råsunda. Pellerud's Norway also overcame Germany 3-2 in the 1996 Olympics on their way to a bronze medal.

• Pellerud had moved on and Neid retired when they met in 1997 qualifying, Norway winning 3-1 away – still Germany's last EURO loss and drawing 0-0 at home. It was also goalless in the final tournament group stage in Moss, the last time Germany failed to win a EURO finals game. Germany were to win the tournament, Norway falling in the group stage for the only time.

• Norway beat Germany 1-0 in the 2000 Olympic semi-finals but lost to hosts Germany by the same score at the same stage of UEFA Women's EURO 2001 in Ulm.

• Germany opened the UEFA Women's EURO 2005 group stage with a 1-0 win against Norway in Warrington and then in the final in Blackburn triumphed 3-1. Anja Mittag started for the winners against Marit Christensen, Trine Rønning, Solveig Gulbrandsen and Lise Klavesness with Isabell Herlovsen coming off the bench. It was Neid's last game as assistant before becoming Germany's head coach.

• On the way to winning her first tournament in charge, Neid oversaw a 3-0 2007 World Cup semi-final defeat of Norway in Tianjin. Rønning, who scored an own goal, was joined by Camille Huse, Ingvild Stensland, Gulbrandsen, Leni Larsen Kaurin and substitute Klaveness against Nadine Angerer, Annike Krahn, Linda Bresonik, Simone Laudehr and Melanie Behringer, who was replaced in the first half by Fatmire Bajramaj.

• Just as in 2005, Germany opened their title defence in Finland four years ago against Norway and won 4-0 in Tampere. Three goals came after the 89th minute, two from Bajramaj either side of a Mittag strike. Bresonik had opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

• A fortnight later they were rematched in Helsinki in the semi-finals. Norway led at the break through Herlovsen only for substitutes Simone Laudehr, Célia Okoyino da Mbabi and Bajramaj to turn the game.

• Angerer, Saskia Bartusiak, Babett Peter, Krahn, Behringer, Bresonik, Kim Kulig and Bianca Schmidt all started for Germany; Ingrid Hjelmseth, Toril Akerhaugen, Marita Lund, Stensland, Gulbrandsen, Herlovsen, Leni Kaurin, Maren Mjelde were in the Norway team, with Melissa Wiik, Hedda Gardsjord and Cecilie Pedersen appearing as substitutes.

• Norway's last win against Germany was a 2-0 friendly triumph in Sandefjord on 23 July 2008, four months after a similar Algarve Cup success. They also met in Mainz on 16 June 2011, Germany winning 3-0 in a pre-World Cup warm-up with Laudehr and Popp (2) scoring between the 79th and 82nd minutes.

• As well as three senior European and one World Cup final, these nations have been matched in two youth deciders. In the 2001 UEFA European Women's Under-18 Championship, Neid's Germany beat Norway 3-2 in Lillestrom, Viola Odebrecht striking the decisive goal and Bresonik also playing against a side containing Rønning and Lisa-Marie Woods.

• A decade later in the U19 event that replaced the U18 classification, Germany overcame Norway 8-1 in Imola, Luisa Wensing scoring the only first-half goal.

Form guide
• Although Germany's run of 39 straight UEFA Women's EURO victories and 36 consecutive major qualifying victories, going back to November 1999, was ended in November 2011 by a 2-2 draw in Spain, they dropped no other points and ended eight clear in Group 2.

• Their goal tally from ten games was a typically impressive 64-3 (the next highest was Spain's 43) and included a joint tournament record 17-0 defeat of Kazakhstan a week before the Spain trip.

• Da Mbabi was qualifying top scorer on 17 goals and is only one away from equalling the tournament record of 18 set by Patricia Brocker in Germany's 1995 triumph.

• Germany are aiming for a sixth straight success; since a group stage was introduced in 1997 they are unbeaten in final tournaments and on a run of 19 straight victories, including the golden goal defeat of Sweden in the 2001 final.

• Germany have not lost a UEFA European Women's Championship fixture since the 3-1 home qualifying defeat by Norway on 2 May 1996. The 57-game unbeaten run up to the end of 2013 qualifying included 52 wins and five draws.

• However, they exited the 2011 World Cup on home soil with an extra-time loss to Japan in the quarter-finals, costing them the trophy they had held since 2003 and, for the first time, an Olympic slot.

• Norway lost two of their first four qualifiers in Iceland and Northern Ireland but won all six fixtures in 2012 to top their section and maintain a record of qualifying every time since their 1987 triumph; only once have they not made the last four (1997).

• However coach Eli Landsem's contract was not renewed at the end of 2012, meaning a return for Pellerud from Trinidad and Tobago. Pellerud was also in charge for Norway's second EURO victory in 1993.

Team ties
• Norway have several players with German league experience. Leni Kaurin played alongside Schmidt, Peter, Mittag, Isabell Kerschowski, Tabea Kemme and Oderbrecht at 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam between 2007 and 2009. Kaurin counted Angerer, Bartusiak, Svenja Huth and Dzsenifer Marozsán as team-mates at 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2009/10 and played with Nadine Kessler, Verena Faisst and Lena Goessling at VfL Wolfsburg between 2010 and 2012.

• Wiik was at Wolfsburg in 2010 alongside Faisst.

• Herlovsen's father Kai played for VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and she was born in that city.

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