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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/12/2015 17:28 CET
27 August 2014 27 Aug - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway0-0United Arab Emirates
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
12/17/2015 15:34:05
3 September 2014 03 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
England1-0Norway
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
12/17/2015 16:10:52
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-2Italy
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
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)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
12 November 2014 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway0-1Estonia
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
12/17/2015 16:27:20
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-1Norway
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
01/11/2016 13:09:59
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia5-1Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:36
1 June 2015 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway - Russia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:44:33
8 June 2015 08 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway0-0Sweden
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
11/19/2015 11:37:38
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Norway
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
01/08/2016 08:06:32
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
01/08/2016 08:06:28
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Norway
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
12 November 2015 12 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Norway0-1Hungary
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
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)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
NorwayGermany
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:06:22
AzerbaijanNorway
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:33:32
NorwaySan Marino
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:08:48
Czech RepublicNorway
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:08:48
Northern IrelandNorway
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:08:48
NorwayCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:08:48
NorwayAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:08:48
GermanyNorway
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 23:20:04
San MarinoNorway
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:41:48
NorwayNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:20:29

General info

  • Founded : 1902
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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)
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