Which Nordic players have featured in the most UEFA games?

Denmark celebrates Constitution Day on 5 June, with Sweden's National Day to follow on 6 June; UEFA.com salutes the Nordic nations' finest.

Zlatan Ibrahimović played in 144 UEFA club competition games
Zlatan Ibrahimović played in 144 UEFA club competition games ©Getty Images

Most appearances by a Nordic player in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

124: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris, Man. United)
107: Roar Strand (NOR – Rosenborg)
84: Erik Hoftun (NOR – Rosenborg)
84: John Arne Riise (NOR – Monaco, Liverpool, Roma)
81: Ole Gunnar Solskjær (NOR – Man. United)
79: Bent Skammelsrud (NOR – Malmö, Rosenborg)
67: Sami Hyypiä (FIN – Liverpool, Leverkusen)
67: Fredrik Ljungberg (SWE – Halmstad, Arsenal)
65: Jan Heintze (DEN – PSV Eindhoven, Leverkusen)
65: Jari Litmanen (FIN – HJK Helsinki, Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool, Malmö)

Top-scoring Nordic players in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

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49: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris, Man. United)
23: Jari Litmanen (FIN – HJK Helsinki, Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool, Malmö)
21: Harald Brattbakk (NOR – Rosenborg, Celtic)
20: Ole Gunnar Solskjær (NOR – Man. United)
18: John Carew (NOR – Rosenborg, Valencia, Lyon)
17: Roar Strand (NOR – Rosenborg)
16: Markus Rosenberg (SWE – Ajax, Werder Bremen, Malmö)
14: Søren Lerby (DEN – Ajax, Bayern München, PSV Eindhoven)
14: Fredrik Ljungberg (SWE – Halmstad, Arsenal)
14: Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE – IFK Göteborg)

Most appearances by Nordic players in UEFA club competition*

Rosenborg stalwart Roar Strand
Rosenborg stalwart Roar Strand©Getty Images

140: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris, Man. United)
133:
Roar Strand (NOR – Rosenborg)
120: John Arne Riise (NOR – Monaco, Liverpool, Roma, Fulham)
112: Sami Hyypiä (FIN – MyPa, Willem II, Liverpool, Leverkusen)
108: Henrik Larsson (SWE – Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Man. United, Helsingborg)
102: Christian Poulsen (DEN – København, Schalke, Sevilla, Juventus, Liverpool, Ajax)
95: Erik Hoftun (NOR – Rosenborg)
95: William Kvist Jørgensen (DEN – København, Stuttgart)
94: Mikael Lustig (SWE – Rosenborg, Celtic)
91: Jan Heintze (DEN – PSV Eindhoven, Leverkusen)

Top-scoring Nordic players in UEFA club competition*

Henrik Larsson celebrates a Celtic goal
Henrik Larsson celebrates a Celtic goal©Getty Images

59: Henrik Larsson (SWE – Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Man. United, Helsingborg)
56: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris, Man. United)
44: Allan Simonsen (DEN – Vejle, Mönchengladbach, Barcelona)
33: Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE – IFK Göteborg, Kaiserslautern)
31: Harald Brattbakk (NOR – Rosenborg, Celtic)
30: Jari Litmanen (FIN – HJK Helsinki, Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool, Malmö, Lahti)
28: John Carew (NOR – Vålerenga, Rosenborg, Valencia, Roma, Beşiktaş, Lyon, Aston Villa)
27: Jon Dahl Tomasson (DEN – Heerenveen, Newcastle, Feyenoord, AC Milan, Stuttgart, Villarreal)
26: Stefan Pettersson (SWE – IFK Göteborg, Ajax)
24: Tore André Flo (NOR – Tromsø, Brann, Chelsea, Rangers, Vålerenga)

Most appearances by Nordic nation in UEFA club competiton*

Iceland favourite Henrik Larsson
Iceland favourite Henrik Larsson©Getty Images

Denmark: 102 – Christian Poulsen (København, Schalke, Sevilla, Juventus, Liverpool, Ajax)
Faroe Islands: 31 – Todi Jónsson (KÍ Klaksvík, Lyngby, København, Start)
Finland: 112 – Sami Hyypiä (MyPa, Willem II, Liverpool, Leverkusen)
Iceland: 64 – Eidur Gudjohnsen (PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Barcelona, AEK Athens, Club Brugge)
Norway: 133 – Roar Strand (Rosenborg)
Sweden: 140 – Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris, Man. United)

Timeline of notable Nordic firsts in UEFA club competition

Nils Liedholm training with AC Milan
Nils Liedholm training with AC Milan©Getty Images

1958: First Nordic player to appear in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Nils Liedholm (SWE – Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan)

1962: First Nordic player to appear in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final
Kurt Hamrin (SWE – Atlético Madrid 1-1, 3-0 Fiorentina)

1968: First Nordic player to win/score in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final
Kurt Hamrin (SWE – AC Milan 2-0 Hamburg)

1969: First Nordic player to win a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Kurt Hamrin (SWE – AC Milan 4-1 Ajax)

1970: First Nordic player to score in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Ove Kindvall (SWE – Feyenoord 2-1 Celtic)

Denmark great Allan Simonsen
Denmark great Allan Simonsen©Getty Images

1973: First Danish players to play in a UEFA Cup final
Henning Jensen, Allan Simonsen (Liverpool 3-2agg Mönchengladbach)

1974: First Danish player to win a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Johnny Hansen (Bayern München 1-1, 4-0 Atlético Madrid)

1975: First Danish players to win in a UEFA Cup final
Henning Jensen, Allan Simonsen (Mönchengladbach 5-1agg Twente)

IFK Göteborg in 1982
IFK Göteborg in 1982©Getty Images

1979: First Nordic side to appear in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Malmö (SWE) 0-1 Nottingham Forest

1982: First Nordic club to win a UEFA competiton
IFK Göteborg (SWE) 4-0agg Hamburg, UEFA Cup

1999 #UCL final highlights: United 2-1 Bayern
1999 #UCL final highlights: United 2-1 Bayern

1984: First Nordic coach to appear in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Nils Liedholm (SWE – Liverpool 1-1 Roma, aet, Liverpool win 4-2 on pens)

1990: First Icelandic player to appear in a UEFA final
Arnór Gudjohnsen (Sampdoria 2-0 Anderlecht, European Cup Winners' Cup)

1995: First Finnish player to win a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Jari Litmanen (Ajax 1-0 AC Milan)

1999: First Norwegian players to win a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Ronny Johnsen, Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Man. United FC 2-1 Bayern München)

2009: First Icelandic player to make the final squad for a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Eidur Gudjohnsen (Barcelona 2-0 Man. United)

*UEFA club competitions means European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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