Norway may not be a country that is considered synonymous with football, but this nation is actually responsible for breeding some truly brilliant footballers over the past 100 years. The steady evolution of Norwegian international football resulted in a bronze medal at the Berlin Olympic games in 1936, with the national team also making three appearances at the FIFA World Cup and qualifying for the European Championships in 2000. Norway play their home games at 28,00 capacity ground Ullevaal Stadion, where the Norwegian Cup tournament final is contested each year. Olso team Vålerenga Fotball also play their games here during the regular domestic season. If you’re looking to grab Norway tickets and see this nation participate in a game of top-class football, all the information you need is right here at Ticketbis.
Origins and Evolution
The first ever international game involving the Norway national side took place against Scandinavian rivals Sweden in 1908. Norway lost the game by an astounding score line (11-3) which set the precedent for some rocky beginnings as an international football team. In 1917, they suffered their heaviest ever defeat, being blitzed 12-0 by another Scandinavian side in the shape of Denmark.
However, Norway football team progressed, developed and evolved considerably since those uneasy early days, picking up a Bronze medal at Berlin 1936 and making their first ever appearance at a World Cup following a successful qualifying campaign for the 1938 tournament. They proceeded to secure their greatest marginal victory during the following decade, crushing Finland 12-0 in Bergen.
Legacy and Legends
The Norway national football team are often considered one of the smaller teams in the Scandinavian region, although they have sprung a number of surprises during their time. Olympic Bronze aside, their greatest success remains their terrific World Cup 1998 campaign – where they upset footballing super nation Brazil en route to securing a place in the last 16 (eventually being eliminated by Italy). Norway also qualified for the European Championships on one occasion back in 2000, but couldn’t make it past the group stage.
A number of wonderfully talented players represented Norway on the international stage at various points throughout history. One of the most familiar to modern day fans is without doubt John Arne Risse – a Liverpool cult hero and Norway’s record cap holder (with 110 appearances). Famous journalist Jørgen Juve is still the nation’s top scorer, slamming 33 goals for Norway during a nine-year stint in the national side as a striker from 1928 until 1937. Towering centre-back Thorbjørn Svenssen, former Manchester United defender Henning Berg, and old Aston Villa striker John Carew also accumulated many caps for the team.