Lars Lagerbäck, the former Norway national football team manager

The role of an Norway national football team manager was first established in 1953 with the appointment of Austrian Willibald Hahn. Prior to 1953, the team was selected by a selection committee, which also continued to select the team until 1969.

Nineteen men have occupied the post since its inception; one of those were in a short-term caretaker manager role: Ragnar Larsen (one game in his first spell). Egil Olsen is the only manager who has qualified for a World Cup; achieving a Round of 16-appearance at the 1998 World Cup as the best result. Nils Johan Semb is the only manager who has qualified for a European Championship. Ragnar Larsen became the first Norwegian manager when he led the team as a caretaker in a match in 1958. His successor, Kristian Henriksen was the first Norwegian to manage the team on a permanent basis. Wilhelm Kment, Larsen (one as caretaker) and Olsen managed Norway on more than one occasion, all with two spells.

Statistical summary

The following table provides a summary of the complete record of each Norway manager including their progress in both the World Cup and the European Championship.[1][2] Prior to 1953, the squad was selected by a selection committee, which also continued to select the team until 1969.

Statistics correct as of 18 November 2019
Image Manager Tenure P W D L Win % Competitions
Willibald Hahn 1953–1955 26 7 7 12 026.9 1954 World Cup – failed to qualify
Ron Lewin 1956–1957 17 5 4 8 029.4 1958 World Cup – failed to qualify
Edmund Majowski 1958 5 3 1 1 060.0 N/A
Ragnar Larsen (caretaker) 1958 1 0 0 1 000.0 N/A
Kristian Henriksen 1959 10 3 0 7 030.0 1960 European Nations' Cup – failed to qualify
Wilhelm Kment 1960–1962 20 6 2 12 030.0 1962 World Cup – failed to qualify
Ragnar Larsen 1962–1966 33 11 7 15 033.3 1964 European Nations' Cup – failed to qualify
1966 World Cup – failed to qualify
Wilhelm Kment 1967–1969 25 9 3 13 036.0 Euro 1968 – failed to qualify
1970 World Cup – failed to qualify
Øivind Johannessen 1970–1971 17 4 2 11 023.5 N/A
George Curtis 1972–1974 17 3 2 12 017.6 Euro 1972 – failed to qualify
1974 World Cup – failed to qualify
Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen
1974–1977 27 6 4 17 022.2 Euro 1976 – failed to qualify
1978 World Cup – failed to qualify
Tor Røste Fossen 1978–1987 94 28 28 38 029.8 Euro 1980 – failed to qualify
1982 World Cup – failed to qualify
Euro 1984 – failed to qualify
1986 World Cup – failed to qualify
Kjell Schou-Andreassen and
Nils Arne Eggen[note 1]
1986–1987 8 0 5 3 000.0 N/A
Tord Grip 1987–1988 7 0 4 3 000.0 Euro 1988 – failed to qualify
Ingvar Stadheim 1988–1990 24 5 8 11 020.8 1990 World Cup – failed to qualify
Egil Olsen 1990–1998 88 46 26 16 052.3 Euro 1992 – failed to qualify
1994 World Cup – group stage
Euro 1996 – failed to qualify
1998 World Cup – round of 16
Nils Johan Semb 1998–2003 68 29 21 18 042.6 Euro 2000 – group stage
2002 World Cup – failed to qualify
Euro 2004 – failed to qualify
Åge Hareide 2004–2008 58 24 18 16 041.4 2006 World Cup – failed to qualify
Euro 2008 – failed to qualify
Egil Olsen 2009–2013 49 25 8 16 051.0 2010 World Cup – failed to qualify
Euro 2012 – failed to qualify
Per-Mathias Høgmo 2013–2016 35 10 7 18 028.6 2014 World Cup – failed to qualify
Euro 2016 – failed to qualify
Lars Lagerbäck 2017–2020 29 15 8 6 051.7 2018 World Cup – failed to qualify
Ståle Solbakken 2020–

Key: P–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage

Notes

  1. ^ Only Olympic team's qualification to the 1988 Summer Olympics. Norway did not qualify.

References

  1. ^ "National team coaches (1953–2019)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Norwegian National Football Team Matches". NFF. Retrieved 11 September 2012.