Norway Under-21
Nickname(s)U21-landslaget
AssociationFootball Association of Norway
(Norges Fotballforbund)
Head coachLeif Gunnar Smerud
Most capsTommy Svindal Larsen (41)
Top scorerSteffen Iversen (17)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best result3rd place (1998, 2013)

The Norway national under-21 football team, controlled by the Football Association of Norway, is the national football team of Norway for players of 21 years of age or under at the start of a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign. The team has reached the European Championship finals twice, in 1998 and 2013, winning bronze medals on both occasions.

Competitive record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Europe 1978 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 9
Europe 1980 6 1 3 2 5 12
Europe 1982 4 1 1 2 5 6
Europe 1984 6 0 2 4 6 15
Europe 1986 6 2 2 2 10 9
Europe 1988 6 0 3 3 3 7
Europe 1990 6 1 2 3 3 7
Europe 1992 6 3 1 2 13 6
France 1994 10 6 1 3 20 13
Spain 1996 10 7 0 3 32 13
Romania 1998 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 3 2 0 1 3 1 8 5 2 1 22 10
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 12 7 1 4 22 15
Switzerland 2002 10 6 0 4 21 12
Germany 2004 10 7 1 2 23 9
Portugal 2006 10 4 2 4 14 13
Netherlands 2007 2 0 1 1 1 2
Sweden 2009 8 3 3 2 7 6
Denmark 2011 8 2 1 5 14 18
Israel 2013 Semi-Finals 3rd of 8 4 1 2 1 6 7 10 6 1 3 18 11
Czech Republic 2015 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 11 19
Poland 2017 10 6 1 3 13 12
ItalySan Marino 2019 10 4 3 3 15 13
Total 3rd 2/22 7 3 2 2 9 8 170 76 31 63 284 237

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification against Finland on 12 November and Azerbaijan on 16 November 2021.[1]

Information correct as of 16 November 2021[2]

* Players in bold have played at least one full international match for Norway's senior national team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kristoffer Klaesson (2000-11-27) 27 November 2000 (age 21) 10 0 England Leeds United
12 1GK Mads Hedenstad Christiansen (2000-10-21) 21 October 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Norway Lillestrøm
23 1GK Oliver Petersen (2001-09-26) 26 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Norway Grorud
2 2DF Sebastian Sebulonsen (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 21) 6 1 Norway Viking
3 2DF Leo Fuhr Hjelde (2003-08-26) 26 August 2003 (age 18) 2 0 England Leeds United
4 2DF Jesper Daland (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 21) 7 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge
5 2DF Henrik Heggheim (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Denmark Brøndby
13 2DF Ole Martin Kolskogen (2001-01-20) 20 January 2001 (age 20) 4 0 Norway Brann
14 2DF Robin Østrøm (2002-08-09) 9 August 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Denmark OB
6 3MF Johan Hove (2000-09-07) 7 September 2000 (age 21) 12 2 Norway Strømsgodset
7 3MF Sivert Mannsverk (2002-05-08) 8 May 2002 (age 19) 2 0 Norway Molde
8 3MF Håkon Evjen (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 21) 15 1 Netherlands AZ
15 3MF Elias Kristoffersen Hagen (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt
18 3MF Eskil Edh (2002-08-04) 4 August 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Norway Lillestrøm
19 3MF Emil Breivik (2000-06-11) 11 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Norway Molde
20 3MF Martin Palumbo (2002-03-06) 6 March 2002 (age 19) 4 2 Italy Juventus U23
21 3MF Tobias Christensen (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 11 2 Norway Vålerenga
9 4FW Jørgen Strand Larsen (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 21) 12 9 Netherlands Groningen
10 4FW Osame Sahraoui (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 20) 4 1 Norway Vålerenga
11 4FW Noah Jean Holm (2001-05-23) 23 May 2001 (age 20) 9 4 Norway Rosenborg
22 4FW Oscar Aga (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Norway Grorud

Recent call-ups

The following players still eligible for the U20 team (i.e. born in 2001 or later) have been called up since September 2021.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Colin Rösler (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands NAC Breda
2DF Fredrik Oppegård (2002-08-09) 9 August 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
3MF Halldor Stenevik (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Norway Strømsgodset
3MF Kristoffer Askildsen (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 9 0 Italy Sampdoria
3MF Joshua Kitolano (2001-08-03) 3 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Norway Odd
3MF Edvard Tagseth (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Norway Rosenborg
3MF Andreas Schjelderup (2004-06-01) 1 June 2004 (age 17) 2 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
4FW Emil Konradsen Ceide (2001-09-03) 3 September 2001 (age 20) 4 3 Norway Rosenborg
4FW Erik Botheim (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 21) 4 1 Norway Bodø/Glimt

Records

As of 22 March 2019[3]

Leading appearances

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Caps
1 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 41
2 Hai Ngoc Tran Kongsvinger 38
3 Harmeet Singh Vålerenga, Feyenoord 36
4 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 35
Petter Rudi Molde 35
6 Kristian Flittie Onstad Lyn 34
7 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 33
Steinar Pedersen Start, Borussia Dortmund 33
9 Trond Erik Bertelsen Haugesund, Fredrikstad 32
Thomas Holm Heerenveen, Vålerenga 32

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Leading goalscorers

As of 22 March 2019[3]
Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals
1 Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen Bodø/Glimt, Hertha BSC 16
Tore André Flo Sogndal, Tromsø 15
3 Steffen Iversen Rosenborg, Tottenham Hotspur 14
4 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Clausenengen, Molde 13
5 Azar Karadas Brann, Rosenborg 12
Daniel Berg Hestad Molde 12
Frank Strandli Start, Leeds United 12 8 Tommy Svindal Larsen Start, Stabæk 11
9 John Carew Vålerenga, Rosenborg, Valencia 10
Morten Gamst Pedersen Tromsø 10

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team.

Past squads

Coaches

See also

References

  1. ^ "v" (in Norwegian). 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ Match report: Russia v Norway (28 March 2017), fotball.no. Retrieved 28 March 2017. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Norge Menn U21". www.fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 23 March 2019.