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Spotlight: Norway

15 November 2010 2,991 views No Comment Written by Michael

Norway are currently top of Group H in the qualifying for Euro 2012. This is quite a difficult group containing Portugal, Denmark, Iceland and Ireland’s good friends Cyprus. Thus far they have a perfect record from 3 games. Having travelled to Iceland and Cyprus and won, which is no easy feat, Norway have also quite impressively beaten Portugal in this campaign. Surprisingly Norway sit in the lofty position of 13th in the FIFA world rankings, 19 positions above Ireland.

Ireland and Norway’s last meeting was a friendly in August of 2008. The match finished in a 1-1 draw, but Ireland looked impressive throughout in what were dreadful weather conditions. Arguably our most famous meeting was in the 1994 World Cup in America. A frankly dreadful match in the New Meadowlands Stadium resulted in a 0-0 draw. This result ensured Ireland finished second and qualified, while Norway, who finished on 4 points like every other team in the group, were left to pack their bags to go home. Interestingly Norway prevented Ireland from qualifying for the 1938 World Cup, after beating us 6-5 on aggregate in the World Cup qualifying game.

Like Ireland, Norway enjoyed a very productive decade in the 1990s, qualifying for USA 1994 and France 1998. They also qualified for the 2000 European Championships in Belgium and Holland. While Ireland have not taken part in a major tournament for 8 years, its is 10 years since Norway participated in one.

Managed by Egil Olsen, whom many will remember from his Wimbledon management days, the Norway squad is made up of mainly home based players with a small number of Premiership based players also.

Name                                                Club                            Caps
Espen Bugge Pettersen                Molde                             1
Jon Knudsen                                   Stabæk                           18
Mohammed Abdellaoue            Hanover                        10
John Carew                                    Aston Villa                    86
Vadim Demidov                           Rosenberg                      6
Christian Grindheim                  Heerenveen                  39
Henning Hauger                          Stabæk                            16
Erik Huseklepp                            Brann                              16
Kristofer Hæstad                        Vålerenga                     27
Tom Høgli                                     Tromsø                          16
Ruben Yttergård Jenssen      Tromsø                           4
Petter Vaagan Moen                Brann                              7
Morten Gamst Pedersen         Blackburn                   63
Bjørn Helge Riise                       Fulham                        26
John Arne Riise                         Roma                            91
Espen Ruud                                 Odense                          7
Kjetil Wæhler                             Aalborg                       20

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