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We should have a thread for the Norwegian national team. We can discuss matches, players, the coach, opponents, tournaments, and the qualifying groups. :)
 

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04.09: Italy (a) 1-2
08.09: Belarus (h) 1-1
09.10: Scotland (a) 1-0
13.10: Slovenia (h) 3-0
30.03: Moldova (a) 0-0
04.06: Italy (h)
03.09: Slovenia (a)
07.09: Scotland (h)
08.10: Moldova (h)
12.10: Belarus (a)

Italy 5 4 0 1 9-5 12
Norway 5 2 2 1 6-3 8
Slovenia 5 2 2 1 5-4 8
Belarus 4 1 2 1 9-6 5
Scotland 4 0 2 2 1-4 2
Moldova 5 0 2 3 1-9 2
 

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the match against Moldova was embarrasingly bad, luckily for us the team remained on second place after Slovenia and Belarus drew.

The terrible weather has to take part of the blame in the Moldova thread, but a player like Magne Hoseth also had a terrible match, as the midfield failed to produce anything of significance. Hopefully the match against Italy will be one of the best for the team ever.
 

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We need a win against Italy to still have a decent chance at winning this, but it'll be tough. Hope Norway can make it, but if the NT keep playing like they have so far this year, I doubt it. It's been quite a disappointment from a year ago.
 

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I agree. Hareide needs to get his act together. If he can't bring entertaining football like he did last year, then he should at least bring some good results. I have big respect for other nations and their teams, but when Norway play as they have in 2005 it's not just other nations playing well.

The qualification wasn't bad in 2004 though. Losing away to Italy is fully understandable, a draw against Belarus at home is not good enough, but everyone slips up once in a while. Then we won two matches. However, the recent friendlies have been poor. Because of that I sort of had a bad feeling in front of the Moldova match, of course the weater ruined it more than anything else, but I still think the team played patethic. The worst match under Hareide so far, including all friendlies.
 

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I think Italy will win the group. Norway have a fair chance at beating Italy at home...but I doubt we will get 6 pts from the away matches against Belarus and Slovenia....hopefully we will manage to end up in the 2nd place, and earn a play-off game. But even that will be a tough battle. Not too optimistic about the NT these days. Like You guys said...there`s been a while since they played a great game. The draw against Moldova was nothing but a disaster, and can prove to be fatal in the end.
What about Hoset? Is he good enough for Norway? The criticism against him after the Moldova-game was massive....and totally deserved IMO. Gotta admit that I`m not a very big fan of him.
 

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The squad against Moldova:
Keepers:
Espen Johnsen, Rosenborg
Thomas Myhre, Sunderland
Knut Borch, Tromsø

Regular players:
Trond Andersen, Aalborg
Christer Basma, Rosenborg
André Bergdølmo, Borussia Dortmund
Daniel Braaten, Rosenborg
John Carew, Besiktas
Erik Hagen, Zenit St. Petersburg
Brede Hangeland, Viking
Magne Hoset, FC København
Steffen Iversen, Vålerenga
Azar Karadas, Benfica
Raymond Kvisvik, Brann
Tommy Svindal Larsen, Nürnberg
Claus Lundekvam, Southampton
Morten Gamst Pedersen, Blackburn
John Arne Riise, Liverpool
Vidar Riseth, Rosenborg
Petter Rudi, Molde
Sigurd Rushfeldt, Austria Wien
Jan Gunnar Solli, Rosenborg
Ståle Stensaas, Rosenborg

The starting lineup (4-4-2): Thomas Myhre - André Bergdølmo, Erik Hagen, Claus Lundekvam, John Arne Riise - Jan Gunnar Solli, Tommy Svindal Larsen, Magne Hoset (John Carew 59.), Morten Gamst Pedersen - Sigurd Rushfeldt (Azar Karadas 80.), Steffen Iversen.
 

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The Norwegian U21 team beat Moldova 3-1. 0-1 Lars Iver Strand (54), 1-1 Igor Picusiac (81), 1-2 Petter Vaagan Moen (82), 1-3 Bjørn Helge Riise (90). Vaagan Moen's goal was of the absolutely stunning kind!

Keepers: Iven Austbø (Viking), Jan Kjell Larsen (Haugesund).

Regular players: Trond Erik Bertelsen (Fredrikstad), Christoffer Dahl (Lyn Oslo), Lars Martin Engedal (Start), Lars Kristian Eriksen (Lyn Oslo), Daniel Fredheim Holm (Vålerenga), Øyvind Hoås (Molde), Kristofer Hæstad (Start), Petter Vaagan Moen (Ham-Kam), Magnus Myklebust (Lillestrøm), Kristian Flittie Onstad (Lyn Oslo), Bjørn Helge Riise (Brussel), Morten M. Skjønsberg (Stabæk), Tomasz Sokolowski (Lyn Oslo), Børre Steenslid (Sogndal), Lars Iver Strand (Tromsø), Arve Walde (Brann).

Norway U21 (4-4-2): Jan Kjell Larsen - Morten Morisbak Skjønsberg, Kristian Flittie Onstad, Alexander Gabrielsen, Lars Kristian Eriksen - Bjørn Helge Riise, Kristofer Hæstad, Tomasz Sokolowski, Trond Erik Bertelsen (Petter Vaagan Moen i 75.) - Lars Iver Strand (Henning Hauger i 78.), Øyvind Hoås.

Group 5 Pld Pts
Italy 5 15
Norway 5 7
Belarus 4 6
Slovenia 5 5
Moldova 5 4
Scotland 4 2
 

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vegard said:
What about Hoset? Is he good enough for Norway? The criticism against him after the Moldova-game was massive....and totally deserved IMO. Gotta admit that I`m not a very big fan of him.
It is probably the position we are struggling most with at the moment, and yes he was horrible against Moldova. He's a good player, but I think he will be in serious trouble if he plays against Italy. I don't have any clear choices, but Ørjan Berg or Martin Andresen in top form would be better. Berg won't play for the national team, so then we just have to get Andresen in top shape.
 

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The rest of the matches in the group:

12-Oct-2005 Belarus - Norway -

12-Oct-2005 Slovenia - Scotland -

12-Oct-2005 Italy - Moldova -

08-Oct-2005 Norway - Moldova -

08-Oct-2005 Scotland - Belarus -

08-Oct-2005 Italy - Slovenia -

07-Sep-2005 Norway - Scotland -

07-Sep-2005 Moldova - Slovenia -

07-Sep-2005 Belarus - Italy -

03-Sep-2005 Moldova - Belarus -

03-Sep-2005 Slovenia - Norway -

03-Sep-2005 Scotland - Italy -

08-Jun-2005 MINSK (Belarus) Belarus - Scotland -

04-Jun-2005 Scotland - Moldova -

04-Jun-2005 MINSK (Belarus) Belarus - Slovenia -

04-Jun-2005 OSLO (Norway) Norway - Italy -
 

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.What about Hoset? Is he good enough for Norway? The criticism against him after the Moldova-game was massive....and totally deserved IMO. Gotta admit that I`m not a very big fan of him.
Hoseth is a left winger. Morten Gamst has that position and I doubt that Hoseth will be able to beat him. Morten has been simply magnificent lately..
 

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Hoseth usually plays in the Central Midfielder position for Norway (as he did for Molde in the last couple of seasons).
 

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He originally, though, plays in the left wing, as he does for FCK.
 

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Yes, he did play left wing for Molde for a long time, but also as central midfielder. No matter what position he plays in, he needs to lift his play for Norway though, it just wasn't good enough last time.
 

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The squad for the Estonia friendly next wednesday:

• Espen Johnsen, Rosenborg
• Terje Skjeldestad, Sogndal
• Trond Andersen, Aalborg
• Martin Andresen, Brann
• André Bergdølmo, Borussia Dortmund
• Daniel Braaten, Rosenborg
• Brede Hangeland, Viking
• Frode Johnsen, Rosenborg
• Raymond Kvisvik, Brann
• Vidar Riseth, Rosenborg
• Petter Rudi, Molde
• Jan Gunnar Solli, Rosenborg
• Ståle Stensaas, Rosenborg
• Jarl André Storbæk, Ham-Kam
• Lars Iver Strand, Tromsø
• Bengt Sæternes, Brann
• Alex Valencia, Start
• Ole Martin Årst, Tromsø

The squad only includes two players that play abroad, and had a few surprises. Start's wing Alex Valencia, Sogndal's keeper Terje Skjeldestad, Tromsø's offensive midfielder Lars Iver Strand, and Ham Kam's back Jarl Andre Storbæk.
 

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The squad only includes two players that play abroad, and had a few surprises. Start's wing Alex Valencia, Sogndal's keeper Terje Skjeldestad, Tromsø's offensive midfielder Lars Iver Strand, and Ham Kam's back Jarl Andre Storbæk.
Skjeldestad, Storbæk and Strand have all been picked for the NT before...but I was a bit surprised too when I saw their names in the squad. Alex Valencia :eek: That really is a BIG surprise. Allthough he too has been picked for the NT before (2001). I haven`t seen him play since he left Brann, and had almost forgotten him :D

I was kind of hoping that Hareide would pick Erik Nevland in stead of Årst. As far as I know he`s doing quite well in Groningen.
 

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Can't see Nevland producing anything for the NT really, never been a fan. I'm glad a guy like Iver Strand is getting picked, think he has a bright future.

Didn't see the 0-0 match, luckily. That must have been an awful sight.

I don't care how we do it, we need to be in WC06, it's as simple as that. That is Hareide's job, and he needs to do it or he has to go fast. I hope we shape up.
 

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Can't see Nevland producing anything for the NT really, never been a fan. I'm glad a guy like Iver Strand is getting picked, think he has a bright future.
Well, I`m not Nevlands biggest fan either. But I think he could do far better than Årst. Our attackers hasn`t been impressive lately, so why not give him a try?
I agree with you on Strand....he is a great talent, and deserves to be in the squad.
 

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Sæternes and Andresen (both Brann) withdraw from Norway`s squad for the game against Estonia. Gashi (Vålerenga) will replace Andresen :cool:
Sæternes`replacement hasn`t been announced yet, but I guess Nevland has a good chance at being picked. He scored two goals for Groningen this weekend.
 
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