FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Italy are Norway’s nemesis when it comes to the FIFA World Cup. In their three World Cups, Gli Azzurri have contributed to Norway’s departure each time. In 1938 and 1994, first round defeats to the Italians saw them pack their bags early. In 1998, a win over champions Brazil put them into the second round for the first time but a Christian Vieri goal sent the Scandinavians home. Since 1998, they have missed out on the finals, with their 2006 play-off defeat to Czech Republic the closest they have come to a World Cup return.

The team
A number of fresh-faced youngsters are hoping to bring back mid-1990s glory days. The side’s poster boy is Martin Odegaard, who became the country’s youngest debutant aged 15 years and 253 days. Joining him as part of this new frontier are defender Havard Nordtveit, winger Mats Moller Daehli and forward Joshua King.

The coach
Per-Mathias Hogmo has the difficult task of following in the footsteps of legendary Norwegian coach Egil Olsen, who stepped down after the unsuccessful attempt to reach Brazil 2014.

The stat
4 –
Games against five-time World Cup winners Brazil without defeat. Norway are the only side undefeated against A Seleção.

The former stars
Henning Berg, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Tore Andre Flo