Famous Norwegian Football Players

Vote for Your Favourite Norwegian Football Players

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

 1 
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
(Norwegian Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Forward)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
27
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund, Norway

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

 2 
John Arne Riise
(Norwegian Professional Football Manager and Former Player)
John Arne Riise
5
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Molde, Norway

Norwegian football manager and former footballer John Arne Riise is perhaps best known for his stint with Liverpool, having won 6 titles with them, including an FA Cup and a UEFA Champions League. He was honored with the Kniksen of the Year award in 2006.

 3 
Morten Gamst Pedersen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Morten Gamst Pedersen
4
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vadsø, Norway

Norwegian footballer Morten Gamst Pedersen who created headlines for being active in the game even at age 40, has previously been a star for the Blackburn Rovers. The Åsane midfielder is the son of former footballer Ernst Pedersen. He has also scored a hit song as part of the boyband The Players.

Recommended Lists:
 4 
Tore André Flo
(Norwegian Former Professional Football Striker and Coach)
Tore André Flo
5
Birthdate: June 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flo, Norway

Norwegian striker Tore André Flo has also represented renowned clubs, including Chelsea and Leeds United as a player, winning multiple titles with the former, such as the FA Cup. He comes from a family of footballers and is also known for his decade-long association with Chelsea as their coaching staff.

 5 
Omar Elabdellaoui
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right Back and as a Right Midfielder)
Omar Elabdellaoui
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Omar Elabdellaoui is a Norwegian football player best known for his association with the Olympiacos Football Club with which he has won four Super League Greece tournaments. Omar Elabdellaoui has also been an important player for the Norwegian national team since 2013.

 6 
Stefan Johansen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Stefan Johansen
3
Birthdate: January 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vardø, Norway

Stefan Johansen is a Norwegian football player and the current captain of the popular English football club Queens Park Rangers. An attacking midfielder, Johansen won the 2013 Kniksen Award under the Midfielder of the Year category. The following year, he was honored with the prestigious Gullballen award. Stefan Johansen announced his retirement from international football in 2021.

 7 
Ronny Deila
(Norwegian Football Manager and Former Player)
Ronny Deila
4
Birthdate: September 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Porsgrunn, Norway

Norwegian former footballer Ronny Deila, who now coaches New York City FC, had a successful stint with Odds Ballklubb as a player, winning the Norwegian Football Cup with them. The Kniksen Coach of the Year award winner made headlines for stripping down to his underwear after New York City’s first MLS Cup win.

 8 
Håvard Nordtveit
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender / Defensive Midfielder)
Håvard Nordtveit
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vats, Norway

Norwegian footballer Håvard Nordtveit is best known as a defender/defensive midfielder for the German club Hoffenheim. He began his youth career with Norwegian clubs such as Vats 94 and Haugesund. He has also played for Arsenal and Fulham. He once lost a tooth following a clash with Norwegian footballer Bernt Hulsker.

 9 
Ronny Johnsen
(Norwegian Former Footballer Who Played as a Centre-Back or Defensive Midfielder)
Ronny Johnsen
2
Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sandefjord, Norway

Best known for his long stint with Manchester United, which saw him win numerous titles, such as the FA Cup and the Premier League, retired Norwegian footballer Ronny Johnsen has also competed at the FIFA World Cup for Norway. He has also won a Kniksen Award and now coaches Eik Tønsberg.

 10 
Ørjan Nyland
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Ørjan Nyland
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Volda, Norway

Ørjan Nyland is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. In 2012, he helped Hødd win the Norwegian Cup by winning the man of the match award in the finals. He then went on to win two more Norwegian Cups with Molde in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Nyland won the Tippeligaen Goalkeeper of the Year award.

 11 
Joshua King
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Joshua King
3
Birthdate: January 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Norwegian footballer Joshua King is best known as a forward for Watford. A child prodigy, he began his youth career with Romsås IL at age 6. He has also represented teams such as Manchester United and the Blackburn Rovers. He won the prestigious Gullballen award in 2017.

 12 
Henning Berg
(Norwegian Football Manager and Former Player)
Henning Berg
2
Birthdate: September 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eidsvoll, Norway

Henning Berg is a Norwegian former professional football player best known for his participation in the Premier League. He is the first player to win the EPL with two different clubs, having won the titles with Manchester United as well as Blackburn Rovers. Berg was also an important player for the national team at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

 13 
John Carew
(Norwegian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
John Carew
1
Birthdate: September 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lørenskog, Akershus, Norway

Norwegian former footballer John Carew has had successful stints with clubs such as Valencia, Aston Villa, and Lyon. He has also scored 24 goals for the Norwegian national team. Post-retirement, he stepped into acting, with roles in movies such as Dead of Winter and series such as Heimebane.

 14 
Ola Kamara
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Ola Kamara
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Ola Kamara is a Norwegian football player who plays as a striker. Although his father is from Sierra Leone, Kamara chose to represent Norway in international football as his mother is from Norway. Apart from playing for popular clubs like D.C. United, Ola Kamara has also been an important player for the Norway national team since 2013.

 15 
Ståle Solbakken
(Norwegian Professional Football Manager and Former Football Midfielder)
Ståle Solbakken
2
Birthdate: February 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kongsvinger, Norway

Ståle Solbakken is a Norwegian football manager and retired player. One of the most successful managers of his generation, Solbakken helped Copenhagen win eight Danish Superliga championships. In 2004, he was named Norwegian Manager of the Year. Ståle Solbakken also had a successful playing career until he suffered a heart attack in 2001.

 16 
Ada Hegerberg
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Ada Hegerberg
0
Birthdate: July 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Molde, Norway

Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg became the top women’s club goal-scorer in UEFA history in 2019. She was part of the silver-winning Norwegian team at the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship. The Ballon d'Or Féminin winner has also been a 5-time UEFA Women's Champions League champion with Lyon.

 17 
Brede Hangeland
(Norwegian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Central Defender)
Brede Hangeland
2
Birthdate: June 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Brede Hangeland is a Norwegian retired professional football player. He is best known for helping the Viking Fotballklubb win the prestigious Norwegian Football Cup in 2001. He also won the Danish Superliga in 2006 and 2007 with FC Copenhagen. Brede Hangeland served as the captain for the Norwegian national team from 2008 until his resignation.

 18 
Hege Riise
(Football Coach)
Hege Riise
2
Birthdate: July 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lørenskog, Norway

Norwegian former midfielder Hege Riise scripted history when she became one of the 3 women in the world to win the Olympics, the European Championship, and the World Cup. Post-retirement, she has coached the British women’s football team and the Norwegian U-19 team. Interestingly, she played with a boys’ team till 14.

 19 
Sander Berge
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Sander Berge
0
Birthdate: February 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bærum, Norway

Norwegian footballer Sander Berge is best known for his association with the English club Sheffield United. He has also played for Genk in Belgium and for Vålerenga and Asker in Norway. Interestingly, his father, mother, and older brother were all international basketball players, while he followed his grandfather, footballer Ragnar Berge.

 20 
Åge Hareide
(Norwegian Football Manager and Former Football Defender)
Åge Hareide
2
Birthdate: September 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hareid Municipality, Norway

Åge Hareide is a Norwegian football manager and former player. A popular coach, Hareide has managed the Norway national team as well as the Denmark national football team. He has also won league titles in each and every Scandinavian country that plays professional football. Åge Hareide also had a successful playing career and represented teams like Manchester City and Molde.

 21 
Bersant Celina
(Kosovan Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Bersant Celina
1
Birthdate: September 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prizren, Kosovo

Bersant Celina is a Kosovan football player who has played for popular teams like Manchester City, Swansea City, and Ipswich Town. During the 2018–19 season, one of his goals for Swansea City was adjudged Goal of the Season. Raised in Norway, Bersant Celina represented the Norway national team at youth level before playing for the Kosovo national senior team.

 22 
Alexander Tettey
(Norwegian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Central Midfielder)
Alexander Tettey
2
Birthdate: April 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Ghanaian-born footballer Alexander Tettey moved to Norway at 13, where he began his youth career with Bodø/Glimt. He later had successful stints as a defensive midfielder with teams such as Rosenborg and Norwich City, winning 2 EFL Championships with the latter and 2 Eliteserien championships with the former.

 23 
Markus Henriksen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Markus Henriksen
2
Birthdate: July 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway

Markus Henriksen is a Norwegian football player best known for his association with Rosenborg Ballklub for which he won the Eliteserien in 2009 and 2010. He has also represented other popular teams like AZ Alkmaar, winning the KNVB Cup for the team in 2013. Since 2010, Markus Henriksen has been an important player for the Norwegian national team. 

 24 
Valon Berisha
(Kosovan Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Valon Berisha
0
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden
 25 
Tarik Elyounoussi
(Norwegian Football Player Who Played as a Forward or Winger)
Tarik Elyounoussi
2
Birthdate: February 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Al Hoceima, Morocco

Tarik Elyounoussi is a Moroccan-born Norwegian professional football player whose international debut goal for the Norwegian national team against Uruguay in 2008 within four minutes on the pitch is considered one of the fastest debut goals ever in an international match. In the domestic circuit, Tarik Elyounoussi helped the Olympiacos Football Club win the Super League Greece tournament in 2017.

 26 
Jan Åge Fjørtoft
(Norwegian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as Centre Forward)
Jan Åge Fjørtoft
2
Birthdate: January 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gursken, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Jan Åge Fjørtoft is a Norwegian retired professional football player who played as a centre forward in Norway, Austria, Germany, and England. Nicknamed The Feather, Fjørtoft was renowned for his agility and speed. Jan Åge Fjørtoft also captained the Norway national team in 15 games. 

 27 
Jo Inge Berget
(Norwegian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Central Defender)
Jo Inge Berget
3
Birthdate: September 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hadeland, Norway

Jo Inge Berget is a Norwegian footballer who has played for popular clubs in places like Italy, Wales, Sweden, Scotland, and the US. A popular name in Norway, Jo Inge Berget helped Strømsgodset win the 2010 Norwegian Football Cup. He also had a successful stint with Molde, winning the Eliteserien in 2011 and 2012 and the Norwegian Cup in 2013.

 28 
Caroline Graham Hansen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Caroline Graham Hansen
2
Birthdate: February 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Caroline Graham Hansen is a Norwegian football player best known for playing an important role in Norway’s silver medal-finish at UEFA Women's Euro 2013. Counted among the best wingers of her generation, Caroline Graham Hansen is renowned for her dribbling skills. In 2018, she was named in The Guardian's 100 Best Female Footballers In The World list.

 29 
Guro Reiten
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Guro Reiten
2
Birthdate: July 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sunndalsøra, Norway

Best known as a Chelsea midfielder, Norwegian footballer Guro Reiten has also previously represented Norwegian clubs such as Kattem and LSK Kvinner. She was also part of Norway’s 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup team and has been a 2-time FA Women's League Cup and FA WSL champion with Chelsea.

 30 
Steffen Iversen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Steffen Iversen
2
Birthdate: November 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Steffen Iversen is a Norwegian football player who plays as a striker. He is the current player-manager for Trygg/Lade, a Norwegian fourth division side. Steffen Iversen is best known for his association with Rosenborg for which he won the Eliteserien on five occasions. He has also won several individual awards like the Kniksen Award Striker of the Year in 2006.

 31 
Rune Jarstein
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Rune Jarstein
2
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porsgrunn, Norway

Rune Jarstein is a Norwegian football player who plays as a goalkeeper. He is best known for his association with Rosenborg with which he won the 2009 Tippeligaen as well as the 2010 Mesterfinalen. In 2018, Rune Jarstein won the prestigious Gullballen award.

 32 
Bryan Fiabema
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Bryan Fiabema
0
Birthdate: February 16, 2003
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tromsø, Norway
 33 
Mathias Normann
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Mathias Normann
0
Birthdate: May 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Svolvær, Norway
 34 
Per Ciljan Skjelbred
(Norwegian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Per Ciljan Skjelbred
2
Birthdate: June 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trondheim

Per Ciljan Skjelbred is a Norwegian football player best known for his association with Rosenborg Ballklub with which he has won three Eliteserien, 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the 2010 Mesterfinalen. He served as the captain for the Norway national football team in a few games before announcing his retirement from international football in 2017.

 35 
Kristoffer Klaesson
(Norwegian Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Kristoffer Klaesson
0
Birthdate: November 27, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
 36 
Veton Berisha
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Veton Berisha
0
Birthdate: April 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Egersund, Norway
 37 
Bjørn Maars Johnsen
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Bjørn Maars Johnsen
0
Birthdate: November 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 38 
Adama Diomande
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Adama Diomande
0
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Adama Diomande is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a striker. In 2013, he was part of the Strømsgodset Toppfotball team that won the Eliteserien. Adama Diomande has also had success with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), scoring nine goals in the first seven league contests before being named MLS Player of the Month in June 2018.

 39 
Harmeet Singh
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Harmeet Singh
2
Birthdate: November 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Harmeet Singh is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Sandefjord Fotball. Nicknamed The Norwegian Iniesta, Singh often positions himself as a deep-lying midfielder and creates opportunities for himself and his teammates to score goals. In 2010, Harmeet Singh was named in the 100 greatest talents out of the world list by Spanish newspaper Don Balón.

 40 
Antonio Nusa
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as Forward)
Antonio Nusa
0
Birthdate: April 17, 2005
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ski, Norway
 41 
Stefan Strandberg
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Stefan Strandberg
2
Birthdate: July 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lyngdal, Norway

Norwegian footballer Stefan Strandberg, best known as a defender for the Italian club Salernitana, began his senior career at age 15. He has also represented the Norwegian national team. He also captained the Norwegian U-21 team and was named to the UEFA U-21 Championship Team of the Tournament.

 42 
Maren Mjelde
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender or Midfielder)
Maren Mjelde
2
Birthdate: November 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

Norwegian footballer Maren Mjelde is best known for her association with Chelsea. The sister of former footballer Erik Mjelde, Maren began her youth career with Fri IL and later also represented clubs from Norway, Germany, and Sweden. Her achievements with Chelsea include 3 FA WSL and 2 FA Women's League Cup wins.

 43 
Mathis Bolly
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Mathis Bolly
2
Birthdate: November 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Mathis Bolly is a Norwegian-born professional football player best known for winning the 2019 Eliteserien with Molde Fotballklubb. Renowned for his speed, Bolly is one of the fastest players of his generation. Although he represented the Norway national under-19 team, Bolly chose to play for the Ivory Coast national team at the senior level as his father is an Ivorian.

 44 
Julian Ryerson
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Julian Ryerson
0
Birthdate: November 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lyngdal, Norway

Norwegian footballer Julian Ryerson is best known as a midfielder for Union Berlin. Starting his youth career with the clubs Lyngdal IL and Viking, he later also played for the Norwegian squad, from the U-18 to the senior level. Born to an American father, he qualified to compete for the US, too.

 45 
Ohi Omoijuanfo
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Ohi Omoijuanfo
0
Birthdate: January 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
 46 
Amahl Pellegrino
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left Winger or Forward)
Amahl Pellegrino
0
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drammen, Norway
 47 
Ghayas Zahid
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Ghayas Zahid
0
Birthdate: September 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
 48 
Maria Thorisdottir
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Maria Thorisdottir
2
Birthdate: June 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway

Norwegian-Icelandic footballer Maria Thorisdottir was always interested in sports, being the daughter of Icelandic handball coach Þórir Hergeirsson. Interestingly, the Manchester United defender had been a star juggler in her childhood. She has also played for Klepp and Chelsea and has tried her luck at handball, too, with Sola and Stabæk.

 49 
Mohammed Abdellaoue
(Norwegian Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Mohammed Abdellaoue
2
Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Known for his skills as a penalty box striker, Moroccan-origin Norwegian footballer Mohammed Abdellaoue has been associated with both German and Norwegian clubs, such as VfB Stuttgart and Vålerenga. Also known as Moa, the football star quit his career due to a knee injury. He is the brother of striker Mustafa Abdellaoue.

 50 
Haitam Aleesami
(Norwegian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Haitam Aleesami
0
Birthdate: July 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway