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List of the best soccer players from Norway. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Norway, along with photos when available. This list of best Norwegian soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Norwegian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

This list contains players like Ole Bjørn Sundgot and Mustafa Abdellaoue.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Norwegian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Norwegian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Norway in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Norwegian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward, Midfielder Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a Norwegian football manager and former player. As a player, he spent most of his career playing as a forward for Manchester United. Before his arrival in England, ...more

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John Arne Riise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Defender, Midfielder John Arne Semundseth Riise is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a left back for APOEL in the Cypriot First Division. With 110 caps, he is the most-capped player for the Norwegian ...more

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Tore André Flo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward Tore André Flo is a retired Norwegian football striker and youth coach. He was capped 76 times, scoring 23 goals for Norway, and represented his country in 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA ...more

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John Carew is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward John Alieu Carew, is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was capped 91 times, scoring 24 goals for the Norwegian national team.

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Erik Thorstvedt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt is a former Norwegian professional football goalkeeper. He won 97 caps for the Norwegian national team, and was the starter in goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He has played for ...more

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Joshua King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Joshua King Forward, Midfielder Joshua Christian Kojo King is a Norwegian footballer who plays for English club Blackburn Rovers as a striker or a winger. King was signed by Manchester United from Vålerenga in 2008. ...more

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Steffen Iversen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward Steffen Iversen is a Norwegian former footballer who played as a striker. He is the son of former Norway international Odd Iversen, one of Norway's most prolific goalscorers of all time. Iversen ...more

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Brede Hangeland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Defender Brede Paulsen Hangeland is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays for Crystal Palace of the Premier League as a central defender. He began his career with Viking, where he won the ...more

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Erik Mykland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Midfielder Erik Mykland is a Norwegian retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He was nicknamed Myggen during his career, as he used to flap his arms and hands like one when celebrating his goals. A ...more

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Odd Iversen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Odd Iversen Forward Odd "Ivers" Iversen was a Norwegian footballer, notable for his former record of 158 goals in Norwegian top tier football, as well as his still-standing record of 30 goals in a single

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Henning Berg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Defender Henning Stille Berg is a Norwegian football manager and former player. He played as a right back from 1988 until 2004, most notably in the Premier League where he won titles with both Blackburn ...more

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Ronny Johnsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Defender, Midfielder Jean Ronny Johnsen is a Norwegian former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a centre back or defensive midfielder. Johnsen played club football in Norway, ...more

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Rune Bratseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Rune Bratseth Defender Rune Bratseth is a Norwegian retired footballer who played as a sweeper. Nicknamed Elk due to his stature, he is best known for his spell with Werder Bremen, also having appeared in the 1994 ...more

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Tom Lund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
jørgen-mysen-kanestrøm added Tom Lund Forward Tom Lund is a former Norwegian football coach and striker, he is considered by some as Norway's greatest football player of all time. Lund spent his entire career at Norwegian club ...more

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Roar Strand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Roar Strand Midfielder Roar Strand is a Norwegian retired football player. He played as a midfielder at the Norwegian club Rosenborg. Strand was capped 42 times for the Norwegian national team. He is the player with ...more

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Martin Ødegaard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Martin Ødegaard Midfielder

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Morten Gamst Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Rosenborg. He began his career with Tromsø, then played for English side Blackburn Rovers between ...more

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Claus Lundekvam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Defender Claus Lundekvam is a former Norwegian footballer, who spent most of his career at English side Southampton. He played for Southampton in the 2003 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. Lundekvam was ...more

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Alexander Tettey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Midfielder Alexander Banor Tettey is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Norwich City. Tettey was born in Ghana, but moved to Norway when he was young. He has ...more

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Vegard Heggem is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Vegard Heggem Defender Vegard Heggem is a former Norway international footballer.

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Kjetil Rekdal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Kjetil Rekdal Defender, Midfielder Kjetil André Rekdal is a Norwegian football manager and a former footballer who has been head coach of Norwegian club Vålerenga since 2013. Rekdal began his playing career in Molde ...more

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Stig Inge Bjørnebye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Defender Stig Inge Bjørnebye is a retired Norwegian footballer who played in Norway, England, and Denmark, most notably for Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers. His preferred position was left back, ...more

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Lars Bohinen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Lars Bohinen Midfielder Lars Roar Bohinen is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1986 until 2005 notably in the English Premier League for Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and ...more

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Per Ciljan Skjelbred is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred is a Norwegian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Hertha Berlin. He has previously played for Rosenborg and Hamburger SV, and has been capped 24 times ...more

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Rune Jarstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Rune Jarstein Goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein is a Norwegian international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Hertha Berlin. He has previously played for Odd Grenland, Rosenborg and Viking, and has been capped ...more

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Øyvind Leonhardsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Øyvind Leonhardsen Midfielder Øyvind Leonhardsen is a Norwegian former international footballer. He retired after the 2007 season, and at that moment he was captain of Strømsgodset IF in the Norwegian Premier ...more

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André Bergdølmo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added André Bergdølmo Defender André Bergdølmo is a former Norwegian football defender. He was capable of playing in all defensive positions on the field, and while most often taking up a position on the left ...more

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Håvard Nordtveit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Håvard Nordtveit Midfielder Håvard Nordtveit is a Norwegian footballer who currently plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Norway national football team.

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Markus Henriksen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Markus Henriksen Midfielder Markus Henriksen is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Eredivisie club AZ. He is the son of the former Rosenborg player and assistant manager, Trond Henriksen.

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Eirik Bakke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Eirik Bakke Midfielder Eirik Bakke is a Norwegian retired football player. He played on the right-hand side or centre of midfield.

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Jan Åge Fjørtoft is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Jan Åge Fjørtoft Forward Jan Åge Fjørtoft is a former Norwegian footballer. A powerful centre forward with goalscoring ability, he played professionally in Norway, Austria, England and Germany. He appeared ...more

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Ståle Solbakken is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Ståle Solbakken Midfielder Ståle Solbakken is a Norwegian former international football player and the current head coach of Danish Superliga side Copenhagen. As a manager, he was named 2004 Norwegian Manager of the ...more

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Frode Johnsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Frode Johnsen Defender, Forward, Midfielder Frode Johnsen is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Odd. He can play in several positions, but preferably as a striker or midfielder. Johnsen is 188 cm tall, and is a good header of the ball. ...more

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Mini Jakobsen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Mini Jakobsen Jahn Ivar Jakobsen, nicknamed Mini, is a Norwegian former football player who has played for, amongst others, Bodø/Glimt and Rosenborg. During the very early years of his career, Jakobsen ...more

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Frode Grodås is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Frode Grodås Goalkeeper Frode Grodås is a Norwegian football coach and former national team goalkeeper originally from Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane. Capped 50 times for his country, he participated at the 1998 ...more

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Egil Østenstad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Egil Østenstad Forward Egil Johan Østenstad, nicknamed "Østen", is a Norwegian former football player. He started and ended his career at Viking, where he was director of football after his ...more

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Tarik Elyounoussi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Winger, Forward Tarik Elyounoussi is a Norwegian footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim, as a forward or winger.

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Jonas Svensson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Jonas Svensson Midfielder Jonas Svensson is a Norwegian footballer who plays in defence for Rosenborg.

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Alexander Søderlund is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Alexander Søderlund Forward Alexander Søderlund is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a forward who plays for the Tippeligaen side Rosenborg. He has been capped for Norway at international level

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Frank Strandli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Frank Strandli Forward Frank Strandli is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

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Ole Kristian Selnæs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Ole Kristian Selnæs Midfielder Ole Kristian Selnæs is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Rosenborg as a defensive midfielder in the Norwegian Premier League. He is the son of former Rosenborg goalkeeper Ivar

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Daniel Braaten is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward, Midfielder Daniel Omoya Braaten is a Norwegian footballer, who currently playes for the Norwegian club Vålerenga. Braaten has been capped 52 times for the Norway national football team. He usually ...more

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Erik Huseklepp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Forward, Midfielder Erik André Huseklepp is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Brann and the Norwegian national team. A forward, he previously played for Fyllingen and Brann in Norway, for Bari in Italy, ...more

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Pål André Helland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Henrikk1 added Pål André Helland Midfielder Pål André Helland is a Norwegian football player, currently playing as a winger for Rosenborg Ballklub in the Norwegian Premier League. Helland arrived Rosenborg at July 26, 2013, ...more

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Erik Nevland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Erik Nevland Forward Erik Nevland is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for clubs in Norway, England, Sweden and the Netherlands, and earned eight caps for the Norway ...more

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Dan Eggen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Defender Dan Eggen is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He is currently coaching KFUM-Kameratene Oslo of the Norwegian Second Division. He has previously coached Kolbotn in the Norwegian ...more

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Runar Berg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Midfielder Runar Berg is a retired Norwegian football midfielder. His last club was Bodø/Glimt, and has previously played for Rosenborg, Tromsø, Lyn and Venezia. Berg is brother of former ...more

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Erland Johnsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Erland Johnsen Defender Erland Johnsen is a Norwegian former professional footballer and current manager. He played mainly as a centre back from 1983 until 1999 notably in the Premier League for Chelsea and in the ...more

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Thomas Myhre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
Thomas Myhre Goalkeeper Thomas Myhre is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. The last club he player for before his retirement was Kongsvinger, having returned to Norwegian football in ...more

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Mats Møller Dæhli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Norway
cfc10 added Mats Møller Dæhli Mats Møller Dæhli is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for German club SC Freiburg. Born in Oslo, he was previously contracted to English club Manchester ...more