Sunday, June 5, 2016

Qualification Phase, Part Three (Norway 1994 World Cup Qualifiers)

Norway started the qualification phase of the 1994 World Cup as an underdog in a Group that was seen as a formality for powers such as Holland and England.
Former radical student activist Egil Olsen had been in charge of Norway since October 1990. It was too late to make an impact in the 1992 Euro qualifiers, but they had surprised the continent by defeating Italy at Oslo in June 1991 (2-1 win). Many viewed that match as a reference point for this generation of Norwegian players who would qualify for the main event for the first time since 1938.
Initially the player pool contained only a handful of players with experience in the Western European Leagues. These included veteran center back and Captain Rune Bratseth of Werder Bremen and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt.
However, many would go on and join the burgeoning English Premier League due to their performances in these qualifiers.
In addition to Holland and England, the group also contained Poland, Turkey and San Marino.
Norway kicked off the qualifiers on September 9th vs. no hopers San Marino. While San Marino was regarded as the weakest team in the Group (perhaps all of Europe), no one could have predicted that Norway would have won with the unbelievable score of 10-0. No one was naïve enough to emphasize the win, however, the number of goals showed a determination early on that the squad was ready to make an impact.

Photo From: Soccer International, November 1992
(Rune Bratseth, September 9, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 10-San Marino 0)

They did just that two weeks later at home vs. Holland.
Many had expected Holland to at the worse come up with a tie and leave satisfied with a point in their pocket. They were met with another determined performance from Norway that had come out playing and wanting to win.
After going ahead through a Rekdal spot kick, the Dutch had immediately equalized through Bergkamp. This was the extent of their resistance and Norway scored the deserved winner in the 78th minute through Goran Sørloth.



Photo From: Voetbal International Special, Nummer 7, 1992-Oranje in 1992
(September 23, 1992, World cup Qualifier, Norway 2-Holland 1)

Photo From: Voetbal International Special, Nummer 7, 1992-Oranje in 1992
(September 23, 1992, World cup Qualifier, Norway 2-Holland 1)

On October 7th, they met San Marino again, this time away. Another (10-0) drubbing was highly unlikely and Norway did the minimum and scored two early goals for a (2-0) scoreline.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, October 14-20, 1992
(October 7, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, San Marino 0-Norway 2)

A week later, they had their sternest test of the qualifiers. England hosted the surprising Norwegians at Wembley. The English were determined and had Paul Gascoigne back in the lineup for the first time since his serious injury the previous year.
They applied most of the pressure and it was no surprise when David Platt gave them the lead in the second half.



Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 50, March 1993
(Goran Sorloth and Des Walker, October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 47, December 1992
(Alan Shearer, October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)


Photo From: World Soccer, November 1992
(Paul Gascoigne, October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)

The match seemed to be headed for a predictable English win, when with less than quarter an hour left, Rekdal unleashed a shot from long distance beyond the reach of Chris Woods. The score remained unchanged and Norway came away with an important point that was seemingly lost. This result furthered their belief that they could actually qualify and did not need to fear anyone.



Photo From: Soccer International, December 1992
(Kjetil Rekdal’s goal, October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)

Photo From: Soccer International, December 1992
(October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)

Photo From: England, The Complete Post-War Record, Author Mike Payne
(October 14, 1992, World Cup Qualifier, England 1-Norway 1)


Norway’s next match was some six months later in late April 1993.
They comfortably defeated Turkey at Oslo (3-1) to further consolidate their position at the top, while on the same day Holland drew with England at Wembley (2-2).


Photo From:  Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Jan Aage Fjørtoft and Jostein Flo, April 28, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 3-Turkey 1)

Photo From:  Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Norway squad, April 28, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 3-Turkey 1)

The question now wasn’t whether Norway would qualify, but which one of the remaining key rivals in the Group would be joining them.
In early June, Norway further underlined their leader status by earning key results against their main rivals in the space of a week.
On June 2nd in Oslo, Norway defeated the English (2-0) to further complicate England’s chances. 


Photo From:  Goal, Issue 9,  June 1996
(June 2, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 2-England 0)


Photo From:  France Football, January 4, 1994, Issue 2491
(Gunnar Halle and Paul Gascoigne, June 2, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 2-England 0)

Photo From: World Soccer, May 1994
(Rune Bratseth in the center and Norway teammates with exchanged Jerseys, June 2, 1994, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 2-England 0)


The following week in Rotterdam, Norway held Holland scoreless. Norway had gone to Holland with the specific purpose of gaining a point and that is just what they earned, despite Holland’s domination.


Photo From : World Soccer, August 1993
(Frank Rijkaard and Jan Aage Fjørtoft, June 9, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Holland 0-Norway 0)




Photo From: France Football, Issue 2462,  June 15, 1993
June 9, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Holland 0-Norway 0)


Photo From: France Football, Issue 2462,  June 15, 1993
(June 9, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Holland 0-Norway 0)


Photo From: France Football, Issue 2462,  June 15, 1993
(June 9, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Holland 0-Norway 0)


Photo From: France Football, January 4, 1994, Issue 2491
(June 9, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Holland 0-Norway 0)


When Fall 1993, qualification seemed right around the corner with a double header with Poland.
On September 22nd, Norway defeated Poland narrowly (1-0) through a Jostein Flo goal to almost qualify. The only blemish was the sending off of goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt, who was penalized for foul as the last man on Poland’s Roman Kosecki.


Photo From:  Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Norway squad, September 22, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 1-Poland 0)

Photo From:  Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Norway players celebrating World Cup qualification, September 22, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Norway 1-Poland 0)

This gave an opportunity for Frode Grodaas to start in the net for the return fixture in Poland on October 13th
Thorstvedt was hardly missed as Norway comprehensively defeated Poland away (3-0) and outright qualified for the World Cup.

Photo From: Bialo Czerwoni 1921-2001, Author Andrzej Gowarzewski
(October 13, 1993, World Cup Qualifier, Poland 0-Norway 3)

On the same night, Holland defeated England (2-0) under controversial circumstances to be the odds on favorites for the second spot.
For its match on November in Turkey, Norway took the foot off the pedal and lost (1-2) in an inconsequential match.
Holland defeated Poland and joined Norway for the World Cup.
Norway went to the World Cup, but were eliminated in the first round. Despite defeating Mexico (1-0) in the first match, they lost by the same score vs. Italy and scoreless tie with the Republic of Ireland eliminated them.
Overall, the mood was positive due to the surprise qualification.
This generation was perhaps Norway’s best in the modern era and they qualified for the 1998 edition as well.




Photo From:  Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Norwa’s 1994 World Cup squad)


1994 World Cup Qualifiers-European Zone-Group 2


September 9, 1992
Norway 10-San Marino 0
Venue: Oslo- Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 6,511
Referee: Esa Palsi (Finland)
Goalscorers:
(Norway): Kjetil Rekdal 5.79, Gunnar Halle 6,51, 69, Goran Sørloth 15,21, Roger Nilsen 46,67, Erik Mykland 74
(San Marino): None
Lineups:
Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg / Sweden)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
2-Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger)
5-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
6-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)
8-Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)  (15-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) 58th)
11-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland)
9-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)
10-Goran Sørloth (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)  (16-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Sportklub Rapid Wien / Austria)  75th)

Coach: Egil Olsen

Other Subs:
Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Henning Berg (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)

San Marino:
Pierluigi Benedettini (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle) 
William Marino Guerra (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy)
Luca Gobbi (Associazione Calcio Cattolica / Italy)
Claudio Canti (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle) 
Mirco Gennari (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle) 
Bruno Muccioli (Società Sportiva Lunano / Italy)
8-Massimo Bonini (Captain) (Bologna Football Club / Italy)
Fabio Giulio Francini (Associazione Sportiva Santarcangiolese / Italy) (Ivan Matteoni (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy) 70th)
Pier Angelo Manzaroli (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy)
9-Paolo Mazza (Maremmana)
Oscar Pasolini (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle)   (Bruno Muccioli (Società Sportiva Lunano / Italy) 46th)

Coach: Giorgio Leoni
Booked: Paolo Mazza 54, Bruno Muccioli 78

Referee: Esa Palsi (Finland)




Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
1
1
0
0
10
0
10
2
2
San Marino
1
0
0
1
0
10
-10
0
3
England
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
Holland
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
Poland
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
Turkey
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


September 23, 1992 (Poznan) (Poland 1-Turkey 0)


September 23, 1992
Norway 2-Holland 1
Venue: Oslo- Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 21,500
Referee: Remi Harrel (France)
Goalscorers:
(Norway): Kjetil Rekdal 9 pen, Goran Sørloth 78
(Holland): Dennis Bergkamp 10
Lineups:
Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg / Sweden)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
2-Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
6-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)  (15-Frank Strandli (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand) 60th)
8-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
9-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
11-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland)
10-Goran Sørloth (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)  (16-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane) 82nd)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Erik Mykland 84

Other Subs:
Henning Berg (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Bent Skammelsrud (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
Ole By Rise (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)

Holland:
1-Stanley Purl Menzo (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
4-Ronald Koeman (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)
2-Dirk Franciscus ‘Danny’ Blind (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
3-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
5-Franciscus ‘Frank’ de Boer (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
7-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Genova 1893 Associazione Calcio / Italy)  (13-Gaston Taument (Feyenoord Rotterdam) 81st)
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / Germany)  (12-Willem Cornelis Nicolaas ‘Wim’ Kieft (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 85th)
8-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
11-Robert ‘Rob’ Witschge (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
10-Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Captain) (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)

Coach: Dirk Nicolaas ‘Dick’ Advocaat
Booked: Ronald Koeman 8, Frank Rijkaard 36

Other Subs:
Eduard Franciscus ‘Ed’ de Goey (Feyenoord Rotterdam
Arthur Johannes Numan (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
Aron Mohamed Winter (Società Sportiva Lazio-Roma / Italy)  


October 7, 1992
San Marino 0-Norway 2
Venue: Serravalle -Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Juan Ansuetegui Roca (Spain)
Goalscorers:
(San Marino): None
(Norway): Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen 7, Jostein Flo 19
Lineups:
San Marino:
1-Pierluigi Benedettini (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle) 
6-William Marino Guerra (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy)
2-Luca Gobbi (Associazione Calcio Cattolica / Italy)
3-Mirco Gennari (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle) 
10-Massimo Bonini (Captain) (Bologna Football Club / Italy)
11-Fabio Giulio Francini (Associazione Sportiva Santarcangiolese / Italy) (16-Bruno Muccioli (Società Sportiva Lunano / Italy) 84th)
7-Pier Angelo Manzaroli (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy)
8-Marco Mazza (Cerveteri)
5-Ivan Matteoni (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy)
4-Loris Zanotti (Societá Sportiva Juvenes- Serravalle)
9-Paolo Mazza (Maremmana)       (Nicola Bacciocchi (Associazione Calcio San Marino / Italy) 25th)

Coach: Giorgio Leoni
Booked: Fabio Giulio Francini 42

Other Subs:
S. Muccioli
O. Pasolini
V. Pasolini

Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (
IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg / Sweden)
4-Rune Bratseth
(captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
2-Roger Nilsen (
Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger)
6-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England) (14-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (
Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) 46th)
7-Erik Mykland (
Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
5-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)
8-Oyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) (15-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) 71st)
11-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (
Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland)
9-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)
10-Goran Sørloth (
Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim

Coach: Egil Olsen

Other Subs:
Ole By Rise (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
Tore Andre Dahlum (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)

Henning Berg (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
3
3
0
0
14
1
13
6
2
Poland
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
2
3
Holland
1
0
0
1
1
2
-1
0
3
San Marino
2
0
0
2
0
12
-12
0
4
England
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
Turkey
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


October 14, 1992 (Rotterdam) (Holland 2-Poland 2)


October 14, 1992
England 1-Norway 1
Venue: London - Wembley
Attendance: 51,400
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)
Goalscorers:
(England): David Platt 56
(Norway): Kjetil Rekdal 77
Lineups:
England:
1- Christopher Charles Eric Woods  (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club)
2- Lee Michael Dixon (Arsenal
Football Club-London) (14-Carlton Lloyd Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club) 90th)
3- Stuart Pearce (captain)  (Nottingham Forest Football Club)
4- David Batty
(Leeds United Association Football Club)
5- Desmond Sinclair Walker
(Unione Calcio Sampdoria –Genova / Italy)
6- Anthony Alexander Adams
(Arsenal Football Club-London) 
7- David Andrew Platt 
(captain)  (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy)
8- Paul John Gascoigne (
Società Sportiva Lazio-Roma / Italy)
9- Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers Football Club)
10- Ian Edward Wright (Arsenal Football Club-London)             (16-Paul Charles Merson (Arsenal Football Club-London) 69th)
11- Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince (Manchester United Football Club)

Coach: Graham Taylor
Booked: Paul Ince 37, Paul Gascoigne 44

Other Subs:
David Andrew Seaman (Arsenal Football Club-London)
Gary Andrew Pallister (Manchester United Football Club)
John Akin Salako (Crystal Palace Football Club-London)

Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (
IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg / Sweden)  (13-Henning Berg (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo) 22nd )
4-Rune Bratseth
(captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
2-Roger Nilsen (
Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (
Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
9-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
6-Kare Ingebrigtsen (
Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
8-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)
7-Erik Mykland (
Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)    (15-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)  78th )
11-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (
Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland)
10-Goran Sørloth (
Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Gunnar Halle 26

Other Subs:
Ole By Rise (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)

Oyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)  
Tore Andre Dahlum (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)




Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
4
3
1
0
15
2
13
7
2
Poland
2
1
1
0
3
2
1
3
3
England
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
4
Holland
2
0
1
1
3
4
-1
1
5
San Marino
2
0
0
2
0
12
-12
0
6
Turkey
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


October 28, 1992 (Ankara) (Turkey 4-San Marino 1)
November 18, 1992 (London) (England 4-Turkey 0)
December 16, 1992 (Istanbul) (Turkey 1-Holland 3)
February 17, 1993 (London) (England 6-San Marino 0)
February 24, 1993 (Utrecht) (Holland 3-Turkey 1)
March 10, 1993 (Serravalle) (San Marino 0-Turkey 0)
March 24, 1993 (Utrecht) (Holland 6-San Marino 0)
March 31, 1993 (Izmir) (Turkey 0-England 2)
April 28, 1993 (London) (England 2-Holland 2)
April 28, 1993 (Lodz) (Poland 1-San Marino 0)

April 28, 1993
Norway 3-Turkey 1
Venue: Oslo- Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 21,590
Referee: Hans-Jurgen Weber (Germany)
Goalscorers:
(Norway): Kjetil Rekdal 14 pen, Jan Aage Fjørtoft 17, Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen 55
(Turkey): Feyyaz Uçar  57
Lineups:
Norway:
1-Einar Rossbach (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)
2-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England)
6-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand) (13-Roger Nilsen (1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e.V.) / Germany) 82nd)
8-Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)   (14-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Manchester City Football Club / England) 30th)
9-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Sportklub Rapid Wien / Austria)   
10-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)    
11-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Jostein Flo 59

Other Subs:
Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Jan Ove Pedersen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)

Turkey:
Hayrettin Demirbaş (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Ogün Temizkanoğlu (Trabzonspor Kulübü)
Serhat Güller (Makina Kimya Endüstrisi Ankaragücü Kulübü)  
Bülent Korkmaz (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Recep Çetin (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul)  
Mehmet Özdilek (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul (Hamza Hamzaoğlu (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul) 81st)
Sedat Balkanlı (Bursaspor Kulübü)
Ünal Karaman (captain) (Trabzonspor Kulübü)
Orhan Çıkırıkçı (Trabzonspor Kulübü)
Feyyaz Uçar (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul)  
Hakan Şükür (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul) (Hami Mandıralı (Trabzonspor Kulübü) 66th)

Coach: Josef "Sepp" Piontek (Germany)
Booked: Recep Çetin 19, Ogün Temizkanoğlu’ 58, Hakan Şükür 66



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
5
4
1
0
18
3
15
9
2
England
5
3
2
0
15
3
12
8
3
Holland
6
3
2
1
17
8
9
8
4
Poland
3
2
1
0
4
2
2
5
5
Turkey
7
1
1
5
7
16
-9
3
6
San Marino
7
0
1
6
1
29
-28
1


May 19, 1993 (Serravalle) (San Marino 0-Poland 3)
May 29, 1993 (Chorzow) (Poland 1-England 1)


June 2, 1993
Norway 2-England 0
Venue: Oslo- Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 22,590
Referee: Sandor Puhl (Hungary)
Goalscorers:
(Norway): Øyvind Leonhardsen 42, Lars Bohinen 48
(England): None
Lineups:
Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
2-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany) (14-Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger) 82nd)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England)
6-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
8-Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim
9-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Sportklub Rapid Wien / Austria)  (16-Goran Sørloth (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) 57th)
10-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)    
11-Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Gunnar Halle 61

Other Subs:
Einar Rossbach (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)
Jan Ove Pedersen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Kare Ingebrigtsen (Manchester City Football Club / England)

England:
1- Christopher Charles Eric Woods  (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club)
2- Lee Michael Dixon (Arsenal Football Club-London)
4- Carlton Lloyd Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club)
6- Anthony Alexander Adams (Arsenal Football Club-London)
5- Desmond Sinclair Walker (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova / Italy) (12-Nigel Howard Clough (Nottingham Forest Football Club) 63rd)
3- Gary Andrew Pallister (Manchester United Football Club)
11- Lee Stuart Sharpe (Manchester United Football Club)
7- David Andrew Platt (captain)  (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy)
8- Paul John Gascoigne (Società Sportiva Lazio-Roma / Italy)
9- Leslie Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers Football Club-London)
10- Edward Paul ‘Teddy’  Sheringham (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London) (16-Ian Edward Wright (Arsenal Football Club-London) 46th)

Coach: Graham Taylor


June 9, 1993
Holland 0-Norway 0
Venue: Rotterdam-De Kuip-Feyenoord Stadion       
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Vassilios Nikakis (Greece)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): None
(Norway): None
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Eduard Franciscus ‘Ed’ de Goey (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
2-Ulrich Van Gobbel (Feyenoord Rotterdam) (13-Aron Mohamed Winter (Società Sportiva Lazio-Roma / Italy) 81st)
3-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
4-Ronald Koeman (captain) (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)
5-Franciscus ‘Frank’ de Boer (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
8-Wilhelmus Maria ‘Wim’ Jonk (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam
7-Marc Overmars (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / Germany)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium)  (14-Peter Jacobus van Vossen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 46th)
10-Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
11-Reginald Waldie ‘Regi’ Blinker (Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Coach: Dirk Nicolaas ‘Dick’ Advocaat
Booked:  Franciscus ‘Frank’ de Boer 45

Other Subs:
Theodorus Antonius Gerardus ‘Theo’  Snelders (Aberdeen Football Club / Scotland)
Robert ‘Rob’ Witschge (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Johannes Hildebrand ‘John’ de Wolf (Feyenoord Rotterdam

Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
2-Ronny Johnsen (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo) (13-Geirmund Brendesæther (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen) 85th)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)    
6-Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England) (14-Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger) 46th)
8-Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim
9-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Sportklub Rapid Wien / Austria)   
10-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)    
11-Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Stig Inge Bjørnebye 10, Roger Nilsen 56, Erik Mykland 89

Other Subs:
Einar Rossbach (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)
Jan Ove Pedersen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Goran Sørloth (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)  



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
7
5
2
0
20
3
17
12
2
England
7
3
3
1
16
6
10
9
3
Holland
7
3
3
1
17
8
9
9
4
Poland
5
3
2
0
8
3
5
8
5
Turkey
7
1
1
5
7
16
-9
3
6
San Marino
8
0
1
7
1
32
-31
1


September 8, 1993 (London) (England 3-Poland 0)
September 22, 1993 (Bologna, Italy) (San Marino 0-Holland 7)



September 22, 1993
Norway 1-Poland 0
Venue: Oslo- Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)
Goalscorers:
(Norway): Jostein Flo 55
(Poland): None
Lineups:
Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
2-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England) (13-Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger) 46th)
6-Jostein Flo (Sheffield United Football Club / England)
7-Henning Berg (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
10-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)    
8-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Manchester City Football Club / England) (12-Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo) 58th)
9-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Swindon Town Football Club / England)
11-Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked:  Gunnar Halle 29, Roger Nilsen 89
Sent off: Erik Thorstvedt 57 (Last man foul on Kosecki)

Other Subs:
Runar Berg (Bodø-Glimt Fotballklubben- Nordland)
Ronny Johnsen (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)
Goran Sørloth (Bursaspor Kulübü / Turkey)

Poland:
1-Jaroslaw Bako (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
2-Jacek Bak (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
3-Roman Szewczyk (captain) (Football Club de Sochaux-Montbéliard / France)
4-Marek Kozminski (Udinese Calcio / Italy)
5-Kazimierz Wegrzyn (Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice) 
6-Robert Warzycha (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) (14-Jerzy Brzeczek (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze) 84th)
7-Piotr Świerczewski (Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne Loire / France)
8-Marek Leśniak (Sportgemeinschaft Wattenscheid 1909 e.V.-Bochum / Germany)
9-Andrzej Rudy (1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e.V. / Germany)
10-Roman Kosecki  (Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain)
11-Jacek Ziober (Club Atlético Osasuna / Spain)

Coach: Andrzej Strejlau
Sent off: Roman Szewczyk 59

Other Subs:
Adam Matysek (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław) 
Piotr Czachowski (Dundee Football Club / Scotland)
Andrzej Lesiak (Fußballclub Capellaris Tirol  Innsbruck / Austria)  
Tomasz Lapiński (Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź)  

Ryszard Staniek (Club Atlético Osasuna / Spain)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
8
6
2
0
21
3
18
14
2
Holland
8
4
3
1
24
8
16
11
3
England
8
4
3
1
19
6
13
11
4
Poland
7
3
2
2
8
7
1
8
5
Turkey
7
1
1
5
7
16
-9
3
6
San Marino
9
0
1
8
1
39
-38
1


October 13, 1993 (Rotterdam) (Holland 2-England 0)


October 13, 1993
Poland 0-Norway 3
Venue: Poznań, Stadion Miejski (Lecha Stadion)      
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Vaclav Krondhl (Representation of Czechs and Slovaks)
Goalscorers:
(Poland): None
(Norway): Jostein Flo 61, Jan Aage Fjørtoft 63, Ronny Johnsen 89
Lineups:
Poland:
1-Jaroslaw Bako (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
2-Jacek Bak (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
4-Marek Kozminski (Udinese Calcio / Italy)
3-Kazimierz Wegrzyn (Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice) 
5-Tomasz Wałdoch (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze) (16-Piotr Czachowski (Dundee Football Club / Scotland) 83rd)
6-Robert Warzycha (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
9-Krzysztof Warzycha (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas / Greece)
7-Piotr Świerczewski (Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne Loire / France)
8-Jacek Ziober (Club Atlético Osasuna / Spain)
10-Roman Kosecki (captain) (Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain) (14-Jerzy Brzeczek (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze) 70th)
11-Marek Leśniak (Sportgemeinschaft Wattenscheid 1909 e.V.-Bochum / Germany)

Coach: Andrzej Strejlau
Booked: Kazimierz Wegrzyn

Other Subs:
12-Adam Matysek (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław) 
13-Tomasz Lapiński (Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź)  
15-Dariusz Adamczuk (Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. / Germany)

Norway:
1-Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
2-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England) (14-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Meidericher Spielverein 02 e.V. Duisburg / Germany) 80th)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England)
6-Jostein Flo (Sheffield United Football Club / England)
8-Henning Berg (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
10-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring / Belgium)     
11-Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
9-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Swindon Town Football Club / England) (13-Ronny Johnsen (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo) 70th)

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Lars Bohinen, Henning Berg

Other Subs:
12-Ole By Rise (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
15-Kare Ingebrigtsen (Manchester City Football Club / England)

16-Mons Ivar Mjelde (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
9
7
2
0
24
3
21
16
2
Holland
9
5
3
1
26
8
18
13
3
England
9
4
3
2
19
8
11
11
4
Poland
8
3
2
3
8
10
-2
8
5
Turkey
7
1
1
5
7
16
-9
3
6
San Marino
9
0
1
8
1
39
-38
1


October 27, 1993 (Istanbul) (Turkey 2-Poland 1)


November 10, 1993
Turkey 2-Norway 1
Venue: İzmır -Kemal Atatürk Stadyumu    
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sergei Khusainov (Russia)
Goalscorers:
(Turkey): Ertuğrul Sağlam 5,26
(Norway): Lars Bohinen 49
Lineups:
Turkey:
Hayrettin Demirbaş (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Ogün Temizkanoğlu (Trabzonspor Kulübü)  (Emre Aşık (Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü –Istanbul46th)
Gökhan Keskin (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul)  
Bülent Korkmaz (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Yusuf Tepekule (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Suat Kaya (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul) (Mehmet Özdilek (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul80th)
Tugay Kerimoğlu (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul)
Oğuz Çetin (captain) (Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü –Istanbul)  
Abdullah Ercan (Trabzonspor Kulübü)
Ertuğrul Sağlam (Samsunspor Kulübü) 
Orhan Çıkırıkçı (Trabzonspor Kulübü)

Coach: Fatih Terim
Booked: Bülent Korkmaz 6, Emre Aşık 55', Abdullah Ercan

Norway:
1-Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
2-Henning Berg (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
5-Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool Football Club / England)
4-Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
6-Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
3-Tore Pedersen (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
11-Lars Bohinen (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England)
8-Ronny Johnsen (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo) (16-Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Swindon Town Football Club / England) 70th)
10-Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Meidericher Spielverein 02 e.V. Duisburg / Germany)
7-Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)  (15-Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) 55th)
9-Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)    

Coach: Egil Olsen
Booked: Gunnar Halle 15

Other Subs:
Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Roger Nilsen (Sheffield United Football Club / England)


November 17, 1993 (Bologna, Italy) (San Marino 1-England 7)
November 17, 1993 (Poznan) (Poland 1-Holland 3)

Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Norway
10
7
2
1
25
5
20
16
2
Holland
10
6
3
1
29
9
20
15
3
England
10
5
3
2
26
9
17
13
4
Poland
10
3
2
5
10
15
-5
8
5
Turkey
10
3
1
6
11
19
-8
7
6
San Marino
10
0
1
9
2
46
-44
1

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points



Norway players during the qualification matches

Goalkeeper:
Erik Thorstvedt (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
Ole By Rise (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
Einar Rossbach (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)
Frode Grodaas (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)

Defenders:
Tore Pedersen (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg / Sweden) and from 1993, (Brann Sportsklubben- Bergen)
Rune Bratseth (captain) (Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
Roger Nilsen (Viking Fotballklubb- Stavanger)
Gunnar Halle (Oldham Athletic Football Club / England)
Henning Berg (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo) and from 1993/94: (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
Ronny Johnsen (Lyn Ski- og Fotballklubben-Oslo)

Midfielders/Forwards:
Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) and from1993: (Liverpool Football Club / England)
Erik Mykland (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
Kjetil Rekdal (Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring /Belgium)
Øyvind Leonhardsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim
Kare Ingebrigtsen (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) and from 1993: (Manchester City Football Club / England)
Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen (Berner Sport Club Young Boys / Switzerland) and from 1993/94: (Meidericher Spielverein 02 e.V. Duisburg / Germany)
Jostein Flo (Sogndal Idrettslag Fotball - Sogn og Fjordane) and from 1993/94; (Sheffield United Football Club / England)
Goran Sørloth (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim) and from 1993/94: (Bursaspor Kulübü / Turkey)
Jan Aage Fjørtoft (Sportklub Rapid Wien / Austria) and from 1993/94: (Swindon Town Football Club / England)
Frank Strandli (Start Idrettsklubben- Kristiansand)
Bent Skammelsrud (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
Tore Andre Dahlum (Rosenborg Ballklub- Trondheim)
Jan Ove Pedersen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)
Lars Bohinen (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo) and from October 1993: (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England)
Mons Ivar  Mjelde (Lillestrøm Sportsklubb- Skedsmo)


Coach: Egil Olsen
 

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