Caltex Socceroos v Norway: what you need to know

The Caltex Socceroos will play Norway in Oslo on March 23 as part of their build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s all you need to know about Australia’s opponents…


Australia: 38

Norway: 59


The Norwegians were drawn into a tough World Cup qualifying group alongside Germany, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.

In a mixed campaign, they won four, drew one and lost five of their matches, scoring 17 goals while conceding 16.

Most notably, they drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic and beat Northern Ireland (who finished second in the group behind unbeaten Germany) 1-0 in their final group match.

Norway also drew 1-1 with neighbours Sweden (ranked 18th in the world) in a friendly international in June.




Norway are captained by 26-year-old Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen, who also had three seasons with Celtic.

Bournemouth striker (and former Manchester United youth player) Joshua King is likely to lead the line with Hull City front-man Adama Diomande alongside.

Norway striker Joshua King.
Norway striker Joshua King


The last time the two nations met was in a friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground in November 2004.

Tottenham star Steffen Iversen opened the scoring for Norway after 40 minutes before Tim Cahill equalised just four minutes later.

Josip Skoko put Australia ahead early in the second half, but another Premier League star Morten Gamst Pedersen made it 2-2 with 20 minutes to go.

Joe Skoko


The only other meeting between the two was a friendly in 1997 in Sydney which Australia won 1-0 courtesy of a 72nd minute goal from Robbie Hooker.


No Norwegian player has ever featured in the Hyundai A-League.