This month’s match between the Nos. 53 and 65 ranked teams in the world wasn’t exactly carrying a lot of hype, but a teenage wunderkind is hoping to change that.
When Norway hosts the United Arab Emirates in Stavanger on Aug. 27, it could see Martin Odegaard break a 104-year old record.
That’s because the Stromsgodset attacker is just 15 years old and has been included in Norway’s squad for the match. If he appears, Odegaard would be 98 days younger than the current youngest player to ever suit up for Norway (Tormod Kjellsen in 1910).
Ødegaard will be 15 years and 253 days old on the date of the friendly, which (if he makes an appearance) will put him 31st on the list of all-time youngest players with an international cap. At the top of the list is Lucas Knecht, who made his first career appearance for the Northern Marianas national team at the age of 14 years and 2 days in a 1993 friendly against Guam, which his team lost 9-0.
In fact, the record of youngsters in their first international match isn’t particularly stellar. In their combined first appearances with their respective national teams, the youngest 30 players managed 6 wins, 7 draws, 17 losses, and a goal difference of -80.
Well, right, most teams suiting up a 15-year-old aren’t bursting at the seams with talent. But Odegaard may be an exception to the rule. He’s reportedly being chased by Liverpool, Barcelona and others.
And yes, he’s good:
Fun fact: New York City FC defender Jeb Brovsky is currently on Stromsgodset.