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Norwegian teen makes Euro football history

Oslo: Norway's Martin Oedegaard made European football history on Monday in becoming the first player under the age of 16 to play in a Euro Championship qualifier. Aged 15 years and 300 days, Oedegaard came on as a second half substitute after 64 minutes in the 2-1 win over Bulgaria.


Martin Oedegaard

"I was a bag of nerves when I came on, but with the welcome I got from the crowd I just had to smile and get on with it," he told the Verdens Gang newspaper. "I think it went well and we came away with three points - that's the most important thing."

Oedegaard plays his club football in midfield for Stroemsgodset in the Norwegian top flight. Previously the youngest player to turn out in a Euro qualifier was Sigurdur Jonssson of Iceland who was 16 years and 251 days when he represented his country at that level.

The cap against Bulgaria was not the first for Oedegaard as he played against the United Arab Emirates in a friendly in Stavanger on August 27.

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