Faroe Islands national football team

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Faroe Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Landsliðið
Association Fótbóltssamband Føroya
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Denmark Lars Olsen
Asst coach Jóannes Jakobsen
Captain Fróði Benjaminsen
Most caps Fróði Benjaminsen (84)
Top scorer Rogvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadium Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð
FIFA code FRO
FIFA ranking 104 Increase 1 (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 94 (December 1992)
Lowest FIFA ranking 198 (September 2008)
Elo ranking 160
Highest Elo ranking 144 (1 May 1991)
Lowest Elo ranking 173 (4 June 2008, 10 September 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iceland 1–0 Faroe Islands 
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
Biggest win
 Faroe Islands 3–0 San Marino 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 25 May 1995)
 Gibraltar 1–4 Faroe Islands 
(Gibraltar; 1 March 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 7–0 Faroe Islands 
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 16 May 1991)
 Romania 7–0 Faroe Islands 
(Bucharest, Romania; 6 May 1992)
 Faroe Islands 0–7 Norway 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 11 August 1993)
 Faroe Islands 1–8 Yugoslavia 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 6 October 1996)
Faroe Islands national football team in March 2013
Faroe Islands playing against Italy on 2 September 2011. The match ended in a 1–0 defeat.

The Faroe Islands national football team represents the Faroe Islands in association football and is controlled by the Faroe Islands Football Association. The Faroe Islands became a member of FIFA in 1988 and UEFA in 1990 and is the fourth smallest UEFA country by population. Faroe Islands have never advanced to the finals of the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. They took part in the Island Games in 1989 and 1991 and won both tournaments. They also took part in the Nordic Football Championship for the first time in 2000–01, the last time the competition was played. In the Faroe Islands the team is known as the landsliðið. Home matches are played at the Tórsvøllur or Svangaskarð.

History[edit]

The Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFA on 2 July 1988 and joined UEFA on 18 April 1990.[1]

Although the national team has been in existence since 1930, neither FIFA nor the Faroese FA considers matches before 1988 as official.[2] The first official victory was a 1–0 win, in a friendly against Canada in 1989. Faroe Islands pulled one of the biggest upsets in footballing history when they beat Austria 1–0 in their first ever competitive international on 12 September 1990.[3] The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, was played in Landskrona, Sweden, because there were no grass pitches on the Islands. Their only other point of the campaign was from a draw against Northern Ireland. During both the Euro 2000 qualifiers and Euro 2004 qualifiers, they also held Scotland to a draw at home (they also drew with Lithuania and Bosnia in 2000, while the draw against the Scots was their only point of the 2004 campaign). The nation's only other wins in European Championship qualifying were in the 1996 tournament, with two wins against San Marino until they won against Estonia in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying on 7 June 2011.

The team has participated in FIFA World Cup qualifying since 1992. They finished the qualification rounds for the 1994 finals without scoring any points and with a 1–38 goal difference from 10 matches. In qualification for the 1998 finals, they improved their record with two victories against Malta, beating them 2–1 in both matches. Their most successful World Cup qualifying so far was the 2002 finals, where they held Slovenia to a 2–2 draw at home and beat Luxembourg twice, 2–0 on road and 1–0 at home. The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was, however, not a success for the team and they only earned a single point from a 2–2 away draw against Cyprus.

On 2 June 2007, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy, the Faroes surprisingly took the sluggish world champions to the limit after netting a 77th-minute goal in a 2–1 loss. Overall, their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous, as they conceded 43 goals and scored only four (all of which were scored by the same player, Rógvi Jacobsen, and half of which were against Italy) en route to losing all twelve matches.

During the summer of 2008 the Faroese side played two friendlies. First they lost 4–3 to Estonia on 1 June 2008, and this match has been credited at the only official international in which the Faroe Islands scored 3 goals and lost. Later they lost 5–0 to Portugal.

The Faroe Islands began the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying round with a 2–0 loss to Serbia. However, in the match against Romania a few days later, the Faroes' defence held out for almost an hour, but the match ended with a 1–0 defeat. Their next match, against Austria on 11 October 2008, ended 1–1, giving the Faroe Islands their first qualifying point for four years.

After announcing the squad to the matches against Austria and Lithuania, coach Jógvan Martin Olsen announced that he was to step down after three years in charge.

On 22 March 2009 the Faroe Islands beat Iceland 2–1 in a friendly match, their first victory over Iceland.

On 5 April 2009 former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was appointed new manager of the team.[4] On 9 September 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2–1.[5]

On 11 August 2010, the Faroe Islands came close to an away win in Estonia during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers. The Faroes took the lead in the first half with a goal by Jóan Símun Edmundsson. The score was still 1–0 after 90 minutes played, but Estonia scored twice during stoppage time and Faroe Islands lost the match 2–1.

Two months later, on 12 October 2010, the Faroe Islands drew 1–1 with the higher ranked Northern Ireland at the Svangaskarð Stadion, Toftir. Striker Christian Holst scored for the Faroes in the 60th minute, before Kyle Lafferty equalised 16 minutes later for the visiting side, earning a point for both teams.

On 7 June 2011, the Faroe Islands defeated Estonia 2–0 at Svangaskarð. Captain Fróði Benjaminsen opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, before Arnbjørn Hansen then secured the win with a follow up after another Benjaminsen penalty. It was the Faroe Islands' first UEFA Euro qualification win since 1995.

Faroe Islands were drawn against Kerr's former employers, the Republic of Ireland, in Group C for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying. The other teams in the group are Germany, Sweden, Austria, and Kazakhstan.

On 26 October 2011 Brian Kerr stepped down as coach of the Faroe Islands national team, after the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF) announced that "it was not possible to agree a new contract with Brian Kerr".[6]

On 8 November 2011 the Faroese Football Association announced that an agreement had been reached with the 50-year-old former Denmark captain and European Champion from 1992, Lars Olsen, to become the next coach of the Faroe Islands. Lars Olsen is the third Dane to coach the Faroe Islands after Allan Simonsen and Henrik Larsen.[7]

On 1 March 2014, for the first time in the Faroe Islands' history, they scored four goals in a match. In what was only Gibraltar's second match as an official UEFA member, the hosts lost their first ever home match by the score of 1–4. Faroe midfielder Christian Holst scored twice.

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands caused a major international football upset by winning in and against Greece 0–1 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.[8][9]

Achievements[edit]

1989, 1991

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Did not enter
1994 to 2014 Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992 Did Not Qualify
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016 TBD
Total 0/14

Coaches[edit]

Lars Olsen, manager of the Faroe Islands national football team.
Manager Note Year(s)
Iceland Páll Guðlaugsson 1988–93
Faroe Islands Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúð caretakers 1993
Denmark Allan Simonsen 1994–2001
Denmark Henrik Larsen 2002–05
Faroe Islands Jógvan Martin Olsen 2006–08
Faroe Islands Heðin Askham caretaker 2009
Republic of Ireland Brian Kerr 2009–11
Denmark Lars Olsen 2011–

Team captains[edit]

Records[edit]

Source: [10]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Greece on 14 November 2014.[11]
Caps and goals as of 14 November 2014 after the game against Greece.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 28) 25 0 Scotland Motherwell
1GK Tórður Thomsen (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Faroe Islands B36
1GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Faroe Islands HB
2DF Fróði Benjaminsen (Captain) (1977-12-14) 14 December 1977 (age 37) 84 6 Faroe Islands HB
2DF Jónas Tór Næs (1986-12-27) 27 December 1986 (age 28) 41 0 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur
2DF Atli Gregersen (1982-06-15) 15 June 1982 (age 32) 26 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur
2DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 23) 11 0 Denmark Vejle
2DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 25) 7 0 Faroe Islands B36
2DF Sonni Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Denmark Horsens
2DF Hanus Jacobsen (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur
3MF Christian Holst (1981-12-25) 25 December 1981 (age 33) 46 6 Denmark Fremad Amager
3MF Pól Jóhannus Justinussen (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25) 21 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ
3MF Hallur Hansson (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 22) 17 3 Faroe Islands Víkingur
3MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Norway Levanger
3MF Brandur Olsen (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Denmark København U19
3MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur
3MF Róaldur Jakobsen (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Faroe Islands B36
4FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 23) 31 3 Faroe Islands HB
4FW Arnbjørn Hansen (1986-02-27) 27 February 1986 (age 28) 18 3 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur
4FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ
4FW Gilli Sørensen (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Denmark AaB

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Denmark Lyngby v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 25) 20 2 Norway Ålgård v.  Hungary, 14 October 2014
DF Bárður Hansen (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur v.  Hungary, 14 October 2014
DF Hans Djurhuus (1978-11-29) 29 November 1978 (age 36) 0 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2014
DF Ári Jónsson (1994-07-22) July 22, 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Denmark Silkeborg v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2014 (preliminary)
DF Gunnar Haraldsen (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Gibraltar, 1 March 2014
DF Erling Jacobsen (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF René Joensen (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Levi Hanssen (1988-02-24) 24 February 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Hungary, 14 October 2014
MF Alex Mellemgaard (1991-11-27) 27 November 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Faroe Islands B36 v.  Hungary, 14 October 2014
MF Heini Vatnsdal (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2014 (preliminary)
MF Hørður Askham (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Faroe Islands B36 v.  Finland, 7 September 2014 (preliminary)
MF Karl Løkin (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Denmark Næstved v.  Gibraltar, 1 March 2014
MF Daniel Udsen (1983-03-18) 18 March 1983 (age 31) 13 0 Denmark Helsingør v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Dánjal á Lakjuni (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Faroe Islands ÍF v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Kristin Mouritsen (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
FW Páll Klettskarð (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Faroe Islands v.  Hungary, 14 October 2014
FW Símun Samuelsen (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 29) 44 1 Faroe Islands HB v.  Finland, 7 September 2014
FW Christian Mouritsen (1988-12-03) 3 December 1988 (age 26) 15 1 Faroe Islands HB v.  Malta, 19 November 2013

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C 3 June 2011  Slovenia H 0–2 Oliver Darchta 974
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C 7 June 2011  Estonia H 2–0 Benjaminsen, A. Hansen Antti Munukka 1,715
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C 10 August 2011  Northern Ireland A 0–4 Emir Alecković 15,000
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C 2 September 2011  Italy H 0–1 Tamás Bognár 5,654
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C 6 September 2011  Serbia A 1–3 Benjaminsen Arman Amirkhanyan 9,000
Friendly match 15 August 2012  Iceland A 0–2 Laurent Kopriwa 7,800
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 7 September 2012  Germany A 0–3 Bobby Madden 32,769
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 12 October 2012  Sweden H 1–2 Baldvinsson Anastasios Sidiropoulos 5,079
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 16 October 2012  Republic of Ireland H 1–4 A. Hansen Lorenc Jemini 4,300
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 22 March 2013  Austria A 0–6 Oleksandr Derdo 24,200
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 7 June 2013  Republic of Ireland A 0–3 Mattias Gestranius 19,000
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 11 June 2013  Sweden A 0–2 Nikolay Yordanov 32,858
Friendly match 14 August 2013  Iceland A 0–1 Tore Hansen 4,815
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 6 September 2013  Kazakhstan A 1–2 Benjaminsen Johnny Casanova 7,000
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 10 September 2013  Germany H 0–3 Gediminas Mažeika 4,100
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 11 October 2013  Kazakhstan H 1–1 H. Hansson Dumitri Muntean 1,870
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 15 October 2013  Austria H 0–3 Liran Liany 3,100
Friendly match 19 November 2013  Malta[12] A 2–3 Hansson, Baldvinsson Marcin Borski 1,050
Friendly match 1 March 2014  Gibraltar A 4–1 Edmundsson, Holst (2), Hansson Raymond Crangle
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 7 September 2014  Finland A 1–3 Holst Simon Lee Evans 3,330
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 11 October 2014  Northern Ireland A 0–2 Alon Yefet 10,500
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 12 November 2014  Greece A 1–0 Jóan Símun Edmundsson Nicola Rizzoli

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 10 9 1 0 36 10 +26 28
 Sweden 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
 Austria 10 5 2 3 20 10 +10 17
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 2 4 16 17 −1 14
 Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15 5
 Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 29 −25 1
  Austria Faroe Islands Germany Kazakhstan Republic of Ireland Sweden
Austria  6–0 1–2 4–0 1–0 2–1
Faroe Islands  0–3 0–3 1–1 1–4 1–2
Germany  3–0 3–0 4–1 3–0 4–4
Kazakhstan  0–0 2–1 0–3 1–2 0–1
Republic of Ireland  2–2 3–0 1–6 3–1 1–2
Sweden  2–1 2–0 3–5 2–0 0–0


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Romania Northern Ireland Hungary Finland Faroe Islands Greece
1  Romania 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10 Advance to final tournament 2–0 1–1 8 Oct '15 29 Mar '15 7 Sep '15
2  Northern Ireland 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 9 13 Jun '15 7 Sep '15 29 Mar '15 2–0 8 Oct '15
3  Hungary 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7 Final tournament or play-offs 4 Sep '15 1–2 1–0 8 Oct '15 29 Mar '15
4  Finland 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 4 0–2 11 Oct '15 13 Jun '15 7 Sep '15 1–1
5  Faroe Islands 4 1 0 3 2 6 −4 3 11 Oct '15 4 Sep '15 0–1 1–3 13 Jun '15
6  Greece 4 0 1 3 1 5 −4 1 0–1 0–2 11 Oct '15 4 Sep '15 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2014. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Historical kits[edit]

Home[edit]

2006–2007
2008–2009
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2014
2014–present

Away[edit]

2006–2007
2008–2009
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2014
2014–present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faroe Islands at UEFA.com". UEFA. 
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (16 May 2008). "Faroe Islands – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Føroyar - Eysturríki 1-0" (in Faroese). FSF. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kerr takes on Faroe Islands post". BBC Sport. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Eight years of hurt ends". ESPN. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Brian Kerr steps down as coach for the Faroese National Team". UEFA.com. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Lars Olsen becomes coach of the Faroe Islands". UEFA.com. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  8. ^ "The Faroes stun Greece with brilliant away win". UEFA. 14 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "HISTÓRICO! Ilhas Faroe vence Grécia fora de casa" (in Portuguese). Faroe Football. 14 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Football.fo, Landsliðsleikarar 1988 - 2013 (List of all players who have played for the Faroe Islands national team, matches and goals)
  11. ^ "21 leikarar úttiknir til dystin móti grikkum" (in Portuguese). Faroe Football. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Vinardystur á Malta 19. november" (in Faroese). FSF. 18 October 2013. 

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