Greenland national football team

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Greenland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Polar-Bamserne
(The Polar Teddy Bears)
Association Grønlands Boldspil-Union
Head coach Jens Tang Olesen
Captain Niklas Kreutzmann
Home stadium Nuuk Stadion
FIFA code GRL (not official)
Elo ranking T204
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Faroe Islands 6–0 Greenland Greenland
(Sauðárkrókur, Iceland; 2 July 1980)
Biggest win
Greenland Greenland 16–0 Sark 
(St Martin's, Guernsey, Channel Islands; 1 July 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Faroe Islands 6–0 Greenland Greenland
(Sauðárkrókur, Iceland; 2 July 1980)
Guernsey Guernsey 6–0 Greenland Greenland
(Stromness, West Burra, Shetland; 13 July 2005)
 Minorca 6–0 Greenland Greenland
(Åland Islands; 29 June 2009)

The Greenland national football team represents Greenland in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Greenland. Although it has the same status as the Faroe Islands within the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland is not a member of FIFA nor of any continental confederation and therefore is not eligible to enter the World Cup or other sanctioned tournaments. Most of the matches they have played have been against the Faroe Islands and Iceland, but neither of the two consider those games full internationals. Greenland has also played Tibet, since neither are FIFA members.

Overview[edit]

Greenland is a member of the International Island Games Association and has taken part in Football at the Island Games. Since 13 October 2005 it is a provisional member of the N.F.-Board and since 25 March 2006 it is full-member. On 17 October 2009 the team was accepted as a provisional member of the IFU. On 13 September 2010 Sepp Blatter visited the island and announced FIFAs approval of the new artificial field in Qaqortoq.

FIFI Wild Cup participation[edit]

Greenland participated in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup. The team played two games and lost both, the first 0-1 against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the second 2-4 against Zanzibar. They were eliminated in the First Round.

ELF Cup participation[edit]

Greenland was eliminated in Round 1 of the ELF Cup. They played three matches in total, beating Gagauzia 2-0, drawing 1-1 with Zanzibar and losing 1-0 to Kyrgyzstan.

Future International participation[edit]

FIFA's approval of FieldTurf may allow Greenland to create FIFA-standard playing pitches and apply to play full internationals. They would join either UEFA (due to links with Denmark) or CONCACAF (geographically, Greenland is part of North America). The first artificial turf in Greenland was completed and inaugurated in Qaqortoq in September 2009.

On 13 September 2010 FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived in Qaqortoq, Greenland and announced FIFA's approval of the new field, which is seen as a major step towards the country being granted FIFA membership.[1]

Island Games[edit]

  • 1989: Semifinals, 4th
  • 1991: Round 1, 8th
  • 1993: Semifinals, 4th
  • 1995: Semifinals, 4th
  • 1997: Round 1, 9th
  • 1999: Quarter Finals, 8th
  • 2001: Round 1, 9th
  • 2003: Round 1, 10th
  • 2005: Round 1, 8th
  • 2007: Did Not Enter
  • 2009: Round 1, 12th
  • 2011: Round 1, 11th
  • 2013: Finals, 2nd

Current squad[edit]

The following 23-players were in the Island Games squad in 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jakob Kaas (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 30) 2 0 Free Agent
16 1GK Loqe Svane (1982-11-03) 3 November 1982 (age 32) 3 0 Greenland B-67
23 1GK Anders Cortzen (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 32) 2 0 Greenland Nagdlunguaq-48
2 2DF Antuuaraq Enoksen (1982-08-09) 9 August 1982 (age 32) 2 0 Free Agent
3 2DF Aputsiaq Birch (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Greenland B-67
4 2DF Niklas Kreutzmann (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 32) 18 8 Denmark Aarhus Fremad
5 2DF Anders H. Petersen (1981-03-06) 6 March 1981 (age 33) 2 0 Greenland B-67
13 2DF Jim Degn Olsvig (1982-03-30) 30 March 1982 (age 32) 3 0 Greenland Nagdlunguaq-48
18 2DF Jens Jacobsen (1982-11-18) 18 November 1982 (age 32) 2 0 Greenland Nagdlunguaq-48
20 2DF Jens Knud Lennert (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Greenland Kissaviarsuk-33
21 2DF Thomas Brandt (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Greenland Kugsak-45
6 3MF Rene Overballe (1980-04-13) 13 April 1980 (age 34) 4 0 Denmark Frederikshavn fI
7 3MF Gazza Zeeb (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Free Agent
8 3MF John Eldevig (1974-03-12) 12 March 1974 (age 40) 4 0 Greenland B-67
10 3MF Maasi Maqe (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Greenland B-67
14 3MF Lars-Niels Bertherlsen (1981-07-25) 25 July 1981 (age 33) 3 0 Greenland B-67
17 3MF Aputsiaq Hansen (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 32) 2 0 Greenland Kissaviarsuk-33
19 3MF Kaali Matthaeussen (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 26) 4 1 Greenland Nagdlunguaq-48
9 4FW Joorsi Skade (1982-01-11) 11 January 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Denmark Frederikshavn fI
11 4FW Peri Fleischer (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 33) 4 2 Greenland Kugsak-45
12 4FW Hans Knudsen (1978-08-09) 9 August 1978 (age 36) 4 1 Greenland Kissaviarsuk-33
15 4FW Pavia Mølgaard (1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 (age 32) 2 4 Greenland Kugsak-45
22 4FW Enuk Kaassannguaq Eqalunaak (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 29) 2 4 Greenland FC Malamuk

Managers[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

International opponents[edit]

(Last update: 21 July 2013)

Team GP W D L GF GA
 Åland Islands 5 0 0 5 8 17
 Alderney 1 1 0 0 3 0
 Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 4
 Falkland Islands 2 2 0 0 13 0
 Faroe Islands 7 0 1 6 6 20
 Frøya 3 2 0 1 15 1
 Găgăuzia 1 1 0 0 2 0
 Gibraltar 4 2 0 2 7 7
 Gotland 3 0 0 3 6 13
 Guernsey 2 0 1 1 0 6
Isle of Man Isle of Man 1 1 0 0 4 0
 Isle of Wight 5 1 1 3 6 13
 Iceland 2 0 0 2 1 5
 Jersey 6 0 0 6 10 24
 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Minorca 2 0 0 2 2 9
 Northern Cyprus 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Orkney 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Rhodes 3 0 0 3 1 6
 Saare County 2 2 0 0 6 1
 Sápmi 1 0 0 1 1 5
 Sark 1 1 0 0 16 0
 Shetland 3 2 0 1 9 7
 Tibet 1 1 0 0 4 1
 Western Isles 2 1 1 0 5 4
 Ynys Môn 4 1 1 2 2 3
 Zanzibar 1 0 0 1 2 4
Total 67 19 6 42 132 153

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