John Petersen (footballer)

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John Petersen
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-04-22) 22 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Faroe Islands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Skála ÍF ? (13)
1993 B68 Toftir 8 (3)
1994 GÍ Gøta 18 (21)
1995 Skive IK ? (?)
1995–1996 GÍ Gøta 30 (19)
1997–2000 B36 Tórshavn 54 (54)
2000 ÍF Leiftur 15 (5)
2001–2004 B36 69 (49)
2005 Holstebro BK 3 (0)
2005 B68 3 (2)
2005–2006 Skive IK 9 (3)
National team
1995–2004 Faroe Islands 57 (8)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Skála ÍF
2011 B36 Tórshavn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Petersen (born 22 April 1972) is a retired Faroese football striker and manager.

Club career[edit]

A prolific striker, Petersen has won Faroese league winner medals with GÍ Gøta and B36 Tórshavn. He then moved to play with compatriots Jens Martin Knudsen, Sámal Joensen and Jens Erik Rasmussen at Leiftur in the Icelandic league only to return to the Faroe Islands after a disappointing season in which the team relegated. Petersen was Faroese league top goalscorer in the 1994 season.[1] He also had a short spell with Danish sides Holstebro BK and Skive IK.

International career[edit]

Petersen made his debut for the Faroe Islands in an October 1995 European Championship qualifying match against San Marino, coming on as a substitute for Todi Jónsson. On the 7th of September 2002, Petersen scored 2 goals within the first 8 minutes in a European Championship qualifying match, to give the Faroe Islands a 2-0 lead against Scotland. Given the chance to extend Faroe Islands lead to 3-0 after half time, alone with the goalie, Petersens attempt went above the post, as the ball hit a trench before impact. The final score ended 2-2. He has collected 57 caps since, scoring eight goals.[2] He is also the seventh most capped player for the Faroe Islands national side.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Faroe Islands' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 April 1996 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia  Yugoslavia 1–3 1–3 1998 WC Qualifying
2. 14 October 1998 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland  Scotland 1–2 1–2 2000 Euro qualifying
3. 7 October 2000 Letzigrund, Zürich, Switzerland  Switzerland 1–0 1–5 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
4. 7 September 2002 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Scotland 1–0 2–2 2004 Euro qualifying
5. 7 September 2002 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Scotland 2–0 2–2 2004 Euro qualifying
6. 27 April 2003 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Kazakhstan 2–0 3–2 Friendly
7. 24 February 2004 La Manga, San Fernando, Spain  Luxembourg 1–1 4–2 Friendly
8. 24 February 2004 La Manga, San Fernando, Spain  Luxembourg 2–1 4–2 Friendly

Manager career[edit]

Petersen is currently (2011) coach of B36 Tórshavn.[3] He was coach of Skála ÍF for one and a half years in 2007 and 2008.[4] He was assisting coach for AB Argir in 2009 and assisting coach for Viborg FF in 2007.[5] Petersen was assisting coach for Faroe Islands national football team in the period 2006 to 2008.

Handball career[edit]

Petersen has played on the national handball team of the Faroe Islands. He played for the clubs StÍF and Neistin.[6]


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