Faroe Islands national football team
|Head coach||Lars Olsen|
|Most caps||Fróði Benjaminsen (84)|
|Top scorer||Rógvi Jacobsen (10)|
|Home stadium||Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð|
|FIFA ranking||102 (4 June 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||102 (March 2015)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||198 (September 2008)|
|Highest Elo ranking||144 (1 May 1991)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||173 (4 June 2008, 10 September 2008)|
| Iceland 1–0 Faroe Islands
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
| Faroe Islands 3–0 San Marino
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 25 May 1995)
Gibraltar 1–4 Faroe Islands
(Gibraltar; 1 March 2014)
| 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)
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 World Cup record
- 4 European Championship record
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Team captains
- 7 Records
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Recent results and upcoming fixtures
- 10 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
- 11 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
- 12 Historical kits
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Although the national team has been in existence since 1930, neither FIFA nor the Faroese FA considers matches before 1988 as official. 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. 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 as 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.
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. On 9 September 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2–1.
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".
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.
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 defeating hosts Greece 0–1 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The Guardian reckoned the win as the biggest upset ever in terms of FIFA Rankings; Greece were ranked 18th, the Faroe Islands 187th, a 169-place difference.
- Island Games: Winners
- 1989, 1991
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1990||Did not enter|
|1994 to 2014||Did not qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúð||caretakers||1993|
|Jógvan Martin Olsen||2006–08|
- Jóannes Jakobsen
- Jens Martin Knudsen
- Jan Dam
- Jens Kristian Hansen
- Óli Johannesen
- Jákup Mikkelsen
- Fróði Benjaminsen (current)
Most capped players
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
- INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- RET = Retired from the national team
Recent results and upcoming fixtures
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
|1||Romania||6||4||2||0||7||1||+6||14||Advance to final tournament||—||2–0||1–1||1–0||8 Oct||7 Sep|
|2||Northern Ireland||6||4||1||1||8||4||+4||13||0–0||—||7 Sep||2–0||2–1||8 Oct|
|3||Hungary||6||3||2||1||5||3||+2||11||Final tournament or play-offs||4 Sep||1–2||—||8 Oct||1–0||0–0|
|4||Faroe Islands||6||2||0||4||4||8||−4||6||11 Oct||4 Sep||0–1||—||1–3||2–1|
|5||Finland||6||1||1||4||5||8||−3||4||0–2||11 Oct||0–1||7 Sep||—||1–1|
|6||Greece||6||0||2||4||2||7||−5||2||0–1||0–2||11 Oct||0–1||4 Sep||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- List of Faroe Islands national football team results
- Faroe Islands national under-21 football team
- Faroe Islands women's national football team
- "Faroe Islands at UEFA.com". UEFA.
- Courtney, Barrie (16 May 2008). "Faroe Islands – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- "Føroyar - Eysturríki 1-0" (in Faroese). FSF. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- "Kerr takes on Faroe Islands post". BBC Sport. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- "Eight years of hurt ends". ESPN. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- "Brian Kerr steps down as coach for the Faroese National Team". UEFA.com. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Lars Olsen becomes coach of the Faroe Islands". UEFA.com. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "The Faroes stun Greece with brilliant away win". UEFA. 14 November 2014.
- "HISTÓRICO! Ilhas Faroe vence Grécia fora de casa" (in Portuguese). Faroe Football. 14 November 2014.
- "Is the Faroe Islands’ win over Greece the biggest shock of all time?". The Guardian. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Football.fo, Landsliðsleikarar 1988 - 2013 (List of all players who have played for the Faroe Islands national team, matches and goals)
- "Høgni og Árni fingið landsliðsboð" (in Faroese). FSF. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- "Vinardystur á Malta 19. november" (in Faroese). FSF. 18 October 2013.
- Official website
- RSSSF archive of results 1930–2008
- Footballsupporters.fo (12. Maður – "12th Man", the supporters of the Faroe Islands national football team)
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