Faroe Islands national football team

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Faroe Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Landsliðið (National Team)
Association Fótbóltssamband Føroya
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Lars Olsen
Captain Atli Gregersen
Most caps Fróði Benjaminsen (87)
Top scorer Rógvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadium Tórsvøllur
FIFA code FRO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Increase 24 (15 September 2016)
Highest 74 (July 2015)
Lowest 198 (September 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 152 (7 September 2016)
Highest 144 (1 May 1991)
Lowest 173 (4 June 2008, 10 September 2008)
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 (Faroese: Føroyska fótbóltsmanslandsliðið, Danish: Færøernes fodboldlandshold) 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 Tórsvøllur.

History[edit]

Early years (1930–1988)[edit]

From 1930 to 1988, before international membership, the Faroe Islands only played national friendly matches against Iceland, Shetland, Orkney Islands, Greenland and Denmark U-21. None of these fixtures were considered official either by FIFA, nor the Faroe Islands Football Association.[1]

International membership and the miracle of Landskrona (1988–1993)[edit]

The Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFA on 2 July 1988 and joined UEFA on 18 April 1990.[2] The first official victory was a 1–0 win, in a friendly against Canada in 1989. Faroe Islands participated in two Island Games, winning both tournaments in 1989 and 1991. They never entered the tournament again, as the opponent teams were considered too weak a match for the Faroese side.

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. Torkil Nielsen, a salesman for his local builders company scored the goal.[4] 32 year old national coach Páll Guðlaugsson became a folk hero overnight, and is today remembered by his players as a fearless character, who always believed that the Faroe Islands could get a result against the bigger nations. In his self-biography, national goalkeeper Jens Martin Knudsen revealed that Guðlaugsson held a stunning pre-match speech, that boosted the players confidence prior to the match against the Austrians. Guðlaugsson pre-match speech goes; "Think of the Faroese flag. Your flag. Take it with you on that field. Throw yourself into the tackles against those arrogant Austrians with one mission – to win the game for your nation. Tonight you pay back your childhood home. You have the opportunity now and it is an irrepaple blow if you don't cease it!" [5] The win was against all odds and to this day, this is the story about Faroese football – and the story about sports in the Faroe Islands. American sports magazine Soccerphile rated the Faroese victory number 10 of all-time football greatest upsets.[6]

One month later the Faroe Islands lost 4–1 to Denmark at Parken, Copenhagen. The same team got another good result in the qualifying tournament, when they drew 1–1 against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on 1 May 1991. The Faroe Islands lost the remaining five matches of the tournament.

The Allan Simonsen years (1994–2001)[edit]

Since Landskrona, Faroese football stepped up to the challenge, regurlarly getting good results against better teams. However, it was a surprise to many around Europe when Allan Simonsen in 1994 was appointed the new coach for the Faroese national team. Having had a playing career in Borussia Monchengladbach and F.C. Barcelona, many thought that the European footballer of the year in 1977, was too big a name for such a small nation. Allan Simonsen was in charge of the Faroese team for seven years, and is still today considered as the coach who lifted the Faroese amateurs to a more professional level. Among other things he asked the Football Association to lengthen the season, and also asked the clubs for fitter players. Of which both were granted, and are today considered an essential part if the Faroese national team is to compete at the highest level.

Under the guidance of Allan Simonsen the Faroe Islands won two Euro 1996 qualifiers matches against San Marino; 3–0 and 3–1, and two 1998 World Cup Qualifying matches against Malta; both ended 2–1, and two 2002 World Cup Qualifying matches against Luxembourg; 2–0 and 1–0. They played three draws against Lithuania; 0–0, Scotland; 1–1 and Bosnia; 2–2, all in the Euro 2000 qualifiers, and also draw against Slovenia; 2–2 in the 2002 World Cup Qualifying, which turned out to be their most successful World Cup qualifying so far.[5]

The Henrik Larsen years (2002–2005)[edit]

In 2002, former Danish international Henrik Larsen, succeeded his countryman, Allan Simonsen, as head coach of the Faroe Islands national team. It was important for the Football Association to get a well known and respected name in Europe, and got what they wanted in Larsen, who won the UEFA Euro 1992 with Denmark as a player.

On 7 September 2002 in their first match together, an experienced Faroese team played Scotland at home in a Euro 2004 qualifier. The game ended 2–2, after the Faroe Islands had been leading 2–0 at halftime.

In the same qualifying tournament, Faroe Islands almost caused a big upset against Germany in HDI-Arena in Hannover on 16 October 2002. Unfortunately for the Faroes, the post denied them a draw in the dying seconds of the match, the game ended 2–1 to the German side. However, they managed one more draw against Cyprus on 9 October 2004 in the 2006 World Cup Qualifying.[5]

The Jógvan Martin Olsen years (2006–2008)[edit]

In 2006, the Faroe Islands got their first Faroese coach. Jógvan Martin Olsen from Toftir had been the assistant coach for the Faroese national team for nine years upon appointment. Many experienced players who had been regulars in the national squad for years, quit the national team at the same time. Olsen main task was to build a new team with a new generation of players. This affected the results, and the Faroe Islands got zero points in the Euro 2008 qualifier, their first qualification under Olsen as coach. However, On 2 June 2007, 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, of which three of them were 6–0 defeats.

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.

Olsen remained as coach for the first four qualification matches in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying and after announcing the squad against the Austrian national team, Olsen announced that he was to step down after three years in charge. On 11 October 2008 he managed to get a big result, as the Faroe Islands once again became the Austrian nightmare. The game ended 1–1, giving the Faroe Islands their first qualifying point in four years.

The Brian Kerr years and the new generation (2009–2011)[edit]

On 22 March 2009, the Faroese people got a glimpse of their future national team, a new generation of more technical and paceful players beat the Icelandic national team 2–1 in a friendly match, their first ever victory over Iceland. Caretaker Heðin Askham managed the Faroese side in this match.

On 5 April 2009 former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was appointed new manager of the team.[7] With his charisma and Irish humour, he soon became a favourite among the Faroese football fans.

On 9 September 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2–1.[8]

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 were 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".[9] The players liked the Irishman and they described him as a very motivating figure. His pre-match speeches were full of passion and gave the players confidence to go out and play against the very best in Europe.[5]

The Lars Olsen years and the double Greek victory (2011–)[edit]

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.[10]

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 11 October 2013, Olsen got his first point in a 1–1 draw against Kazakhstan.

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands caused a major international football upset by defeating hosts Greece 0–1 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.[11][12] 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.[13] On 13 June 2015, the Faroe Islands stunned the world yet again by defeating the same Greek side in their second meeting of the Euro 2016 qualifying tournament by a score of 2–1.[14][15] These two wins saw the national team moving from 187th place to 74th place in the FIFA rankings. The team eventually finished 5th of their group with 6 points, and never conceding more than three goals in a match.

On 29 March 2016, the Faroe Islands beat Liechtenstein 3–2 in a friendly match in Marbella, Spain. The opposition had two late equalizers in stoppage time, however this recorded Faroe Islands fourth victory over Liechtenstein since 2000.[16] As of 16 August 2016, the Faroese national team has twelve full-time professionals playing in Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic leagues, compared to the 1990 team who won the Austria game in Landskrona, which was entirely made up of amateurs.

On 6 September 2016, the Faroe Islands draw 0–0 against Hungary in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match at Tórsvøllur.

Achievements[edit]

1989, 1991

Stadiums[edit]

Between 1999 and 2011, the Faroe Islands played its home matches on two different stadiums, rotation wise on Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð. Their latest match on Svangaskarð was a 2–0 victory in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match over Estonia on 7 June 2011.[17] Since then a comprehensive renovation has taken place in between matches on Tórsvøllur, which has transformed the stadium in to a multifunctional venue for concerts and sports in general. Although, international football being the primarily one. Flood lights were introduced in 2011, and 6000 new seats under roof have been installed, the surface has been replaced with artificial grass and the stadium now meets all UEFA and FIFA demands.[18]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 10 0 0 10 1 38
France 1998 10 2 0 8 10 31
South KoreaJapan 2002 10 2 1 7 6 23
Germany 2006 10 0 1 9 4 27
South Africa 2010 10 1 1 8 5 20
Brazil 2014 10 0 1 9 4 29
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20 60 5 4 51 30 168

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA EURO Qualification record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Pld W D L GF 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 8 1 1 6 3 26
England 1996 10 2 0 8 10 35
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 0 3 7 4 17
Portugal 2004 8 0 1 7 7 18
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 0 0 12 4 43
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 1 1 8 6 26
France 2016 10 2 0 8 6 17
Europe 2020
Total 0/15 68 6 6 56 40 182

Island Games Record[edit]

Island Games record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Faroe Islands 1989 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 20 1
Åland Islands 1991 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 13 5
Isle of Wight 1993 Did not enter
Gibraltar 1995
Jersey 1997
Gotland 1999
Isle of Man 2001
Guernsey 2003
Shetland 2005
Rhodes 2007
Åland Islands 2009
Isle of Wight 2011
Bermuda 2013
Jersey 2015
Gotland 2017 To be determined
TOTAL 8 8 0 0 33 6

FIFA ranking history[edit]

Source:[19]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
115 133 120 135 117 125 112 117 117 114 126 131 132 181 194 184 117 136 116 153 170 104 97 111

Coaches[edit]

Source:[20] Updated as of 7 September 2016 after the game against Hungary.

  • Friendly matches included.
Lars Olsen, manager of the Faroe Islands national football team.
Manager Note Year(s) G W D L GF GA GD Pts Pts %
Iceland Páll Guðlaugsson 1988–93 25 2 3 20 9 76 −67 7 9.3%
Faroe Islands Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúð caretakers 1993 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0 0%
Denmark Allan Simonsen 1994–2001 52 8 7 37 37 119 −82 31 19.87%
Denmark Henrik Larsen 2002–05 26 5 2 19 24 62 −38 17 21.79%
Faroe Islands Jógvan Martin Olsen 2006–08 20 0 1 19 8 64 −56 1 1.6%
Faroe Islands Heðin Askham caretaker 2009 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 100%
Republic of Ireland Brian Kerr 2009–11 19 2 3 14 10 46 −36 9 15.78%
Denmark Lars Olsen 2011– 27 4 2 21 19 57 −38 14 17.28%

Current technical staff[edit]

Source:[21]

Position Name
Head coach Denmark Lars Olsen
Assistant coach Faroe Islands Jóannes Jakobsen
Goalkeeping coach Faroe Islands Jákup Mikkelsen
Fitness coach Faroe Islands Elmar Ósá
Fitness coach Faroe Islands Pero Sore
Physio Faroe Islands Álvur Hansen
Physio Faroe Islands Øssur Steinhólm

Supporters[edit]

Faroe Islands have a main stand for their supporters at Tórsvøllur, which is known as "Skansin", meaning fort in English. Skansin was formed in 2014, following their 1–0 away victory against Greece in Pireaus and the opening of their newly renovated stadium. As of April 2016, Skansin has 400 members domestically, and stand tickets are sold out every home match. Following Northern Ireland's 3–1 victory against Faroe Islands during the Euro 2016 qualifiers on 4 September 2015, Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty stated that he was particularly impressed about the Faroese supporters, as they cheered for their players throughout the entire match, even when the Faroes stumbled away a likely 1–1 result. Drums and trumpets are an essential part of their support.[22]

Records[edit]

Source: [23]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification matches against Latvia on 7 October 2016 and against Portugal on 10 October 2016.[24]

Caps and goals as of 7 September 2016 after the game against Hungary.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 29) 34 0 Iceland FH
12 1GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Faroe Islands HB
23 1GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Faroe Islands

2 2DF Jónas Tór Næs (1986-12-27) 27 December 1986 (age 29) 46 0 Faroe Islands B36
3 2DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 25) 15 0 Denmark Vejle
4 2DF Atli Gregersen (Captain) (1982-06-15) 15 June 1982 (age 34) 32 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur
5 2DF Sonni Ragnar Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 22) 13 0 Iceland Fylkir
18 2DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 26) 24 2 Norway Vidar
19 2DF Jóhan Troest Davidsen (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 28) 32 0 Faroe Islands HB
22 2DF Bárður Hansen (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Denmark Fremad Amager

6 3MF Hallur Hansson (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 24) 24 4 Denmark AC Horsens
7 3MF Fróði Benjaminsen (Vice-captain) (1977-12-14) 14 December 1977 (age 38) 87 6 Faroe Islands HB
13 2DF Gilli Rólantsson (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 24) 12 0 Norway Brann
8 3MF Brandur Hendriksson Olsen (1995-12-15) 15 December 1995 (age 20) 11 2 Denmark Randers FC
9 3MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 25) 8 0 Iceland FH
10 3MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 30) 12 1 Faroe Islands Víkingur
14 3MF Róaldur Jakobsen (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 25) 3 1 Faroe Islands B36
15 3MF Heini Vatnsdal (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Denmark Fremad Amager
16 3MF René Shaki Joensen (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 23) 7 0 Denmark Vendsyssel
17 3MF Árni Frederiksberg (1992-06-13) 13 June 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ

11 4FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 25) 38 5 Denmark OB
20 4FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 26) 8 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ
21 4FW Páll Klettskarð (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 26) 12 0 Faroe Islands

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 Tórður Thomsen (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 30) 2 0 Faroe Islands B36 v.  Kosovo, 3 June 2016

DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 26) 13 0 Faroe Islands B36 v.  Kosovo, 3 June 2016

MF Tróndur Jensen (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Faroe Islands HB v.  Kosovo, 3 June 2016
MF Pól Jóhannus Justinussen (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 27) 23 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ v.  Hungary, 6 September 2016
MF Bogi Reinert Petersen (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Faroe Islands ÍF v.  Kosovo, 3 June 2016

FW Finnur Justinussen (1989-03-30) 30 March 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Faroe Islands Víkingur v.  Kosovo, 3 June 2016
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired from the national team

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 12 November 2014  Greece A 1–0 Edmundsson Nicola Rizzoli 16,821
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 29 March 2015  Romania A 0–1 Artur Dias 13,898
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 13 June 2015  Greece H 2–1 Hansson, Olsen Tom Harald Hagen 4,741
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 4 September 2015  Northern Ireland H 1–3 Edmundsson Felix Zwayer 4,513
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 7 September 2015  Finland A 0–1 Marcin Borski 9,477
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 8 October 2015  Hungary A 1–2 Jakobsen Robert Schörgenhofer 16,500
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 11 October 2015  Romania H 0–3 Ivan Kružliak 3,941
Friendly 28 March 2016  Liechtenstein N 3–2 Olsen, Edmundsson, Vatnhamar Jesús Gil Manzano 50
Friendly 3 June 2016  Kosovo N 0–2 Alexandre Boucaut 7,000
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 6 September 2016  Hungary H 0–0 Slavko Vinčić 4,066
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 7 October 2016  Latvia A
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 10 October 2016  Portugal H
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 13 November 2016   Switzerland A
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 25 March 2017  Andorra A
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 9 June 2017   Switzerland H
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 31 August 2017  Portugal A
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 3 September 2017  Andorra H
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 7 October 2017  Latvia H
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification 10 October 2017  Hungary A

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Northern Ireland Romania Hungary Finland Faroe Islands Greece
1  Northern Ireland 10 6 3 1 16 8 +8 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1
2  Romania 10 5 5 0 11 2 +9 20 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
3  Hungary 10 4 4 2 11 9 +2 16 Advance to play-offs 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
4  Finland 10 3 3 4 9 10 −1 12 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
5  Faroe Islands 10 2 0 8 6 17 −11 6 1–3 0–3 0–1 1–3 2–1
6  Greece 10 1 3 6 7 14 −7 6 0–2 0–1 4–3 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 25 Mar '17 13 Nov '16 7 Oct '17 31 Aug '17 2–0
2  Latvia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Possible second round[a] 3 Sep '17 7 Oct '16 10 Oct '16 10 Oct '17 9 Jun '17
3  Faroe Islands 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 Jun '17 7 Oct '17 0–0 3 Sep '17 10 Oct '16
3  Hungary 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 Oct '16 31 Aug '17 10 Oct '17 13 Nov '16 3 Sep '17
5  Andorra 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 10 Oct '16 0–1 25 Mar '17 9 Jun '17 7 Oct '17
6  Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 10 Oct '17 13 Nov '16 31 Aug '17 25 Mar '17 7 Oct '16
Updated to match(es) played on 6 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Notable matches[edit]

  • Friendly matches not included.
As of match played 6 September 2016

All-time record[edit]

As of match played 6 September 2016.
Key
All-time record of the Faroe Islands national football team
Opponents P W D L GF GA
 Andorra 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Austria 6 1 1 4 3 16
 Azerbaijan 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 6
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 1 1 2 3
 Canada 2 1 0 1 1 1
 Cyprus 4 0 1 3 3 10
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 0 7
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 0 7
 Denmark 3 0 0 3 1 10
 Estonia 7 2 1 4 10 15
 Finland 5 0 0 5 1 14
 France 6 0 0 6 0 22
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 1 9
 Germany 4 0 0 4 1 10
 Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 4 1
 Greece 4 2 0 2 4 11
 Hungary 3 0 1 2 1 3
 Iceland 13 1 0 12 8 24
 Israel 3 0 1 2 2 5
 Italy 4 0 0 4 2 11
 Kazakhstan 4 2 1 1 7 6
 Kosovo 1 0 0 1 0 2
 Liechtenstein 4 4 0 0 8 3
 Lithuania 8 1 1 6 4 11
 Luxembourg 3 2 1 0 3 0
 Malta 4 3 0 1 9 7
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Northern Ireland 6 0 2 4 3 16
 Norway 2 0 0 2 0 9
 Poland 3 0 0 3 1 12
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 5
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 1 11
 Romania 6 0 0 6 1 19
 Russia 4 0 0 4 2 12
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 1
 Scotland 9 0 2 7 6 26
 Serbia 4 0 0 4 1 10
 Slovakia 2 0 0 2 1 5
 Slovenia 4 0 1 3 3 12
 Spain 2 0 0 2 3 9
 Sweden 3 0 1 2 1 4
  Switzerland 4 0 0 4 2 15
 Turkey 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 7
 Wales 2 0 0 2 0 9
 Yugoslavia 6 0 0 6 2 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ http://www.fsf.fo/Default.aspx?ID=81
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