Faroe Islands national football team

The Faroe Islands national football team (Faroese: Føroyska fótbóltsmanslandsliðið, 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.[3]

Faroe Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Landsliðið (The National Team)
AssociationFótbóltssamband Føroya
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHåkan Ericson
CaptainHallur Hansson
Most capsFróði Benjaminsen (94)
Top scorerRógvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadiumTórsvøllur
FIFA codeFRO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Increase 3 (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest74 (July 2015, October 2016)
Lowest198 (September 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 144 Increase 9 (16 September 2020)[2]
Highest136 (March 2018)
Lowest173 (4 June 2008, 10 September 2008)
First international
 Iceland 1–0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
Biggest win
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3–0 San Marino 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 25 May 1995)
 Gibraltar 1–4 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Gibraltar; 1 March 2014)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3–0 Liechtenstein 
(Marbella, Spain; 25 March 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 7–0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 16 May 1991)
 Romania 7–0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Bucharest, Romania; 6 May 1992)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 0–7 Norway 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 11 August 1993)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1–8 FR 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.

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[4]

The Faroe Islands are the most successful team of the friendly tournament known as the Greenland Cup, with two cup victories in 1983 and 1984.[5][6]

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.[7] 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.[8] The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, that 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.[9] 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 irreparable blow if you don't seize it!"[10] 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.[11]

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, regularly 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 Mönchengladbach 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 until 2018.[10]

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.[10]

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, which was against Austria. 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 peaceful 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.[12] With his charisma and Irish humour, he soon became a favourite among the Faroese football fans.

On 9 September 2009, the Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2–1.[13]

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".[14] 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.[10]

The Lars Olsen years and the double Greek victory (2011–2019)Edit

 
Faroe Islands defeated Greece 2–1 on 13 June 2015.

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.[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[21]

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

On 10 October 2016, the Faroe Islands defeated Latvia 2–0 in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match.[22]

On 3 September 2017, the Faroe Islands defeated Andorra 1–0 in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match on home soil, beating their own record which was 7 points in a Euro or World Cup qualification; after the victory over Andorra the Faroe Islands reached a record 8 points in the 2018 World Cup Qualification after playing eight of ten matches.[23]

As of 26 September 2017, 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 18 November 2019, Lars Olsen led his team to a 0–3 loss against Sweden, in his last international match as the manager for the Faroe Islands. He's regarded as the most successful manager in the nations 29-year history, as members of UEFA and FIFA. In the same match, captain Atli Gregersen retired from international duties as well, after winning 59 caps for the national team.[24][25]

The Håkan Ericson years (2019–)Edit

On 16 December 2019, the Faroe Islands Football Association announced they had signed a four-year deal with Swedish coach Håkan Ericson.[26] On 3 September 2020, in what would be his first match in charge, Håkan Ericson's side won 3–2 against Malta [27] in a 2020-21 UEFA Nations League match. Only three days later, in what would be the 200th competitive match for Faroe Islands since joining FIFA and UEFA back in 1988, they recorded their second win in a row in Nations League with a 1–0 win over Andorra. [28]

HonoursEdit

Island Games:

  • Winners: 1989, 1991

Greenland Cup:

  • Winners: 1983, 1984

StadiumsEdit

 
Tórsvøllur, completed in 2020

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.[29] 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 6,000 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. [30] Tórsvøllur is due to be completed in late 2020.

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 1 38
  1998 10 2 0 8 10 31
    2002 10 2 1 7 6 23
  2006 10 0 1 9 4 27
  2010 10 1 1 8 5 20
  2014 10 0 1 9 4 29
  2018 10 2 3 5 5 16
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/23 70 7 7 56 35 184

European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter Did not enter
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992 Did not qualify 8 1 1 6 3 26
  1996 10 2 0 8 10 35
    2000 10 0 3 7 4 17
  2004 8 0 1 7 7 18
    2008 12 0 0 12 4 43
    2012 10 1 1 8 6 26
  2016 10 2 0 8 6 17
  2020 10 1 0 9 4 26
  2024 To be determined
Total 0/17 78 7 6 65 44 208

Nations League recordEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 D 3 6 1 2 3 5 10   50th
  2020–21 D 1 2 2 0 0 4 2 TBD
Total 8 3 2 3 9 12 50th

Island Games RecordEdit

Island Games record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1989 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 20 1
  1991 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 13 5
  1993 Did not enter
  1995
  1997
  1999
  2001
  2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 No Football tournament
TOTAL 8 8 0 0 33 6

FIFA ranking historyEdit

Source:[31]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
115 133 120 135 117 125 112 117 117 114 126 131 132 181 194 184 117 136 116 153 170 104 97 83 95 94 110 TBD

CoachesEdit

Source:[32]Updated as of 6 September 2020 after the game against Andorra.

  • Friendly matches included.
Manager Note Year(s) G W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Páll Guðlaugsson 1988–93 25 2 3 20 9 76 −67 7
  Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúð caretakers 1993 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0
  Allan Simonsen 1994–2001 52 8 7 37 37 119 −82 31
  Henrik Larsen 2002–05 26 5 2 19 24 62 −38 17
  Jógvan Martin Olsen 2006–08 20 0 1 19 8 64 −56 1
  Heðin Askham caretaker 2009 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
  Brian Kerr 2009–11 19 2 3 14 10 46 −36 9
  Lars Olsen 2011–19 56 9 7 40 37 114 −77 34
  Håkan Ericson 2019- 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6

Current technical staffEdit

Source:[33]

Position Name
Head coach   Håkan Ericson
Assistant coach   Eli Hentze
Goalkeeping coach   Jákup Mikkelsen
Team Doctor / Team Doctor Coordinator   Elmar Ósá
Team Doctor   Pero Šore
Fitness Coach / Physio / Physio Coordinator   Álvur Hansen
Physio   Øssur Steinhólm
Kit Manager   Bárður Lava Olsen

SupportersEdit

 
Skansin, Faroese football supporters at the Faroe Islands vs Greece match at Tórsvøllur 2015.

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 with the Faroese supporters, as they cheered for their players throughout the entire match, even when the Faroes threw away a likely 1–1 result. Drums and trumpets are an essential part of their support.[34]

RecordsEdit

Unofficial matches excluded

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League matches against Malta and Andorra on 3 and 6 September 2020 respectively.[36]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 33) 58 0   FH
12 1GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 28) 7 0   HB
23 1GK Tórður Thomsen (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 33) 1 0   NSÍ

3 2DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 29) 40 1   Vejle
15 2DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 30) 29 0  
5 2DF Sonni Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 26) 27 2   B36
4 2DF Heini Vatnsdal (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 28) 20 0  
19 2DF Daniel Johansen (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 22) 0 0   HB

6 3MF Hallur Hansson (captain) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28) 49 5   Horsens
10 3MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 34) 39 1   Víkingur
8 3MF Brandur Hendriksson Olsen (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 24) 34 4   Helsingborg
7 3MF Jóannes Bjartalíð (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24) 8 0  
14 3MF Patrik Johannesen (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 (age 25) 8 0  
18 3MF Meinhard Olsen (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 23) 4 0   GAIS
16 3MF Jóannes Danielsen (1997-09-10) September 10, 1997 (age 23) 3 0  
20 3MF Dan í Soylu (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 24) 1 0   HB
13 3MF Jákup Andreasen (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 22) 1 0  
22 3MF Heri Hjalt Mohr (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0   HB

11 4FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 30) 30 3   NSÍ
9 4FW Andreas Olsen (1987-10-09) 9 October 1987 (age 32) 12 2   Víkingur
17 4FW Adrian Justinussen (1998-07-21) July 21, 1998 (age 22) 0 0   HB

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.[37][35]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 27) 0 0   v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019

DF Ári Mohr Jónsson (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 26) 4 0   Sandnes Ulf
DF Atli Gregersen (RET) (1982-06-15) 15 June 1982 (age 38) 59 1   Víkingur v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019 RET
DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (INJ) (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 30) 45 4   Bryne v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
DF Andrias Eriksen (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 26) 2 0   B36 v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
DF Magnus Egilsson (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Valur v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
DF Hørður Askham (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0   HB v.   Sweden, 5 September 2019

MF René Shaki Joensen (INJ) (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 27) 26 3   HB v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (INJ) (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 29) 26 1   Valur v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
MF Árni Frederiksberg (1992-06-13) 13 June 1992 (age 28) 11 0   B36 v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
MF Eli Nielsen (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 28) 1 0   B36 v.   Malta, 15 October 2019
MF Gilli Rólantsson Sørensen (INJ) (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 28) 36 1   Brann

FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (INJ) (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 29) 58 7   Arminia Bielefeld v.   Sweden, 19 November 2019
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired from the national team

Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Group F 12 October 2019   Romania H 0–3 Əliyar Ağayev 2,381
Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Group F 15 October 2019   Malta H 1–0 Baldvinsson José María Sánchez Martínez 2,677
Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Group F 15 November 2019   Norway A 0–4 Fran Jović 10,400
Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Group F 18 November 2019   Sweden A 0–3 Matej Jug 19,737
2020
Friendly TBD   Iceland A [1]
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 3 September 2020   Malta H 3–2 K. Olsen, A. Olsen, Hendriksson Ádám Farkas 0
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 6 September 2020   Andorra A 1-0 K. Olsen Harald Lechner 0
Friendly 7 October 2020   Denmark A P-P
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 9 October 2020   Latvia H
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 12 October 2020   Andorra H
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 14 November 2020   Latvia A
2020–21 UEFA Nations League 17 November 2020   Malta A

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifyingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Portugal 10 9 0 1 32 4 +28 27 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–0 3–0 5–1 4–1 6–0
2    Switzerland 10 9 0 1 23 7 +16 27 Advance to second round 2–0 5–2 2–0 1–0 3–0
3   Hungary 10 4 1 5 14 14 0 13 0–1 2–3 1–0 3–1 4–0
4   Faroe Islands 10 2 3 5 4 16 −12 9 0–6 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
5   Latvia 10 2 1 7 7 18 −11 7 0–3 0–3 0–2 0–2 4−0
6   Andorra 10 1 1 8 2 23 −21 4 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 8 2 0 31 5 +26 26 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 7–0
2   Sweden 10 6 3 1 23 9 +14 21 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0
3   Norway 10 4 5 1 19 11 +8 17 1–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 2–0
4   Romania 10 4 2 4 17 15 +2 14 1–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–0
5   Faroe Islands 10 1 0 9 4 30 −26 3[a] 1–4 0–4 0–2 0–3 1–0
6   Malta 10 1 0 9 3 27 −24 3[a] 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3) and goal difference (0). Head-to-head away goals: Faroe Islands 1, Malta 0.

UEFA 2020-21 Nations LeagueEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 Promotion to League C 10 Oct 3–2 13 Oct
2   Latvia 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 14 Nov 13 Oct 0–0
3   Malta 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 17 Nov 1–1 14 Nov
4   Andorra 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0–1 17 Nov 10 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 6 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Notable matchesEdit

  • Friendly matches not included.
As of match played 6 September 2020
12 September 1990 Faroe Islands  1–0  AustriaIdrottsparken, Landskrona (N)
Nielsen [38] Attendance: 1,265
1 May 1991 Northern Ireland  1–1  Faroe IslandsWindsor Park, Belfast (A)
[39] Reynheim Attendance: 10,000
25 May 1995 Faroe Islands  3–0  San MarinoSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen
Rasmussen
Johnsson
[40] Attendance: 3,450
11 October 1995 San Marino  1–3  Faroe IslandsStadio Olimpico, Serravalle (A)
[41] Jónsson (3) Attendance: 928
30 April 1997 Malta  1–2  Faroe IslandsTa' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[42] Ø. Hansen
Jónsson
Attendance: 2,750
8 June 1997 Faroe Islands  2–1  MaltaSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Jónsson (2) [42] Attendance: 6,400
10 October 1998 Lithuania  0–0  Faroe IslandsŽalgiris Stadium, Vilnius (A)
[43] Attendance: 1,500
5 June 1999 Faroe Islands  1–1  ScotlandSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
H. Hansen [44] Attendance: 4,100
9 June 1999 Faroe Islands  2–2  Bosnia and HerzegovinaSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge (2) [44] Attendance: 4,800
3 September 2000 Faroe Islands  2–2  SloveniaSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge
Ø. Hansen
[45] Attendance: 3,200
31 January 2001 Sweden  0–0  Faroe IslandsTipshallen, Växjö (A)
[46] Attendance: 2,204
1 September 2001 Faroe Islands  1–0  LuxembourgSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen [47] Attendance: 1,464
7 September 2002 Faroe Islands  2–2  ScotlandSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Petersen (2) [48] Attendance: 4,000
9 October 2004 Cyprus  2–2  Faroe IslandsGSP Stadium, Nicosia (A)
[49] Jørgensen
R. Jacobsen
Attendance: 1,400
11 October 2008 Faroe Islands  1–1  AustriaTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Løkin [50] Attendance: 1,890
9 September 2009 Faroe Islands  2–1  LithuaniaSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
S. Olsen
A. Hansen
[50] Attendance: 1,942
12 October 2010 Faroe Islands  1–1  Northern IrelandSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Holst [51] Attendance: 1,921
7 June 2011 Faroe Islands  2–0  EstoniaSvangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Benjaminsen
A. Hansen
[51] Attendance: 1,715
14 November 2014 Greece  0–1  Faroe IslandsKaraiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (A)
Edmundsson Attendance: 16,821
13 June 2015 Faroe Islands  2–1  GreeceTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Hansson
Hendriksson
Attendance: 5,000
6 September 2016 Faroe Islands  0–0  HungaryTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,066
7 October 2016 Latvia  0–2  Faroe IslandsSkonto Stadium, Riga (A)
Nattestad
Edmundsson
Attendance: 4,823
25 March 2017 Andorra  0–0  Faroe IslandsEstadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
Attendance: 1,000
3 September 2017 Faroe Islands  1–0  AndorraTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rólantsson Attendance: 4,357
8 October 2017 Faroe Islands  0–0  LatviaTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,206
14 October 2018 Faroe Islands  1–1  KosovoTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rene Joensen
20 November 2018 Faroe Islands  1–1  MaltaTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rene Joensen
3 September 2020 Faroe Islands  3–2  MaltaTórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K. Olsen, A. Olsen, Hendriksson [52] Attendance: 0
6 September 2020 Andorra  0–1  Faroe IslandsEstadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
[53] K. Olsen Attendance: 0

All-time recordEdit

As of match played 6 September 2020
Key
All-time record of the Faroe Islands national football team
Opponents P W D L GF GA PTS
  Andorra 4 2 2 0 2 0 8
  Austria 6 1 1 4 3 16 4
  Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3 0 8 0
  Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 6 0
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
  Canada 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
  Cyprus 4 0 1 3 3 10 1
  Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 0 7 0
  Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 0 7 0
  Denmark 3 0 0 3 1 10 0
  Estonia 7 2 1 4 10 15 7
  Finland 5 0 0 5 1 14 0
  France 6 0 0 6 0 22 0
  Georgia 2 0 0 2 1 9 0
  Germany 4 0 0 4 1 10 0
  Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
  Greece 4 2 0 2 4 11 6
  Hungary 4 0 1 3 1 4 1
  Iceland 13 1 0 12 8 24 3
  Israel 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
  Italy 4 0 0 4 2 11 0
  Kazakhstan 6 2 2 2 8 9 8
  Kosovo 3 0 1 2 1 5 1
  Latvia 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
  Liechtenstein 5 4 1 0 9 4 13
  Lithuania 8 1 1 6 4 11 4
  Luxembourg 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
  Malta 9 6 1 2 18 13 19
  Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
  Northern Ireland 6 0 2 4 3 16 2
  Norway 4 0 0 4 0 15 0
  Poland 3 0 0 3 1 12 0
  Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 16 0
  Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 1 11 0
  Romania 8 0 0 8 2 26 0
  Russia 4 0 0 4 2 12 0
  San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
  Scotland 9 0 2 7 6 26 2
  Serbia 4 0 0 4 1 10 0
  Slovakia 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
  Slovenia 4 0 1 3 3 12 1
  Spain 4 0 0 4 4 17 0
  Sweden 5 0 1 4 1 13 1
   Switzerland 6 0 0 6 2 19 0
  Turkey 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 7 0
  Wales 2 0 0 2 0 9 0
  Yugoslavia 6 0 0 6 2 28 0

See alsoEdit

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