Faroe Islands national football team

The Faroe Islands national football team (Faroese: Føroyska fótbóltsmanslandsliðið) represents the Faroe Islands in association football and is governed by the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF). The FSF became a member of FIFA in 1988 and UEFA in 1990 and represents 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 (95)
Top scorerRógvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadiumTórsvøllur
FIFA codeFRO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Steady (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest74 (July 2015, October 2016)
Lowest198 (September 2008)
First international
 Iceland 1–0 Faroe Islands
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
Biggest win
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 5–1 Liechtenstein 
(Tórshavn, Faroe Islands; 7 June 2021)
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 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.

The team has 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. The team 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 joining FIFA, the Faroe Islands gameplay was limited to national friendly matches against Iceland, Shetland, Orkney Islands, Greenland and Denmark U-21. None of these matches was sanctioned by FIFA, nor the Faroe Islands Football Association.[4]

The Faroe Islands tied Iceland for the most successful team at the friendly Greenland Cup tournament with two wins back-to-back in 1983 and 1984.[5][6]

International membership and the miracle of Landskrona (1988–1993)Edit

The FSF gained FIFA membership on 2 July 1988 and the team's first official victory was a 1–0 win in a friendly match against Canada the next year. The next year, the FSF joined the UEFA on 18 April 1990.[7]

The 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.

The Faroe Islands made football history on 12 September 1990 when they beat Austria 1–0 in their first-ever competitive international.[8] The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, was played in Landskrona, Sweden because there were no grass pitches on the Faroe Islands at the time. Torkil Nielsen—a salesman for his local building company—scored the lone game-winning 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 believed, against the odds, that the Faroe Islands could get a result against their bigger nation opponents. In his autobiography, national goalkeeper Jens Martin Knudsen revealed that Guðlaugsson gave a stirring pre-match speech that boosted the team's confidence prior to the match against the Austrians. Guðlaugsson told the players, "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 team's underdog win remains the story most often retold about Faroese football  and sports in the Faroe Islands. The match was rated the Faroese victory number 10 of all-time football greatest upsets by American sports magazine Soccerphile.[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 on 1 May 1991, when they drew 1–1 against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. However, the Faroe Islands subsequently lost the remaining five matches of the tournament.

The Allan Simonsen years (1994–2001)Edit

Since Landskrona, Faroese football continued its upward trajectory, regularly getting good results against stronger teams. However, it was a surprise to many around Europe when—in 1994—Allan Simonsen was appointed the new coach for the Faroese national team. Many thought that after a shining playing career at Borussia Mönchengladbach and F.C. Barcelona, the European footballer of the year in 1977 was too big a name for such a small nation. Allan Simonsen spent seven years at the team's helm and is remembered as the coach who lifted the Faroese amateurs to a more professional level of play.

As a coach, he asked the FSF to lengthen the season and the Faroese clubs for screen players for talent. Both requests were granted and have become an essential part of the Faroese national team's success at the highest level of the sport.

Under the guidance of Allan Simonsen, the Faroe Islands won two Euro 1996 qualifiers matches against San Marino 3–0 and 3–1. Two years later, in the 1998 World Cup Qualifiers, the team won two 2–1 matches against Malta. In the Euro 2000 qualifiers, they played three draws—Lithuania 0–0, Scotland 1–1, and Bosnia 2–2. In 2002, the team played a 2–2 draw against Slovenia for their most successful 2002 World Cup Qualifying matches until 2018.[10]

The Henrik Larsen years (2002–2005)Edit

When looking for a new coach, it was important for the Football Association to secure a well-known and respected name in Europe. They found that in former Danish international and UEFA Euro 1992-winning player, Henrik Larsen, who succeeded his countryman Allan Simonsen, as head coach of the Faroe Islands national team.

On 7 September 2002, in the first match with Larsen as a coach, an experienced Faroese team played Scotland at home in a Euro 2004 qualifier. Though the Faroe Islands led Scotland 2–0 at halftime, the game ended in a 2–2 draw.

In the same qualifying tournament on 16 October 2002 at the HDI-Arena in Hannover, the Faroe Islands were close to a big upset against Germany. Unfortunately for the Faroese, the post denied them a draw in the dying seconds of the match, and the game ended 2–1 for the German side. However, the Faroe Islands managed one more draw against Cyprus on 9 October 2004 in the 2006 World Cup Qualifying match.[10]

The Jógvan Martin Olsen years (2006–2008)Edit

In 2006, the Faroe Islands finally got their first Faroese coach in Jógvan Martin Olsen from Toftir, who had served as an assistant coach for the Faroese national team for nine years prior to his appointment. That same year, many experienced players who had been regulars on the national squad for years retired from the team, giving Olsen's the task of building a new squad with a new generation of players. The team's turnover and inexperience affected their results, and the Faroe Islands got zero points in the Euro 2008 qualifier, their first qualification match under Olsen as head coach.

However, in the 2 June 2007 game against Italy, the Faroes netted a 77th-minute goal and surprisingly took the sluggish world champions to the limit after a 2–1 loss. Overall, the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous for the young team, 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 were 6–0 defeats.

During the summer of 2008, the Faroese side played two friendlies. In the 4–3 loss to Estonia on 1 June 2008, and the team is credited with their only official international match in which they scored 3 goals but lost. Later they lost 5–0 to Portugal.

Olsen remained as a coach for the first four qualification matches in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. After announcing the squad against the Austrian national team, Olsen announced that he was stepping down after three years in charge. Before this departure, he finally managed to get a big result with the team on 11 October 2008 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— when they 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 head coach 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, beating Lithuania 2–1.[13]

On 11 August 2010, the Faroe Islands came close to an away win against 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, but Estonia scored twice during stoppage time, and the Faroe Islands lost the match 2–1.

Two months later, on 12 October 2010, the Faroe Islands drew 1–1 against the higher-ranked Northern Ireland at 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 secured the win with a follow-up after another Benjaminsen penalty. It was the Faroe Islands' first UEFA Euro qualification win since 1995.

The 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.

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] However, on 26 October 2011, the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF) announced that "it was not possible to agree on a new contract with Brian Kerr".[14] Brian Kerr stepped down as coach after unsuccessful negotiations with the FSF.

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 and the third Dane at the helm, after Allan Simonsen and Henrik Larsen.[15]

On 1 March 2014, for the first time in the Faroe Islands' history, the team 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 as the Faroe Islands head coach in a 1–1 draw against Kazakhstan.

On 25 September 2014, Faroese football lost one of its most promising football players, when 22-year-old Gunnar Zachariasen died in a tragic accident on board a Greenlandic fishing trawler, which had docked in Tórshavn in order to unload its cargo. The accident happened when a EUR-pallet stacked with frozen fish fell on top of Gunnar Zachariasen who died instantly. According to Rúni Nolsøe, Zachariasen's coach at EB/Streymur, Faroese football had lost a very good football player. He played 11 caps and scored 4 goals for the U21 Faroe Islands team.[16]

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands caused a major international football upset by defeating host Greece 0–1 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.[17][18] 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.[19]

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.[20][21] These two wins saw the national team moving from 187th place to 74th place in the FIFA rankings. The team eventually finished fifth in their group with six points, without 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 scored two late goals in stoppage time, but this was the Faroe Islands' fourth victory over Liechtenstein since 2000.[22]

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.[23]

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 nine points in all competitions.[24]

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 nation's 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.[25][26]

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.[27]

On 3 September 2020, in what would be his first match in charge, Håkan Ericson's side won 3–2 against Malta[28] 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 with a 1–0 win over Andorra,[29] their first double victory since a 2–1 win against Malta on 8 June 1997.[30]

On 17 November 2020, Ericson's side won their first-ever competitive tournament, after a 1–1 draw against Malta secured them the top spot and promotion from the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D, followed by a new record of 12 points in all competitions, beating the previous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) record at 9 points.[31]

On 7 June 2021, the Faroese national team recorded their biggest win ever in a 5–1 friendly against Liechtenstein[32] in Tórshavn.

As of 4 September 2021, the Faroese national team has fourteen full-time professionals playing in Belgian, Austrian, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Irish and Icelandic leagues, compared to the 1990 team who won the Austria game in Landskrona, which was entirely made up of amateurs.

StadiumsEdit

Between 1999 and 2011, the Faroe Islands rotated its home matches between two different stadiums, Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð. Their latest match in Svangaskarð was a 2–0 victory in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Estonia on 7 June 2011.[33]

Tórsvøllur has since undergone comprehensive renovation, transforming it into a multifunctional venue for concerts and sports in general, although it is primarily used for football. Floodlights were introduced in 2011, and 6,000 new seats were installed, all under roof. The stadium has been resurfaced with artificial grass and now meets all UEFA and FIFA demands.[34]

Work on Tórsvøllur was completed in 2021.

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 September 2021, Skansin has 600 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, trumpets and folksongs are an essential part of their support.[35]

Current competitionsEdit

2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

Group F
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark (Q) 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 2–0 5–0 1–0 12 Nov 8–0
2   Scotland (Y) 8 5 2 1 13 7 +6 17 Advance to second round 15 Nov 3–2 2–2 4–0 1–0
3   Israel (Y) 8 4 1 3 18 15 +3 13 0–2 1–1 5–2 15 Nov 2–1
4   Austria (T) 8 3 1 4 11 14 −3 10 0–4 0–1 12 Nov 3–1 15 Nov
5   Faroe Islands (E) 8 1 1 6 4 17 −13 4 0–1 0–1 0–4 0–2 2–1
6   Moldova (E) 8 0 1 7 4 24 −20 1 0–4 12 Nov 1–4 0–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 12 October 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (T) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs as Nations League group winner; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Results and fixturesEdit

2020Edit

11 November 2020 Friendly Lithuania   2–1   Faroe Islands Vilnius, Lithuania
19:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
14 November 2020 Nations League Latvia   1–1   Faroe Islands Riga, Latvia
19:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Daugava Stadium
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
17 November 2020 Nations League Malta   1–1   Faroe Islands Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

2021Edit

25 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Moldova   1–1   Faroe Islands Chișinău, Moldova
20:45
Report
Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
28 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Austria   3–1   Faroe Islands Vienna, Austria
20:45
Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
31 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Scotland   4–0   Faroe Islands Glasgow, Scotland
19:45
Report Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
4 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands   0–1   Iceland Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
7 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands   5–1   Liechtenstein Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (Iceland)
1 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   0–4   Israel Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
4 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   0–1   Denmark Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   2–1   Moldova Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos (Spain)
9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   0–2   Austria Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   0–1   Scotland Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Coaching staffEdit

As of 10 March 2017.[36]
Position Name
Head coach   Håkan Ericson
Assistant coach   Eli Hentze
Goalkeeping coach   András Gángó
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

Coaching historyEdit

As of 7 September 2021 after the game against Moldova.[32]
  • 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– 16 5 4 7 19 27 –8 19

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Austria on 9 Octoberber 2021 and Scotland, on 12 October 2021.[37]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 34) 63 0   FH
12 1GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 29) 18 0   HB
23 1GK Mattias Lamhauge (1999-08-02) 2 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0   B36

2 2DF Heri Mohr (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24) 1 0   HB
3 2DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 30) 52 2   Vejle
2DF Daniel Johansen (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 23) 2 0   HB
4 2DF Heini Vatnsdal (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 29) 30 1  
5 2DF Sonni Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 27) 38 3   Dundalk
13 2DF Hørður Askham (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 27) 4 0   HB
15 2DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 31) 41 1  

6 3MF Hallur Hansson (captain) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 29) 64 5   Vejle
7 3MF Jóannes Bjartalíð (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 25) 16 0  
8 3MF Brandur Hendriksson Olsen (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 25) 49 6   Helsingborg
9 3MF Gilli Rólantsson Sørensen (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 29) 50 1   Odd
10 3MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 35) 53 1   Víkingur
16 3MF Gunnar Vatnhamar (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 26) 17 2   Víkingur
17 3MF Tróndur Jensen (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 28) 4 0   NSÍ
19 2DF Ári Mohr Jónsson (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 27) 11 1   Sandnes Ulf
3MF Meinhard Olsen (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 24) 16 1   Bryne
20 3MF René Shaki Joensen (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 28) 29 3   HB
22 3MF Hannes Agnarsson (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0   B36

11 4FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 31) 43 8   NSÍ
14 4FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 30) 70 7   Waasland-Beveren
21 4FW Petur Knudsen (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Lyngby
22 4FW John Frederiksen (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Amstetten

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.[38][39]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 28) 0 0   v.   Malta, 17 November 2020

DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 31) 49 4   Bryne v.   Liechtenstein, 7 June 2021WD
DF Bartal Wardum (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 24) 2 0   HB v.   Malta, 17 November 2020

MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 30) 27 1   Valur v.   Liechtenstein, 7 June 2021WD
MF Jákup Andreasen (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 23) 5 0   v.   Moldova, 7 September 2021
MF Patrik Johannesen (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 (age 26) 12 0   EIK v.   Scotland, 31 March 2021
MF Dan í Soylu (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 25) 3 0   HB v.   Scotland, 31 March 2021
MF Magnus Jacobsen (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 21) 1 0   B36 v.   Malta, 17 November 2020

FW Hilmar Leon Jakobsen (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 24) 3 0   HB v.   Malta, 17 November 2020
FW Adrian Justinussen (1998-07-21) 21 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0   HB v.   Malta, 17 November 2020
FW Andreas Olsen (1987-10-09) 9 October 1987 (age 34) 18 2   Víkingur v.   Moldova, 7 September 2021

INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
PRE = Preliminary squad
RET = Retired from the national team
WD = Withdrew due to non-injury issues

RecordsEdit

As of 13 October 2021[40][41]
Players in bold are still active with Faroe Islands.

Competitive recordEdit

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 to   1990 Did not enter Declined participation
  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
    2026 To be determined
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 to   1988 Did not enter Declined participation
  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 6 3 3 0 9 5   50th
2022–23 C TBA To be determined
Total 12 4 5 3 14 15 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

Notable matchesEdit

  • Friendly matches not included.
As of match played 25 March 2021
12 September 1990 Faroe Islands   1–0   Austria Idrottsparken, Landskrona (N)
Nielsen [42] Attendance: 1,265
1 May 1991 Northern Ireland   1–1   Faroe Islands Windsor Park, Belfast (A)
[43] Reynheim Attendance: 10,000
25 May 1995 Faroe Islands   3–0   San Marino Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen
Rasmussen
Johnsson
[44] Attendance: 3,450
11 October 1995 San Marino   1–3   Faroe Islands Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (A)
[45] T. Jónsson (3) Attendance: 928
30 April 1997 Malta   1–2   Faroe Islands Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[46] Ø. Hansen
T. Jónsson
Attendance: 2,750
8 June 1997 Faroe Islands   2–1   Malta Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
T. Jónsson (2) [46] Attendance: 6,400
10 October 1998 Lithuania   0–0   Faroe Islands Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius (A)
[47] Attendance: 1,500
5 June 1999 Faroe Islands   1–1   Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
H. Hansen [48] Attendance: 4,100
9 June 1999 Faroe Islands   2–2   Bosnia and Herzegovina Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge (2) [48] Attendance: 4,800
3 September 2000 Faroe Islands   2–2   Slovenia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge
Ø. Hansen
[49] Attendance: 3,200
31 January 2001 Sweden   0–0   Faroe Islands Tipshallen, Växjö (A)
[50] Attendance: 2,204
1 September 2001 Faroe Islands   1–0   Luxembourg Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen [51] Attendance: 1,464
7 September 2002 Faroe Islands   2–2   Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Petersen (2) [52] Attendance: 4,000
9 October 2004 Cyprus   2–2   Faroe Islands GSP Stadium, Nicosia (A)
[53] Jørgensen
R. Jacobsen
Attendance: 1,400
11 October 2008 Faroe Islands   1–1   Austria Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Løkin [54] Attendance: 1,890
9 September 2009 Faroe Islands   2–1   Lithuania Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
S. Olsen
A. Hansen
[54] Attendance: 1,942
12 October 2010 Faroe Islands   1–1   Northern Ireland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Holst [55] Attendance: 1,921
7 June 2011 Faroe Islands   2–0   Estonia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Benjaminsen
A. Hansen
[55] Attendance: 1,715
14 November 2014 Greece   0–1   Faroe Islands Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (A)
Edmundsson Attendance: 16,821
13 June 2015 Faroe Islands   2–1   Greece Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Hansson
Hendriksson
Attendance: 5,000
6 September 2016 Faroe Islands   0–0   Hungary Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,066
7 October 2016 Latvia   0–2   Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
Nattestad
Edmundsson
Attendance: 4,823
25 March 2017 Andorra   0–0   Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
Attendance: 1,000
3 September 2017 Faroe Islands   1–0   Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rólantsson Attendance: 4,357
8 October 2017 Faroe Islands   0–0   Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,206
14 October 2018 Faroe Islands   1–1   Kosovo Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
R. Joensen
20 November 2018 Faroe Islands   1–1   Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
R. Joensen
15 October 2019 Faroe Islands   1–0   Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Baldvinsson
3 September 2020 Faroe Islands   3–2   Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K. Olsen, A. Olsen, Hendriksson [28] Attendance: 0
6 September 2020 Andorra   0–1   Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
[29] K. Olsen Attendance: 0
10 October 2020 Faroe Islands   1–1   Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Færø [56] Attendance: 447
13 October 2020 Faroe Islands   2–0   Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K.Olsen (2) [57] Attendance: 500
14 November 2020 Latvia   1–1   Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
[58] G. Vatnhamar Attendance: 500
17 November 2020 Malta   1–1   Faroe Islands Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[31] Á. Jónsson Attendance: 0
25 March 2021 Moldova   1–1   Faroe Islands Stadionul Zimbru, Chișinău (A)
Report

FIFA ranking historyEdit

Source:[59]

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 94 110 107

All-time recordEdit

As of match played 7 September 2021
All-time record of the Faroe Islands national football team
Opponents Pld W D L GF GA Pts
  Andorra 5 3 2 0 4 0 11
  Austria 7 1 1 5 4 19 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 5 0 0 5 1 15 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 14 1 0 13 8 25 3
  Israel 4 0 1 3 2 9 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 5 1 4 0 5 3 7
  Liechtenstein 6 5 1 0 14 5 16
  Moldova 2 1 1 0 3 2 4
  Lithuania 9 1 1 7 5 13 4
  Luxembourg 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
  Malta 10 6 2 2 19 14 20
  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 10 0 2 8 6 30 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

HonoursEdit

UEFA Nations League:

League D, Group D1:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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