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The Sápmi national football team is a national football team representing the Sámi people, who inhabit northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The team is not a member of UEFA or FIFA, and therefore does not participate in their competitions. It is organized by FA Sápmi.

FA Sápmi
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association FA Sápmi
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Norway Isak Ole Hætta
First colours
First international
 Åland Islands 4–2 Sápmi Flag of the Sami people (old unofficial).svg
(July, 1985)
Biggest win
Sápmi (area) Sápmi 21–1 Monaco 
(24 November, 2006)
Biggest defeat
Sápmi (area) Sápmi 0–6 East Germany U23 
(July, 1987)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2006)
Best result Champions (2006)

Contents

Tournament historyEdit

Sápmi participated in the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup in 2005 in Northern Cyprus, losing matches against Northern Cyprus and Kosovo and finishing third. In November 2006, Sápmi took part in – and won – the inaugural VIVA World Cup in Occitania, organised by the NF-Board. Sápmi overcame both the host nation and Monaco to win the trophy, scoring an impressive 42 goals in 3 games. They hosted the next finals in 2008, defeating Kurdistan to finish third, before travelling to Padania in 2009 where they again finished third. Sápmi have not participated in a VIVA World Cup since.

FA Sápmi hosted the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup and it competed at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup.

Notable playersEdit

Sápmi footballers who have played for both the Norwegian national side and the Sápmi team include Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sigurd Rushfeldt and Tom Høgli. Steffen Nystrøm, of Tromsø IL has played for the Norway under-21 team, and made his Sápmi debut in the VIVA World Cup.

Tournament recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

Year Position GP W D L GS GA
VIVA World Cup
  2006 Champion 3 3 0 0 41 −1
  2008 Third place 5 2 1 2 9 −8
  2009 Third place 4 1 1 2 12 −12
  2010 Did not enter
  2012
ConIFA World Football Cup
  2014 Group Stage 4 1 0 3 6 −11
  2016 Quarter-Finals 5 3 0 2 10 −4
Total Best: Champions 21 10 2 9 78 −36

Selected internationalsEdit

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Date Venue Opponent Score
30 March, 2012 Toulouse, France   Sápmi   Occitania 2−3
26 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Sápmi   Provence 4–4 (5–4 pk)
25 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Sápmi   Padania 0–4
24 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Sápmi   Gozo 7–2
23 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Sápmi   Provence 1–2
13 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Iraqi Kurdistan 3–1
12 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Provence 4–2
11 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Padania 0–2
9 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Arameans Suryoye 0–1
7 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Iraqi Kurdistan 2–2
24 November, 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania   Sápmi   Monaco 21–1
23 November, 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania   Sápmi   Monaco 14–0
20 November, 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania   Sápmi   Occitania 7–0
4 November, 2005 KTFF 50th Anniversary CupNorthern Cyprus   Sápmi   Northern Cyprus 2–6
3 November, 2005 KTFF 50th Anniversary CupNorthern Cyprus   Sápmi   Kosovo 1–4
28 July, 2004 Tromsø, Sápmi   Sápmi   Northern Cyprus 1–1
4 July, 2001 Odense, Denmark   Sápmi   Greenland 5–1
7 August, 1998 Stockholm, Sweden   Sápmi   Estonia 0–0
7 July, 1992 Tallinn, Estonia   Sápmi   Estonia 1–2
June, 1991 Karasjok, Sápmi   Sápmi   Estonia 2–1
October, 1990 Tallinn, Estonia   Sápmi   Estonia 0–2
June, 1987 Mariehamn, Åland   Sápmi   Åland Islands 0–1
June, 1986 Kautokeino, Sápmi   Sápmi   Åland Islands 2–0
June, 1985 Mariehamn, Åland   Sápmi   Åland Islands 2–4

Current squadEdit

Sápmi squad at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup in Abkhazia, 28 May - 6 June 2016.[2]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alexander Ellingsen (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 20)   Alta
13 1GK Andreas Mortensen   Skjervøy FK

2 2DF Roy Arild Rasmussen   Kautokeino IL
3 2DF Mikkel Ole Eira   Kautokeino IL
4 2DF Jon Steinar Eriksen (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 33)   Bossekop UL
5 2DF Svenn Johansen   Tromsdalen UIL
6 2DF Raymond Johnsen   Grovfjord IL
12 2DF Hans Åge Yndestad (1980-07-24) 24 July 1980 (age 37)   Ulfstind IL

9 3MF Lars Iver Strand (1983-05-07) 7 May 1983 (age 34)
10 3MF Pär-Jon Huuva
11 3MF Per-Anders Pokka
14 3MF John Eriksson   IFK Östersund
15 3MF Jirijoonas Kanth (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 30)   Someron Voima
16 3MF Simen Kjær   SK Hardhaus
17 3MF Ante Smuk (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 29)   IL Norild
18 3MF Mads Petter Utsi   Porsanger IL
19 3MF Frank Ole Vars   Kautokeino IL
20 3MF Per Isak Vars   Kautokeino IL

7 4FW Øyvind Garfjell   Lyngen/Karnes IL
8 4FW Morten Moldskred (1980-06-13) 13 June 1980 (age 37)   Finnsnes IL

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesl/lap-intres.html
  2. ^ "TUIL-spiller på landslag" (in Norwegian). Tromso.no. Retrieved 28 May 2014.