Faroe Islands national football team

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Faroe Islands
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Nickname(s) Landsliðið (The National Team)
Association Fótbóltssamband Føroya
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Håkan Ericson
Captain Hallur Hansson
Most caps Fróði Benjaminsen (95)
Top scorer Rógvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadium Tórsvøllur
FIFA code FRO
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 114 Steady2.svg (16 September 2021) [1]
Highest74 (July 2015, October 2016)
Lowest198 (September 2008)
First international
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1–0 Faroe IslandsFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
Biggest win
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 5–1 Liechtenstein  Flag of Liechtenstein.svg
(Tórshavn, Faroe Islands; 7 June 2021)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 7–0 Faroe IslandsFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 16 May 1991)
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 7–0 Faroe IslandsFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg
(Bucharest, Romania; 6 May 1992)
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svgFaroe Islands 0–7 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 11 August 1993)
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svgFaroe Islands 1–8 FR Yugoslavia  Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 6 October 1996)
Faroe Islands national football team in March 2013 FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs Faroe Islands 2013-03-22 (01).jpg
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 vs Italy 0-1 on 2 September 2011.jpg
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) 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. [2]

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.

History

Early years (1930–1988)

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. [3]

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. [4] [5]

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

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. [6]

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. [7] 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. [8] 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!" [9] 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. [10]

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)

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. [9]

The Henrik Larsen years (2002–2005)

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. [9]

The Jógvan Martin Olsen years (2006–2008)

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)

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. [11] 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. [12]

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. [9] 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". [13] Brian Kerr stepped down as coach after unsuccessful negotiations with the FSF.

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

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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. [14]

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 onboard 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. [15]

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands caused a major international football upset by defeating host 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 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. [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 nine points in all competitions. [23]

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. [24] [25]

The Håkan Ericson years (2019–)

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 with a 1–0 win over Andorra, [28] their first double victory since a 2–1 win against Malta on 8 June 1997. [29]

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. [30]

On 7 June 2021, the Faroese national team recorded their biggest competitive win ever in a 5–1 friendly against Liechtenstein [31] 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.

Stadiums


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. [32]

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. [33]

Work on Tórsvøllur was completed in 2021.

Supporters

Skansin, Faroese football supporters at the Faroe Islands vs Greece match at Torsvollur 2015. Faroese football supporters - Skansin - 13 June 2015.JPG
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. [34]

Current competitions

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Group F
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Flag of Moldova.svg
1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6600220+2218Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 2–0 5–0 12 Oct 12 Nov 8–0
2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 632195+411Advance to second round 15 Nov 9 Oct 2–2 4–0 1–0
3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 63121411+310 0–2 1–1 5–2 15 Nov 12 Oct
4Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 621391347 0–4 0–1 12 Nov 3–1 15 Nov
5Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands (Y)6114414104 0–1 12 Oct 0–4 9 Oct 2–1
6Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova (Y)6015318151 9 Oct 12 Nov 1–4 0–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 September 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Results and fixtures

2020

3 September 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg3–2Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45  UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary)
6 September 2020 Nations League Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg0–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Andorra la Vella, Andorra
15:00  UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
7 October 2020 Friendly Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg4–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Herning, Denmark
18:00  UTC+2
Report Stadium: MCH Arena
Attendance: 207
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
Note: Match originally scheduled for 27 March 2020, but postponed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
10 October 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
17:00  UTC+1
Report Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 447 [37]
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
13 October 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–0Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45  UTC+1
Report Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 0 [note 2]
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)
11 November 2020 Friendly Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania.svg2–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Vilnius, Lithuania
19:00  UTC+2
Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
14 November 2020 Nations League Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Riga, Latvia
19:00  UTC+2
Report Stadium: Daugava Stadium
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
17 November 2020 Nations League Malta  Flag of Malta.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45  UTC+1 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

2021

25 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Moldova  Flag of Moldova.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 Report
Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
31 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg4–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Glasgow, Scotland
19:45
Report Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
4 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45  UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
7 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg5–1Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  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  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–4Flag of Israel.svg  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  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45  UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–1Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos (Spain)

Coaching staff

As of 10 March 2017. [38]
PositionName
Head coach Flag of Sweden.svg Håkan Ericson
Assistant coach Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Eli Hentze
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Hungary.svg András Gángó
Team Doctor / Team Doctor Coordinator Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Elmar Ósá
Team Doctor Flag of Croatia.svg Pero Šore
Fitness Coach / Physio / Physio Coordinator Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Álvur Hansen
Physio Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Øssur Steinhólm
Kit Manager Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Bárður Lava Olsen

Coaching history

As of 7 September 2021 after the game against Moldova. [31]
ManagerNoteYear(s)GWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Iceland.svg Páll Guðlaugsson 1988–93252320976−677
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúðcaretakers1993100104−40
Flag of Denmark.svg Allan Simonsen 1994–200152873737119−8231
Flag of Denmark.svg Henrik Larsen 2002–052652192462−3817
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Jógvan Martin Olsen 2006–08200119864−561
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Heðin Askhamcaretaker2009110021+13
Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Kerr 2009–111923141046−369
Flag of Denmark.svg Lars Olsen 2011–1956974037114−7734
Flag of Sweden.svg Håkan Ericson 2019–165471927–819


Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Israel on 1 September 2021, Denmark, on 4 September 2021, and Moldova on 7 September 2021. [39]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 34)630 Flag of Iceland.svg FH
121 GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 29)150 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB
231 GK Mattias Lamhauge (1999-08-02) 2 August 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg B36

22 DF Heri Mohr (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24)10 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB
32 DF Daniel Johansen (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB
42 DF Heini Vatnsdal (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 29)281 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg
52 DF Sonni Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 27)343 Flag of Ireland.svg Dundalk
132 DF Hørður Askham (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26)30 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB
152 DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 31)381 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg

63 MF Hallur Hansson (captain) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 29)625Free Agent
83 MF Brandur Hendriksson Olsen (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 25)456 Flag of Sweden.svg Helsingborg
93 MF Gilli Rólantsson Sørensen (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 29)471 Flag of Norway.svg Odd
103 MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 35)511 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Víkingur
163 MF Gunnar Vatnhamar (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 26)132 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Víkingur
173 MF Tróndur Jensen (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 28)30 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg NSÍ
183 MF Jákup Andreasen (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 23)50 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg
193 MF Meinhard Olsen (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 24)141 Flag of Norway.svg Bryne
203 MF René Shaki Joensen (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 28)263 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB

74 FW Andreas Olsen (1987-10-09) 9 October 1987 (age 33)182 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Víkingur
114 FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 31)408 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg NSÍ
144 FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 30)677 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Waasland-Beveren
214 FW Petur Knudsen (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 23)30 Flag of Denmark.svg Lyngby
224 FW John Frederiksen (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 25)10 Flag of Austria.svg Amstetten

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months. [40] [41]

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 28)00 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 17 November 2020

DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 30)512 Flag of Denmark.svg Vejle v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 7 June 2021
DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 31)494 Flag of Norway.svg Bryne v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 7 June 2021WD
DF Ári Mohr Jónsson (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 27)91 Flag of Norway.svg Sandnes Ulf v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 7 June 2021WD
DF Bartal Wardum (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 24)20 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 17 November 2020

MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 30)271 Flag of Iceland.svg Valur v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 7 June 2021WD
MF Jóannes Bjartalíð (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 25)150 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg v. Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland , 31 March 2021
MF Patrik Johannesen (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 (age 26)120 Flag of Norway.svg EIK v. Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland , 31 March 2021
MF Dan í Soylu (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 25)30 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB v. Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland , 31 March 2021
MF Magnus Jacobsen (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg B36 v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 17 November 2020

FW Hilmar Leon Jakobsen (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 24)30 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 17 November 2020
FW Adrian Justinussen (1998-07-21) 21 July 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg HB v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 17 November 2020

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

Records

As of 7 September 2021 [42] [43]
Players in bold are still active with Faroe Islands.

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify100010138
Flag of France.svg 1998 102081031
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 10217623
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 10019427
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 10118520
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10019429
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 10235516
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total0/2370775635184

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 to Flag of Germany.svg 1988 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 Did not qualify8116326
Flag of England.svg 1996 102081035
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 10037417
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 8017718
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 120012443
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 10118626
Flag of France.svg 2016 10208617
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 10109426
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determined
Total0/1778766544208

Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
2018–19 D 3 6123510Equals-sign-blue.gif50th
2020–21 D 1 633095Green Arrow Up Darker.svg50th
2022–23 C TBATo be determined
Total12453141550th

Island Games Record

Island Games record
YearRoundPositionGPWDLGSGA
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 1989 Final1st4400201
Flag of Aland.svg 1991 Final1st4400135
Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 1993 Did not enter
Flag of Gibraltar.svg 1995
Flag of Jersey.svg 1997
Flag of Gotland.svg 1999
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 2001
Flag of Guernsey.svg 2003
Flag of Shetland.svg 2005
Flag of Rhodes Island.svg 2007
Flag of Aland.svg 2009
Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 2011
Flag of Bermuda.svg 2013
Flag of Jersey.svg 2015
Flag of Gotland.svg 2017
Flag of Gibraltar.svg 2019 No Football tournament
TOTAL8800336

Notable matches

As of match played 25 March 2021
12 September 1990 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Idrottsparken, Landskrona (N)
Nielsen [44] Attendance: 1,265
1 May 1991 Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Windsor Park, Belfast (A)
[45] Reynheim Attendance: 10,000
25 May 1995 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg3–0Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen
Rasmussen
Johnsson
[46] Attendance: 3,450
11 October 1995 San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svg1–3Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (A)
[47] T. Jónsson (3)Attendance: 928
30 April 1997 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg1–2Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[48] Ø. Hansen
T. Jónsson
Attendance: 2,750
8 June 1997 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–1Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
T. Jónsson (2) [48] Attendance: 6,400
10 October 1998 Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania.svg0–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius (A)
[49] Attendance: 1,500
5 June 1999 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
H. Hansen [50] Attendance: 4,100
9 June 1999 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–2Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge (2) [50] Attendance: 4,800
3 September 2000 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–2Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge
Ø. Hansen
[51] Attendance: 3,200
31 January 2001 Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg0–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Tipshallen, Växjö (A)
[52] Attendance: 2,204
1 September 2001 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–0Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen [53] Attendance: 1,464
7 September 2002 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Petersen (2) [54] Attendance: 4,000
9 October 2004 Cyprus  Flag of Cyprus.svg2–2Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands GSP Stadium, Nicosia (A)
[55] Jørgensen
R. Jacobsen
Attendance: 1,400
11 October 2008 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Løkin [56] Attendance: 1,890
9 September 2009 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–1Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
S. Olsen
A. Hansen
[56] Attendance: 1,942
12 October 2010 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Holst [57] Attendance: 1,921
7 June 2011 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Benjaminsen
A. Hansen
[57] Attendance: 1,715
14 November 2014 Greece  Flag of Greece.svg0–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (A)
Edmundsson Attendance: 16,821
13 June 2015 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–1Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Hansson
Hendriksson
Attendance: 5,000
6 September 2016 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–0Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,066
7 October 2016 Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg0–2Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
Nattestad
Edmundsson
Attendance: 4,823
25 March 2017 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg0–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
Attendance: 1,000
3 September 2017 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–0Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rólantsson Attendance: 4,357
8 October 2017 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,206
14 October 2018 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
R. Joensen
20 November 2018 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
R. Joensen
15 October 2019 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–0Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Baldvinsson
3 September 2020 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg3–2Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K. Olsen, A. Olsen, Hendriksson [27] Attendance: 0
6 September 2020 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg0–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
[28] K. Olsen Attendance: 0
10 October 2020 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg1–1Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Færø [58] Attendance: 447
13 October 2020 Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg2–0Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K.Olsen (2) [59] Attendance: 500
14 November 2020 Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
[60] G. Vatnhamar Attendance: 500
17 November 2020 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg1–1Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[30] Á. Jónsson Attendance: 0

FIFA ranking history

Source: [61]

1993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
11513312013511712511211711711412613113218119418411713611615317010497839594110107

All-time record

As of match played 7 September 2021
All-time record of the Faroe Islands national football team
OpponentsPldWDLGFGAPts
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 53204011
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 71154194
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 3003080
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2002060
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011231
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2101113
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 40133101
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 4004070
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 2002070
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 50051150
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 721410157
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 50051140
Flag of France.svg  France 60060220
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 2002190
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 40041100
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 1100413
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 42024116
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 4013141
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1410138253
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 4013291
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 40042110
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 6222898
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 3012151
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 5140537
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 651014516
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 2110324
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 91175134
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 3210307
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 10622191420
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1001030
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 60243162
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 40040150
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 30031120
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 30031160
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 40041110
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 80082260
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 40042120
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 2200616
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 100286302
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 40041100
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 2002150
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 40133121
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 40044170
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 50141131
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 60062190
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1010111
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2002070
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2002090
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 60062280

Honours

UEFA Nations League:

League D, Group D1:

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors. [35] [36]
  2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the match was played behind closed doors.

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