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Faroe Islands team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.16CET
Despite introducing themselves with a bang in 1990 with a 1-0 victory against Austria, the Faroe Islands have finished bottom in five of their six EURO qualifying campaigns.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.16CET

Faroe Islands team profile

Despite introducing themselves with a bang in 1990 with a 1-0 victory against Austria, the Faroe Islands have finished bottom in five of their six EURO qualifying campaigns.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Lars Olsen
Leading scorers: all-time – Rógvi Jacobsen (10); current – Fródi Benjaminsen (6)
Most appearances: all-time – Óli Johannesen (83); current – Fródi Benjaminsen (79)
Association formed: 1979
Nickname: None
Where they play: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn

A member of UEFA since 1990, the Faroe Islands recorded the most famous result in their history in their very first competitive match, defeating Austria 1-0 in a EURO '92 qualifier played in the Swedish town of Landskrona. The islands had no suitable grass pitches at that time, but since then they have regularly hosted UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup matches on the home turf of Torshavn and Toftir. Just three of their 12 qualifying campaigns have yielded more than one win, although only once, on the road to UEFA EURO 2008, have they lost every match.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P58 W4 D6 L48 F34 A165
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P58 W4 D6 L48 F34 A165

After introducing themselves with a bang in 1990 as Icelandic coach Páll Gudlaugsson guided them to that famous victory against Austria and a creditable 1-1 draw away to Northern Ireland two games later, the Faroes lost their remaining five games, conceding 21 goals without reply. They finished bottom of the group, as they have in five of their six campaigns. The exception came in EURO '96 qualifying, where home and away wins against San Marino left them fifth in the six-team section.

It was 38 games before they managed another victory in the competition, beating Estonia 2-0 in 2011 under Irish coach Brian Kerr as UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying yielded four points. It could have been better had Kerr's side not conceded two added-time goals to lose 2-1 in their opener at Estonia. They drew at home against Northern Ireland and pushed Italy all the way – twice hitting the woodwork – before the Azzurri escaped Torshavn with a 1-0 win.

Memorable EURO matches
07/06/2011: Faroe Islands 2-0 Estonia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
The Faroes claimed their first EURO qualifying win in 38 attempts to stun in-form Estonia.

25/05/1995: Faroe Islands 3-0 San Marino, EURO '96 qualifying
Two goals in the opening eight minutes set up a record EURO win for Allan Simonsen's side.

12/09/1990: Faroe Islands 1-0 Austria, EURO '92 qualifying
Torkil Nielsen's second-half strike earned a shock victory as the Faroes made a dream debut.

Did you know?
The Faroe Islands have won two matches in the qualifying stages of three separate competitions: EURO '96 (both against San Marino), the 1998 FIFA World Cup (both against Malta) and the 2002 World Cup (both against Luxembourg).

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 17.33CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/11/2014 12:33 CET
Germany3-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) – Stadium: Hannover Arena, Hanover (GER)
09/27/2013 15:13:50
Faroe Islands1-2Sweden
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/18/2013 15:48:37
Faroe Islands1-4Republic of Ireland
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (ALB) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/18/2013 15:48:22
Austria6-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/28/2013 11:06:55
Republic of Ireland3-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
07/25/2013 09:18:26
Sweden2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
07/25/2013 10:54:10
Kazakhstan2-1Faroe Islands
Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
10/27/2014 12:57:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Faroe Islands0-3Germany
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
09/11/2013 07:30:01
Faroe Islands1-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (MDA) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
12/16/2013 12:36:38
Faroe Islands0-3Austria
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
12/16/2013 12:36:24
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands1-3Finland
Referee: Lee Evans (WAL) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
10/13/2014 19:03:52
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
10/13/2014 19:02:11
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands0-1Hungary
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
10/17/2014 10:26:37
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Faroe Islands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
11/17/2014 11:34:39
RomaniaFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:50
Faroe IslandsGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
10/08/2014 17:35:36
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe IslandsNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:16
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
FinlandFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:57
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
HungaryFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/17/2014 19:57:09
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe IslandsRomania
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:35

General info

  • Founded : 1979
  • Stadium : Tórsvøllur
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016
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