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UEFA EURO: Malta - Faroe Islands Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

MaltaNational Stadium - Ta' QaliSaturday 23 March 2019 - 18.00CETGroup F - Matchday 1Faroe Islands
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
20/11/2018GS-FTMalta - Faroe Islands1-1Ta' QaliCorbolan 4; R. Joensen 3
07/09/2018GS-FTFaroe Islands - Malta3-1
TorshavnEdmundsson 31, R. Joensen 38, Hansson 52; Mifsud 42
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/06/1997QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Malta2-1
ToftirJónsson 7, 42; G. Agius 48
30/04/1997QR (GS)Malta - Faroe Islands1-2
Ta' QaliSultana 8; Ø Hansen 60, Jónsson 89
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Faroe Islands--------2110211042
Faroe Islands11001100----220042
Faroe Islands------------210155
Faroe Islands1100110021106411139

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 22/03/2019 12:56CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Malta - Squad list
Current season
-Justin Haber09/06/198137Gżira - 0000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198830Valletta - 0000
-Nicky Vella27/08/198929Pietà - 0000
-Jonathan Caruana24/07/198632Valletta - 0000
-Ryan Camilleri22/05/198830Valletta - 0000
-Andrei Agius12/08/198632Hibernians - 0000
-Steve Borg15/05/198830Valletta - 0000
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198830Valletta - 0000
-Karl Micallef08/09/199622Hamrun - 0000
-Dunstan Vella27/04/199622Hibernians - 0000
-Paul Fenech20/12/198632Balzan - 0000
-John Mintoff23/08/198830Sliema - 0000
-Rowen Muscat05/06/199127Valletta - 0000
-Bjorn Kristensen05/04/199325Hibernians - 0000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199325Olhanense - 0000
-Matthew Guillaumier09/04/199820Birkirkara - 0000
-Jake Grech18/11/199721Hibernians - 0000
-Nikolai Muscat13/07/199622Gżira - 0000
-Michael Mifsud17/04/198137Birkirkara - 0000
-Luke Montebello13/08/199523Birkirkara - 0000
-Juan Corbolan03/01/199722Gżira - 0000
-Kyrian Nwoko04/07/199721Valletta - 0000
-Joseph Mbong15/07/199721Hibernians - 0000
-Raymond Farrugia01/10/195563 - 0000
Faroe Islands - Squad list
Current season
-Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198632FH - 0000
-Teitur Gestsson19/08/199226HB - 0000
-Karstin Hansen05/10/199721Skála - 0000
-Atli Gregersen15/06/198236Vikingur - 0000
-Odmar Faerø01/11/198929Ham-Kam - 0000
-Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199127VB - 0000
-Rógvi Baldvinsson06/12/198929Bryne - 0000
-Bartal Wardum03/05/199721HB - 0000
-Heini Vatnsdal18/10/199127Fremad Amager - 0000
-Hallur Hansson08/07/199226Horsens - 0000
-René Joensen08/02/199326Grindavík - 0000
-Magnus Egilsson19/03/199425HB - 0000
-Árni Frederiksberg13/06/199226B36 - 0000
-Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199127ÍBV - 0000
-Brandur Hendriksson19/12/199523FH - 0000
-Sølvi Vatnhamar05/05/198632Vikingur - 0000
-Klæmint Olsen17/07/199028NSÍ - 0000
-Jóan Edmundsson26/07/199127Arminia - 0000
-Gilli Rólantsson11/08/199226Brann - 0000
-Jákup Thomsen23/11/199721FH - 0000
-Lars Olsen02/02/196158 - 0000

Last updated 23/03/2019 11:46CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Ray Farrugia

Date of birth: 1 October, 1955
Nationality: Maltese
Playing career: Floriana, Melita Eagles, Naxxar Lions
Coaching career: Naxxar Lions, Malta Under-21 (twice), Pietà Hotspurs, Marxsaxlokk, Sliema Wanderers, Malta (assistant), Malta

• A combative midfielder, 'Zazu' made his debut for the senior team of local club Floriana at 16 and remained there for four seasons, winning two league titles and the FA Trophy and also claiming the first of four senior caps for Malta.

• He left for Australia aged just 21, joining top-flight outfit Melita Eagles, where he would spend the next 12 years, winning four State League championships and three Grand Finals and scoring 123 goals in 318 matches. He returned to his homeland in 1990, joining Naxxar Lions, and eventually hung up his boots at the age of 42.

• Started coaching while still playing at Naxxar before moving on to take charge of the Malta Under-21 side from 1998 to 2002. He later returned to club football on the island, serving Pietà Hotspurs, Marsaxlokk and Sliema Wanderers as head coach.

• In 2011 Farrugia was re-appointed as Malta U-21 head coach, remaining in charge until 2014, when he was promoted to the senior side as assistant to Pietro Ghedin.

• On 2 May 2018 he was appointed as Malta's head coach, replacing Tom Saintfiet who had been dismissed after just six months at the helm.


Lars Olsen

Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Nationality: Danish
Playing career: Glostrup, Køge, Brøndby (twice), Trabzonspor, Seraing, Basel
Coaching career: Brøndby (youth/reserves/assistant), Randers, Odense, Faroe Islands

• Enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a central defender, winning five Danish titles in a six-year spell at Brøndby between 1985 and 1991.

• Allegedly drove from Turkey to Scandinavia when he learned of his country's belated call-up to EURO '92. His passion and leadership – he played every minute in Sweden – helped inspire Denmark to the most unlikely of triumphs. He ended his career with 84 caps, a record 69 as captain.

• Learned his coaching craft with Brøndby, taking charge at various youth and reserve levels after finishing his playing days at the club in 1996, before accepting his first senior job with newly formed Randers in 2003. Guided the team into the Danish Super League in 2004 but could not help maintain their elite status, suffering immediate relegation.

• Steered second-division Randers to a surprise 2006 Danish Cup success, beating Esbjerg in the final, while also securing a return to the top flight. Moved to Odense in summer 2007, leading his new side to a fourth-place finish in his first term. Consecutive runners-up spots followed in 2008/09 and 2009/10 before he departed in September 2010.

• Appointed coach of the Faroe Islands in November 2011, his team were unable to register a win as they came bottom of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C, earning their only point in a 1-1 home draw with Kazakhstan. However, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying featured two high points in the shape of home and away wins against the 2004 champions Greece, while there were two more victories in the 2018 World Cup preliminaries.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeVilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
  • Assistant refereesGylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL) , Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
  • Fourth officialIvar Orri Kristjansson (ISL)
  • UEFA DelegateNikola Kostov (MKD)
  • UEFA Referee observerJari Maisonlahti (FIN)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson13/03/1985031

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
23/10/2016U17QRSwitzerlandFaroe Islands3-0Niedercorn
26/10/2016U17QRLuxembourgFaroe Islands2-2Niedercorn

Last updated 22/03/2019 13:06CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands0000000
    Malta-Faroe Islands
  • (26/03/2019)
  • (07/06/2019)
  • (10/06/2019)
  • (05/09/2019)
  • (08/09/2019)
  • (12/10/2019)
  • (15/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Malta
  • (15/11/2019)
  • (18/11/2019)

Faroe Islands

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands0000000
    Malta-Faroe Islands
  • (26/03/2019)
    Romania-Faroe Islands
  • (07/06/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Spain
  • (10/06/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Norway
  • (05/09/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Sweden
  • (08/09/2019)
    Spain-Faroe Islands
  • (12/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Romania
  • (15/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Malta
  • (15/11/2019)
    Norway-Faroe Islands
  • (18/11/2019)
    Sweden-Faroe Islands

Last updated 22/03/2019 12:56CET


:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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