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LatviaLatviaSkonto Stadions - RigaFriday 7 October 2016
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group B - Matchday 2
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Latvia - Squad list
Current season
-Andris Vaņins30/04/198036Zürich - 1000
-Pāvels Šteinbors21/09/198531Arka - 0000
-Kaspars Ikstens05/06/198828Jelgava - 0000
-Kaspars Gorkšs06/11/198134Liepāja - 1000
-Vladislavs Gabovs13/07/198729Korona - 1000
-Gints Freimanis09/05/198531Jelgava - 0000
-Vitālijs Maksimenko08/12/199025Mattersburg - 1000
-Mārcis Ošs25/07/199125Jelgava - 0000
-Aleksejs Višņakovs03/02/198432Skonto - 1000
-Oļegs Laizāns28/03/198729Riga*1000
-Artis Lazdiņš03/05/198630Jelgava - 1000
-Igors Tarasovs16/10/198827Giresunspor - 0000
-Artūrs Zjuzins18/06/199125Tambov - 1000
-Vitālijs Jagodinskis28/02/199224Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Jānis Ikaunieks16/02/199521Metz - 1000
-Glebs Kļuškins10/02/199224Jelgava - 0000
-Cristián Torres18/06/198531Liepāja*1000
-Ģirts Karlsons07/06/198135Ventspils - 0000
-Ivans Lukjanovs24/01/198729Fakel - 0000
-Artūrs Karašausks29/01/199224Piast - 1000
-Valērijs Šabala12/10/199421Miedz*1100
-Dāvis Ikaunieks 07/01/199422Jihlava - 1000
-Vladislavs Gutkovskis02/04/199521Nieciecza - 0000
-Marians Pahars05/08/197640 - 0000
Faroe Islands - Squad list
Current season
-Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198630FH - 1000
-Teitur Gestsson19/08/199224HB - 0000
-Kristian Joensen21/12/199223 - 0000
-Atli Gregersen15/06/198234Vikingur - 1000
-Jóhan Davidsen31/01/198828HB - 0000
-Pól Jóhannus Justinussen13/01/198927NSÍ - 0000
-Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199125VB - 1000
-Bárdur Hansen13/03/199224Vikingur - 1000
-Rógvi Baldvinsson06/12/198926Fredericia - 0000
-Ragnar Nattestad05/08/199422FH - 1000
-Fródi Benjaminsen14/12/197738HB*1000
-Jónas Tór Naes27/12/198629B36 - 0000
-Heini Vatnsdal18/10/199124HB - 1000
-Hallur Hansson08/07/199224Horsens - 1000
-Gilli Sørensen11/08/199224Brann - 0000
-René Joensen08/02/199323Vendsyssel - 1000
-Árni Frederiksberg13/06/199224NSÍ - 0000
-Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199125FH - 0000
-Brandur Hendriksson19/12/199520Randers - 1000
-Sølvi Vatnhamar05/05/198630Vikingur - 1000
-Klæmint Olsen17/07/199026NSÍ - 0000
-Páll Klettskard17/05/199026 - 0000
-Jóan Edmundsson26/07/199125OB - 1000
-Lars Olsen02/02/196155 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Marians Pahars

Date of birth: 5 August 1976
Nationality: Latvian
Playing career: FK Pārdaugava, Skonto Metall FC, Skonto FC (twice), Southampton FC, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, FC Jūrmala
Coaching career: Skonto FC, Latvia Under-21s, Latvia

• Born in the village of Chornobai in central Ukraine, he moved to Latvia – his parents' homeland – while young and undertook his football education in Riga before making his senior debut at Skonto in 1995. He won the league title in each of his first four seasons, and the double in three of them.

• Transferred to English Premier League outfit Southampton in 1999, where the diminutive forward became a firm fans' favourite. Known as the 'Latvian Owen' after England striker Michael Owen, he spent seven successful years with the Saints, despite a succession of injuries.

• After a year with Anorthosis, lifting the Cypriot Cup, Pahars returned to Latvia and Skonto, ending his career at Jūrmala in 2009. He accepted a role as assistant to Aleksandrs Starkovs at Skonto the following year.

• Skonto claimed the 2010 championship and Pahars replaced Starkovs at the helm the next year. His first term in the hot seat brought the Latvian Cup and a runners-up finish in the First Division, though Pahars soon left as Skonto were suffering off-the-pitch problems.

• Pahars was out of football for just two months before taking charge of Latvia's U21 side. His tenure lasted a solitary game as Starkovs' unexpected decision to step down as senior team boss in summer 2013 prompted the younger man's immediate promotion on a contract until 2018.



Lars Olsen

Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Nationality: Danish
Playing career: Glostrup IF, Køge BK, Brøndby IF (twice), Trabzonspor AŞ, RFC Seraing, FC Basel 1893
Coaching career: Randers FC, Odense BK, 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 fB 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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSerhiy Boiko (UKR)
  • Assistant refereesOleksandr Voytyuk (UKR) , Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
  • Fourth officialAnatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerKuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)
  • Referee observerVlado Svilokos (CRO)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Serhiy Boiko30/06/1977235

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from 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

No such matches refereed

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group B - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands1010001
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Andorra 0-1 Latvia
    0-1 Šabala 48
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Gabovs, A. Višņakovs, Lazdiņš (46 Laizāns), Šabala, Gorkšs, Ikaunieks, D. Ikaunieks (63 Torres), Zjuzins (74 Karašausks), Jagodinskis
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Latvia-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Latvia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

Faroe Islands

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Faroe Islands 0-0 Hungary
    Nielsen, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Nattestad, Hansson (91 Vatnsdal), Benjaminsen, Hendriksson, S. Vatnhamar, Edmundsson, R. Joensen, B. Hansen
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Latvia-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Faroe Islands-Portugal
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Switzerland-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Andorra-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Switzerland
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Portugal-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Andorra
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Latvia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Hungary-Faroe Islands

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on