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Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsTórsvøllur - TorshavnFriday 9 June 2017
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Group B - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/11/2016QR (GS)Switzerland - Faroe Islands2-0
LucerneDerdiyok 27, Lichtsteiner 83
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
04/06/2005QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Switzerland1-3
ToftirRóg. Jacobsen 69; Wicky 25, A. Frei 73, 86
04/09/2004QR (GS)Switzerland - Faroe Islands6-0
BaselVonlanthen 10, 15, 56, Rey 29, 44, 55
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/06/2001QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Switzerland0-1
ToftirA. Frei 81
07/10/2000QR (GS)Switzerland - Faroe Islands5-1
ZurichZwyssig 26, Fournier 35, Türkyilmaz 42 (P), 44 (P), 53 (P); John Petersen 4
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Faroe Islands20023003----5005217

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Squad list Only this chapter

Faroe Islands - Squad list
Current season
-Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198630FH - 5000
-Símun Hansen10/04/198730NSÍ - 0000
-Teitur Gestsson19/08/199224HB - 0000
-Atli Gregersen15/06/198234Vikingur*5000
-Jóhan Davidsen31/01/198829HB - 2000
-Odmar Faerø01/11/198927B36 - 1000
-Pól Jóhannus Justinussen13/01/198928NSÍ - 2000
-Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199125VB*4000
-Ári Jonsson22/07/199422HB - 0000
-Hørdur Askham22/09/199422 - 0000
-Fródi Benjaminsen14/12/197739HB - 4000
-Jónas Tór Naes27/12/198630ÍBV*3000
-Hallur Hansson08/07/199224Horsens - 5000
-Karl Løkin19/04/199126ÍF - 0000
-Gilli Sørensen11/08/199224Brann - 4000
-Eli Nielsen23/09/199026B36 - 0000
-René Joensen08/02/199324Vendsyssel - 4000
-Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199125ÍBV - 2000
-Sølvi Vatnhamar05/05/198631Vikingur - 5000
-Klæmint Olsen17/07/199026NSÍ - 0000
-Páll Klettskard17/05/199027 - 2000
-Finnur Justinussen30/03/198928Vikingur - 0000
-Patrik Johannesen07/09/199521 - 0000
-Lars Olsen02/02/196156 - 5000
Switzerland - Squad list
Current season
-Yann Sommer17/12/198828Mönchengladbach - 4000
-Roman Bürki14/11/199026Dortmund - 1000
-Marwin Hitz18/09/198729Augsburg - 0000
-Stephan Lichtsteiner16/01/198433Juventus - 4100
-Johan Djourou18/01/198730Hamburg - 3000
-Michael Lang08/02/199126Basel*1000
-Timm Klose09/05/198829Norwich - 1000
-François Moubandje21/06/199026Toulouse - 1000
-Ulisses Garcia11/01/199621Bremen - 0000
-Manuel Akanji19/07/199521Basel - 0000
-Valon Behrami19/04/198532Watford - 3000
-Blerim Džemaili12/04/198631Bologna*4000
-Gelson Fernandes02/09/198630Rennes*4000
-Fabian Frei08/01/198928Mainz - 0000
-Xherdan Shaqiri10/10/199125Stoke - 3000
-Steven Zuber17/08/199125Hoffenheim - 1000
-Granit Xhaka27/09/199224Arsenal - 4000
-Remo Freuler15/04/199225Atalanta - 1000
-Silvan Widmer05/03/199324Udinese - 1000
-Edimilson Fernandes15/04/199621West Ham - 1000
-Eren Derdiyok12/06/198828Galatasaray - 3100
-Admir Mehmedi16/03/199126Leverkusen*5200
-Haris Seferović22/02/199225Frankfurt - 5100
-Vladimir Petković15/08/196353 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

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.



Vladimir Petković

Date of birth: 15 August 1963
Nationality: Swiss
Playing career: FK Sarajevo (twice), FK Rudar Ljubija, FC Koper, FC Chur 97 (twice), FC Sion, FC Martigny-Sports, AC Bellinzona (twice), FC Locarno
Coaching career: AC Bellinzona (twice), FC Malcantone Agno, AC Lugano, BSC Young Boys, Samsunspor, FC Sion, SS Lazio, Switzerland

• Started his career in midfield with Sarajevo, losing in the 1983 Yugoslavian Cup final but featuring twice as his team took the 1984/85 league title, the only major honour of his playing days. Moved to Switzerland in 1987, playing for second-tier Chur and then ascending to the top flight with Sion in 1988/89; returned to the second division to represent Martigny, Bellinzona and Locarno.

• Petković hung up his boots in 1999, aged 36, following a season as player-coach at Bellinzona. Then led Malcantone Agno to promotion from the third divison in 2002/03 before becoming the first coach of AC Lugano – successors to FC Lugano.

• Rejoined Bellinzona in October 2005, steering them to the 2007/08 Swiss Cup final, where they lost 4-1 to FC Basel 1893, but consolation came two weeks later as victory in a relegation/promotion play-off against FC St Gallen gave Bellinzona a Super League berth.

• Was appointed Young Boys coach in August 2008, guiding them to second-placed finishes in his first two campaigns in charge as well the 2008/09 Swiss Cup final. After short spells in charge of Turkey's Samsunspor and Sion back in Switzerland, was named Lazio coach in June 2012 and won the Coppa Italia in his first term in Italy, also helping the side to seventh position in the final standings.

• Left in January 2014 after being anointed Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's successor, taking the reins after the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Promptly guided his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, where they lost to Poland in the last 16.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesAlessandro Giallatini (ITA) , Filippo Meli (ITA)
  • Fourth officialDavide Massa (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerVelid Imamović (BIH)
  • Referee observerLeslie Irvine (NIR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paolo Mazzoleni12/06/1974221

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/07/2011UEL3QRBSC Young BoysKVC Westerlo3-1Berne

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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

Faroe Islands

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group B - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands5122285
    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 0-2 Faroe Islands
    0-1 Nattestad 19, 0-2 Edmundsson 70
    Nielsen, Naes, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Nattestad, Hansson, Benjaminsen, Hendriksson (88 P. Justinussen), S. Vatnhamar, Edmundsson (92 Klettskard), R. Joensen (73 Sørensen)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal
    0-1 André Silva 12, 0-2 André Silva 22, 0-3 André Silva 37, 0-4 Ronaldo 65, 0-5 João Moutinho 90+1, 0-6 João Cancelo 90+3
    Nielsen, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen (72 Jóhan Davidsen), Nattestad, Hansson, Benjaminsen, Hendriksson (79 Bartalsstovu), Sørensen (66 R. Joensen), S. Vatnhamar, Edmundsson, B. Hansen
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Derdiyok 27, 2-0 Lichtsteiner 83
    Nielsen, Naes, A. Gregersen, Nattestad, Hansson, Benjaminsen (89 O. Faerø), Hendriksson, Sørensen (78 R. Joensen), S. Vatnhamar (81 A. Olsen), Edmundsson, B. Hansen
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Andorra 0-0 Faroe Islands
    Nielsen, Naes, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Hansson, Bartalsstovu (70 B. Hansen), Sørensen (82 P. Justinussen), S. Vatnhamar, Edmundsson, Jóhan Davidsen, Klettskard
  • 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


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
    1-0 Embolo 24, 2-0 Mehmedi 30
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner (70 Widmer), Embolo, Seferović (78 Derdiyok), Xhaka, Behrami, Rodríguez, Džemaili (89 Fernandes), Mehmedi, Djourou, Schär
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Hungary 2-3 Switzerland
    0-1 Seferović 51, 1-1 Szalai 53, 1-2 Rodríguez 67, 2-2 Szalai 71, 2-3 Stocker 89
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Elvedi, Embolo, Seferović (72 Derdiyok), Behrami, Rodríguez, Džemaili, Mehmedi (88 Stocker), Schär, Shaqiri (81 Fernandes)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Andorra 1-2 Switzerland
    0-1 Schär 19 (P) , 0-2 Mehmedi 77, 1-2 Alex Martínez 90+1
    Bürki, Klose (46 Elvedi), M. Lang, Embolo, Seferović, Xhaka, Rodríguez, Fernandes (66 Zakaria), Mehmedi, Schär, Shaqiri (80 Stocker)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Derdiyok 27, 2-0 Lichtsteiner 83
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodríguez, Stocker (69 Fernandes), Džemaili (80 Steffen), Mehmedi, Derdiyok (87 Seferović), Djourou, Schär
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Switzerland 1-0 Latvia
    1-0 Drmic 66
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Moubandje, Seferović (83 Freuler), Xhaka, Džemaili, Fernandes (64 Drmic), Mehmedi, Djourou, Schär, Shaqiri (77 St. Zuber)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Switzerland
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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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
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