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PortugalPortugalEstádio do Bessa XXI - PortoThursday 31 August 2017
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Group B - Matchday 7
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2016QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Portugal0-6
TorshavnAndré Silva 12, 22, 37, Ronaldo 65, João Moutinho 90+1, João Cancelo 90+3
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Faroe Islands1001--------2002011

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:14CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Portugal - Squad list
Current season
-Beto01/05/198235Göztepe Izmir - 0000
-Rui Patrício15/02/198829Sporting CP - 6000
-Bruno Varela04/11/199422Benfica - 0000
-Bruno Alves27/11/198135Rangers - 2100
-Eliseu01/10/198333Benfica - 0000
-Pepe26/02/198334Beşiktaş - 4000
-José Fonte22/12/198333West Ham*6000
-Fábio Coentrão11/03/198829Sporting CP - 0000
-Cédric31/08/199126Southampton - 3000
-Ricardo06/10/199323Porto - 0000
-Ricardo Quaresma26/09/198333Beşiktaş*6000
-João Moutinho08/09/198630Monaco - 5100
-William Carvalho07/04/199225Sporting CP - 5100
-João Mário19/01/199324Internazionale - 5000
-Bruma24/10/199422Leipzig - 0000
-Danilo09/09/199125Porto - 0000
-André Gomes30/07/199324Barcelona*5000
-Bernardo Silva10/08/199423Man. City - 3000
-Gelson Martins11/05/199522Sporting CP*4000
-Bruno Fernandes08/09/199422Sporting CP - 0000
-Cristiano Ronaldo05/02/198532Real Madrid - 51100
-Nélson Oliveira08/08/199126Norwich - 0000
-André Silva06/11/199521Milan - 6600
-Fernando Santos10/10/195462 - 6000
Faroe Islands - Squad list
Current season
-Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198630FH - 6000
-Símun Hansen10/04/198730NSÍ - 0000
-Teitur Gestsson19/08/199225HB - 0000
-Atli Gregersen15/06/198235Vikingur*6000
-Odmar Faerø01/11/198927B36 - 2000
-Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199126VB*5000
-Rógvi Baldvinsson06/12/198927Bryne - 0000
-Ári Jonsson22/07/199423HB - 0000
-Hørdur Askham22/09/199422 - 0000
-Jónas Tór Naes27/12/198630ÍBV*4000
-Karl Løkin19/04/199126NSÍ - 1000
-Róaldur Jakobsen23/01/199126B36 - 0000
-Gilli Sørensen11/08/199225Brann*5000
-Eli Nielsen23/09/199224B36 - 0000
-René Joensen08/02/199324Grindavík - 5000
-Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199126ÍBV - 2000
-Sølvi Vatnhamar05/05/198631Vikingur - 6000
-Klæmint Olsen17/07/199027NSÍ - 1000
-Jóan Edmundsson26/07/199126OB*5100
-Patrik Johannesen07/09/199521B36 - 0000
-Lars Olsen02/02/196156 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Fernando Santos

Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: SL Benfica, CS Marítimo, Estoril Praia
Coaching career: Estoril Praia, CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens FC (twice), Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, SL Benfica, PAOK FC, Greece, Portugal

• A left-back, Santos started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. Retired in 1975.

• After a career change as a technician – Santos holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former team Estoril-Praia. Stayed seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight.

• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK and Benfica.

• He then revived PAOK's fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to UEFA EURO 2012.

• Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding them to the last 16, before stepping down. He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.



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

  • RefereeSrdjan Jovanović (SRB)
  • Assistant refereesMilan Mihajlović (SRB) , Uroš Stojković (SRB)
  • Fourth officialBojan Nikolić (SRB)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerRenata Tomasova (SVK)
  • Referee observerKristinn Jakobsson (ISL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Srdjan Jovanović09/04/1986019

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
02/11/2016UYLGSBorussia DortmundSporting Clube de Portugal0-1Holzwickede
03/08/2017UEL3QRCS MarítimoPFC Botev Plovdiv2-0Funchal

Last updated 29/08/2017 11:28CET

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 Islands61232105
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
    1-0 Embolo 24, 2-0 Mehmedi 30
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, João Moutinho (68 Quaresma), Éder (46 André Silva), Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho (46 João Mário), Nani, Cédric, Adrien Silva
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Portugal 6-0 Andorra
    1-0 Ronaldo 2, 2-0 Ronaldo 4, 3-0 João Cancelo 44, 4-0 Ronaldo 47, 5-0 Ronaldo 68, 6-0 André Silva 86
    Rui Patrício, Pepe (72 Gelson Martins), Raphaël Guerreiro (52 Antunes), Fonte, Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes (66 João Mário), André Silva, Quaresma, João Cancelo
  • 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
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Antunes, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (81 João Moutinho), William Carvalho, André Gomes, André Silva (79 Éder), Quaresma (67 Gelson Martins), João Cancelo
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Portugal 4-1 Latvia
    1-0 Ronaldo 28 (P) , 1-1 Zjuzins 67, 2-1 William Carvalho 70, 3-1 Ronaldo 85, 4-1 Bruno Alves 90+2
    Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (71 Gelson Martins), William Carvalho, João Cancelo, Nani (65 Quaresma), André Silva, André Gomes (87 Renato Sanches)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Portugal 3-0 Hungary
    1-0 André Silva 32, 2-0 Ronaldo 36, 3-0 Ronaldo 65
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (83 João Moutinho), William Carvalho, André Gomes (86 Pizzi), André Silva (67 Bernardo Silva), Quaresma, Cédric
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Latvia 0-3 Portugal
    0-1 Ronaldo 41, 0-2 Ronaldo 63, 0-3 André Silva 67
    Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Moutinho, André Silva (80 Nani), William Carvalho, André Gomes, Gelson Martins (57 Quaresma), Cédric (71 Semedo)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Portugal-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • 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 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 0-2 Switzerland
    0-1 Xhaka 36, 0-2 Shaqiri 59
    Nielsen, Naes, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Jóhan Davidsen (70 O. Faerø), Hansson (66 K. Løkin), Benjaminsen, K. Olsen (61 R. Joensen), Sørensen, S. Vatnhamar, F. Justinussen
  • 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

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:17CET



Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
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  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
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  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
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  • 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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