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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands
The Faroes' Joan Edmundsson is put under pressure by Italy duo Daniele De Rossi and Leonardo Bonucci ©Getty Images

Faroe Islands

Best result: 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: 28/01/14 15.26CET

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    25/05/1995, Faroe Islands 3-0 San Marino, Toftir
  • Biggest defeat:
    16/05/1991, Yugoslavia 7-0 Faroe Islands, Belgrade
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 7
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Fródi Benjaminsen (FRO)
  • Top scorers: 6
    Rógvi Jacobsen (FRO)