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The Faroe Islands national football team is the national football team of Faroe Islandsmarker and is controlled by the Faroe Islands Football Association. It is considered one of the weakest members of UEFA and has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition, although it has made credible progress in the last few years.


The Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFAmarker and UEFA in 1988.

Although the national team has been in existence since 1930, neither FIFA nor the Faroese FA considers matches before 1988 as official. Faroe Islands pulled one of the biggest upsets in footballing history when they beat Austria 1-0 in their first ever competitive international on 12 September, 1990. The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, was played in Landskronamarker, Swedenmarker because there were no grass fields on the Islands. (Their only other point of the campaign was from a draw against Northern Irelandmarker.) During both the Euro 2000 qualifiers and Euro 2004 qualifiers, they also held Scotland to a draw at home (they also drew with Lithuania and Bosnia in 2000, while the draw against the Scots was their only point of the 2004 campaign). The nation's only other wins in European Championship qualifying are in the 1996 tournament, against San Marino.

The team has participated in FIFA World Cup qualifying since 1992. They finished the qualification rounds for the 1994 finals without scoring any points and having 1-38 goal difference from 10 matches. In qualification for the 1998 finals, they improved their record with two victories against Malta, beating them 2-1 in both matches. Their most successful World Cup qualifying so far was the 2002 finals, where they held Slovenia to a 2-2 draw at home and beat Luxembourg twice, 2-0 on road and 1-0 at home. The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was, however, not a success for the team and they only earned a single point from a 2-2 away draw against Cyprus.

On 2 June, 2007, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy, the Faroes surprisingly took the sluggish world champions to the limit after netting a 77th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss. Overall, their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous, as they conceded 43 goals and scored only four (all of which were scored by the same player, Rógvi Jacobsen, and half of which were against Italy) en route to losing all twelve matches.

During the summer of 2008 the Faroese side played two friendlies. First they lost 4-3 to Estonia on 1 June 2008, and this match has been credited at the only official international in which the Faroese side scored 3 goals and lost. Later they lost 5-0 to Portugal.

The Faroe Islands began the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying round with a 2-0 defeat to Serbia. However, in the match against Romania a few days later, the Faroes' defence held out for almost an hour, but the match ended with a 1-0 defeat. Their next match, against Austria on 11 October 2008, ended 1-1, giving the Faroe Islands their first qualifying point for four years.

After announcing the squad to the matches against Austria and Lithuania, coach Jógvan Martin Olsen announced that he was to step down after three years in charge.

On March 22, 2009 the Faroe Islands played Iceland in a Friendly match and beat them 2-1, it was the first time they had ever won against Iceland.

On April 5, 2009 former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was appointed new manager of the team. On September 9, 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2-1.


:1989, 1991

World Cup record

European Championship record


Team captains

Most capped players

1. Óli Johannesen (83)

2. Jens Martin Knudsen (65)

3. Julian Johnsson (62)

4. John Petersen (57)

5. Allan Mørkøre (54)

6. Øssur Hansen (51)

Top goalscorers

1. Rógvi Jacobsen (10)

2. Todi Jónsson (9)

3. John Petersen (8)

3. Uni Arge (8)

Current Squad

The squad named for the World Cup 2010 qualifying games against France on October 10, 2009 and against Romania on October 14, 2009.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

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