Føroyar / Faroe Islands
- Capital: Tórshavn
- Official Languages: Faroese, Danish
- Nicknames: Landsliðið (The National Team); Kvinnulandsliðið (Women’s National Team)
- Association: Fótbóltssamband Føroya (FSF)
- FIFA Code: FRO
- Best World Cup Result (Men): Not Qualified
- Best World Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
- Best Euros Result (Men): Not Qualified
- Best Euros Result (Women): Not Qualified
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Men): 74th (July 2015, October 2016)
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Women): 60th (June 2009)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Men): 198th (September 2008)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Women): 88th (July-September 2015)
- Most Capped Player: Fróði Benjaminsen – 94 caps
- Top Scorer: Rannvá Andreasen – 27 goals
Situated on the far outskirts of Europe, in between Scotland and Iceland, the island archipelago of the Faroe Islands are certainly one of the most stunning places to watch football. The autonomous territory of Denmark was first admitted into FIFA in 1988 and were considered one of the ‘minnows’ of European and global international football, although they historically achieved a famous 1-0 victory over Austria in 1990. However in more recent times, the Faroe Islands are becoming a more difficult team to defeat and are certainly not the ‘minnows’ of yesteryear, with them famously achieving a home-away double over Greece in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. With more players in the national team being full-time professionals and playing in multiple European leagues (in comparison to the all-amateur teams of the 1990s), the fortunes of the Landsliðið are expected to improve over time as more players gain experience playing in Europe.
Talking about the plucky underdog Nordic island nation, we interviewed Faerosk Fodbold, an excellent Twitter account which focuses and reports on all things involving Faroese leagues, the national team, and Faroese football in general. To find their accounts, follow the links below:
- Faerosk Fodbold Twitter: @FaeroskFodbold
Q. Who would you say is your country’s best player and coach/manager of all-time, and the reasonings behind the choices?
I think that’s a hard question to answer with me only being 22 years old. I haven’t seen the early days with Jens Martin Knudsen, Todi Jónsson and all those other players, however, I would have to pick Todi. He’s had an amazing career in FC Copenhagen and really is THE guy that comes to mind when you talk about the Faroese national team.
Manager? I’m tempted to say the coach we have now but I still think it’s too early for that, so I’d go with Lars Olsen. We played amazing and no-fear football under him. Sometimes too fearless but if you don’t try, you don’t score. Again, with my youth, I have not seen too many coaches as most have been there for a while. 🙂
Q. Who could be regarded as a ‘cult hero’ in terms of the national team both in the past and present?
Fróði Benjaminsen, no doubt! The hard-hitting midfielder has the record for most appearances for the national team [94 caps] and is all-around a good guy. He still plays football but has now retired from the national team… Legend!
Right now, if I must take one, I’d say forward Jóan Símun Edmundsson, who currently plays for Arminia Bielefeld in Germany. Being the first Faroese footballer to play in the Bundesliga, let alone actually scoring a goal, is an amazing achievement!
Q. Of the current team, who would you say is the best player from the country currently?
It must be Jóan Símun Edmundsson for the previously discussed reasons, closely followed by Hallur Hansson [currently playing for AC Horsens in Denmark] though. He’s a brilliant captain.
Q. How would you describe the current state/performance of the national team?
Really good! We’re currently in a great place. We’re playing well and I think the players really feel like head coach Håkan Ericson has a lot of great ideas. It’s going to be fun in the next campaign.
Q. Are there any Faroese players who you think we should be focusing on for the future – who would you say is the most exciting up & coming talent from the country?
Adrian Justinussen, 22, HB Tórshavn. So talented. Has been looked at by clubs in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Talent!
Petur Knudsen, 21, NSÍ. Again, a great talent from Rúnavik. He’s been SO amazing for the under-21s national team and he’s ready to take the next step in his career.
Q. Looking at the Faroes relatively short international history, what would you say has been the best game, result or performance for the national team in your opinion?
The best result is no doubt the 1-0 win in Greece. I still don’t know how we did it, but that was a wild one. Also the promotion to League C in UEFA Nations League.
Q. Likewise, is there a performance or result which is regarded as the team’s lowest point?
Q. What are the best and worst things about being a fan of the Faroe Islands national team?
Worst: Away trips are expensive.
Best: Everything. The national feeling, the anthem, the players. 🙂
Q. Have the fans adopted some kind of unofficial anthem to sing along to before/during/after matches?
The Skansin [the name of the Faroese supporters] is known for playing the Tetris anthem. Other than that we are just loud!
Q. Do you have a favourite or iconic shirt from the whole time of the national team?
No doubt, the current one made by Macron. That is amazing with the tiny details on it.
Q. Finally, what are your hopes for the future of the Faroe national team?
Firstly, I just want to have a decent campaign in the World Cup qualifiers. However generally, keep playing great football, keep developing talents and then try to stay in League C in the UEFA Nations League.
A massive takk to Kasper from Faerosk Fodbold for answering our questions on the Landsliðið. Remember you can find their excellent account in the links at the top of the blogpage.
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