Faroe Islands National Football Team

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Founded in 1979, the Faroe Islands became affiliated with FIFA since 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 Landskrona, Sweden because there were no grass fields on the Islands. (Their only other point of the campaign was from a draw against Northern Ireland.) 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 fellow minnows 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. 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 not as successful as they only earned a single point against Cyprus.

On June 2, 2007, the Faroes surprisingly took world champions Italy to the limit after netting a 77th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss. Overall, their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous, as they lost all twelve matches.

On 11 October 2008, the Faroe Islands tied Austria for their first qualifying point for four years. Coach Jógvan Martin Olsen stepped down after three years in charge.

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

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was appointed new manager. On September 9, 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since 2002 World Cup qualifying, beating Lithuania 2–1.

On October 12, 2010, the Faroe Islands drew 1–1 with Northern Ireland. On 7 June 2011, the Faroe Islands defeated Estonia 2–0, their first UEFA Euro qualification win since 1995.

On October 26, 2011 Brian Kerr stepped down as coach of the Faroe Islands national team. Lars Olsen became the new coach.

Facts:
First International: Iceland 1-0 Faroe Islands
Biggest Win: Faroe Islands 3-0 San Marino
Captain: Fróði Benjaminsen
Most Caps: Oli Johannesen (83)
Top Scorer: Rogvi Jacobsen (10)
Head Coach: Lars Olsen (Denmark)
President: Christian Andreasen
Home Stadium: Torsvollur

Current FIFA Ranking: 153 (as of March 14/2013)