Russia 2018 qualifying will be the Faroe Islands’ seventh attempt to reach the FIFA World Cup™, having first competed in the qualification tournament for USA 1994. After failing to register a single point on that occasion, the Faroes showed solid progression by finishing second-from-bottom in their qualifying group for the 1998 and 2002 tournaments. However, the islanders struggled in their next three attempts to reach football’s showpiece event.
In UEFA EURO 2016 qualification, the Faroes recorded one of the biggest upsets in international footballing history, beating Greece, fresh from reaching the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014. The Faroes were then ranked 187th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with the Greeks 18th. Ex-Newcastle United man Joan Edmundsson scored that historic winning goal and he and the most-capped Faroe Islander (and captain) Frodi Benjaminsen are the team’s standout players.
Lars Olsen took the Faroe Islands job in 2011, after a number of coaching roles in his native Denmark. Olsen was captain of the Danish side that won UEFA EURO 1992.
169 – the number of FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking places between Faroe Islands and Greece when the Faroes defeated the Greeks.
The former stars
Oli Johannesen, Todi Jonsson