Hopes of a small nation

by Ben Edwards

faroe island badge

If you read my previous piece on football in the Faroes then you should have a better understanding of football up there. What about the national team though? Yes they may be one of Europe’s smallest competing nations, but is a mid-table position possible in qualification for a big tournament out of the question? I say no, and this is why…

Seeding is never going to be on the side of the Faroe Islands as they will almost definitely find themselves in pot five or six. This does put them off to a bad start but I’m going to make a hypothetical situation here, let’s just say this was a group that the Faroes were drawn into. I will be going on the pots used for the current World Cup qualifying of 2014.  Greece, Slovakia, Israel, Northern Ireland and Malta. Matches against Malta and home matches against Israel and Northern Ireland could all produce points for the small island nation. Let’s say that say that they amassed wins home and away against Malta and a win at home to Northern Ireland and a draw with Israel this would leave them with ten points which would usually leave you in the middle of the pack. Now you are probably thinking that this is so unlikely and will never happen, and at the end of the day you are probably right. But only probably. It all depends on how the groups fall.

If the Faroe Islands can manage to keep themselves in pot five instead they leave themselves with a better chance of getting an elusive mid finish. Another thing to note is that in the past they have pulled of results against bigger nations. For example beating the likes of Austria and recently beating Estonia 2-0 at home. These results should not be taken lightly for such a small nation. All it takes then is a little consistency and the sky is the limit. The national team is mainly made up of players who are part timers in the Faroes’ which many would see as a massive disadvantage. I would disagree and see this is a positive. So most of them play in the Faroe Islands; and are playing for the top teams. This means that they play with each other on a weekly basis, now that makes adjusting to national level a little easier. Added to this are the few who are good enough to play in leagues like Iceland, Denmark and Norway to give that bit of added quality. All this together gives a settled side with some special touches.

With talents such as Hallur Hansson at AaB in Denmark starting to make an impression the future may be a little brighter. He has made starts for the Danish team who have qualified for the UEFA Cup in the past and also is starting to play for his national side as well. At the age of twenty you could be forgiven for thinking that better days may be on their way.  On top of this there are experience players such as Christian Holst who has consistently scored goals in Denmark, helping to lead the line the Faroe Islands should go into qualification bold and with optimism. However in the grader scheme of things the Faroes probably won’t get that mid table finish. Though if they do don’t act that surprised.

1 Response

  1. Tim says:

    Love both your articles on the Faroe Islands. I myself am also a follower of the Faroes, and they have been progressing slowly but surely over the last few years.

    For the faroes to become more of a need to make their home stadium, the Torsvollur, a “fortress”. I mean which team wants to make the long plane ride to a remote Nordic island in the middle of know where to play in windy, rainy, small pitch? I think that they can get points from Austria and Kazakhstan at home, and then.. who knows?

    keep it up mate!

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply