Faroe Islands vs. France: Preview

Take the Faroe Islands lightly at your peril. Ever since Irish manager Brian Kerr was appointed head coach in April earlier this year, the Islanders have put embarrassing drubbings like their 8-1 defeat to Yugoslavia or their 7-0 loss to Norway behind them. Kerr has transformed the side into a tough unit, difficult to break down and battling for every ball. So far in this campaign they have amassed only one point from possible fifteen, but they have conceded just seven goals and nicked a point off Austria, demonstrating their rapid improvement under Kerr.

But they don’t have a hope in hell of getting a result against France, right?

Wrong. France have had a relatively shaky campaign and currently lie in second place in group 7, eight points behind Serbia (though France do have two games in hand). Les Blues were humbled 3-1 by Austria, the same team Faroe Islands got a point of, and also failed to beat Romania. Under pressure manager Raymond Domenech also has a number of injuries to deal with; influential winger Franck Ribery is out whilst his most likely replacement, Samir Nasri, is also injured. Nasri’s Arsenal teammate Gael Clichy is another absentee, as is Jean-Alain Boumsong. Thierry Henry is not in the squad after failing to recover from his Achilles injury.

He might be a fantastic footballer, but I think it’s safe to say that Franck Ribery won’t be getting any of David Beckham’s modelling contracts anytime soon.

Reported Arsenal target Patrick Viera has been left out of the squad, with his place likely to be taken by Lassan Diarra. (The gloriously named) Rod Fanni will start in defence but won’t play in front of ‘keeper Yohan Pele, who is injured and thus left out of Domenech’s squad.

Fortunately Brian Kerr has no real injuries to deal with. Nearly all of his squad are part-time footballers, though he is able to field a few professionals, one of these being Manchester City’s young goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen. He probably won’t feature though, as Kerr favours the more experienced Jakup Mikkelsen.

The Toftir Stadium, where the game will take place. Let’s hope both sides keep their free-kicks down otherwise the ballboy’s will have a job getting the ball back.

The game probably won’t be a particularly skillful, sexy encounter but should be fascinating nevertheless. Whilst many fans and pundits still remain ignorant to the threat the Faroe Islands possess, Raymond Domenech will be fully aware of his oppositions potential and will in no way take them lightly. Faroe Islands won’t qualify for the World Cup, but remain the joker of the pack in group 7, and France will have to be at the peak of their game to emerge with three points.


2 Responses to “Faroe Islands vs. France: Preview”

  1. Faroe Islander Says:

    Hmm.. strange preview - it must have been at least 5 years since the 8-1 trashing you mention - perhaps 10 year ago, I googled it, it was in 1992?! - and even more for the 7-0 against Norway? don’t know of that Faroe Islands have last by such a large margin against Norway.

    In addition, Kerr’s first match was this one, against France - before hand “Jógvan Martin Olsen”, didn’t have as successive career as head coach, but ended his career as faroese national coach, with a good result, 1-1 against Austria - the last match he had as head coach before he handed the team over to Brian Kerr

    But yeah, the Faroese team showed today a good spirit, hard working in the 1-0 loss against France - eventhough the football wasn’t that pretty.
    Hopefully Brian will have a continue to have a positive affect on the Faroese national football team!.


  2. footyjourno93 Says:

    Thanks for the comment Faroe Islander. I know the two examples of heavy losses I mention were from a while back (the 7-0 defeat to Norway occurred back in 1993) but I was trying to show just how far the national team has progressed. Many people still associate the Faroe Island national team with these kind of beatings, but I wanted to show that, actually, these days are long gone. And also, though please correct me if I’m wrong, I thought Brian Kerr was appointed in April, even if this was his first match.

    As for the result, I agree the Faroese team showed a lot of spirit and, let’s face it, most teams out their would be happy to lose to France 1-0, even if they have lost a bit of the skill that helped make them become the best team in the world at the turn of the century. I really do believe Faroese football is only going one way, and thats up.

    Hopefully by the time your reading this a match report will have been posted, but if not stay tuned. I’d appreciate your views on that post too- it’s nice hearing from someone who supports the opposition.

    Thanks again,


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