Faroes Ready to Battle Fellow Nordic Nations

The draw for Euro 2020 qualification recently took place and the Faroe Islands national team is now able to gauge the difficulty in trying to qualify for its first ever major tournament.

But the task won’t be easy considering the Faroes have been drawn in Group F with Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, and Malta.

We all know both matches with Spain will be extremely difficult as there is no such thing as an easy fixture with a former World Cup champion and three-time winner of the European Championship.

The intriguing part of this group is that the Faroes will get the opportunity to play against fellow Nordic neighbors Sweden and Norway.

Unfortunately for the Faroes, history is not on their side. Out of ten competitive fixtures against Nordic nations, the Faroe Islands have yet to earn a point.

But the Faroes are familiar with Sweden as both teams were in the same group for 2014 World Cup qualification.

When the two teams met in Torshavn, the Faroes took a 1-0 lead through Rogvi Baldvinsson early in the second half.

But the Swedes woke up by equalizing eight minutes later and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put on the finishing touches in the 75th minute to give Sweden a 2-1 win.

Sweden won the return leg 2-0 in Solna behind a brace from Zlatan. But it is safe to say that the Faroe Islands gave Sweden a run for their money.

The Faroes have never played Norway in a competitive fixture and I believe both matches will be entertaining.

Norway is obviously the better team, but if the Faroe Islands want to make progress, a positive result must be attained against the Norwegians.

As always, the Faroe Islands must achieve positive results at home. Yet it will be difficult to get a point at home against Spain and Sweden.

Romania will not be easy but a draw at home is attainable and the Faroes must earn six points against Malta at all costs.

The Faroe Islands have made plenty of progress under Lars Olsen, but will we finally see the Faroe Islands win three matches for the first time ever in a qualification tournament?

This article was originally published on Nationsleaguefootball.wordpress.com

Author: Art Eftekhari