2014 Greece v Faroe Islands football match

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Greece v Faroe Islands (2014)
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs Faroe Islands 2013-03-22 (72).jpg
Jóan Edmundsson scored the only goal of the match
EventUEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
Group F
Matchday 4
Date14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
VenueKaraiskakis Stadium, Athens
RefereeNicola Rizzoli (Italy)

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands met Greece during a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. To the surprise of many, the Faroe Islands won 1–0, with the only goal of the game coming from Jóan Símun Edmundsson, causing what many consider to be one of the biggest upsets in UEFA Euro qualifying history.

It was the biggest shock in terms of FIFA World Rankings, as Greece were ranked 18th and the Faroe Islands were ranked 187th.[1]


The Greek national team had taken part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, reaching the round of 16 for the first time ever, being eliminated only on penalties by the surprising Costa Rica after a 1–1 draw on regulation time. Despite this, they didn't start well in the Euro qualifying, losing at home to Romania, drawing away with Finland and losing home (again) to Northern Ireland.

The Faroes started their campaign with three defeats, losing at home to Finland, away to Northern Ireland, and home to Hungary.



Greece 0–1 Faroe Islands
Attendance: 16,821
Faroe Islands
GK 1 Orestis Karnezis
DF 2 Giannis Maniatis
DF 3 Nikolaos Karabelas Substituted off 78'
DF 4 Kostas Manolas Yellow card 88'
DF 5 Vangelis Moras
MF 8 Panagiotis Kone
MF 10 Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
MF 15 Vasilis Torosidis (c)
FW 17 Theofanis Gekas Substituted off 46'
FW 18 Nikos Karelis Substituted off 62'
FW 22 Andreas Samaris
FW 23 Stefanos Athanasiadis Substituted in 46'
DF 16 Charalampos Mavrias Substituted in 62'
FW 9 Petros Mantalos Substituted in 78'
Italy Claudio Ranieri
GK 1 Gunnar Nielsen
DF 2 Jónas Þór Næs
DF 3 Viljormur Davidsen
DF 4 Atli Gregersen Yellow card 57'
DF 5 Sonni Nattestad
MF 6 Hallur Hansson Yellow card 49'
MF 7 Fróði Benjaminsen (c)
MF 8 Brandur Olsen Yellow card 33' Substituted off 88'
MF 10 Christian Holst Substituted off 76'
FW 11 Jóan Símun Edmundsson Substituted off 86'
FW 16 Sølvi Vatnhamar
DF 13 Pól Jóhannus Justinussen Substituted in 76'
MF 18 Odmar Færø Substituted in 86'
FW 15 Klæmint Olsen Substituted in 88'
Denmark Lars Olsen

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


The result caused the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, whose next job would be manager of Leicester City the following July. In his first season, the club would go on to shock the football world by winning the 2015–16 Premier League.[2]

In the return fixture, played at Tórshavn on 13 June 2015, the Faroe Islands defeated Greece again, this time by 2–1.


  1. ^ John Ashdown (19 November 2014). "Is the Faroe Islands' win over Greece the biggest shock of all time?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ Will Magee (1 March 2016). "Why Leicester fans need to thank the Faroe Islands for their stunning season". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 28 June 2019.

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