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While they may be a historic minnow of the footballing world, the Faroe Islands are deeply passionate about the global game. Glory Magazine has put together a beautiful collection of pictures to honour the nation and their footballing culture.
Currently ranked 77th in the world according to FIFA, three places off their highest ranking ever, the Faroe Islands are still some way off world domination, but delve a little deeper and you a discover a country obsessed with the round ball. Previously a firm member of the international whipping boys set — along with the likes of Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Andorra — this Nordic nation has climbed its way up the rankings thanks to wins over far more established football teams.
With a population that sits just a fraction over 50,000, it’s not uncommon for 10 percent of that turning up to cheer on the national team — the English equivalent would see nearly 5.5 million fans trying to cram into a Wembley Stadium. During the qualifying process for the 2016 European Championships, the Faroe Islands managed to beat Greece, home and away.
These pictures were taken to celebrate Faroese football, highlighting its isolation and beauty, a place where a new artificial pitch sits seamlessly within a minuscule fjord-side village, and looks totally at home doing so.