The Faroe Islands have recorded their highest ever position in the Fifa rankings, jumping 82 places to 104th position on the back of their 1-0 victory against Greece in Athens in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
The tiny island nation, renowned as one of the whipping boys of European football, now also hold the proud record of achieving the biggest-ever climb in the 22-year history of the football governing body’s rankings.
The amateur players from the North Sea archipelago stunned the world when they saw off 2004 European champions Greece in their own backyard in November with a 1-0 victory. The result also signaled the end of the road for beleaguered Greece manager Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked shortly after with his propping up Group F with just one point from four games.
Greece have also dropped to 24th spot, their lowest position since failing to qualify for the World Cup in Germany in 2006, when they were ranked 32nd in the world.
The Faroe Islands are currently in fifth position with three points in the six-team group, which is topped by Romania on 10 points. Although they extremely unlikely to make the qualifying positions, or even record another point, Joan Edmundsson’s goal ensured the country’s biggest result ever and means Brandur Olsen’s team can look on the qualifying campaign with satisfaction