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Matchprepared for Bartal Wardum 14.11.20 LAT ­čç▒­čç╗ : FRO ­čçź­čç┤ 1-1

Manufacturer: Macron

Source: Collector

THE COUNTRY

The Faroe Islands ÔÇô not to be confused with the ÔÇťPharao IslandsÔÇŁ, which sound like an Egypt-themed water park ÔÇô are basically a Lord of the Rings film set, slapped somewhere in the North Atlantic. Besides looking gorgeous, the Faroe Islands are mostly known for their grass-covered roofs, their unpredictable weather, the fact that their sheep and puffins outnumber their 52,000 inhabitants and killing whales.

The Faroese national team, in turn, is notorious for being a stumbling block for much bigger nations. Despite their small population, the team rarely suffers high defeats and managed to climb to an astonishing 74th place in the 2015 FIFA ranking, after demolishing Greece three times in a row. Alongside the Greek, the Austrians are also still recovering from their famous 1-0 loss against the Faroe Islands in 1990, where Faroese coach Gu├░laugsson motivated his team to ÔÇťthrow yourself into the tackles against those arrogant Austrians [ÔÇŽ]ÔÇŁ, which they apparently did and thus forced AustriaÔÇÖs coach Josef Hickersberger to resign and further caused a major shitstorm in Austria. To this day, a rerun of the game is shown annually on Faroese TV.


THE SHIRT

After an extremely successful 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, where the Faroe Islands finished fourth, outperforming Latvia and Andorra, the ÔÇťLandsli├░i├░ÔÇŁset off to play an even more successful NationÔÇÖs League season, in which the team dominated their League D group and consequently got promoted to group C, showing the world that they are truly a step above EuropeÔÇÖs other smaller football nations like Latvia, Malta, Luxembourg or Andorra.


The shirt marks the last model produced by Macron as part of UEFAÔÇÖs ÔÇťKit Assistance SchemeÔÇŁ, where small European nations are supplied with bespoke football kits.

Similar to its predecessor and to other Macron shirts, it is loaded with little details that show just how much Macron cares about the smaller teams: a tiny flag on the neck, two small blue and red seams on the collar and an almost invisible embossed outline of the Faroe IslandÔÇÖs map on the lower back as well as shiny pinstripes all over the shirt make this a classy piece of fabric.

It was matchprepared for HB T├│rshavn centre-back Bartal Wardum for the teamÔÇÖs 1-1 draw against Latvia, where Wardum unfortunately did not play.

The Faroe Islands playing against Latvia during the 2020 UEFA Nations League. The Latvian jersey on this picture is also in my collection.

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