ODMAR FAERO knew the Scots were coming to town – when the Tartan Army showed up for the Faroes’ game against AUSTRIA last weekend.
The defender, who spent his younger years in Aberdeen, said the remote Atlantic islands still looked forward to the arrival of Scottish fans.
Around 500 Scottish supporters will make the trip for their national team’s fifth visit to the Faroe Islands.
But Faero, now with KI Klaksvik, after previous stints at Forfar and Banks O’Dee, says an advanced team has already arrived.
He said SunSport: “My parents were at our qualifying match against Austria this weekend.
“Having spent a lot of their life in Scotland, they know the accent very well and they said there was a bunch of guys there who were obviously Scottish.
“It’s always good to see a lot of tartan, and I’m sure there will be a lot of fans there on Tuesday.
“I missed the 4-0 loss at Hampden in March with an injury, but I’m really looking forward to this game.
“Having spent much of my life in Scotland, I really hope they qualify for the World Cup, but we will always try to create another surprise, like the draw in 2002.
“Everyone here remembers that game under Berti Vogts, of course.
“It would be nice to think we could do something similar, but the circumstances are now very different.
“This match was in Toftir, where the wind blows constantly.
“But we are now playing Torshavn on an artificial surface. It’s just been redone, and it’s probably the best artificial surface you’ll see.
“So Scotland will benefit, well, more than Toftir, anyway!”
“The stadium against Austria was only half full, but it’s almost full for the game against Scotland.
“We know what the game means for Scotland. I still have a lot of friends there and they texted me the weekend after the game against Israel. The phrase “emotional roller coaster” has been used a lot!
“Our own game was more from start to finish. We can’t complain about the number of chances we created for ourselves, but Austria was a little further ahead.
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“However, their first goal came on a counterattack, and the second took a massive deflection and came in through the post.
“But we are now relatively happy with the way the group went.
“We took four points from Moldova which was really good.
“And when we faced Denmark here last month, it was the one everyone was looking forward to.
“They’re like our big brothers – it was like Scotland versus England, except the difference between us and them is much bigger than Scotland and England.
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“But we played well, hitting the bar 0-0 and losing a goal in the dying minutes after a man was sent off.
“Denmark left out a few regulars but guys like Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle all played so it was a solid team.
“And you have to remember that the Danes have won every game in the group and haven’t even conceded a goal.
“After that, there was a real feeling that it was like the one that got away for us.
“History shows that pressure can get to teams when they get here – and Scotland need a result, so we hope to take advantage of that.”
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