Faroe Island minnows conjure up ‘something really magical’ with sensational win

Ki Klaksvik made their village population of 5000 people the proudest in Europe with a stunning Europa Conference League upset.

The team made up of semi-pro players took on reigning Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana on Thursday evening having managed a memorable draw against Lille after losing to Slovan Bratislava.

Rene Joensen, Pall Klettskaro and Jakup Biskopsto Andreasen all found the back of the net for Magne Hoseth's side at the 6500 capacity Torsvollur national stadium.

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Former Southampton and Brighton defender Vegard Forren was among the heroic players in action for the Faroese champions who were founded way back in 1904.

Their journey into the competition featured defeats in Champions League and Europa League knockout stages before finding their place in the third tier.

Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, star player Arni Frederiksberg played his part as he juggles football with selling frozen pizzas.

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Their journey so far as captured the hearts of football lovers around the world, with a knockout spot not out of the question.

One fan said on X: "Something really magical is happening in the Faroe Islands. Looking like a historic night."

A second added: "Klaksvik conference league knockouts we will be there."

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A third posted: "Ki Klaksvik have done it again! Amazing KÍ Klaksvik made history by defeating Olimpija Ljubljana 3-0."

Next up for Klaksvik in Europe is a trip to take on Olimpija away as they look to do the double.

Lille sit top of Group A as things stand with seven points, one ahead of Bratislava and three ahead of Klaksvik.

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