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The former Denmark international is hopeful that his team can make their mark on the international stage with a shock win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium

It's said that there is no such thing as an easy game in international football these days and the Faroe Islands will be out to prove that this weekend when they take on the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

Regarded as the whipping boys of the group, the north Atlantic minnows are eager to highlight the giant strides that they have made in recent years and see Friday night's game against the Boys in Green as the perfect opportunity to write a new chapter in the nation's brief footballing history.

Their manager Lars Olsen knows one or two things about being successful on the international stage; he lifted the 1992 European Championships as captain of Denmark and the 52-year-old believes his side can cause a major upset on Friday.

"I hope for a very good result for us and we will try to achieve something unbelievable. It would be a sensation all over Europe. Every time we play we believe we can win but of course Ireland are big favourites. Not every time though will the favourite win," he explained.

Currently ranked 161st in the latest Fifa ranking, the Faroes have lost all four World Cup qualifiers, conceding six goals in their last outing, but Olsen is adamant that his players have learned from their comprehensive defeat to Austria a couple of months ago.

"When we played Austria we had a very bad performance but our players were out of form as the league in the Faroe Islands was only one or two games in. Now the league is in the middle of the season. The players have a lot more confidence. That is better for us and our form should be much better," Olsen told the media on Thursday evening.

The visitors are fully aware that if Giovanni Trapattoni's side are to have any chance of qualifying for Brazil 2014, then they must dispose of their inferior opponents with minimal fuss. And Olsen believes that will work in his side's favour as they attempt to derail Ireland’s quest for qualification.

"They need to win because they are chasing second spot. They must get all three points and we're here to threaten that," he added.

It is exactly two years since they last won a game but recent results do not tell the whole story about the progress made under Olsen since he succeeded Brian Kerr at the helm in 2011.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic singlehandedly denied the Faroes a famous victory over Sweden last October with a goal and assist within 10 minutes of each other to cancel out Rogvi Baldvinsson's shock first-half opener. While days later, it took four second-half goals for Trapattoni's under-pressure side to dispose of their opponents after a tentative display before the break in Torshavn. And it is that performance which Olsen is using to motivate his players ahead of their second visit to Lansdowne Road.

"I am optimistic for the game because when you look at the home game we played a very good game for the first 45 minutes. I think we were the better team in my opinion and should have been one or two goals up. Then we had 15 bad minutes at the start of the second half and the last 15 minutes were also bad," the former centre-back admitted.

The Group C underdogs are one of the smallest football nations in the world and have the third-smallest population of any Uefa member association. With only around 6,000 registered footballers to choose from, Olsen's resources are extremely limited but he is confident they are heading in the right direction despite losing all five games under his guidance.

Robbie Keane will become the Republic of Ireland's most-capped senior player as he overtakes Shay Given to make his 126th appearance against the Faroes on Friday. The LA Galaxy striker will fancy his chances to add to his 56 goals in a green jersey against Olsen's side but the visitors will not fear the 32-year-old.

"He played against us in Torshavn and he didn't score so we're not scared of him. I was here for Ireland against Austria and I could see that he was missed in that game. When you look at the game without Keane, Ireland were not as dangerous when they attacked. It is better for Ireland to play with Robbie than without him."

Their progress on the pitch as well as off it was highlighted by the fact they were ranked fifth seeds for this World Cup qualification campaign after a relatively commendable run of results under former Ireland boss Brian Kerr.

Since becoming a Fifa member in 1990, the Faroe Islands have recorded some notable victories, including the three points picked up against Estonia under Brian Kerr during qualification for Euro 2012. However, if the Group C minnows are to come away from Dublin with anything, there is no doubt it will go down as the greatest result in their footballing history.

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