Former Newcastle United youngster Joan Edmundsson scores historic goal for Faroe Islands

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Joan Simun Edmundsson secured all three points as the Faroe Islands defeated Greece last night.

You will probably know by now that former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Greece, after perhaps the most humiliating defeat in their recent history.

The European Champions from 2004 now face a massive battle to qualify for the tournament in France in 2016 - after defeat against the Faeroe Islands.

The minnows from the far north of Scandinavia have a pretty grim record at international level. This was their first victory in a competitive match since beating Estonia in 2011, which was in turn their first competitive win since beating Malta in 2001.

And they had a little known former Newcastle United youngster to thank for perhaps their most famous ever victory.

The player in question was 23-year-old forward Joan Simun Edmundsson. He started his career at B68 Toftir, his hometown club. But in 2010 he was signed on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the club. After impressing in reserve games he was signed permanently in June 2010, considered a hot prospect for the future.

He never played a competitive game for Newcastle, although he did spend time out on loan at local side Gateshead in 2011.

After two years he left Newcastle, joining Norwegian side Viking Stavanger before ending up at Faroe side Havnar Boltfelag after a shot spell at Argja Boltfelag.

He now has 31 caps for the Faroe Islands and three goals - the latest of which may go down as the greatest, most important goal, in his countries history.

And Newcastle United can certainly take some of the credit.

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