TORSHAVN: With more than 250 accredited media representatives, today's Euro 2004 qualifier between the Faroe Islands and Germany will be the north Atlantic archipelago's biggest media event.
An overwhelming majority of the journalists, photographers and television crews are German, Isak Mikladal, secretary-general of the Faroese football federation, said.
Germany lead qualifying Group Five with eight points from four games. Anything but a win against the Faroese part-timers, in last place with one point from four matches, would be a disaster for the 2002 World Cup's losing finalists.
Up to 1,500 German supporters are expected to arrive in the Faroe Islands, home to 44,000 people with limited self-rule under Denmark, for the match.
Danish police have been called in to help prevent any trouble. Only 600 to 700 tickets in the capital's 6,000-seat stadium have been reserved for German spectators, Mikladal told local radio.
The organisers' main fear is that thick fog, a common phenomenon in the Faroe Islands at this time of year, could reduce visibility and the quality of TV broadcasts.
Heavy fog hampered a friendly between the Faroe Islands and Denmark in August 2000 and a Euro 2000 qualifier between the Faroe Islands and the Czech Republic in September 1998. Reuters