January 2011 Round-Up:

26 January, 2011

Kick off: 26 March 2011

The count down for the kick off for the 2011 season has begun!

- First off are the early rounds of the cup tournament which begins on 26 March. The league will start on 10 April and ends on Saturday 22 October. This is not 100% confirmed, however.


B36 Tórshavn appoint Petersen and Thomassen as coaches
B36 have named former B36 players John Petersen (38) and Mikkjal Thomassen (35) as coaches for 2011.

Thomassen has previously been at the helm of B36; it was in a troubled 2009 season where they were fighting against relegation towards the end of the season.

Petersen has earlier coached Skála, in 2007 and 2008 (when they were relegated) and AB Argir in 2009, and was for a short term assistant coach for the national team.

Both of them have been profiles as players also for B36 earlier, and have also played for the national team. Petersen must be reckoned amongst the top 5 players of all time in Faroese football. He appeared 57 times for the national team and scored 6 goals. He has also won multiple titles with GÍ Gøta before he joined B36, where he won 2 league titles. Thomassen was a champion with B36 in 2005, and also with EB/Streymur in 2008.

Youngsters on trial
B36 have had 21-year old Rógvi Baldvinsson, who lives in Norway where he’s been playing with the 3rd level club Ålgaard, on trial together Kenneth Monsen, a Norwegian team-mate from the Norwegian club. Baldvinsson has been playing for the Faroese U21 team and was in the senior squad once, but without playing, however. Baldvinsson is a defender while Monsen is a midfielder. The outcome of the trial has not been revealed yet.

Danish defensive strength
On Monday B36 announced that they had signed 22-year old Danish defender Jonas Flindt Rasmussen who had played for 1st division club Hvidovre IF, where he was team mate with Lukasz Cieslewicz who likewise joined B36 a couple of weeks ago.

B36 describe Flindt Rasmussen as an outstanding defender with good ball control and that one of his main forces is his aerial presence where he has been a constant threat at set pieces for his earlier clubs. In his 18 matches for Hvidovre, he scored two goals.


Jankovic to TB Tvøroyri who lose Bassene to B71 Sandoy
It had been unclear whether Serbian defender Dimitrije Jankovic would continue with B36 or not, but now it has been announced that he has joined 1division team TB Tvøroyri. The now 35-year old has earlier played for the other Suðuroy club, VB/Sumba (now FC Suðuroy). After a superb season for B36 in 2008, he went back to his home country in 2009 before he returned to B36 last season, but failed to reach the same level as previously. But he will undoubtedly be a major strength for TB Tvøroyri who reached 3rd place in the table last season; 7 points behind KÍ Klaksvík who earned promotion in 2nd place. Jankovic will not be the only Serb in TB as they have had his compatriot Ivan Stojkovic in goal since 2007.

Persistent rumours have it that TB are trying to lure 20-year old defender Martin Tausen, who is originally from TB, back “home” again, after he has tried his luck for some years with FC Suðuroy (and VB/Sumba).

On the flip side, TB have had to wave goodbye to attacking minded Senegalese Joseph Youssoupa Bassense, who has been with TB for 3 seasons. He has decided to join B71 Sandoy in the top flight. Bassense has score around 10 goals per season for TB. He will have to score a few to keep B71 up next season. The two relegated teams in the Vodafoe Division come October will with 99% accuracy be among these three teams: 07 Vestur, Kí Klaksvík and B71 Sandoy.

Below is a video which TB have produced from a derby between TB and VB in 1987 – shall we call it TB’s swansong season? – as they won the title this season and were relegated the following season. Although TB have returned to the top flight a few times, they have never really managed to get a foothold. Somehow, football seems more charming back then, playing on sand pitches. And notice the ultra-short shorts they used back then. TB are wearing black/white stripes:


KÍ Klaksvík without top scorer
KÍ Klaksvík, who have returned to the Vodafone division after one season in the 1st division, will be without their top scorer from last season, Steffan Kalsø, who has moved to Denmark to study.

KÍ have also revealed that from trusted sources, their first 3 matches of the season will be like this: B71 Sandoy (A), B68 Toftir (H), ÍF Fuglafjørður (A) and 07 Vestur (A). However, this program is not confirmed officially.

Cup Final in Klaksvík again
And speaking of Klaksvík, it looks like the Cup final will again be played in Klaksvík this year, probably on 6 August.


Cameroonian defender to NSÍ Runavík
NSÍ have strengthen their squad with yet an African; this time with a Cameroonian central defender. His name is Hugues Naponick Nanmi and is 27 years old. He comes from Indonesian 2nd level club Persikabo Bogor. Earlier he has tried his luck in Hong Kong.


No Norwegian fairy tale for Rubeksen brothers after all
Hendrik and Thomas Hans Rubeksen, who made a deal with Norwegian 3rd division club Volda last month quit the club again shortly after. Hendrik then went on a trial with 2nd level club Kongswinger (also in Norway), but did not materialize into more. What’s next on the agenda for the Rubseksens is unclear.

09 January, 2011

Lukasz Cieslewicz from Poland signs for B36 Tórshavn
The 23 year old Pole Lukasz Cieslewicz has joined B36 Tórshavn. The Cieslewicz name isn't an unfamiliar name in Faroese football as Lukasz's father, Robert Cieslewicz played football in the Faroes for several years and won the championship with VB Vágur in 2000, and for example scored VB's first goal in the 2-1 win over B36 on the last day of the season to pip HB for the title.

But back to Lukasz. Lukasz, who has also played youth football in the Faroes when the family lived here (he won the national title with VB Vágur's boy's team as a 14 year old in 2002), joined the youth department at Brøndby in Denmark as a 16-year old and later moved to 1st division club Hvidovre IF. Lukasz is an offensive minded player and prefers to play as an attacking midfielder, but can also play as a forward. When he was at Brøndby, their website described him as "a physically strong offensive player, who is a "dangerous" finisher, especially around the penalty area. He has an enormous running capacity both with and without the ball. Always gives a 100%".

Wikipedia says his father was the coach at VB when they won the championship in 2000, but that is not correct however. The coach was his compatriot Krzysztof Popczynski, who by the way scored VB's second goal in the 2-1 over B36 on the last day of the season with a sensational lob over goalkeeper Tróndur Vatnhamar.

Lukasz has a younger brother, 20-year old Adrian, who plays for Wrexham.

Below are two videos with Lukasz. The first one is a short interview with him in in 2007 as a youngster at Brøndby (he tells us amongst other things how the name is pronounced) and the second video is a match between B93 and Brøndby's 2nd team in May 2007. He scores the goal at 3:40 after the goalkeeper makes the initial save from Nicolai Agger. But B93 won 2-1.


Jóan Símun Edmundsson on loan to Gateshead
19 year old forward Jóan Símun Edmundsson who has been at Newcastle since December in 2009, has moved to Gateshead on loan for the next month. Gateshead play their football in the Football Conference (level 5 – currently named the Blue Square Bet Premier for sponsorship reasons).

One of the reasons for the loan deal is that Newcastle’s reserve team will only play one match during January while Gateshead will play 5 or 6 games, Edmundsson told Faroese newspaper Sosialurin.

Gateshead with Edmundsson in the team drew 2-2 against Kidderminster yesterday.

Gateshead’s website has some more on the loan deal here!

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