July 2013 Round-Up:

31 July, 2013

National team for the Iceland-friendly has been selected

Faroese national coach Lars Olsen on Tuesday picked his team for the friendly match against Iceland on 14 August at the Laugardalsvøllur in Reykjavík, Iceland. For the first time in several years, EB/Streymur top scorer Leif Niclasen has been recalled – now as a forward compared to his earlier stint when he played at the left back position.

The 19-man squad looks like this:
Gunnar Nielsen, Motherwell (SCO)
Teitur M. Gestsson, HB Tórshavn
Hans Hørgensen, HB Tórshavn

Jónas Tór Næs, Valur (ICE)
Atli Gregersen, Víkingur
Erling Jacobsen, Víkingur
Rógvi Baldvinsson, Bryne BK (NOR)
Pól Jóhannus Jústinussen, NSÍ Runavík
Viljormur Davidsen, FC Fredericia (DK)

Hallur Hansson, AaB Ålborg (DK)
Fróði Benjaminsen, HB Tórshavn
Súni Olsen, B36 Tórshavn
Christian R. Mouritsen, HB Tórshavn
Heini Vatnsdal, HB Tórshavn

Leif Niclasen, EB/Streymur
Símun Samuelsen, HB Tórshavn
Jóan Símun Edmundsson, Viking Stavanger (NOR)
Arnbjørn Hansen, EB/Streymur
Páll Klettskarð, KÍ Klaksvík

Update 6 August:
Winger Símun Samuelsen with 44 caps for the Faroe Islands has withdrawn from the friendly match against Iceland on Wednesday 14 August because of injury, and has been replaced by Víkingur’s Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu who has one cap for the Faroes.

Update 13 August:
Another withdrawal has been made in the Faroese team facing Iceland in the friendly match on Wednesday; midfielder Súni Olsen, who is nursing an injury, has been replaced by Karl Løkin of NSÍ Runavík.

24 July, 2013

TB Tvøroyri part with coach Hans Fróði Hansen

TB Tvøroyri announced last night that they had parted with their coach Hans Fróði Hanen, citing bad results of late as the reason.

TB’s position in the table in the last rounds has become increasingly more dangerous as AB Argir have climbed from the abyss with giant leaps move with just a point of TB who seems to have lost steam.

Therefore TB have  made the desperate try to see if a shift of coach will make any difference although they acknowledge that Hansen has done a great job.

Well, the statements of sacked coaches are usually polite, but in this case it is probably justified. Because very few had expected TB to stand any chance in the top division this season as they had lost so many players from last season when they just survived by the skin of their teeth.

However, just a few weeks ago, TB seemed to have proved all the experts’ predictions wrong as they seemed to bee sitting quite safe in the table, 10 and 9 points ahead of TB and 07 Vestur in the relegation places after round 13, but with AB’s unheard of sprint in the last few rounds, TB are currently just one point above the relegation line.

TB also announced that Bill McLeod Jacobsen will be in charge as caretaker for the first couple of weeks until a new coach has been appointed. According to newspaper Nordlysið, the new permanent coach will be Jón Pauli Olsen (We will consider as a fact until TB announces otherwise).    

Whoever the new coach will be, he will find it extremely difficult to manoeuvre TB clear of relegation now.

July 21, 2013

B36 Tórshavn
B36 Tórshavn have signed 31-year old Ivorian Evrard Blé from rock-bottom 07 Vestur who look to have acknowledged that they’ll be playing in the second tier again next season.

Blé mostly plays in central midfield, but can also play in defence.

The Ivorian originally came to play for VB/Sumba in 2005 and have since played for AB Argir, Víkingur and 07 Vestur where he came ahead of the current season.


NSÍ Runavík
NSÍ Runavík have snapped up B68 Toftir’s most scoring player, 18-year old forward/midfielder Haraldur R. Højgaard who has scored 9 goals for the 1st division hopefuls who currently are second in the table which is enough for promotion. Højgaard has played for various Faroese national youth teams.

21-year old defender Andras Brixen Vágsheyg is also new signing for NSÍ. Brixen Vágshey has been in Denmark in recent years, but has been part of the Faroese U21 team, although he has not made any appearance yet, but he has appeared for both the U19 and the U17 team.


HB Tórshavn
HB Tórshavn have gotten midfielder/forward Páll Mohr Joensen back after he has been studying in Denmark for a few years.

Notice that Páll Mohr Joensen is not the same as Pál Mohr Joensen who. Both are in teh HB-team.


Unsuccessful trials
Both KÍ Klaksvík and TB Tvøroyri have had foreign players on trial during the summer break, but they have not been deemed good enough to get a contract.


Skála, 1st division, strengthening  
1st division side Skála, who are still in the running for a promotion-spot to the premier division, have been strengthened with some experienced players; on the top of that list is midfielder Pauli G. Hansen who retired from top football at the end of last season having won the championship with EB/Streymur. Also midfielder Erland Berg Danielsen has much experience from the top division and was together with Hansen an integral part of Skála’s team that reached the runners up spot in the top flight in 2005. Midfielder/Forward Sjúrður Djurhuus was in the starting position in the 2008-season, when Skála was relegated. Also midfielder/forward Jákup Johansen has top flight experience which he has gotten in the last one and a half year at ÍF Fuglafjørður from whom he returns from.

However, Sklá might be losing some of their other players later in the season at it’s possible that a couple will start studying in Denmark.

Currently Skála are 2 and 3 points adrift of B68 Toftir and FC Suðuroy, respectively, who are their main rivals for one of two promotion spots.


EB/Streymur and Víkingur's 16th-round matches postponed
As EB/Streymur and Víkingur are occupied with European football in midweek, their 16th-round matches against NSÍ Runavík and 07 Vestur, respectively, have been postponed to 18 September.


Transfer window closes
The transfer window which has been open since 24 June will close at midnight on Monday night 22 July.


HB and B36's homepitch not autorized for Europe anymore
Some might have noticed that HB Tórshavn played their Europa League match against ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar on Tórsvøllur, the national stadium, and not on their usual homeground in Gundadalur.  The reason is that the (artificial) pitch has lost its authorisation to host European matches as it has worn out, and the surface will have to be renewed before the licence is reinstated, but it might not be before after next summer’s European matches which then will have to be played at Tórsvøllur again.

July 18, 2013

Víkingur never returned home from their Europa League match
Víkingur, who beat FC Inter Turku from Finland on Thursday a week ago to go through to the second qualifying round of the Europa League, have never returned home again to the Faroes because the plane from Copenhagen could not land at the Faroese airport due to fog on the planned arrival day.

When the fog had finally cleared, Víkingur decided they could just as well stay in Denmark until they went to Rumania, or otherwise they would just use their energy on travelling back and forth. Instead they have used the extra days in Denmark as a training camp.

Víkingur play away to FC Petrolul Ploiesti from Rumenia on Thursday in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

July 08, 2013

Brazilian Alex Jose dos Santos becomes Faroese citizen

HB Tórshavn’s left back Alex José dos Santos has become a Faroese (formally Danish) citizen and will therefore be eligible to play for the Faroese national team.

32-year old Santos started his foreign adventure when he went to the Czech republic in 2001 where he played for one and a half year before he went to Denmark where he played for Frem, but was not part of the new coach’s future plans after 2003 and therefore decided to give it a try in the Faroe Islands in 2004.

He started at B36 Tórshavn in 2004 and then went on to EB/Streymur in 2009 before joining HB Tórshavn in 2012.  

With his new citizenship, Santos has had to wave goodbye to his Brazilian citizenship as Denmark currently does not allow dual citizenship.

July 03, 2013

Goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen pens two-year contract with Motherwell

Faroese international goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen has signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premier League runners-up from last season Motherwell.

As Darren Randolph since has moved to Birmingham, Motherwell needed a new goalkeeper where Nielsen is intended to be first-choice, but will still need to prove that he deserves the no. 1-shirt ahead of last season’s reserve keeper Lee Hollis.

Nielsen was on a six-month loan stint at Motherwell from Blackburn in 2008, but without playing a match.

Nielsen has 14 caps for the Faroe Islands.

July 01, 2013

Víkingur part with coach Jógvan Martin Olsen and replace him with Sigfríður Clementsen

Víkingur announced today that they had parted with their coach sine 2009, Jógvan Martin Olsen. In his tenure at Víkingur, Olsen guided the club to two cup titles. Two bronze-medal positions was the best position in the table. Olsen announced a few weeks ago that he would step down as coach at the end of the season to take some time off from the coaching job, but now the stop came a bit premature.

Having failed to win in their last 10 league games, Víkingur have plummeted to 8th in the table, just four points above the relegation line.

To replace Olsen, Víkingur have appointed Sigfríður Clementsen who previously has coached about half of the teams in the top division; latest HB Tórshavn in 2011 and 2012. He has to championships to his name; winning it in 2005 with B36 Tórshavn and 2008 with EB/Streymur, as well as two cup titles with EB/Streymur in 2008 and B36 in 2006.

Clementsen’s contract runs to the end of next season.

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