March 2012 Round-Up:



17 March, 2012

Hungarian goalkeeper Andras Gango to KÍ Klaksvík
Shortly before the transfer window closed on Thursday, KÍ secured the signing of Hungarian goalkeeper Andras Gango who has played for NSÍ Runavík the last couple of seasons. Gango originally joined ÍF Fuglafjørður in 2006 where he stayed until he joined NSÍ in 2010 when he also won the goalkeeper of the year award.

The main reason for Gango’s departure is that NSÍ want to use their homebred goalkeeper, 19-year old Kristian Joensen, who last season played for 07 Vestur on loan.

At KÍ, it likely that Gango will take the first-choice status away from Gunnar á Steig, an often under-rated goalkeeper.

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HB Tórshavn youngsters on loan to NSÍ Runavík
NSÍ have announced that two of HB’s youngsters, 19-year old defender Pál Mohr Joensen and 20-year old midfielder Óli Arge, will play for NSÍ on loan this season. Both of them made their league debut in the top division last season.

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Striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen commuting between Denmark and the Faroe Islands
A few days ago we mentioned Christian Høgni Jacobsen’s surprise signing for B68 Toftir. What we forgot to mention was that the striker will actually be living in Denmark, but will be commuting between Denmark and the Faroe Islands to play matches only.

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René Shaki Joensen signs two-year deal with Brøndby IF
Earlier in the week, 19 year defender René Shaki Joensen signed a two-year contract with Danish Superliga team Brøndby IF.

Joensen has been at Brøndby’s youth department for a couple of years; coming from HB Tórshavn. Although he has signed for Brøndby’s seniors, he’ll likely to mostly be playing for Brøndby’s U19 team, where he plays in centre of defence.

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Finnus Justinussen starts light training again after broken foot
2011 league top scorer Finnur Justinussen who signed for Swedish club J-Södra IF early this year, has started light training again, having been sidelined with a broken foot for some weeks. After an operation and 3 weeks with his foot in plaster, it will take around two months until Justinussen can resume full training with the team and he will therefore miss the start of the season.

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Supercup: B36 Tórshavn vs. EB/Streymur
Today, Saturday 17 March, champions B36 Tórshavn and cup winners EB/Streymur will meet in the Super Cup in Gundadalur Stadium in Tórshavn. – If weather permits, as there was snow and frost Friday night. But the weather forecast says 3-7 degrees in the afternoon and maybe rain, so the snow has likely disappeared at kick off time which is at 16:00.



11 March, 2012

Effodeildin is the new name of the top league
A couple of weeks ago, the Football Association announced that the new main sponsor for the top league is the energy company EFFO and the official name of the top league for the next three years will be Effodeildin (= Effo division). We might instead use the word Premier League in the future to make things less complicated, as the sponsor-name doesn’t say much in itself.

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3-times top scorer Christian Høgni Jacobsen to B68 Toftir
A few days ago, B68 Toftir surprisingly announced that forward Christian Høgni Jacobsen, who was league top scorer in 2007, 2008 and 2010 while playing for NSÍ Runavík, had signed a 1-year contract with B68.

The 32-year old had otherwise been training with Danish 3rd tier club B1908, after he had had his contract with NSÍ annulled, that was otherwise supposed to run to the end of 2014.

Christian Høgni Jacobsen is the 3rd quality player from NSÍ who moves to the neighbouring club and fierce rivals B68 this season, as also defender Einar Hansen and midfielder Jústinus Hansen have made the move. B68 is now coached by Pauli Poulsen who was NSÍ’s coach during the last 3 seasons.

The word is that NSÍ’s treasure chest is rather slender these days…

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TB Tvøroyri new Serbian forward
Some time ago TB announced that they would have a Ghanaian player on trial, but nothing has been heard about the outcome of that, and we can only assume that it didn’t materialize into a contract - if the trial ever took place.

On the other hand, TB revealed in a match report that “their new Serbian forward Igor Grkajac” had equalized against B36 Tórshavn with an excellent crisp long range effort in a friendly match a week ago. This is a signing TB have managed well to keep under the news-radar.

24 year old Grkajac - I bet they will only call him Igor – has played for a number of clubs during since 2005: 2005-2006 Rudar Baljevac, 2006–2007 Sloga Kraljevo, 2007–2008 Metalac G.M., 2007-2008 Mladost Lučani (on loan), 2008–2010 Borac Čačak, 2010 FK Novi Pazar, 2011-2012 FK Smederevo, 2011-2012 FK Kolubara (on loan).

TB expect that their new pitch will be ready for their 2nd home match on 16 April against champions B36 Tórshavn. TB’s opening is a home-match against Víkingur, but will be played in Vágur at FC Suðuroy’s football ground.

It’s unclear whether the pitch will be ready for TB’s cup match against HB Tórshavn on 9 April. – Likely not.

TB will celebrate its 120th anniversary on 13 May.

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Midfielder Høgni Madsen returns to ÍF Fuglafjørður
Midfielder Høgni Madsen has decided to join ÍF Fuglafjørður, after KÍ Klaksvík parted with the player some weeks ago after disagreements about his contract.

27-year old Madsen, who has earned two caps for the Faroe Islands, is originally an ÍF player, but has played many years at KÍ and also a season at NSÍ Runavík as well as 3 years for GÍ Gøta from 2002-2004.

Although midfield is his preferred position, he can also play in centre of defence.

And speaking of defence, veteran defender Paul Ennigarð, who has been at ÍF for the last 3 seasons, has moved to KÍ Klaksvík who are short of defenders. There he will rejoin coach Páll Guðlaugsson who was coach at GÍ Gøta in 1996 when they won the double with Ennigarð in the team as it’s with GÍ that Ennigarð has spent most of his career.

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Former B36 and Faroe Islands U-21 keeper joins Swedish club Sollefteå GIF

22-year old former B36 and Faroe Islands U-21 goalkeeper Jóan Pauli Jakobsen has signed a contract with Swedish 4th tier club Sollefteå GIF.

However, Jakobsen doesn't hide the fact that he doesn't have the highest ambitions as a goalkeeper and that his main priority is his studies. That's why he moved to Sweden in the first place, and football is just a side-occupation.



01 March, 2012

Faroe Islands beat La Union with late header from Klæmint A. Olsen

In their second game in their training camp in La Manga in Spain, the Faroe Islands today beat Spanish 3rd tier team La Union 1-0 with a late goal from Klæmint A. Olsen.

After La Union had had the upper hand in the early stages of the first half, the Faroese team improved eventually and created fine scoring opportunities in the latter stages of the half, according to the Faroese Football Association.

In the second half the Faroese team was in control of the game, but the scoring opportunities were squandered.

- Until two minutes remained, that is, when striker Klæmint A. Olsen grasped the winner with a header after a cross from Sølvi Vatnhamar on the right hand side.

Both Vatnhamar and Olsen had started the game on the bench. Olsen, who was drafted into the squad after Jóan Sínum Edmundsson pulled out after he signed for Norwegian site Viking Stavanger, has made a positive impression these last days, and was among the best players on Tuesday against Real Murcia and scored the goal today.

The starting 11 today were:
Goalkeeper: Kristian Joensen
Defenders: Jónas T. Næs, Jóhan Troest Davidsen, Erling Jacobsen, Hanus Jacobsen
Midfielders: Hjalgrím Elttør, Pætur Dam Jacobsen, Jákup á Borg, Jústinus R. Hansen, Daniel Udsen
Forward: Kristoffur Jakobsen

Substitutes were:
Rene Tórgarð (goalkeeper), Hallur Hansson, Bogi Løkin, Sølvi Vatnhamar, Odmar Færø, Klæmint A. Olsen, Atli Danielsen and Viljormur Davidsen (all of them played a while).

This was the last training match for the Faroese team in the traning camp that ends on Sunday.

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