May 2011 Round-Up:
30 May, 2011
ÍF Fuglafjørður coach Abraham Løkin quits
ÍF have announced that their coach Abraham Løkin has resigned. The reason is a new civil job (coaching is usually not a fulltime job in the Faroes).
ÍF, who will participate in the Europa League this summer, have found it very difficult so far this season and are level on points with 07 Vestur who occupy one of the relegation places in 9th position.
However, it’s not the results that are the reason for Løkin’s resignation, but the new civil job. Although clubs often use polite wordings when they sack coaches, this time it’s probably true that the real reason is the coach’s new job.
It’s not clear yet who will be ÍF’s new coach, but it will likely be revealed during the week.
Løkin has said he is willing to help out for a few weeks, if his help is wanted.
B36 to strengthen their team
League leaders B36 have revealed that they are on the outlook for strengthening their squad when the transfer window opens on 28 June.
20 May, 2011
Brian Kerr selects his team for the qualifiers against Slovenia and Estonia. Also the U-21 team, who takes on Northern Ireland, is selected.
Faroe Islands coach Brian Kerr has chosen a 21-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Slovenia and Estonia on 3 and 7 June on Svangaskarð, Toftir.
Once again, Brian Kerr has called 40-year old goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen out of his international retirement to replace the long-term injured Gunnar Nielsen of Manchester City as the coach obviously doesn’t have enough trust in other goalkeepers.
The other goalkeeper to be selected is EB/Streymur goalkeeper René Tórgarð (Kerr finally listened to us:-) – But expect Mikkelsen to play (and he is the best of them, but why should the others bother to improve, if they don’t get the chance anyway?).
Apart from three players with no caps, most are familiar names.
The Faroes will be looking for points in these games and it shouldn’t be impossible.
The away match against Estonia in August last year was lost 2-1, but the Faroese were actually leading 1-0 until added time when Estonia scored twice! (match report).
The other match could prove more difficult as the Faroes lost 5-1 away from home last October. But why not get revenge…?
The Faroe Islands squad:
Numbers in parentheses refer to (caps/goals)
EB/Streymur: Daniel Udsen (5), Arnbjørn Hansen (9/1), Rene Torgarð (1)
HB Tórshavn: Fróði Benjaminsen (63/3), Símun Samuelsen (3), Hallur Hansson (0)
ÍF Fuglafjørður: Jákup Mikkelsen (69), Bogi Løkin (17/1)
B36 Tórshavn: Suni Olsen (41/3)
NSÍ Runavík: Einar Hansen (10)
Víkingur: Atli Gregersen (14)
KÍ Klaksvík: Hjalgrím Elttør (19)
Valur Reykjavík (Iceland): Jónas Tór Næs (19), Christian R. Mouritsen (7/1), Pól Jóhannus Justinussen (1)
Aarhus Fremad (Denmark): Jóhan Troest Davidsen (26)
FC FYN (Denmark) Viljormur Davidsen (0)
Roskilde (Denmark): Atli Danielsen (36)
Silkeborg IF (Denmark): Christian L. Holst (25/3)
Ålgård Stavanger (Norway): Rógvi Baldvinsson (0)
Newcastle United (England): Jóan Símun Edmundsson (9/1)
The U-21 team to take on Ireland in Gundadalur, Tórshavn on 31 May is also selected.
The coaches Heðin Askham and Bill McLeod Jacobsen have chosen these players:
ÍF Fuglafjørður: Karl Løkin, Uni R. Petersen, Dánjal á Lakjuni, Jan Ellingsgaard
Víkingur: Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu, Erling Jacobsen, Bárður Hansen
07 Vestur: Kristian Joensen, Rógvi E. Nielsen
B36 Tórshavn: Róaldur Jakobsen, Høgni Eysturoy
B68 Toftir: Petur M. Magnussen, Andre Olsen
HB Tórshavn: Hallur Hansson, Rógvi S. Holm
FC Suðuroy: Heini Vatnsdal
KÍ Klaksvík: Jógvan Isaksen
NSÍ Runavík: Klæmint Olsen
TB Tvøroyri: Gilli Sørensen
AB København (Denmark): Gunnar Zachariasen
Brøndby IF (Denmark): Rene S. Joensen
Vejle BK (Denmark): Bogi R. Petersen
19 May, 2011
HB Tórshavn say goodbye to Icelandic defender and hello to new goalkeeper
HB have announced that Icelandic central defender Tórður Hreiðarsson – called Doddi – has returned to Iceland because of “personal reasons”, as they word it.
Together with Icelandic coach Kristján Guðmundsson, Doddi came to HB ahead of last season and was one of HB’s best players during the season where HB won their 21st league title (his compatriot, the coach, had been sacked with only 6 matches remaining, however).
But HB’s performances and results this season haven´t been up to their usual standards and there has been some rumours about some unrest in the squad.
HB have signed a two and a half year contract with 18-year old goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson. Gestsson moved to Denmark in 2008 where he has played for OB Odense´s youth divisions and has also been goalkeeper for Faroese youth national teams.
Getsson had now become too old to play for OB’s youth team and was told that there was not room for him in OB’s senior team and therefore decided to return to the Faroe Islands, where he hopes to get 1st team action.
As the transfer window is closed, Gestsson is ineligible to play until it opens on 28 June.
But he’ll also have two goalkeepers to beat in current 1st choice Heðin Stenberg and Marcin Dawid. 22-year old Stenberg arrived from AB ahead of the season and has played ok overall - sometimes exceptionally well and sometimes he has shown some – let’s call it - immature uncertainty. Polish goalkeeper Dawid has been with HB since 2007 where he has been in and out as 1st choice, but has recently come back from injury, but has so far been on the bench.
Groundhopping in the Faroe Islands
– Faroese football through the eyes of a foreigner.
One of our Polish readers sent us this interesting article. Read it here!
Faroe Islands Football News
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