November 30, 2005: November Round-Up:
Transfers and Retirements
Some HB-news first:
Right after the last match of the season, HB announced they had signed a contract with Krzysztof Popczynski to be their coach
for the next 2 years. Krzysztof Popczynski, from Poland, came to VB Vágur in 1999 and was their playing coach until 2003. In 2000 he steered VB to the league title. In 2004 and 2005 he was playing coach at GÍ Gøta. With HB he will "only" be coaching, not playing.
3 HB players had announced that they would retire at the end of the season; well, at least from the top flight. Those players are Rúni Noløse (captain), Hallur Danielsen and Jóhannis Joensen.
Rúni Nolsøe joined HB in 1993 (from VB). In those 13 seasons he played a record 344 games for HB and scored 65 goals. This
season he scored 7 league goals and that equals his personal best from 1996, so why retire?:-). Although the last season was 27 matches compared to only 18 before, he had scored all those 7 goals after only 14 matches. Rúni played 3 times for the national team. That number would have been considerably higher if hadn't been in a "voluntarily exile" from the national team, because a "busy personal schedule". Rúni isn't retiring entirely from soccer though, as he has signed a 1 year contract with AB Argir in the second division as a playing coach.
Hallur Danielsen is probably best described as a seasoned campaigner who didn't draw the big headlines, but who always was a stable 1st choice; the first years as a midfielder and later at right back mostly. Hallur has always played for HB end made his 1st team debut in 1994. He played 265 matches for the 1st team and scored 24 goals.
Jóhannis Joensen joined HB in 1996 and made his mark as a defender in the 1998 championship-winning team, then as a right
back. Later he became a central defender. His good and stable performances for HB earned him a place in the national team also, where he got 17 caps. In 2003 and 2004 he played for FS Vágar and B36, respectively. But in 2005 he was back with HB, were he ended his career after 164 1st team matches and 25 goals.
HB have signed two new players for the next two seasons, Mortan úr Hørg and Milan Kuljic, both from VB Vágur. Mortan is 26 years old and earned a place in the starting line up in the national team last summer as a right back. Milan Kuljic is a 29
year-old midfielder and comes from Serbia. He played with VB from 1998 to 2000 and again from 2003-2005.
Jákup á Borg stays.
Some rumors were about Jákup á Borg returning to B36, but Jákup is going nowhere as he has signed a new 2 year-contract with HB.
B36 Tórhavn have signed forward Sylla Amed Davy, from the Ivory Coast, who has played for ÍF Fuglafjørður the last 2 seasons. Sylla is one of the most enjoyable players to watch with his superb technical skills, but however, he isn't the most effective goal scorer.
Some rumors were about Fróði Benjaminsen leaving B36 to join B68 Toftir, but Fróði has signed for another season with B36.
B36 have also acquired midfielder Hanus Thorleifsson from Skála.
Allan Mørkøre announced before the last match of the season that he would end his career in the best division. Next season he will be playing with AB Argir in the second division (under coach Rúni Noløe).
As mentioned elsewhere, B36 will have to do without Ingi Højsted, who has joined Birmingham in the Premier league.
Skála's Polish dead-ball specialist, Iulian Florescu, has left Skála for KÍ Klaksvík.
ÍF Fuglafjørður has secured the signing of Serbian Aleksandar Jovevic, who last year played for TB Tvøroyri. But ÍF have instead lost defender Poul Ennigarð to GÍ Gøta and Rúni Elltør to FS Vágar 2004 in the second division.
Sonni L. Petersen who has played for EB/Streymur for a couple of seasons will return to NSÍ Runavík.
These are not all, but some of the most important transfers so far.
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