September 30, 2009: September Round-Up:
Not a whole lot in September's round up, but a bit of this and a bit of that, though:
Danish forward Nikolaj Eriksen has extended his contract with AB for another season. The same has his compatriot, defender Morten Overgaard. Also Norwegian striker Stig-Roar Søbstad who arrived mid-season has extended his contract with the club for next season.
As most of AB’s team is continuing next season, AB should be well armed to repeat this season’s feat of a surprising 6th place. But to do that, they will have to be better than ÍF Fuglafjørður and B36 Tórshavn again.
B68 coach Bill McCleod Jacobsen has extended his contract with the club for two more years. McCleod Jacobsen who has previously mostly been coach at youth level has had a very successful spell since he became coach at B68 two years ago. B68 are in 4th place going into the final round where a win away to B36 Tórshavn will secure B68 a place in next year’s Europa League.
38-year-old left back/midfielder Øssur Hansen has decided to continue for B68 yet another season. Hansen made his debut for B68 more than 20 years ago and was their top scorer when they won the title in 1992.
In fact, most of the current squad will continue at B68 next season.
Heðin Askham who released Sigfríður Clementsen and Magni Mohr after EB/streymur’s cup final loss to Víkingur in the summer will be continuing his work next season, EB/Streymur have announced. EB/Streymur have earned 22 points from 10 matches since Askham’s arrival and look virtually assure of the runners up position. EB/Streymur’s last match of the season is away against KÍ Klaksvík who only have a mathematical chance of avoiding relegation.
21-year-old defender Dánjal Davidsen who switched to EB/Streymur from HB Tórshavn a couple of seasons ago has extended his contract with EB/Streymur for another year. Davidsen is a member of the Faroese U21 squad travelling to Russia and Rumania in October.
NSÍ have announced that their coach Pauli Poulsen will also be their coach for next season.
NSÍ midfielder – and international player - Bogi Løkin is mowing to Denmark to study law and will therefore not be playing for NSÍ next season. He’s hoping to find a Danish club with a decent level to play for.
VB/Sumba … FC Suðuroy
36-year-old defender Pól Thorsteinsson will not be part of VB/Sumba’s Vodafone Division squad next season (next season VB/Sumba change name to FC Suðuroy). He already made the decision not to play in the top division again after winning the championship with NSÍ Runavík in 2007. He has since played for his childhood club VB/Sumba in the 1st division, who secured promotion to the top flight last Saturday.
Thorsteinsson was for many years one of the very best players in the top division and has won the Faroese championship 3 time; twice with B36 Tórshavn in 2001 and 2005 and with NSÍ Runavík in 2007. Thorsteinsson appeared 37 times for the Faroe Islands from 1997-2004.
Although the clubs from Suðuroy [Southern Island], where VB/Sumba and TB Tvøroyri are from, are struggling to mix it among the best, the unified under -16 team from the island, VB/TB, are having no such problems as they have just recently won their 3rd Faroese title in 4 years.
Eli Hentze, who released Frankie Jensen as coach with about two months remaining of the 1st division, will not continue at the post when the team plays in the Vodafone Division next season, saying the job is too time-consuming when you have a normal job as well.
Hentze also told that B71 will have to strengthen their squad to have any chance to compete among the best.
When B71 played in the top flight in 2007 and 2008, they had 4 Brazilians in their team. Now there is only one; Clayton Soares. B71 also have several home-grown quality players scattered around at different other clubs in the Vodafone Division. It’s unclear if any of them will return as B71 are back in the top flight.
Player of the year awards 2009
The “player of the year” awards will be handed out on Sunday 4 October. We’ll have a short report from the event either on Sunday evening or Monday.
Rógvi Jacobsen back in the national fold
All-time top scorer for the Faroese national team Rógvi Jacobsen (with 10 goals) has been recalled to the 22 man squad which travels to France and Rumania in October. Jacobsen has been absent from the national team for a year because of injury. But 7 goals in 12 matches for ÍF Fuglafjørður since he returned in mid July has persuaded the coach Brian Kerr to include Jacobsen in the 22-man squad.
Also winger Andy Olsen from ÍF has been picked after a number of great performances for the club during the season. Olsen has not been capper before.
The rest of the squad is pretty much made up of familiar faces:
Jákup Mikkelsen (Goalkeeper), Atli Danielsen (KÍ Klaksvík)
Jóhan Troest Davidsen, Einar T. Hansen, Jann Ingi Petersen, Bogi Løkin, Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ Runavík)
Bartal Eliasen, Andy Olsen, Rógvi Jacobsen (ÍF Fuglafjørður)
Egil á Bø, Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur)
Atli Gregersen, Súni Olsen, Andreas Lava Olsen (Víkingur)
Fróði Benjaminsen, Vagnur Mohr Mortensen (HB Tórshavn)
Jákup á Borg (B36 Tórshavn)
Gunnar Nielsen, goalkeeper (Manchester City, England)
Jónas Tór Næs ( Hvidovre, Denmark)
Christian L. Holst (Silkeborg, Denmark)
Símun Samuelsen (Keflavík, Iceland)
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