Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Atlantic Cup goes to the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands champions B36 beat Icelandic champions FH Hafnarfjördur in the yearly Atlantic Cup match. The match was settled in a penalty shoot-out. It was 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Breidablik enjoy a scoring spree against HK

Breidablik beat HK 5-3 in a pre-season friendly match today. Man of the match was Marel Baldvinsson who put the ball four times into the back of the net while Olgeir Sigurgeirsson scored one goal for Breidablik. Hördur Magnússon scored a brace and Ólafur Júlíusson netted one goal for HK.

Keflavík reach the League Cup final

Keflavík yesterday booked their place in the Icelandic League Cup final with a victory over ÍBV.

Danish striker Bo Henriksen gave ÍBV the lead but an own goal coupled with a strike from Gudmundur Steinarsson sealed the win for Keflavík.

Man of the match was by all accounts recent Keflavík signing, Australian midfielder Danny Severino.

Keflavík will meet Icelandic champions FH Hafnarfjördur in the final on wednesday evening.


Vidarsson set for Everton debut

Iceland U-21 international Bjarni Thor Vidarsson (18) is set to make his debut for Everton today.

Everton travel to the Riverside Stadium to take on UEFA Cup highfliers Middlesboro.

The midfielder has been named in the match day squad and will at least get a place on the bench.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Gudjohnsen on the verge of Spurs move

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has given Icelandic international Eidur Gudjohnsen the green light to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.

The 27 year old striker has held talks with the North London club and is on the verge of completing a £7m move to White Hart Lane.

Gudjohnsen has been the odd man out at Stamford Bridge of late and hasnt featured on the bench for the last five matches. He's been left out of the match day squad again today as Chelsea take on fierce rivals Manchester United in a bid to sort out his move to Tottenham.

Martin Jol is a keen admirer of the talented Icelander and held talks with José Mourinho and Frank Arnesen about bringing Gudjohnsen to White Hart Lane in January. Mourinho, however was relunctant to let the striker go at that time and Gudjohnsen wasnt keen on a move away from Chelsea either. But with the imminent arrival of German international Michael Ballack to Stamford Bridge the charismatic striker has decided to leave the club for rivals Tottenham.

ÍBV sign Lundbye

ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar have signed 23 year old Danish striker Thomas Lundbye from Danish club Fremad Amager.

The striker has scored 12 goals in 71 games for Fremad Amager.

ÍBV have been busy in the transfer market lately, having signed Uganda midfielder Andy Mwesigwa earlier this week.


Valur capture Scottish midfielder

Icelandic Cup winners Valur have signed 32 year old Dundee defensive midfielder Barry Smith.

Smith has been in temporary charge of Dundee since last week following the sacking of manager Alan Kerneghan but will join Valur when the Scottish season finishes.

The 32 year old was capped nine times for the Scotland U-21’s. Smith has signed a two year contract with Valur which will bring to an end a ten year long career with Dundee.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Víkingur Reykjavík trial Perry

USA striker Rodney Perry (24) is currently on trial at Icelandic Premiership club Víkngur Reykjavík. The striker played for Icelandic first division club Haukar last season, scoring once in fifteen games.

17 year old Sigurdsson in action for the Reading reserves

Gylfi Sigurdsson (17) played the whole match for the Reading reserves in a 3-0 away win over Gillingham in the Combination's Central Division. Curtis Osano, Alex Pearce and Liam Marum scored the goals.

The win secured the division title for the reserves. Sigurdsson played in midfield and did well.

"Its been a great first season here at Reading. I started with the U-17's and did well and after the New Year I´ve been playing for the U-19's. Lately I've been getting games for the reserves and Im happy with that." Said Sigurdsson after the Gillingham match and the flamboyant midfielder added: "I've been quick to adjust to the style of football over here. Its also nice that my parents have moved here and that plays a big part in me adjusting quickly to the English lifestyle. It also helps enourmously to have two great Icelandic players to guide me in Ivar Ingimarsson and Brynjar Gunnarsson. Those two are top professionals."

It will be interesting to follow the midfielder's progress next season as he's without a doubt surpassed expectations this season.


Mwesigwa rejects Santos for ÍBV

Uganda midfielder Andy Mwesigwa rejected Brazilian side Santos, and USA sides Columbus Crew and Richmond Kickers in favour of a move to Icelandic side ÍBV.

According to Mwesigwa's agent Junior Ssembatya the reason for the midfielders decision was two-fold. "We decided to accept ÍBV's offer because it suited us the best. The club agreed to offer the player a house and a place in the first team. The club has been following Mwesigwa closely and have been impressed with him."


Vidarsson on the verge of the Everton first team

Young Everton reserves midfielder Bjarni Thor Vidarsson (18) could be on the verge of the Everton first team after manager David Moyes hinted that he could put a couple of youngsters in his side against Middlesboro next weekend.

Moyes said, "I want to finish as high up the league as I can, though that still might mean we give a couple of the younger one's a go.''They have done okay but they are young boys. We are always pretty good at putting the young boys in early. We have done that when we have thought the time has been right."

Vidarsson was on the bench for Everton against Newcastle earlier in the season.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pre-season friendlies

ÍA Akranes beat Breidablik 3-2 in a pre-season friendly yesterday. The scorers for ÍA Akranes were former Bolton and Leicester striker Arnar Gunnlaugsson, Hafthor Vilhjalmsson and Icelandic U-21 international Andri Júlíusson. Marel Baldvinsson scored both goals for breidablik.

Fjölnir surpricingly beat KR Reykjavík 1-0 with Ingimundur Níels Óskarsson scoring the only goal of the game for Fjölnir. KR Reykjavík have been in poor form of late and need to buckle up before the new season which starts in three weeks.

Transfer news: Grindavík opt not to sign Odour. Ahandour a possibility

Grindavík have opted not to sign Kenyan international Charles Odour who has been on trial at the club the past weeks. 26 year old Odour has been capped 70 times for Kenya and has previously played for Belgian club Genk.

Grindavík are still deciding whether to offer French striker Mounir Ahandour a contract. The striker played for Grindavík last season, scoring twice in 17 games. The decision whether to sign the Frenchman will be taken soon.


Iceland U-21 side to face Andorra

Iceland U-21 coach Lúkas Kostic has selected the following squad to face Andorra on May 3rd in the first leg of the European U-21 international prelimanary round. The second leg will be played on June 1st in Iceland. The winners of the tie will face Italy (at home) and Austria (away).

The squad:


Magnus Thormar - Keflavík
Hrafn Davídsson - ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
David Thor Vidarsson - FH Hafnarfjördur
Pálmi Rafn Pálmason - Valur
Hjalmar Thorarinsson - Hearts
Ragnar Sigurdsson - Fylkir
Andri Júlíusson - ÍA Akranes
Bjarni Thor Vidarsson - Everton
Eyjólfur Hédinsson - Fylkir
Theódor Elmar Bjarnason - Celtic
Baldur Sigurdsson - Keflavík
Gudjon Baldvinsson - Stjarnan
Gudmann Thorisson - Breidalik
Kári Ársælsson - Breidablik
Kristján Valdimarsson - Grindavík
Matthias Vilhjalmsson - FH Hafnarfjördur
Rurik Gislason - Charlton
Heidar Geir Júlíusson - Fram

Sunday, April 23, 2006

FH Hafnarfjördur seal their place in the League Cup final

FH Hafnarfjördur beat Thor Akureyri 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Icelandic League Cup today. The goalscorers were Armann Smari Björnsson who scored with a good header from a corner in the 49th minute and Tryggvi Gudmundsson who scored from a freekick in the 75th minute.

FH Hafnarfjördur will meet the winners in the other semi-final game, Keflavík or IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

The League Cup final will take place on May 1st.

Gunnarsson to AZ Alkmaar on trial

Attacking Icelandic midfielder Aron Einar Gunnarsson (16) who plays for Thor Akureyri has been asked to come on trial at Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. The youngster is regarded as highly promising and has had trials at several European clubs in the past year. NEC Njimingen offered Gunnarsson a contract after he impressed on trial at the club late last year and couple of weeks later the midfielder trained with Danish club Esjberg. Gunnarsson has also been on trial at Dutch giants PSV along with English Championship club Ipswich Town and Swedish club Örgryte.

Gunnarsson is a key player for the Iceland u-17’s and played five games for Thor Akureyri last season.

Two Icelandic players are already at AZ Alkmaar. Right back Gretar Steinsson and midfielder Joey Gudjonsson.


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Watford scout Icelandic wonderkid

Watford are among several english teams including Arsenal and Man Utd keeping a close eye on Icelandic 17 year old attacking midfielder Birkir Bjarnason. The flamboyant midfielder who plays for Norwegian club Viking FK made his debut in the Norwegian Premiership earlier this month and is tipped for a huge future in the game.

Watford are believed to have sent scouts to watch the midfielder in action against Ham-Kam on the first day of the season after Bjarnason delivered several stunning performances for Viking FK during pre-season.

Viking FK manager believes Bjarnason will be a special player: “Its unbelievable that he's just 17 years old. He's the typical box-to-box player."

Watford are expected to keep a close eye the player’s progress in the coming months.

Transfer news: Keflavík sign Severino

Icelandic side Keflavík have signed Australian striker Danny Severino on a two year contract. Severino impressed during his trial at the club since leaving his club in Australia in March and travelled with the Keflavík squad on their pre-season tour to Spain earlier this month.

Severino has played for English Championship side Millwall and Italian Serie B side Piacenza.

Source: Fréttablaðið (www.ví

Friday, April 21, 2006

Gudjohnsen ruled out because of illness

Eidur Gudjohnsen has been ruled out of Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool because of illness.

Gislason rewarded for fine form

18 year old flamboyant Charlton Athletic midfielder Rurik Gislason has been rewarded for his fine form in the Charlton reserves of late and will be one of eighteen players travelling to face Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

Gislason has been producing fine displays in the Charlton reserves recently and scored a good goal as well as setting up another in this midweek's 2-1 win for the reserves agianst their Watford counterparts.

"This is really exiting and Im very happy to be in the squad. It would be even greater to be on the bench tomorrow but we'll just have to wait and see," said Gislason on the official HK Kopavogur website (HK Kopavogur is the club he played for most of his career in Iceland).

About the reserve game he scored in earlier in the week Gislason added: “I had a good game and I should have had a hat-trick. I scored one goal, hit the bar and the ball came down over the line but the referee didnt give it and I should have had a penalty which I would have taken myself of course."

The midfielder is already an Icelandic u-21 international and has reportedly impressed Charlton manager Alan Curbishley with his flair and attacking play.

Its doubtful that Gislason will make the bench tomorrow but being included in the 18-man squad is one of the milestones the midfielder will have to reach before making an appearence for the first team.

Silkeborg IF sign Sveinsson

22 year old Keflavík striker Hördur Sveinsson has put pen to paper on a three year contract with danish Premiership side Silkeborg IF.

Sveinsson joined Silkeborg IF on loan from Icelandic side Keflavík in the january transfer window and has impressed during his spell. The striker scored 4 goals in his first two league matches and has in total scored 5 goals in 8 league matches since he arrived.

The stocky striker scored 16 goals in 24 games for Keflavík in all competitions last season including 4 goals in one game UEFA Cup match against a Luxembourg side. The Icelandic u-21 international also managed to score a brace in the famous 4-1 victory against the Swedish u-21’s on their home turf last October.

He will be contracted to Silkeborg until 2009.

Pre-season friendlies

Valur and Grindavík are both on pre-season tours in Turkey and the two clubs came up against each other in a friendly yesterday.

The friendly ended in a 3-3 draw and amongst the goalscorers was Gardar Gunnlaugsson with a brace for Valur and Óskar Örn Hauksson with one goal for Grindavík.


Clubs tracking Baldvinsson

English Championship duo Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday are tracking Stjarnan’s 19 year old prolific striker Gudjon Baldvinsson. The Icelandic u-21 international finished topscorer in the Icelandic 2nd division last year with 14 goals in 17 league games and was also voted player of the year in the division. The English Championship duo will monitor Baldvinsson's progress during the Icelandic first division season this summer.

Baldvinsson recently spent a week long trial at Norwegian first division club Bodö/Glimt. The Norwegians wanted to sign the striker on loan but Stjarnan rejected the offer out of hand and any deal was put on hold.

Swiss club St Gallen and Belgian club Genk are also monitoring the situation, with the player previously impressing on trials at both clubs.

Premiership trio watch young starlet

Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping a close eye on 15 year old Stjarnan goalkeeper Arnar Darri Pétursson. The youngster has already had trials at Arsenal and Everton, impressing the coaching staff at both clubs. Tottenham have now entered the race and want him on trial next autumn.

Pétursson is rated as one of the most promising goalkeepers in Scandinavia and has already been capped at u-17 level for Iceland.

Transfer news: Ottóson in/Gardarsson out for the champions

24 year old midfielder cum striker Andri Fannar Ottósson is on his way to Icelandic champions FH Hafnarfjördur from Fram according to morning newspaper Morgunbladid in Iceland.

33 year old attacking midfielder Jónas Grani Gardarsson is expected to head the other way and join Fram.

Youth footy: Gislason stars for the Charlton reserves

18 year old flamboyant midfielder Rurik Gislason was the star of the show for the Charlton reserves during their 2-1 win over their Watford counterparts last wednesday at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park ground.

Gislason gave Charlton the lead in the 6th minute as well as turning provider for the winning goal late in the second half.

Should the player keep up the good work a chance for the Charlton first team could beckon next season.

18 year old midfielder Bjarni Thor Vidarsson played the whole match for the Everton reserves against the Leeds United reserves in a goalless draw at Elland Road in Leeds last wednesday.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ice, Ice babies

Two of Stoke City’s most promising youngsters are set to join Icelandic Premiership club Víkingur Reykjavík on loan over the summer. Defender Carl Dickinson and striker Keith Thomas will spend two months at the club.

Stoke City manager Johan Boskamp said about the moves: “Both players lost six months of this season with broken legs and they need more time to play rather than have two months rest.”

This is not the first time Stoke City have taken advantaged of the Icelandic league season during the summertime. In the summer 2004, defender Richard Keogh, now at Bristol City, and striker Jermaine Palmer both enjoyed successfull spells at Víkingur.

While in 2001 Lewis Neal and Marc Goodfellow spent a month at IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

The league stage of the Icelandic League Cup finishes

The league stage of the Icelandic League Cup finished today with 6 games. The format of the Icelandic League Cup is that at first its divided into 2 leagues containing 16 teams. Every team from the Premiership and six from the first division. After the league stage, two teams from each league qualify for the semi finals.

Todays results:
League 1
Víkingur Olafsvík – Breidablik 0-3
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar – Throttur Reykjavík 1-0
FH Hafnarfjördur – Fjölnir 5-2

League 2
Fram – KR Reykjavík 3-2
ÍA Akranes – Keflavík 1-1
Víkingur Reykjavík – Thor Akureyri 0-1

The final standings:
League 1
1. FH Hafnarfjördur 7 games 16pts
2. IBV Vestmannaeyjar 7 games 14pts
3. Breidablik 7 games 12pts
4. Fylkir 7 games 12pts
5. Fjölnir 7 games 8pts
6. Grindavík 7 games 6pts
7. Vikingur Olafsvík 7 games 5pts
8. Throttur Reykjavík 7 games 2pts

League 2
1. Keflavík 7 games 14pts
2. Thor Akureyri 7 games 14pts
3. Víkingur Reykjavík 7 games 13pts
4. IA Akranes 7 games 12pts
5. Valur 7 games 11pts
6. KR Reykjavík 7 games 6pts
7. Fram 7 games 5pts
8. KA Akureyri 7 games 3pts

In the semi finals the following teams will meet:

FH Hafnarfjördur - Thor Akureyri
Keflavík - IBV Vestmannaeyjar

Its interesting that KR Reykjavik were awful in this competition and only managed 6pts and first division club Thor Akureyri managed to finish second in their league and progress to the semi finals.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hreidarsson banned for three games

Charlton defender Herman Hreidarsson has pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge of violent conduct. He will be banned for three games and therefore miss the rest of the season for the Addicks.

The FA took action after Hreidarsson was caught on camera seemingly catching Fulham's Luis Boa Morte with an elbow when the two teams met on 15 April.

Charlton lost the game against their London rivals 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Pre-season friendlies

Icelandic clubs are in the middle of the pre-season and are on tours in various european countries. Two clubs; Valur and Grindavík are currently in Turkey and seem to be facing pretty poor opposition as both clubs entered double figures in their friendlies yesterday.

Valur came away with a 15-3 victory against a poor Turkish side. Gardar Gunnlaugsson who recently returned to Valur from a loan spell with Scottish club Dunfermline notched five goals. Last saturday Valur beat a russian side 2-1 with goals from Jakob Spangsberg and Elvar Freyr Arnthorsson.

Yesterday Grindavík beat Turkish third division Antalya 12-1. Andri Steinn Birgisson came away with a hat-trick. Earlier Grindavík drew a russian side 1-1 with newcomer Johann Thorhallsson scoring for Grindavík.


Viking invasion

British clubs are investing heavily into Icelandic youth football these days which surely will only improve the quality of the players. Today eight players from the age 16 to 21 are playing for various youth and reserve teams across England and north of the border in Scotland the number slightly lower or five players.

18 year old midfielder Bjarni Thor Vidarsson made the bench for Everton in the league game against Newcastle last month at St. James´s Park and is predicted to have great future ahead of him the game. So to 18 year old Rurik Gislason at Charlton and 19 year old Teddy Bjarnason at Celtic. It will be interesting to follow these lads in the future, they may make it or they may not. But one things for sure, the numbers will get higher. Here is the full list: (Icelandic owned club Stoke City has no Icelandic youth players amongst their ranks).

Rurik Gislason (88)– Charlton
Bjarni Thor Vidarsson (88) – Everton
Thordur Ingason (88) – Everton
Emil Hallfredsson (84) – Tottenham
Bjorn Orri Hermannsson (89) – Ipswich Town
Oskar Petursson (89) – Ipswich Town
Viktor Unnar Illugason (90) – Ipswich Town
Gylfi Sigurdsson (89) – Reading

Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (87) - Celtic
Kjartan Henry Finnbogason (86) – Celtic
Hjalmar Thorarinsson (86) – Hearts
Eggert Gunnthor Jonsson (88) – Hearts
Haraldur Bjornsson (89) - Hearts

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How Ballack's arrival spells goodbye to Gudjohnsen at Stamford Bridge

Eidur Gudjohnsen is the odd man out at Chelsea at the moment. The striker hasnt featured on the bench for the past three games and it seems that José Mourinho has finally come to the conclusion that the Icelander is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The reason is German midfield guru Michael Ballack. Ballack is the individual component that Mourinho hopes will work in tandem with Frank Lampard in the heart of the Chelsea midfield next season. On paper the special one is right. Gudjohnsen is packing his bags but where will the skilfull striker cum midfielder end up?

Gudjohnsen who turns 28 years old next August has publicly stated that he doesnt want to play for another english club if/when he leaves Chelsea. London, however is a city his family has grown accustomed to, and having three young children might be a big factor in the decision making of which club he'll join. A move to another London based club is very much on the cards.

I firmly believe that Eidur Gudjohnsen will end up at Tottenham in the summer. Tottenham is a club Gudjohnsen supported as a kid and Martin Jol is a keen admirer of the Icelandic striker. Talks have reportedly already taken place. It's been a good ride for Gudjohnsen at Stamford Bridge but the time to move on is this summer and Tottenham are a club on the rise.

At 28, Gudjohnsen, dubbed the blond Maradona by Mourinho earlier in the season, is reaching the peak of his career and would be a quality addition to the already talented and youthful looking Tottenham squad.

Monday, April 17, 2006

How the players fared today

The english Premiership:
Eidur Gudjohnsen did not make the bench for Chelsea and his future at the club remains very much in doubt. Hermann Hreidarsson played the whole 90 minutes in a 2-1 home win against Portsmouth.

The english Championsship:
Ivar Ingimarsson
and Brynjar Gunnarsson played the whole 90 minutes in a 3-1 home against Stoke City.

The english League 2:
Notts County manager Gudjon Thordarson faces an anxious end of season run in after his side lost 2-1 away against league leaders Carlisle. They are now hovering just above the relegation places.

The swedish Allsvenskan:
Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson was substituted in the 90th minute in a 0-0 draw at home against champions Djurgarden. Kara Arnason started the game for Djurgarden and was eventually substituted in a subdued match. Sölvi Geir Ottesen is still out injured for Djurgarden. Gunnar Thor Gunnarsson and Petur Marteinsson played the whole 90 minutes for Hammarby in a excellent 1-2 away win against Malmö FF. Emil Hallfredsson did not feature for Malmö FF

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The history of the Icelandic Premiership

*KR Reykjavík has won the most league titles with 24 since 1912. Valur Reykjavík has won it 19 times. ÍA Akranes and Fram Reykjavík have won it 18 times respectively. These four are the so called giants of Icelandic football.

2005 FH Hafnarfjördur
2004 FH Hafnarfjördur
2003 KR Reykjavík
2002 KR Reykjavík
2001 ÍA Akranes
2000 KR Reykjavík
1999 KR Reykjavík
1998 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
1997 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
1996 ÍA Akranes
1995 ÍA Akranes
1994 ÍA Akranes
1993 ÍA Akranes
1992 ÍA Akranes
1991 Víkingur Reykjavík
1990 Fram Reykjavík
1989 KA Akureyri
1988 Fram Reykjavík
1987 Valur Reykjavík
1986 Fram Reykjavík
1985 Valur Reykjavík
1984 ÍA Akranes
1983 ÍA Akranes
1982 Víkingur Reykjavík
1981 Víkingur Reykjavík
1980 Valur Reykjavík
1979 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
1978 Valur Reykjavík
1977 ÍA Akranes
1976 Valur Reykjavík
1975 ÍA Akranes
1974 ÍA Akranes
1973 Keflavík
1972 Fram Reykjavík
1971 Keflavík
1970 ÍA Akranes
1969 Keflavík
1968 KR Reykjavík
1967 Valur Reykjavík
1966 Valur Reykjavík
1965 KR Reykjavík
1964 Keflavík
1963 KR Reykjavík
1962 Fram Reykjavík
1961 KR Reykjavík
1960 ÍA Akranes
1959 KR Reykjavík
1958 ÍA Akranes
1957 ÍA Akranes
1956 Valur Reykjavík
1955 KR Reykjavík
1954 ÍA Akranes
1953 ÍA Akranes
1952 KR Reykjavík
1951 ÍA Akranes
1950 KR Reykjavík
1949 KR Reykjavík
1948 KR Reykjavík
1947 Fram Reykjavík
1946 Fram Reykjavík
1945 Valur Reykjavík
1944 Valur Reykjavík
1943 Valur Reykjavík
1942 Valur Reykjavík
1941 KR Reykjavík
1940 Valur Reykjavík
1939 Fram Reykjavík
1938 Valur Reykjavík
1937 Valur Reykjavík
1936 Valur Reykjavík
1935 Valur Reykjavík
1934 KR Reykjavík
1933 Valur Reykjavík
1932 KR Reykjavík
1931 KR Reykjavík
1930 Valur Reykjavík
1929 KR Reykjavík
1928 KR Reykjavík
1927 KR Reykjavík
1926 KR Reykjavík
1925 Fram Reykjavík
1924 Víkingur Reykjavík
1923 Fram Reykjavík
1922 Fram Reykjavík
1921 Fram Reykjavík
1920 Víkingur Reykjavík
1919 KR Reykjavík
1918 Fram Reykjavík
1917 Fram Reykjavík
1916 Fram Reykjavík
1915 Fram Reykjavík
1914 Fram Reykjavík
1913 Fram Reykjavík
1912 KR Reykjavík

Players in action today

24 year old right back Gretar Steinsson played the whole game for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-4 away win against SC Heerenveen in the dutch Eredivisie league. The attacking full back was brought in by manager Louis van Gaal last summer to replace Jan Kromkamp who left for Villarreal last July and has now joined Liverpool.

28 year old midfielder Arnar Thor Vidarsson did not feature for Twente in a 1-1 draw against Groningen in the dutch Eredivisie league.

22 year old striker Hördur Sveinsson scored the first goal for Silkeborg FF against AC Horsens in a 2-1 win at home in the danish Premiership. The goal was a beautiful bicycle-kick according to reports. The goal will without a doubt increase his chances of a permanent stay at the club. Todays goal brings his goal tally up to 5 goals in 8 games and despite playing

Notts County's slump continues

Gudjon Thordarson's Notts County only managed a 1-1 draw at home against 16th placed Macclesfield. Notts County havent won a league game since March 11th against Bristol Rovers and a run of five games without a win has seen the side slump down to 17th place. Hopefully for Gudjons sake, things will turn for the better soon.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Atlantic Cup

On saturday 29th of April, the Icelandic champions FH will come up against the Faroe Islands champions B36. The winners will be crowned the Atlantic Champions. This will be the fifth time this cup game is held and the history of the cup is this:

2002: B36 (Faroe Islands) - IA Akranes (Iceland) 1-2
2003: KR Reykjavik (Iceland) - HB (Faroe Islands) 2-0
2004: HB (Faroe Islands) - KR Reykjavik (Iceland) 3-1
2005: FH Hafnarfjördur (Iceland) - HB (Faroe Islands) 4-1

The start of the Icelandic Premiership one month away

The Icelandic premiership will start on sunday 14th of May. Its a 10 league format so each team plays 18 games. Last season champions are FH Hafnarfjördur, a town situated in the Reykjavik metropolitan area. A preview of each team will be posted on here before the league starts along with predictions for the upcoming season.

Gunnarsson proves to be a big hit for Hammarby

21 year old left back Gunnar Thor Gunnarsson who recently joined Allsvenskan side Hammarby in Sweden from Icelandic side Fram has proved to be a big hit.

He's started the first two games of the season and put in faultless performances in both games. The Hammarby manager and supporters who nickname Gunnarsson DubbelGurra are extremely pleased with the player and hope to see him improve during his stay at Hammarby.

Unearthed diamond in Stavanger

17 year old Viking FK Icelandic wonderkid Birkir Bjarnason who has already played for the Iceland u-21's has grabbed the headlines at the start of the Norwegian Tippeligaen season. It has been known for quite some time that Bjarnason was a exceptional talent. Viking FK signed Bjarnason from Figgio, a lower division side in Norway where he made his debut at the age of 15 and despite the player's rapid rise he's not one to take it easy.

Bjarnason was named in the starting line-up against Ham-Kam in a 0-0 draw last weekend having started most of the games for Viking FK in the pre-season and he wants more, speaking to Dagbladet in Norway the youngster said:
"I hope to get many games this season and cement my place in the team. After Viking FK I want to go abroad and prove myself."

Viking FK manager Tony Prahl thinks highly of Bjarnason:
"Its unbelievable that he's just 17 years old. He's the typical box-to-box player."

And who is Bjarnason's favourite player?
"Kaka, he's got everyting."

Many clubs across europe have been alerted by the talented youngster and clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic have all sent scouts to watch him in action and are certain to follow his every move during the Norwegian season this summer.

Source: Dagbladet

Youth footy: Icelandic duo taking Heerenveen by storm

Icelandic duo Bjorn Jonsson (15) and Arnor Smarason (17) have been putting on impressive displays for their dutch club Heerenveen youth sides of late. Jonsson has regulary been amongst the goals for the u-17's and scored one and set up another in a 3-0 win over PSV Eindhoven last weekend. It was Jonsson's seventh goal of the season and with the win the Heerenveen u-17 side climbed up to third place in the league behind AJAX and Feyenoord.
Smarason has mainly been playing for the u-19 side and has put on impressive displays during the season.


Youth footy: Teddy celebrates 2nd successive title success

19 year old flamboyant Celtic midfielder Theodor Elmar Bjarnason celebrated his 2nd successive title yesterday, when the u-19's won Motherwell 1-0 at home. Celtic's midfield powerhouse Simon Ferry scored the goal in the 80 minute which sparked massive celebrations at Hannah Park.

Teddy who is in his second season at Celtic has come on leaps and bounds the past few months and has been praised by the Celtic coaching staff. Its expected that he'll feature regulary for the reserves next season with a first team place fast beckoning.

Here's how a Celtic fan described his performance yesterday:
"Teddy did next to nothing in the first half apart from give the ball away when his deft flicks struck a divot or he was robbed of possession by the fired-up hosts, who were hunting in packs. But in the second half he was well-nigh unstoppable. Drifting in on to his right foot, cutting back on to his left, step-overs, dribbles, crosses, shots, the lot. Eventually Well had to double-team him in an attempt to halt his mazy runs. Big Teddy turned the match and almost scored one of the goals of the season. If he continues to progress at this rate, he could be a SPECIAL player. Got a deserved ovation from the appreciative crowd when he went off in the last minute."

Players in action today

The English Premiership:
Heidar Helgsuon played the whole game for Fulham in a 2-1 home win against Charlton today. Hermann Hreidarsson also played the whole game for Charlton. Eidur Gudjohnsen did not feature for Chelsea against Bolton is a 1-2 win at Reebok.

The English Championship:
Ivar Ingimarsson played the whole game Reading in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United. Brynjar Gunnarsson came on as a second half substitute in the 83rd minute. Gylfi Einarsson was not involved for Leeds United. Hannes Sigurdsson was not involved for Stoke City in a 2-1 loss at home against Southampton having undergone a foot surgery last week which rules him out until next season.

The Scottish Premiership:
Hjalmar Thorarinsson
was not among the Hearts substitutes in a 2-0 win against Kilmarnock at home. The player who finished as a topscorer for the u-19 side and the reserves last season continues to be ignored for a place on the bench depite the brace he scored for the reserves earlier in the week. Hjalmar remains topscorer in the reserves this season.

Icelanders make their mark in Sweden

Two Icelandic players scored for their respective teams in the Swedish premiership Allsvenskan yesterday.

Helgi Valur Danielsson scored for Öster in a 3-4 loss at home to IF Elfsborg while Johann Gudmundsson the scored winning goal from the penalty spot in a 2-1 away win against Kalmar FF.

Sveinsson not offered a contract just yet

22 year old Keflavik striker Hördur Sveinsson who is now currently on loan at danish side Silkeborg FF is waiting to see where his future lies.

Having started brilliantly at Silkeborg FF, scoring 4 goals in his first two league games, he has now failed to find the back of the net for 4 games running.

According to Icelandic media, the Silkeborg FF management team has not made up their mind yet on wether to offer Sveinsson a permanent deal or not.

We await developments.

Gudjohnsen fast becoming the forgotten man

Chelsea beat Bolton 2-0 away today with english duo John Terry and Frank Lampard scoring the goals. For the second weekend in a row Eidur Gudjohnsen was nowhere to be seen.

It seems his future at the club is in doubt and with the imminent arrival of free-scoring german midfielder Michael Ballack it's more likely than not that Gudjohnsen's future lies away from Stamford Bridge.

The summer will be interesting for Gudjohnsen fans.

Outflux of talented youngsters increasing

It seems that european clubs have identfied Icelandic football as a potential money making machine as talented youngsters have been plucked away from their clubs. Clubs, most notably in Britain, have been busy signing the best Icelandic youngsters and could stand to gain profit should their gambles pay off. For example, Hearts in Scotland have three Icelandic youngsters on their book, Celtic two and Ipswich three. The number of Icelandic youngsters in British football is highest of all the nordic countries and if reports are to be believed the number will increase over the next years.

Icelandic players have a certain reputation, a good reputation of hardworking and never give up attitude. There is also Eidur Gudjohnsen of Chelsea, who has been one of the best players in the English Premiership the last few years and his success has alerted clubs that talent on his calibre can be found on the tiny island in the middle of the atlantic seas.

However for Icelandic football supporters the loss of promising youngsters only devalues the quality of league football and the entertainment devalues also. But the outflux is not going to stup anytime soon. Probably.