Having ended last season in an ugly relegation scrap, B36 Tórshavn seem to be back to sorts in the Faroe Islands, leading the table after five rounds having reached the semi-finals of the domestic cup.
Last season they were knocked out in the first round of the latter competition by second tier TB Tvøroyri and ended the league campaign just one place above relegated KÍ Klaksvík. However, with the clubs finances having stabilised, 30-year-old midfielder and forward Jákup á Borg says new signings have made all the difference.
"The players we have signed are the kind of players we really need," explained the Faroese international. "We have bought one player in each line of the team. It's wonderful that they have made such a good start." Former KÍ marksman Hjalgrím Elttør has certainly caught the eye, while midfielder Bárður Olsen – signed from EB/Streymur – has showcased his creativity and his striking ability. Serbian centre-back Dimitrije Janković, who also played for B36 in 2008, also remains a class act.
However, the key link in the chain could be coach Sigfrídur Clementsen. A title winner with B36 in 2005 and EB/Streymur in 2008, the 37-year-old was sacked by the latter midway through last season after his side lost to Víkingur in the Faroese Cup final and was immediately brought back to B36 to help coach Mikkjal Thomassen save his side from relegation.
Clementsen made his mark in the final stages of the 2009 season, and having taken sole command this time around, B36 are playing in his tried-and-tested style, defending diligently and breaking at speed. Jákup á Borg said: "Sigfrídur has a certain way of playing and he insists things are done just so. That has been very positive for the team. We all know what he expects and what our roles are, and since this is a team sport, it's very important we work together to do what we agreed on."
Oddly, a disappointing 1-1 draw against ÍF Fuglagjørdur on Sunday served to underline the change in B36 since last season. "It's a good sign for us to have that we are extremely disappointed," said Jákup á Borg. "We were down in the dressing room afterwards. It's good that we are not satisfied with a draw. We have nurtured a winning mentality which I think we can build upon."
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