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KR look to scratch seven-year itch

Published: Tuesday 13 April 2010, 11.32CET
Having welcomed five new players in preparation for the start of the new season, Iceland's most successful side KR Reykjavík will look to end a seven-year title drought in 2010.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
KR look to scratch seven-year itch
KR coach Logi Ólafsson ©erling.is
Published: Tuesday 13 April 2010, 11.32CET

KR look to scratch seven-year itch

Having welcomed five new players in preparation for the start of the new season, Iceland's most successful side KR Reykjavík will look to end a seven-year title drought in 2010.

The Icelandic season does not kick off until 10 May, which will give KR Reykjavík some time to readjust after a substantial overhaul in playing staff since last season.

KR's new arrivals include Gudjón Baldvinsson and Gudmundur Reynir Gudmundsson, who have been loaned back to the club from GAIS Göteborg. A couple more Icelandic players that have lately been in Norway have also returned, Sandefjord Fotball's Kjartan Henry Finnbogason and Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson from Nybergsund IL-Trysil.

In addition, the club have taken on 31-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper Lars Ivar Moldskred, who counts Lillestrøm SK, Molde FK and Strømsgodset IF among his former clubs. Two further foreign players – both Senegalese – have been on trial, with coach Logi Ólafsson saying he is confident at least one of them will be signed.

Given that Baldvinsson and Finnbogason are strikers, while Arnarsson is an attacking midfielder, KR should be in good shape going forward, with Ólafsson saying: "It helps a lot that Viktor and Gudjón were with us in 2008 so they know our tactics. Our goal is to improve on last season and we think we are good enough to aim for the top places."

KR are the oldest and most successful outfit in Iceland with 24 titles to their name. However, the club – who took their black-and-white kit from Newcastle United FC – have not won the league since 2003. Pre-season results – and a seven-day sporting break in Alicante – have gone well, though, promising much for the season to come.

"We have been able to get all our players together so our preparation has gone well, and there have not been any injuries," added Ólafsson. "We also have a lot of promising young players who will get a chance this summer, like Ingólfur Sigurdsson who is being watched by many clubs and will maybe go on trial at AFC Ajax."

KR have seen a number of players leave over the winter; goalkeeper André Hansson (Lillestrøm), Atli Jónasson and Ásgeir Örn Ólafsson (both to Norwegian side Våg FK), Gudmundur Pétursson (Breidablik) and Gudmundur Benediktsson (now coach of UMF Selfoss). However, they will hope the plusses will outweigh the minuses when battle commences.

Last updated: 13/04/10 12.19CET

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