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Thórsson makes philosophical leap at Keflavík

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 12.19CET
Willum Thór Thórsson has broken with Keflavík's reputation as an attacking side, but with 'Driftwood Bay' top of the Icelandic table, the business and economics expert has had no complaints so far.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Thórsson makes philosophical leap at Keflavík
Keflavík's Keflavíkurvöllur home ©Keflavík
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 12.19CET

Thórsson makes philosophical leap at Keflavík

Willum Thór Thórsson has broken with Keflavík's reputation as an attacking side, but with 'Driftwood Bay' top of the Icelandic table, the business and economics expert has had no complaints so far.

Coach Willum Thór Thórsson has a masters degree in economics and business administration, and his table-topping Keflavík side are proving that less is more in the opening rounds of the 2010 season.

The third lowest-scoring team in the 12-club division, Keflavík have got near to maximum value for their four goals to date, earning three 1-0 wins and a 1-1 draw in their first four games of the campaign. Not crowd-pleasing stuff, perhaps, but proof that the club have got to grips with the Reykjavik University lecturer's "new vision".

Thórsson took charge at Keflavík – literally, Driftwood Bay – this term after nearly five seasons at Valur Reykjavík. He had previously spent three years with KR Reykjavík after leading KF Haukar from the fourth division to the second in the space of 24 months. His plans for the club were clear from the start.

"We embraced a new vision and worked hard on defending as a team," said Thórsson. "We got the team thinking the same way and then looked to make the most of our attacking skills, because we have in our ranks well-organised players like Gudmundur Steinarsson and Jóhann Birnir who can drag opposing defences forward to make space up front.

"That has worked out well," added the one-time KR, Breidablik and Thróttur player. "Right from the first kick-off we aimed for the top places in the table. Now we have to build on this because our start has given players and everyone around the team confidence. Still, we cannot think too far ahead, but must take each game as it comes."

Thórsson's coaching ethos is a simple one. "We aim to defend well as a team, win the ball and from there either get behind opposition defences with a few long passes or build up slowly with short passes through midfield," he said. "If we can average two points a game, we should be challenging until the end of the season."

That may not chime entirely with Keflavík's reputation as an attacking side, but Thórsson has had no complaints so far. "Everybody has got behind us," he said. "Keflavík have been a good team in recent years but lacked consistency. It seemed to me more had to be done in defence and so we changed our training and way of thinking."

Last updated: 31/05/10 16.57CET

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