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Fjölnir upset Icelandic apple cart

Published: Tuesday 20 May 2008, 10.00CET
Iceland's season kicked off with a hail of goals on 10 May but with promoted Fjölnir top, only FH Hafnarfjördur are living up to their pre-campaign billing.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Fjölnir upset Icelandic apple cart
Fjölnir have made a splendid start to the new season in Iceland ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 20 May 2008, 10.00CET

Fjölnir upset Icelandic apple cart

Iceland's season kicked off with a hail of goals on 10 May but with promoted Fjölnir top, only FH Hafnarfjördur are living up to their pre-campaign billing.

The Icelandic season kicked off with a hail of goals on 10 May but with Fjölnir top, only FH Hafnarfjördur are living up to their pre-campaign billing.

Fjölnir surprise
The opening round was certainly a treat for local fans with the first six games producing 23 goals. Four came in FH's 4-0 win at HK Kópavogs and eight more were scored as reigning champions, and pre-season favourites, Valur Reykjavík lost 5-3 at Keflavík. Promoted Fjölnir also won 3-0 at Throttúr Reykjavík, and now top the table having won all three of their opening league fixtures.

Attacking style
Cup finalists last season, Fjölnir followed their win at Throttúr with a 2-1 triumph against KR Reykjavík, with striker Gunnar Már Guðmundsson scoring a late winner from the penalty spot. "We do not know how to do anything but attack and score," he explained. "It has been our style over the years and there is no reason to change it."

Another win
Coach Ásmundur Arnarsson remained cautious after that victory, saying: "We believe that when play well we can beat any team, but we cannot get carried away. There are 20 games to go and we can't celebrate now. Many things can happen in the next week and we have to keep our feet on the ground." As it happened, their next fixture brought another win – 1-0 at Grindavík.

FH second
That victory has left Fjölnir top of the table, through Fram Reykjavík can overtake them with a win tonight. Cup holders FH are second after following their opening win against HK with a 2-0 triumph against ÍA Akranes and a 4-4 draw at Thróttur. Tipped to finish second in the table, they have at least lived up to expectations, unlike Valur and KR.

Hat-trick hero
Valur followed their opening-day defeat with a 3-0 win against Grindavík, thanks to a Pálmi Rafn Pálmason hat-trick. "It is remarkable how much more fun it is to score three goals rather than two but I got a lot help," he said. However, the celebrations were not to last for long, and a 2-0 defeat at Fylkir in their most recent game was a worrying result.

KR defeated
Tipped to finish third, KR are level on points with Valur ahead of their meeting with Breidablik tonight. A 3-1 win in their opener against Grindavík – promoted to the top division as second-flight champions – marked a good start, but Fjölnir were to send an early shot over their bows in their next game.

Last updated: 21/05/08 14.47CET

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