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Bergsson drinks in Icelandic spectacle

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2008, 15.40CET
Now a lawyer and television presenter, former defender Gudni Bergsson has stayed busy since hanging up his boots, with the ups and downs of the 2008 Icelandic season keeping him on the edge of his seat.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Bergsson drinks in Icelandic spectacle
Gudni Bergsson in the colours of Bolton Wanderers ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2008, 15.40CET

Bergsson drinks in Icelandic spectacle

Now a lawyer and television presenter, former defender Gudni Bergsson has stayed busy since hanging up his boots, with the ups and downs of the 2008 Icelandic season keeping him on the edge of his seat.
As a lawyer and television presenter, Gudni Bergsson has kept himself busy since retiring from playing in 2003. However, he has also found time to follow with growing interest the ups and downs of the 2008 Icelandic season.

Keflavík shock
The 43-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur FC and Bolton Wanderers FC defender has been as surprised as anyone by the progress of a Keflavík side now in sight of an unexpected Urvalsdeild title. "I have to say the league has not gone as anticipated," said 'The Iceman'. "Keflavík, to my surprise and to the surprise of many others, have been consistent and have played very well, particularly in attack. They have many good players to choose from."

Five-point gap
With four games to go, Keflavík are five points clear of second-placed FH Hafnarfjördur, although FH have a match in hand as well as the fillip of having earned a 1-1 away draw in their UEFA Cup second qualifying round defeat by England's Aston Villa FC. "Keflavík have a good spirit going but I also think FH have got good motivation after the draw at Aston Villa," said Bergsson. "That can get them going but the key game will be when these two meet in the 21st round.

'Best thing for fans'
"Of course other games may also play a role, like when Valur [Reykjavík] play FH and try to get even after losing to them earlier in the summer," he added. "Still, I hope the division will be exciting until the very last round. All in all, I think the most enjoyable thing has been that the teams are more attacking and a lot of goals have been scored, which is great for the fans. Saying that, you have to admit that the defending, especially from the top teams, could be better."

Winning momentum
Champions Valur, the club Bergsson represented at either end of his career, are third in the table, eight points behind Keflavík, while ÍA Akranes are bottom having finished third last term. "It is strange to see how ÍA have got so few points," said Bergsson, adding: "I would have liked Valur to do better but I know they have excuses like injuries and losing two good players mid-season. If champions are succesful they can grow in confidence and start a winning run, just like FH did [between 2004 and 2006]."
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