FH Hafnarfjördur are the first side to earn a place in qualifying for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League after claiming the 2009 Icelandic title with a 2-0 win against Valúr Reykjavík on Sunday.
'A great summer'
Atli Gudnason scored twice to seal the victory which saw reigning champions FH confirm their fifth Urvalsdeild crown in six years, taking the tape with a game to spare having earlier threatened to throw it away with a sequence of shaky results in August. "This was a great summer," said FH captain Davíd Thór Vidarsson. "We played very good football and really deserve the title. We were not that great in August when we had several players injured, but new players came in and proved themselves. Our team does not change much and we have players that like to win and know how to do it. It helps very much that we have a great coaching team too."
Coach Heimir Gudjónsson, meanwhile, hailed the spirit running through his side. "The players really stood together when we had so many on the injury list," he said. "I do not think many teams could have made it with some key players injured most of the season." Gudjónsson prologned his contract for another two years last month and is now looking forward to having another crack at the UEFA Champions League. "As I've always said I like it here at FH. We have great players and a lot of promising youngsters coming into the team so we will continue the good work we have been doing in recent years. I don't think any players will leave the club. Who would want to leave a champion club?"
FH were knocked out 6-0 on aggregate by FK Aktobe in the second qualifying round this season and Gudjónsson will be hoping for a marked improvement next summer. "We were very disappointed, but for Icelandic teams much always depends on how lucky we get in the draw and we got Aktobe, a strong team which beat us convincingly. It is also better to get a team which plays during the winter because we are in our best shape during our summer season."
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