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Season review: Faroe Islands

Published: Wednesday 26 October 2011, 9.55CET
B36 Tórshavn recovered from two years of flirting with relegation to celebrate their 75th anniversary in style, with 2010 title winners HB Tórshavn narrowly surviving the drop.
by Hans Pauli Joensen
from Torshavn
Season review: Faroe Islands
B36 Tórshavn celebrate their title success ©Heðin Weihe
Published: Wednesday 26 October 2011, 9.55CET

Season review: Faroe Islands

B36 Tórshavn recovered from two years of flirting with relegation to celebrate their 75th anniversary in style, with 2010 title winners HB Tórshavn narrowly surviving the drop.

After two years of flirting with relegation, B36 Tórshavn celebrated their 75th anniversary with a ninth Faroese First Division title, while 2010 champions HB Tórshavn were left to struggle at the other end.

Champions: B36 Tórshavn
Out in front after five fixtures, B36 never looked back. Víkingur were, for long periods, their closest challengers but faltered down the final stretch to be overtaken by EB/Streymur, whose ascent came about by virtue of ten successive victories. Indeed, with four games remaining, B36's one-time eight-point advantage was down to two. EB/Streymur let the leaders off the hook, though, drawing 3-3 at home to Víkingur to allow B36 to go on and claim the title on the penultimate day.

Cup final: ÍF Fuglafjørður 0-3 EB/Streymur
EB/Streymur lifted the trophy for the fourth time in five seasons, beating ÍF for the second year running. ÍF spurned a number of clear openings in the 2011 edition, yet EB/Streymur still comfortably prevailed thanks to two goals from Arnbjørn Hansen and a Daniel Udsen penalty.

European places*
B36 Tórshavn – UEFA Champions League qualifying
EB/Streymur – UEFA Europa League qualifying
Víkingur – UEFA Europa League qualifying
NSÍ Runavík – UEFA Europa League qualifying

*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Lukasz Cieslewicz (B36 Tórshavn)
Having joined B36 from Danish club Hvidovre IF at the start of the campaign, Cieslewicz caught the eye with his superb technique and physical strength. Always impressive collectively, the eventual champions often needed the 23-year-old Polish attacker's goals to get them out of jail. A Faroese resident in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Cieslewicz returned to find the net 17 times and become the league's third highest scorer in 2011.

One to watch: Odmar Færø (B36 Tórshavn)
Still only 21, Færø enjoyed a splendid season in central defence with his displays prompting an international call-up to the Faroe Islands squad to face Northern Ireland in August. A regular for B36 since 2007, he will, however, be unavailable for action next term having moved to Scotland to study.

Surprise package: KÍ Klaksvík
Among the relegation favourites at the beginning of the campaign, promoted Klaksvík defied the odds to race to the summit four games in. They inevitably dropped off the pace and endured a tricky middle part of the season but picked up steam once more to finish in a hugely creditable fifth position. It was an even more impressive feat given the bulk of the team was made up of local youngsters with no top-flight experience.

Leading scorer: Finnur Justinussen, Víkingur (21)

Number: 67
B36's final points' haul was more than had previously been achieved in the Faroese First Division, overtaking the 61 posted by NSÍ Runavík in 2007. The league programme was expanded from 18 to 27 matches in 2005.

Relegated: 07 Vestur and B71 Sandoy

Promoted: FC Suduroy and TB Tvøroyri

"This has been an extremely enjoyable year, both on the pitch as well as socially, because we have been a unit. For example, we have been walking on the highest mountain peaks and now we are also at the highest peak in football."
Left-back Símun Joensen revels in the impact of B36's team-building exercises.

Last updated: 19/01/12 12.36CET

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