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Løkin the Faroes' linchpin

Twice a domestic champion, Abraham Løkin was the Faroe Islands' pivotal playmaker as they took their first steps in the international arena.

Abraham Løkin was a calm head in the Faroese midfield
Abraham Løkin was a calm head in the Faroese midfield ©FSF

To help mark UEFA's Jubilee in 2004, each national association was asked to nominate its most outstanding player of the past 50 years. The Faroe Islands chose Abraham Løkin as their Golden Player.

Abraham Løkin – or Abraham Hansen, as he was known in his playing days – never scored a goal in 22 appearances for the Faroe Islands from 1988-94. Nonetheless, the playmaker was his country's most important attacker at a time when the national team were newcomers on the European scene, staying calm while others around him struggled.

For all that, he was surprised to be named as the Faroes' Golden Player when the accolade came his way. "It was a surprise when I found out they had voted for me," he told at the time. "In fact, I did not even know there was a poll until a week before the announcement was made, but I am very happy and consider it a great honour."

Løkin's first taste of glory came in 1979 when, at the age of 20, he was part of the ÍF Fuglafjørdur team that won the national league title for the first and, so far, only time. Løkin would claim a second championship medal with B68 Toftir in 1992.

In 1981 he went to play in Sweden, and in 1985 moved to Danish outfit Odense BK, which marked the peak of his club career. Many people, including his coach at OB, Richard Møller Nielsen, believed he could have gone even further, but due to health problems in his family, Løkin then opted for the more peaceful life of an amateur in Faroese football.

Still, further spells with Danish club BK Frem (1989-90) and French third-division side US Boulogne (1994-95) ensued before he finally returned home for good to see out his playing days. His last top-flight match was in 2002, when he was 43 years old.

Today, Løkin is coach at his old club ÍF Fuglafjørdur, whom he led to European qualification for the first time in their history in 2010. His two sons – Bogi, a midfielder for the Faroe Islands, and Karl, an Under-21 international – both followed their father to ÍF, having been with him at NSÍ Runavík, where he was coach previously. Løkin, who also oversees the Faroese U19 side, said: "I like coaching very much, especially the youngsters, because as a coach it is easier to make an impression on young players than on older ones."

Looking back on his career, he considers the 1-0 victory against Austria in a UEFA European Championship qualifier in 1990 as his greatest achievement. "We were all amateurs, and no one believed in us, but we managed to upset the entire football world. It was a very good feeling." He also has fond memories of winning the league with ÍF and playing as a professional for OB.

"I remember one of my first games for OB. We were playing Vejle BK and my job was to mark Allan Simonsen, who had just returned home from Charlton Athletic [FC]. I had a great game." Simonsen would later become Løkin's coach with the national team. As a player, Løkin's favourite opponent was Denmark's Michael Laudrup; he later enjoyed watching France's Zinédine Zidane. Both were attacking midfield players for club and country, like Løkin himself.

Last updated: 26 January 2011