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B36 batten down the hatches at Brøndby

B36 Tórshavn are attempting to set up a famous Faroese victory as they travel to Brøndby IF in the UEFA Cup tonight looking to stifle the Danish giants.

Mother country
With the Faroe Islands having been an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948, B36's impending trip to the motherland has created almost as much excitement as Manchester City FC's visit to EB/Streymur in the same competition. Danish football is popular in the Faroes and B36 will be looking to improve on their performance against FC Midtjylland in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, when they lost 4-3 on aggregate in an absorbing tie.

Olsen inspired
One of the stars of that performance, one-time Arsenal FC and Birmingham City FC trialist midfielder Ingi Højsted, will miss the first leg through injury, but recent B36 signing Súni Olsen, who spent the last three years in Denmark with Aalborg BK and Viborg FF, is looking to fill in in the hope he can earn another move to the Superliga.

New arrival
B36 signed two Hungarian players at the start of the season, but both midfielder Tamás Nagy and forward Károly Potemkin have since left the club. However, another new arrival, one-time Plymouth Argyle FC trainee Sam Malson, could provide fresh inspiration. The 21-year-old made his debut on Sunday and set up both of B36's goals in a 2-1 win against league leaders EB/Streymur.

Pitch differences
Such results augur well for the capital side, provided they can emerge from the first leg, which will be played on a natural turf pitch, with something still to play for on their artificial surface. B36 vice president Hannis Egholm said: "Of course, I don't know how much Brøndby have played on artificial grass, but I do know how little B36 have played on real grass. It has to be an advantage [for the return leg]."