The Bundesliga’s restart may have switched attention to German football, but the beautiful game continues in the Faroe Islands for the second week.
Last weekend saw the Betri deildin menn (or Faroe Islands Premier League) kick off without fans in attendance, but the Faroese top tier made sure to showcase its offering to a broader audience than it might ordinarily receive and has secured a broadcasting rights deal with Norway’s TV2.
“There has been a lot of interest in these games, definitely far more than we are used to. I’m sure we will get a lot of football fans in Scotland following us with interest,” said FA spokesperson Hans Erik Danielsen before the league started (Scotland is a few hundred miles south of the Faroe Islands).
“There is an opportunity for us to showcase our football to the world.”
The 2019 season saw Klaksvikar Itrottarfelag (KI Klaksvík) clinch their 18th title, pipping record holders Havnar Boltfelag (HB Torshavn) to top spot by 15 points.
Klaksvik, managed by former Faroe Islands international Mikkjal Thomassen, began the defence of their title at home to last season’s runners-up B36 Torshavn, losing 2-0 and currently occupying bottom.
Elsewhere, NSI Runavik, who finished third last term, fared slightly better with a 3-1 win over TB Tvoroyri to go top of the table – although that hardly matters at such an early stage.
This week, Klaksvik will be looking to get their season up and running when they travel to TB Tvoroyri in Saturday’s only game – with the rest taking place on Sunday.
Faroe Islands Premier League fixtures this weekend
- TB Tvoroyri vs Klaksvik (14:00)
- B36 Torshavn vs AB Argir (15:00)
- IF Fuglafjordur vs HB Torshavn (15:00)
- Vikingur vs Skala Itrottarfelag (15:00)
- Streymur vs NSI Runavik (17:00)
* UK times provided
Live stream information:
Faroe Islands Premier League fixtures are listed on bet365’s live streaming schedule for this weekend. Here’s how you can access their platform:
- Go to bet365 via this link
- Register for an account (this could also earn you up to £100 in free bet credits, though terms and conditions apply and you have to be over 18)
- Make a deposit to unlock the live stream sections of the site
- Head to the live stream section of the site
- Watch your chosen game live
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Why watch Faroe Islands footballs? The stadium locations are pretty special…
Football stadiums are more than bricks and mortar. They evoke fond memories and offer a sanctuary from the outside world.
The capacity of Faroe Islands grounds is only between 2,000 and 5,000, which is a long way off a European night at Anfield with 50,000 fans packed to the rafters. But what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in scenery thanks to the landscapes formed throughout the idyllic, unspoiled archipelago made up of volcanic islands, rocky cliffs and narrow fjords.
Stadiums : EB/Streymur – Við Margáir, Streymnes, Faroe Islands pic.twitter.com/CThZLIK10X
— Hardcorehooligan.nl (@HHooligan) July 2, 2013
It is certainly a change from the raucous, intense atmospheres of Europe’s major leagues. Tifos and flares are scarce on this nation of just 52,110 natives.
Indeed, usually the only main danger if a ball gets kicked out of play is that it ends up in the choppy waters, rather than fans having a game of volleyball to a chorus of “Olés”.
— Glory (@glorymag_) January 23, 2017
Did the Faroe Islands give Leicester City an assist on their shock Premier League title win?
Did this young footballing nation really play an inadvertent role in Leicester’s shock 2016 Premier League title win? Well, back in 2014 a certain Claudio Ranieri was just three games into a job as the Greece national team coach when they hosted the minnows in Athens for a European Championship qualifier. The Faroe Islands were ranked 187th in the world by Fifa at the time (Greece were 18th) but earned a shock 1-0 win. It led to Ranieri’s sacking the next day and, more importantly, his availability. He joined the Leicester several months later for the start of the 2015/16 campaign, and, well, the rest is history.
Now allow us to introduce you to the Faroe Islands on that historic day…
- Gunnar Nielsen (goalkeeper): The former Man City ‘keeper is the first and only Faroe Islands player to appear in the Premier League. He is currently with Icelandic club Fimleikafelag Hafnarfjardar.
- Jonas Tor Naes (right-back): The 33-year-old is still with the national side and preparing for B36 Torshavn’s match against AB Argir this weekend.
- Atli Gregersen (centre-back): The towering centre-back has remained loyal to his club, turning out for Faroe Islands outfit Vikingur since 2011.
- Sonni Nattestad (centre-back): The 6ft6 in defender played for renowned Danish club Midtjylland in 2014 but is now teammates with Tor Naes at B36 Torshavn.
- Viljormur Davidsen (left-back): The 38-capped international was plying his trade for Danish club Vejle Boldklub during that memorable victory and remains there to this day.
- Hallur Hansson (midfield): Like many of his teammates, the 27-year-old is currently strutting his stuff in Denmark, wearing the No. 10 shirt for AC Horsens.
- Frodi Benjaminsen (midfield): The ex-international was captain on the day and amassed an impressive 94 caps for the national side. At 42 he is still going strong for Skala IF.
- Brandur Hendriksson (midfield): An F.C. Copenhagen graduate, Hendriksson joined Swedish club Helsingborgs IF earlier this year.
- Christian Holst (forward): The 38-year-old has since hung up is boots and is currently a ‘specific coach’ for Danish club BK Frem.
- Joan Simun Edmundsson (forward): The former Newcastle and Gateshead striker was the goalscorer on the day, and he can now be found in the German second tier with Arminia Bielefeld.
- Solvi Vatnhamar (forward): Has been on the books at Faroe Islands club Vikingur Gota since 2008 and will no doubt be excited about the prospect of facing Skala Itrottarfelag this weekend.
- Substitutes: Pol Johannus Justinussen (NSI Runavik), Odmar Faero (KI), Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavik)