Saturday, January 10, 2009

No. 195: B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

B36 Torshavn finished the 2008 season (which runs from March-October in the Faroe Islands) in third place, just as it did in the 2007 season. That means another UEFA Cup chance in the 2009-'10 European season. B36 was just a point off from second place and entry into the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, but instead will enter in the first qualifying round.

That's the same round B36 went out in this year, losing 3-0 aggregate in its tie with Brondby (Denmark). B36 fared better than Brondby's second qualifying round opponent - Haka (Finland) - which lost 6-0 aggregate. Another reason why I could see a Faroe Islands team win a European tie next season.

B36 has one of the most capped players for the Faroese national team, midfielder Jakup a Borg. Borg has two goals in 54 appearances for the national team. In 2006, he was the Faroese Premier League Player of the Year.

The national team has one point from four World Cup qualification games thus far. That came in a 1-1 draw against Austria. Borg started that match, but left in the 32nd minute for eventual goal scorer Bogi Lokin, who plays for NSI Runavik, the 197th team on our list.

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