Friday, January 9, 2009

No. 197: NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands)

Call me crazy, but after looking over some scores, stats and team information, I could see the Faroe Islands moving up the ladder a lit bit of European football. No, I don't think England or Spain have anything to worry about. Actually, not even Greece or Romania. But the Faroe Islands Premier League is ranked 47th in the UEFA coefficient list, and I could see that moving up 10 or so spots over the next couple years.

Three FIPL teams competed in Europe this year, and lost their ties by a combined margin of 10-1. Over a total of six games, that's not exactly terrible considering some teams alone lost by that margin. Two of the FIPL teams lost to pretty decent clubs in Manchester City and Brondby (Denmark).

NSI Runavik's loss came 3-1 aggregate to Dinamo Tibilisi of Georgia in the Champions League first qualifying round. Dinamo went on to lose 3-0 aggregate to Panathinaikos of Greece in the next round, a club that went on to win its group in the group stage.

NSI Runavik will remain in Europe next year after finishing fourth in the '08 FIPL, which ended in October. League champions EB/Streymur also won the domestic cup, giving fourth-place NSI Runavik a bid it otherwise would not have gotten.

Three players on NSI Runavik were named to the Faroe Island national team's games against Austria and Lithuania in October. One of those, then 19-year-old forward Bogi Lokin, scored in a 1-1 draw with Austria after coming on as an early substitute. It was the Faroe Islands first qualifying point in four years.

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