Faroe Is­lands

World Soccer - - European Season Review -

Tor­shavn-based HB strolled to their first na­tional crown in five years, win­ning 24 of their 27 league fix­tures and los­ing only twice. The ti­tle was wrapped up a month be­fore the end of the sea­son with a 2-1 win away at KI, who fin­ished fourth, be­hind run­ners-up NSI Ru­navik and B36. In a bad-tem­pered lo­cal derby, B36 de­fied the odds to beat HB on penal­ties in the Fi­nal. Twice be­hind in nor­mal time, B36 were re­duced to nine men fol­low­ing two late red cards be­fore com­ing up with a 95th-minute equaliser to make the score 2-2 and even­tu­ally go to spot-kicks. Champions HB will take part in the first qual­i­fy­ing round of the Champions League. NSI Ru­navik, B36 and KI all have a Europa League pre­lim­i­nary round ap­point­ment.

As many pre­dicted, the de­fen­sively-chal­lenged 07 Ves­tur were bot­tom, but they only fin­ished a point adrift of Argja Bolt­fe­lag. They will be re­placed by sec­ond divi­sion top dogs IF, who suc­cess­fully re­grouped af­ter de­mo­tion from the elite in 2017. The lead­ing marks­man in the cham­pi­onship with 20 goals, HB winger Adrian Justi­nussen was in out­stand­ing form and was es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous when let­ting fly from long range. In his first sea­son in charge of HB, Heimir Gud­jon­s­son, gave a mas­ter­class in team-build­ing, tac­ti­cal ap­pre­ci­a­tion and feet-onthe-ground at­ti­tude. He was five times an Ice­landic cham­pion in his home­land as coach of FH. Aged 16 years and nine months when mak­ing his first-team de­but for KI in March, cen­tral mid­fielder Oli Poulsen seemed to grow in stature and ef­fec­tive­ness with ev­ery game for the Klaksvik club.

Mater­class ...Heimar Gud­jon­s­son

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