Uni Arge

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Uni Arge
Personal information
Full name Uni Jógvansson Arge
Date of birth (1971-01-20) 20 January 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
HB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988-1997 HB Tórshavn 137 (96)
1998-1999 Leiftur 28 (13)
1999 HB Tórshavn 2 (6)
1999-2000 FC Aarhus
2000 IA Akranes 12 (1)
2001-2005 HB Tórshavn 19 (9)
National team
1992-2002 Faroe Islands 37 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Uni Jógvansson Arge (born 20 January 1971 in Tórshavn) is a Faroese journalist, writer, musician, singer, and a former international football striker. He is also a former handball player. He played 105 matches for the handball club Kyndil from Tórshavn and scored 693 goals for the club.[1]

Club career[edit]

Arge started his career with HB Tórshavn and made the first team in 1988. In June that year he came on as a substitute against IF from Fuglafjørður and scored two minutes later. HB Tórshavn went on to win both the Championship and the Cup in 1988. Arge is the most scoring player ever in HB Tórshavn's history. He scored 182 goals in 231 matches and won the Championship three times and the Cup four times. HB were runners up in the League with Arge in the team four times and attended two more Cup finals, which they eventually lost. In 1998 he moved to Iceland to join Leiftur in Ólafsfjørður and later IA in Akranes. In Iceland he played 50 matches and scored 22 goals. With IA he won the Cup in 2000 becoming the first ever Faroese footballer to win the Cup abroad. Together with the famous Faroese goalkeeper, Jens Martin Knudsen, he also was a finalist in 1998 with Leiftur, which were defeated 2-0 by IBV. Returning from Iceland in 2001 he joined HB Tórshavn and retired in 2002. He made a memorable comeback in 2005 when he came on as a substitute against TB from Tvøroyri and scored a beautiful goal after only 40 seconds. Arge has played several matches in the European Cup for HB, Leiftur and Akranes and scored against Apoel Nicosia in a 1-1 draw with HB in 1997.

International career[edit]

Arge made his debut for the Faroe Islands national football team in an August 1992 friendly match against Israel and earned 37 caps and 8 goals between 1992 and 2002.[2] He is most memorable for scoring his country's first ever World Cup goal against Cyprus in April 1993. His goal against Spain in the Faroe Islands in 1996 is also famous for his celebration after defeating the world's best goalkeeper at that time, Zubizarreta. One of his best performances was in the 2-2 draw against Bosnia Herzegovina on homeground in 1999, where he scored both the Faroese goals. He also had a massive influence on the remarkable comeback against Slovenia in the Faroes in 2000, where the Faroese team came from being behind 0-2 to clinch a 2-2 draw three minutes from time with goals from Arge and Øssur Hansen. Arge formed the perhaps best Faroese attacking duo ever together with former FC Copenhagen star striker Todi Jónsson.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Faroe Islands' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 April 1993 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 3-1 3-1 1994 WC Qualifying
2 4 September 1996 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Spain 2-6 2-6 1998 WC Qualifying
3 8 June 1997 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Malta 1-0 2-1 1998 WC Qualifying
4 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 2-2 2000 Euro qualifying
5 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 2-2 2000 Euro qualifying
6 26 April 2000 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 1-0 1-0 Friendly
7 3 September 2000 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Slovenia 1-2 2-2 2002 WC Qualifying
8 13 February 2002 Pafiako Stadium, Paphos, Cyprus  Liechtenstein 1-0 1-0 Friendly

Bibliography[edit]

  • Uni Arge is educated journalist from The Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark, and has for many years worked for different Faroese media sources, both as employed and free-lance, also during his years as an international footballer. In 2004, he published his first book "Komin er nú onnur øld", analysing various political and social aspects of life on the Faroes. In 2011 he published his second book Framtíðin kallar (Future is calling).
  • Komin er nú onnur øld, Tjarnardeild, Tórshavn, 2004. ISBN 99918-935-7-1
  • Framtíðin kallar, Sprotin, Tórshavn, 2011. ISBN 978-99918-71-57-8 [3]
  • Sálarfrøðingar í Føroyum - 1973-2013, Felagið Føroyskir Sálarfrøðingar 2014
  • Føroyar framá - ÍSF 75 ár, ÍSF 2014

Discography[edit]

In November 2007, Arge released his first solo album, "Mitt í sjónum", which has two meanings, it can mean "in the middle of the ocean" and "in the middle of visions". In July 2009 he released his second album, "Meldurtíð." He has written all the songs himself and performs as a singer and a guitarist on both albums. Many of his songs have become popular on the islands. On Myspace he states that he is sitting on those tiny islands thinking and writing about "love, insecurity, determination, rainy days, crossroads in life, narrow minded islanders and everything else that comes to mind." He is influenced by The Beatles, John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, ELO, Simon & Garfunkel and Faroese artists Frændur, Kári P. and Teitur. As a former footballer, journalist and songwriter he seems to be pretty sure of his mission in life: "I think I was born to express myself in every way possible, so that's what I have decided to do," he writes on Myspace.

Trivia[edit]

His father is author, journalist, politician and football announcer Jógvan Arge, who is one of the most famous radio reporter of the Faroe Islands[4] and one of the best selling authors on the Faroe Islands. His grandfather, Niels Juel Arge (1920-1995),[5] was the director of the Faroese Broadcasting (Útvarp Føroya) from 1960 til 1990. Their work at the Faroese Broadcasting is recognized as a huge contribution to Faroese culturel heritage. They have written 35 books on various historical matters relating to the Faroe Islands. His uncle, Magni Arge, was managing director of the Faroese airline, Atlantic Airways from 1995 to 2013.

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