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Argja Bóltfelag

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Argja Bóltfelag
Full nameArgja Bóltfelag
Nickname(s)Frensurin
Short nameAB
Founded15 August 1973; 50 years ago (1973-08-15)
GroundSkansi Arena
Argir, Faroe Islands
Capacity2,000 (415 seated)
ChairmanMarius Thomassen
ManagerSímun Eliasen
League1. deild
2023Faroe Islands Premier League, 9th of 10 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Argja Bóltfelag (AB) is a Faroese professional football club based in Argir. In 2020, they were playing their third season in the Faroe Islands Premier League, after being promoted from 1. deild after playing there for 1 season in 2017. After the 2020 season they ended as 9th and played a match against B68 Toftir from 1. deild, the winner would play in the Faroe Islands Premier League for the 2021 season. AB Argir lost the match 2-3 and were relegated to 1. deild. They play their home games at the Inni í Vika Stadium in Argir. In January 2024, AB Argir became a feeder club for F.C. Copenhagen.[1][2]

History

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Argja Bóltfelag (or AB) was founded on 15 August 1973 by Danish resident Johnny Nyby and other football enthusiasts on Argjum. In the spring of 1974, the first board was elected. This composed of Johnny Nyby, Chairman; Fróði Olsen, Co-Chairman; Sonja á Argjaboða, accountant; and Kristian Arge, board writer. Other members of the board were Erling Olsen, Sæmundur Mortenen and Jens Hansen. In the same year, the team started in the regular competition.

Inni í Vika Stadium AB scores against KÍ and wins 3–1

Initially the team didn't have very good training facilities and rented a school playground. Later they got a small ground to train on, but it was only 20 x 40 m2 in measurements. There was no football field on Argjum at the time, but they were allowed to loan the Gundadalur, which belongs to HB and B36. AB practiced and played their matches at the Gundadalur and this helped the team to survive.

In 1983, a football field was built on Argjum and now had better training facilities. Having their own ground helped the team a lot and in 1985, a new two-storey house was built for AB. AB got the lower storey and the second storey was used as a school classroom.

In 1998, artificial grass was laid on the football field. For some years, the second storey remained as a school classroom for young children. By 2004, AB had grown enough to get the whole house.

From 2000, Tórálvur Stenberg became the chairman of AB and he brought them from the 3rd division all the way to Formuladeildin in 2006. Sadly, he did not see AB play in Formuladeildina, because he died of cancer in the autumn. Stenberg was the first to become an honorary member of the team. He put his life and soul into Argja Bóltfelag. Two of his sons, Jónas and Heðin Stenberg, play for AB.

AB's first season in the Vodafonedeildin wasn't very successful and were relegated along with VB/Sumba, finishing in 9th place. Though in the season afterwards, they bounced right back and were promoted again after finishing runners-up in 1. deild. After spending three years (2014, 2015 and 2016) in the highest series, the team ended the 2016 season in 9th place and got relegated. Although in 2017, AB got promoted from 1. deild after playing there for 1 season in 2017. AB has then been in Betrideildin in 2018, 2019 and also in 2020.

AB´s second team has played in 2. deild, but in 2019 the team qualified to 1. deild for 2020. After the 2020 season the team was relegated to 2. deild.

Honours

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2017
2002

First team squad

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Current squad

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AB Argir in a match in Vodafonedeildin 2010 against FC Suðuroy.

As of 15 April 2024 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Faroe Islands FRO Rói Zachariasen
2 DF Faroe Islands FRO Jens Olsen
3 MF Faroe Islands FRO Hjalti Olsen
4 MF Faroe Islands FRO Jón Steingrímsson
5 MF Faroe Islands FRO Tóki Rasmussen
6 MF Faroe Islands FRO Bjarni Skála (captain)
7 FW England ENG Marley Blair
8 MF Faroe Islands FRO Elias El Moustage
10 FW Faroe Islands FRO Ari Poulsen
11 MF Faroe Islands FRO Teitur Olsen
12 FW Faroe Islands FRO Martin í Stórustovu
13 DF Faroe Islands FRO Rógvi Skála
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Faroe Islands FRO Tróndur á Høvdanum
15 DF Faroe Islands FRO Dánjal Danielsen
16 DF Faroe Islands FRO Hedin Stenberg
17 MF Faroe Islands FRO Bartal Petersen
18 DF Faroe Islands FRO Jákup Pauli Breckmann
19 DF Faroe Islands FRO Sørin Samuelsen
20 FW Faroe Islands FRO Filip í Lida
21 DF Faroe Islands FRO Gunnar Reynslág
22 MF Faroe Islands FRO Jóan Pauli Tórsson
23 MF Faroe Islands FRO Jóhannes Dalsgard
24 DF Faroe Islands FRO Beinir Ellefsen

Technical staff

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As of the year 2023.

  • Manager: Denmark Henrik Larsen
  • Assistant manager: Denmark Morten Overgaard
  • U21 Manager: Faroe Islands Nikolaj Eriksen
  • Fitness coach: Faroe Islands Sólrun Gleðisheygg

Player of the year

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Starting from 2006, the club has annually named its player of the year. Players still playing for the club are marked in bold:

  • 2006: Faroe Islands Rúni Nolsøe
  • 2007: Faroe Islands Jónas Stenberg
  • 2008: Faroe Islands Allan Mørkøre
  • 2012: Faroe Islands Leivur Holm Joensen

Managers

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  • Faroe Islands Oddbjørn Joensen (2000–2001)
  • Faroe Islands Sámal Erik Hentze (2002–2003)
  • Faroe Islands Kári Reynheim (2004)
  • Faroe Islands Jóannes Jakobsen (2005)
  • Faroe Islands Rúni Nolsøe (2006)
  • Faroe Islands Oddbjørn Joensen (January – May 31, 2007)
  • Faroe Islands Sigfríður Clementsen (June 1, 2007 – Dec 31, 2007)
  • Faroe Islands Allan Mørkøre (2008 – July 31, 2010)
  • Faroe Islands Sámal Erik Hentze (Aug 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2013)
  • Faroe Islands Bill McLeod Jacobsen (Jan 1, 2014 – April 16, 2014)
  • Faroe Islands Oddbjörn Joensen (April 17, 2014 – May 31, 2015)
  • Faroe Islands Sámal Erik Hentze (June 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015)
  • Faroe Islands Trygvi Mortensen (2016)
  • Faroe Islands Kári Reynheim (2017)
  • Romania Sorin Anghel (2018–2019)
  • Faroe Islands Tonny Brimsvík (2020-2021) and Faroe Islands Símun Samuelsen (2020-2021)
  • Denmark Jonas Dal (6 Aug 2021–present)

Youth teams

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Argja Bóltfelag also has youth teams. There are 16 youth teams, based on gender and age, with the youngest team for the age of 6–8 and the oldest for 21 years of age. There are more than 20 coaches for these youth players.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Færøske AB Argir er ny samarbejdsklub i F.C. København". F.C. København (in Danish). 2024-03-17. Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  2. ^ "Blue & White Banner Day i Parken på søndag". F.C. København (in Danish). 2024-03-10. Retrieved 2024-03-12.
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