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Better Know An Opponent: NSÍ Runavík

Club: NSÍ Runavík FC

Founded: 1957

Competition: Faroe Islands Premier League (Vodafonedeildin)

Ground: Runavík Stadium

Colors: Yellow and Black

Honors: Premier League Champions (2007), Prime Minister's Cup (1986, 2002), Faroe Islands Super Cup (2008)

2010 Season: 3rd Place in Premier League, 1st Round of Faroe Islands Cup

PL Team W D L GD PTS
1 HB Tórshavn 16 6 5 +17 54
2 EB/Streymur 14 9 4 +35 51
3 NSÍ Runavík 14 6 7 +27 48
4 ÍF Fuglafjørður 12 7 8 +9 43
5 Víkingur 12 7 8 +9 43
6 B36 Tórshavn 11 7 9 +8 40
7 B68 Toftir 8 7 12 -5 31
8 B71 Sandoy 5 8 14 -41 23
9 FC Suðuroy 5 7 15 -21 22
10 AB Argir 2 8 17 -38 14

Runavík is a tiny, ocean-side village located on the island of Eysturoy within the Faroe Islands, a constituent country (much like Greenland) of the Kingdom of Denmark. Runavík is classified as a village, hosting a population of 3,797. Wikipedia tells me that Runavík has historically been used as a fishing port, though now it's more frequently used to help ship oil and freight. The more you know...

NSÍ Runavík itself was founded in 1957 and won its first league championship on its 50th anniversary.

This could firmly be defined as the club's highest success, as they have yet to advance in European play in seven tries. This is understandable, however, as Faroese players are predominantly part-time.

NSÍ Runavík has also captured the Prime Minister's Cup (or much more excitingly the Løgmanssteypið in Faroese), the nation's cup competition, twice, in 1986 and 2002. They were a finalist on four other occasions.

I'd be lying if I claimed that I knew anything about any of the players on NSÍ Runavík's squad, though captain and Faroese International Christian Høgni Jacobsen stands out on a stat sheet. Jacobsen won the league's Golden Boot on three occasions, most recently last season, and has been capped 50 times. The 31-year-old is in his fifth stint with NSÍ Runavík and has spent time in Denmark at different points throughout his career.

Here is Jacobsen scoring against Luxembourg, albeit about a decade ago, around the 5:15 mark.

NSÍ Runavík's home ground, Runavík Stadium, is only a 2,000 seater and is not approved by UEFA for continental competition. As such, the club will be forced to host Fulham at Svangaskarð Stadium, a 6,000 seater that once served as the home of the the Faroe Islands national team.

As the Faroe Islands Premier League runs on an April - October calendar, the league is well into it's 2011 season and NSÍ Runavík currently finds themselves in fourth place in the table, one of a handful of apparently strong teams in the competition.

PL Team W D L GD PTS
1 B36 Tórshavn 8 4 0 +18 28
2 Vikingur 8 2 2 +10 26
3 EB/Streymur 7 2 3 +17 23
4 NSÍ Runavík 6 4 2 +17 22
5 KÍ Klaksvík 5 1 6 +4 16
6 HB Tórshavn 4 2 6 -3 14
7 B68 Toftir 3 4 5 +1 13
8 ÍF Fuglafjørður 3 3 6 -3 12
9 07 Vestur 3 2 7 -24 11
10 B71 Sandoy 1 0 11 -37 3

(as of 6/23/11)

If you'd like to read more on Faroese football, and can't read Faroese, the innocuously titled website "Soccer and Equipment" is a good place to start.

Fulham host NSÍ Runavík on Thursday, June 30th, before heading to Runavík for the return leg a week later, on July 7th.