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  1. Njarðvík - Season Review 2021 Icelandic Premier Division/Icelandic Premier Division progress : We followed up our great season last year by matching it as we once again finished 3rd and qualified for the Europa League. Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group B : A comfortable win over IBV in the final meant that we claimed our 2nd successive Upper League Cup! Icelandic Cup : We failed to repeat last seasons run in this cup as FH beat us in the 3rd round. Europa League : A great debut season in Europe for us as we made it a round further than what was expected of us as we disposed of both Hungarians Videoton and the Finnish side VPS. That’s where our journey ended though as we lost to a very strong Schalke side who went on to easily qualify for the group stage. I’m delighted that we even managed to score a goal against them! Squad : The squad of players once again exceeded what was expected of them as they claimed another piece of silverware as well as qualifying for Europe for a 2nd successive season. The group of players are getting stronger and with every year, more experienced which is obviously important for us given how young the squad is and also the choice of players for me to pick is also growing as more of our academy players are making the ‘step up’ to the first team, which is probably what is most pleasing for me. Theodór Guðni Halldórsson was our top goal scorer for the 5th consecutive season as he scored 19 times in 39 games while Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) continued his impressive development by grabbing 10 goals from midfield and also finishing as runner up in the Icelandic Young Player of the Year awards. We’ve also managed to tie down the majority of the squad to longer contracts (with the exception of Albert Pétursson (YP36) who looks likely to leave us after refusing to renew his contract) which is a big positive for us especially after losing 2 key players in recent seasons while we can also now boast a total of 6 of our academy players representing Iceland at youth level. Under 19 Squad : Our academy and Under 19’s are producing some very able players for the club with 13 youth players now having progressed to the first team. I’m hopeful that a few more in the Under 19’s that undoubtedly have the raw potential can make a similar step up to the first team in the next few years with Bragi Ármannsson (YP65), Bjarki Gíslason (YP92) and Halldór Steindórsson (YP96) particularly looking promising. Finances : Thanks to our involvement in Europe this season, our finances are looking very healthy! My views of the season… : Another great season for us which sees us progressing well as a club as we claimed another cup win as well as qualifying for Europe which should further strengthen our finances to hopefully improve our youth facilities in the future. My aims for next season… : Surely relegation shouldn’t even be associated with us next season after our great 3 seasons in the Premier Division and in my opinion we should now be looking to progress to the next level by pushing for a consistent top half finish or even European qualification again. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup Europa League --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final - 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round - 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round - 2019 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 4th Quarter final Quarter final - 2020 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners Semi final - 2021 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners 3rd round 3rd qualifying round Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018 Icelandic Upper League Cup - 2020, 2021
  2. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2021 Not the greatest of youth intake’s for us this year as just 4 out of the 16 trialists look as if they have any kind of potential as Pálmar Guðmundsson (YP88), Bjarki Gíslason (YP92) Einar Þór Steingrímsson (YP95) and Halldór Steindórsson (YP96) were the only players that I offered contracts to
  3. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2021 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Avoid relegation : Media expectation - 11th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Not important Icelandic Cup : 4th round Europa League : 2nd qualifying round Transfer budget : £1M (last season £10.6k) Wage budget : £9k p/w (last season £8.7k p/w) Current wage bill : £3.1k p/w (last season £2.9k p/w) Season tickets sold : 821 - (last season 803) My views for the season ahead… : The board and media are once again expecting us to struggle this season even after another great season for us that saw us clinch qualification to the qualifying rounds of the Europa League! With the loss of 2 key players in recent seasons in the form of Lárus Geir Árelíusson and Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) I can somewhat understand that reasoning but with the young players emerging from the academy in the past couple of seasons, I’m confident that our squad is more than strong enough to steer well clear of relegation and perhaps more so, push for a top half/top 4 finish.
  4. Typical though...the board wasn't bothered about this cup! I'll still take it though
  5. Njarðvík - Season Review 2020 Icelandic Premier Division/Icelandic Premier Division progress : Even after our fantastic debut season in the Premier Division last season which saw us finish 4th, the media were still predicting us to be relegated this season and the boards only objective was to avoid relegation. We achieved that easily in the end as we improved on last seasons performance by finishing 3rd and qualifying for the Europa League! We still didn’t get the overachievers award though…that went to our fierce rivals Grindavik who finished 2nd after only coming up from the First Division last season! Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group B : The board weren’t bothered about our performances in this competition this season…a shame really as Theodór Guðni Halldórsson was on fire as he bagged 10 goals in 10 games in this competition to basically win the cup for us after we beat Stjarnan 3-2 in the final! Icelandic Cup : Another amazing cup run for us this time in the Icelandic Cup as we made it all the way to the semi final. Unfortunately though, we couldn’t get past Vikingur R as they beat us 3-2. Squad : Another unbelievable season from this group of players especially considering how young the majority of them are! Theodór Guðni Halldórsson was once again our top goal scorer as he broke his own record for the amount of goals scored in a season as he netted 21 times while Einar Már Þórisson notched 10 goals from the wing as well as assisting 12 times. Youth is making a big impact on our squad (which is the purpose of this save!:D) as we now have 11 academy players that have made the step up to the first team with Atli Már Þórhallsson (YP54) and Baldur Magnússon (YP66) joining Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22), Albert Pétursson (YP36) and Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) in representing Iceland at youth level in both the Under 19’s and Under 21’s. It isn’t all great news though as Lárus Geir Árelíusson left us on a free transfer last season and probably our best youth product so far in this save, Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) has decided to leave us as well as he wants to move to a bigger club and has left on a free transfer. Under 19 Squad : Another positive year from our academy as it once again produced 5 players that have more than enough potential to succeed at the club as Bragi Ármannsson (YP65), Baldur Magnússon (YP66), Ólafur Jón Jóhannsson (YP72), Ingi Steinn Stefánsson (YP74) and Garðar Bragason (YP78) all signed deals with us. Finances : Looking very healthy now and projected to be even healthier in the future! My views of the season… : Another record breaking season for us as we won the Icelandic Upper League Cup for the first time, finished in our highest ever league position as well as qualifying for the Europa League for the first time in the clubs history in a season where we were predicted to be relegated! My aims for next season… : Can we match the achievements of this season? With the league seemingly how it is, excluding FH, everyone seems to be able to beat everyone else so I see no reason why we shouldn’t be able to. However, we’re still ranked as one of the weakest teams in the league and with the loss of another key player, Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22), our squad is obviously, once again weaker than the previous season. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round 2019 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 4th Quarter final Quarter final 2020 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners Semi final Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018 Icelandic Upper League Cup - 2020
  6. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2020 This years youth intake was another decent intake for us as Bragi Ármannsson (YP65), Baldur Magnússon (YP66), Ólafur Jón Jóhannsson (YP72), Ingi Steinn Stefánsson (YP74) and Garðar Bragason (YP78) all look as if they could have a promising future with us if they fulfil their potential. Bragi Ármannsson (YP65) Baldur Magnússon (YP66) Arnór Smári Steinarsson (YP67) Símon Benediktsson (YP68) Aron Freyr Árnason (YP69) Aron Ingi Gíslason (YP70) Brynjar Gústavsson (YP71) Ólafur Jón Jóhannsson (YP72) Andri Freyr Björnsson (YP73) Ingi Steinn Stefánsson (YP74) Kristinn Jónsson (YP75) Hafsteinn Bjarnason (YP76) Gunnar Örn Bragason (YP77) Garðar Bragason (YP78) Snorri Kristjánsson (YP79) Pétur Már Þórðarson (YP80) Those 5 players have been offered contracts with the club while the remaining trialists have been released.
  7. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2020 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Avoid relegation : Media expectation - 12th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Not important Icelandic Cup : 4th round Transfer budget : £10.6k (last season £2.7k) Wage budget : £8.7k p/w (last season £3.6k p/w) Current wage bill : £2.9k p/w (last season £2.2k p/w) Season tickets sold : 803 - (last season 762) My views for the season ahead… : The board are expecting us to avoid relegation while the media are expecting us to finish rock bottom even after our excellent debut season in the Premier Division last season. I’ll take that expectation as it puts no pressure on us whatsoever which is good as we’re arguably weaker than we were last season after losing Lárus Geir Árelíusson to Westerlo after joining them when his contract expired with us. I still think that we’ve got more than enough quality in the squad though to at least avoid relegation, if not aim for a mid-table finish.
  8. Thanks Nobby . More than respectable I thought
  9. Njarðvík - Season Review 2019 Icelandic Premier Division/Icelandic Premier Division progress : Avoiding relegation was our only aim this season…and we achieved that objective easily as we adapted to life in the Icelandic Premier Division seamlessly by finishing 4th in the league, even sitting top of the table for 3 weeks (albeit teams around us had games in hand! :D) Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group A : We qualified from the group and made it to the quarter-final but that’s where our journey ended as Fylkir defeated us 2-1. Icelandic Cup : We made it a round further than what was expected of us as we went out on penalties to HK in the quarter-final. Squad : The squad of players adapted amazingly well to the step up to the Premier Division as they more than held their own against the bigger teams in the league. Theodór Guðni Halldórsson showed that the step up in leagues was no problem for him as he finished the season as both our top goal scorer and the league’s top goal scorer as he bagged himself 18 goals in 33 games while Lárus Geir Árelíusson had another great season for us as he scored 6 times and assisted 12 times as well as finishing in 3rd place for the Icelandic Player of the Season. Unfortunately for us though, he’ll be leaving us on a free transfer as he refused to renew his contract with us and will be joining Westerlo at the end of the season L. Björn Axel Guðjónsson struggled to reach the heights that he reached last season as he found goals hard to come by but Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) continued his remarkable progression as he made the step up from the Icelandic Under 19’s to the Under 21’s. He looks to have a very bright future ahead of him and looks destined to break into the senior international squad very soon, however, he’s only got a year left on his contract with us and is already making noises about refusing to renew his contract and wanting to move to a bigger club so I’m not hopeful of keeping him L. Under 19 Squad : Another positive year for us from our academy as it produced 5 more players that look good enough to make it at the club as Kjartan Ástvaldsson (YP52), Atli Már Þórhallsson (YP54), Friðrik Sævarsson (YP55), Alfreð Sigurðsson (YP56) and Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) all secured contracts with us as well as breaking into the first team squad this season J. They join the ever growing list of academy players making the step up to the first team as we now boast 12 youth players from the academy who have progressed to the first team…quite lucky really considering the youth only policy that I’ve adopted for this save! J Finances : Not brilliant but at least we’re out of the red for the time being! My views of the season… : A remarkable season for us considering what was expected of us! I, along with both the board and the media expected us to struggle this season but the players made the step up in leagues look effortless, with us even pushing the top 3 at one stage (although realistically we were punching well above our weight to mount any kind of challenge!). We also moved back into our stadium after Njarðvíkurvöllur was successfully expanded by 1112 seats taking the total capacity to 1957 J. My aims for next season… : We can’t get ahead of ourselves and as well as we did this season, we must ensure that complacency doesn’t creep in next season. We should be looking to avoid any kind of relegation battle next season and while another 4th place finish in the league would be nice, I’ll take a mid-table finish to consolidate. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round 2019 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 4th Quarter final Quarter final Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018
  10. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2019 This years youth intake was another promising bunch as Kjartan Ástvaldsson (YP52), Atli Már Þórhallsson (YP54), Friðrik Sævarsson (YP55), Alfreð Sigurðsson (YP56) and Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) all look as if they could have a promising future with us if they fulfil their potential. Viktor Smári Hjartarson (YP49) Hörður Hjartarson (YP50) Magnús Steinþórsson (YP51) Kjartan Ástvaldsson (YP52) Kristján Grétarsson (YP53) Atli Már Þórhallsson (YP54) Friðrik Sævarsson (YP55) Alfreð Sigurðsson (YP56) Guðmundur Sigurjónsson (YP57) Mikael Jónasson (YP58) Aron Elís Ármannsson (YP59) Benóný Sveinsson (YP60) Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) Kristinn Örn Sævarsson (YP62) Ingi Þór Rúnarsson (YP63) Nikola Trifunovic (YP64) Those 5 players have been offered contracts with the club while the remaining trialists have been released.
  11. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2019 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Fight bravely against relegation : Media expectation - 12th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Don’t be outclassed too often Icelandic Cup : 4th round Transfer budget : £2.7k (last season £2.7k) Wage budget : £3.6k p/w (last season £8.1k p/w) Current wage bill : £2.2k p/w (last season £1.6k p/w) Season tickets sold : 762 - Sold out (last season 381) My views for the season ahead… : Avoiding relegation is our only aim this season as both the media and the board are expecting a tough season for us. I have to say that I’m also expecting a hard season in store for us and with no additions allowed to be added to the squad, it’s going to be tough ask for us to attempt to avoid relegation especially with a reduced wage budget as well. However, if we can stay relatively injury free and have our better players perform to their maximum, as well as maybe getting a couple of decent youngsters in our youth intake again, I think we may have a chance of staying up…maybe…
  12. Thanks Nobby
  13. Thanks . I use a counter-attacking 4-4-2 with a few tweaks and instructions, which is the tactic I always use, even in my Ilkeston save (which is still alive by the way ). I tend to adjust the players to the tactics unless I don't have the required players available to me. That could be the case in this save due to the youth only policy that I'm playing to, so I could find myself having to alter my tactics in the future (hopefully not!) Thanks fellas
  14. Njarðvík - Season Review 2018 Icelandic First Division/Icelandic First Division progress : A topsy turvy season that saw everyone in the league beat everyone else and saw us jump from 9th to 3rd in the space of one week at one point, culminated in us clinching the league title on the last day of the season J. Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group C : We qualified as runners-up in the group stage and made it all the way to the semi-final only for KR to end any hopes that we had of reaching the final as they scored a 78th minute winner to beat us 3-2. Icelandic Cup : For the second year running, we made it to the 4th round only to be knocked out by a Premier Division team as KA beat us 1-0. Squad : The squad was near enough the same set of players that we had last season as they kicked on and proved to be the best in the First Division by claiming the league title on the last day J. Theodór Guðni Halldórsson was once again our top goal scorer as he netted 16 times in 33 games while Björn Axel Guðjónsson grabbed himself 13 goals in 34 games. Lárus Geir Árelíusson had another fine season for us as he scored 8 times as well as being our most creative player with 15 assists, however, he has only 1 more year left to run on his contract and is currently unwilling to sign an extension due to our squad “not being good enough”, so next season could well be his last with us L. Under 19 Squad : Youth was very much a massive positive again for us this season as Albert Pétursson (YP36) and Hólmar Örn Jóhannsson (YP47) both made the direct jump from trialists to first team squad members, joining Ívar Örn Lárusson (YP1), Árni Freyr Bergsson (YP21), Aron Snær Traustason (YP14), Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) and Alexander Steinarsson (YP32) who have all made the same step up in recent years. Even more pleasing for us was the fact that both Albert Pétursson (YP36) and Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) were both called up to the Iceland Under 19 squad this season and both look to have very bright future’s…hopefully with us! J. Finances : Getting worse but the board have taken out a loan, to support our stadium expansion J which does bring our finances back into the black, albeit we’re now having to repay monthly instalments. My views of the season… : A fantastic season for us especially considering that we was only predicted to finish mid-table, as we clinched the First Division title on the last day of the season! After our 2 previous excellent seasons which saw us finish 4th and 3rd, a push for a top 2 finish was always a possibility, albeit a slim possibility. My aims for next season… : Avoid relegation. That’s it. No-one will give us a chance and if I’m honest I’ll be surprised if we manage to scrape 10th place. But that’s our aim. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018
  15. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2018 This years youth intake saw another 16 players join us on trial. Rúnar Jóhannsson (YP33) Helgi Þór Guðnason (YP34) Jóhan Ingi Sigurjónsson (YP35) Albert Pétursson (YP36) Ásgrímur Sigurjónsson (YP37) Garðar Ármannsson (YP38) Birkir Arnarsson (YP39) Aron Örn Guðmundsson (YP40) Jón Unnar Þorsteinsson (YP41) Einar Flóventsson (YP42) Ragnar Sævarsson (YP43) Alfreð Sveinsson (YP44) Ivan Arsenijevic (YP45) Ingólfur Friðriksson (YP46) Hólmar Örn Jóhannsson (YP47) Óskar Jóhannsson (YP48) Of those 16 players, Albert Pétursson (YP36), Aron Örn Guðmundsson (YP40) and Hólmar Örn Jóhannsson (YP47) look like the stand out players with Albert Pétursson (YP36) in particularly looking like he’ll be able to make an immediate step up to the first team. These 3 players have been offered contracts with the club along with Ásgrímur Sigurjónsson (YP37). The other 12 trialists have been released from the club.