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Sunday, March 19, 2017


The Dutch third-level fixture between Koninklijke HFC and Jong AZ on 25 February was a meeting of two clubs who have experienced contrasting fortunes so far this season; Jong AZ are the runaway leaders of the brand spanking new Tweede Divisie (introduced at the start of the season by the KNVB as part of a raft of reforms to the Dutch football pyramid) and were fourteen points clear before kick-off, whilst "the Good Old HFC" were fourth from bottom.

Nevertheless, a decent crowd turned up at the Spanjaardslaan in Haarlem to see whether the hosts could temporarily halt Jong AZ's seemingly inexorable march towards the Eerste Divisie and get back to winning ways after losing their last two matches. It was also a chance to exact revenge for a 5:1 battering suffered in Alkmaar in September.

It was Jong AZ who made most of the running during the first half, however, and almost broke the deadlock in the 7th minute when Levi Opdam's dive towards an inviting cross from Myron Boadu only just failed to connect. Jop van der Linden was denied by a clearance just in front of the goal-line a few minutes later, and after Wouter Haarmans was foiled by some last-ditch defending at the other end, Jamie Jacobs' scuffed volley from the edge of the six-yard box was well saved by HFC's veteran goalkeeper Gerard van Rossum.

 Koninklijke HFC - in white shirts - and Jong AZ take to the pitch before their Tweede Divisie match on 25 February (Photo: author's own)

The first twenty minutes was almost all Jong AZ, with Calvin Stengs being the focal point for most of their attacks and defenders Pantelis Hatzidiakos and Joop van der Linden nullifying any threat from Koninklijke HFC. Van der Linden also tested van Rossum with a wickedly swerving long-range effort as the visitors kept up the pressure, but the HFC man was equal to it.

HFC came more into the game as the half wore on but were unable to capitalise on an error from Jong AZ 'keeper Nick Olij, who failed to control a back-pass and almost played his team into trouble on the edge of his penalty-area, but recovered to dribble past two HFC players and play the ball to safety. With five minutes left of the first half, van der Linden's curling free-kick from 25 yards out caught everyone out and clipped the top of the crossbar.

HFC were defending stubbornly but attacks were mostly limited to long balls towards Wouter Haarmans up front, who was running his socks off for no reward, and Koen Beeren, who was similarly frustrated despite his best efforts. Finally, though, with four minutes to go to the break, the hosts finally delivered a shot on goal through Nigel Castien, an acrobatic half-volley from the edge of the penalty area which caused Olij few problems.

Moments later, the ball was up the other end of the pitch and nestling in the back of the net. Opdam's curling piledriver from the edge of the box took the slightest of nicks off the top of an outstretched HFC leg, flew over the already airborne van Rossum and into the net to give Jong AZ the lead in the 43rd minute. HFC came close to equalising seconds later, but a well-delivered cross failed to find anyone to turn the ball in. 

 A HFC defender clears his lines during the first half (Photo: author's own)

HFC survived another scare as the half came to an end, van Rossum getting down to save a toe-poke at the bottom of his right-hand post, but they went in a goal behind to a Jong AZ team who deserved their lead, though they were finding it all more of a struggle than perhaps they themselves had anticipated prior to kick-off.

Half-time saw little girls treading carefully past the front of the stand with pitchers full of juice almost too heavy for them to carry, giddy schoolgirls taking group photos of each other, and an elderly chap being escorted from the stand by a steward to finish off his glass of beer. It also saw the game's first substitution: HFC's Vince de Kwant made way for team-mate Kevin Sterling.

The second half started with Koninklijke HFC showing much more industry and, on occasion, no little guile. In a game of fairly few chances and even fewer talking-points, there was consternation amongst the home support a few minutes after the restart when van der Linden pulled back Wessel Boer, who had shown him and the rest of the Jong AZ team a clean pair of heels, but referee Puts resolutely refused to give a free-kick to HFC, let alone a yellow card to the visiting defender.

After Jong AZ's Hatzidiakos almost caught everybody out with a long-range effort that fizzed wide of goal, team-mate Nick Doodeman almost doubled his team's advantage on the hour when he rose to meet a cross from the right at the far post; his header looped across the face of goal only to strike the inside of the post, and the ball was eventually cleared with difficulty.

HFC's Hols was contributing more and more to his team's cause with some penetrating runs, and he sent in a low cross which only just evaded Koen Beeren's despairing lunge. The two of them combined to thread a ball through to Vince Sterling two minutes later, but he was foiled by a tackle from the last defender.

Jong AZ defend a Koninklijke HFC corner late in the second half (Photo: author's own)

Jong AZ indulged in a little Route 1 football with a quarter of an hour to go; goalkeeper Olij sent the ball up towards midfield, where Ferdy Druijf outran the defence, latched on to the ball and thrashed the ball towards van Rossum's goal from the edge of the area, but the veteran saved well, putting the ball behind at his left-hand post.

Beeren and Tim van Soest both had half-chances for the home side, whilst the visitors wasted another chance in the 84th minute, which ended up in the arms of van Rossum with Driujf again frustrated. HFC were still furiously attempting to create chances as the game entered injury-time, but the closest they came was when van Soest blazed the ball over Olij's goal in the 91st minute. 

There was plenty of resolve from Koninklijke HFC, particularly during the second half, but inspite of an impressive showing from Hols and the HFC midfield, Jong AZ held on fairly comfortably to consolidate their lead at the top of the table. Haarmans, Castien and Beeren also played well for the hosts, while AZ's defensive partnership of van der Linden and Hatzidiakos remained steadfast and team-mates Opdam, Stengs and Boadu showed both speed and skill. Jong AZ were outstanding at times, whilst Koninklijke HFC can take heart from a good second-half display, but they will need to create - and take - more chances in the coming weeks.

POSTSCRIPT: Since the above match was played, Jong AZ have increased their lead at the top of the Tweede Divisie to 18 point, whilst Koninklijke HFC have moved up to 11th place after winning three matches in a row. 

KONINKLIJKE HFC: 1 Gerard VAN ROSSUM, 2 Danny HOLS, 3 Oscar WILFERT, 4 Carlos OPOKU, 5 Vincent VOLKERT, 10 Nigel CASTIEN, 11 Wouter HAARMANS (20 Tim VAN SOEST), 15 Vince DE KWANT (17 Vince STERLING), 18 Wessel BOER (8 Jeffrey SAM SIN), 19 Koen BEEREN, 23 Gertjan TAMERUS

SUBSTITUTES (not used): 22 Ton BOKS (GK), 14 Jacob NOORDMANS, 16 André MORGAN, 21 Robin EINDHOVEN

JONG AZ: 25 Nick OLIJ, 12 Pantelis HATZIDIAKOS, 14 Jop VAN DER LINDEN, 32 Levi OPDAM, 34 Calvin STENGS (50 Robin SCHOUTEN), 35 Owen WIJNDAL, 37 Nick DOODEMAN, 43 Viktor Karl EINARSSON (47 Vincent REGELING), 44 Myron BOADU (38 Ferdy DRUIJF), 45 Jamie JACOBS, 49 Teun KOOPMEINERS

SUBSTITUTES (not used): 31 Koen BUCKER (GK), 33 Justin BAKKER, 46 Furkan KURBAN


AUTHOR's NOTE: Thanks to all at Koninklijke HFC for their assistance; further information on the Tweede Divisie can be found via:

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Football is played all over the world, and often in some rather unlikely places, but not many are as isolated, and surely none are as inhospitable, as Antarctica. The world's coldest continent may be inhabited by no more than 3000 people at any one time - the population mostly consists of scientists and civillian staff billeted at a large number of research stations dotted around it - but it does have a football history dating back more than a century, although you would not believe it if you took everything some people claim at face value.

In a documentary released at the beginning of 2016, David Beckham: For The Good of The Game, which chronicled David Beckham's successful attempt to play seven games of football in the space of ten days seven continents, the man himself informed the viewer that neither he nor his team of researchers could "find any record of any official match played in Antarctica" and that, as far as they were concerned, they had played (and his team had won) the first official match on the continent..even though the match was played on what was essentially a seven-a-side pitch.
The intention of this article is not to ridicule Beckham's claim, but it should be noted that perhaps the first recorded mention of football being played in Antarctica was during the British National Antarctic Expedition, more commonly referred to as the Discovery expedition - named after the boat which left London for Antarctica in 1901 - and on one occasion involved quite "a good deal of promiscuous kicking and foul play ("Scott of the Antarctic: A Biography," David Crane, 2006/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge) amongst those involved in a kickabout. 

An extract taken from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) website mentioned that, sometime between April 1902 and September 1902, during the Antarctic winter, in other words, sporting activities became part of the routine: "To entertain themselves the men played football, formed a theatre group and learnt to ski and toboggan."

A much less heralded expedition, the Scottish National Expedition, led by William Speirs Bruce, left the Scottish town of Troon in November 1902 aboard the Scotia, bound for Antarctica. The expedition, which made two voyages to the Antarctic, discovered Coats Land, at the eastern end of the Weddell Sea, but was in danger of being hemmed in for the winter by pack-ice. To keep the crew's spirits up, Bruce first organised a football match on the ice on or around 9 March 1904. The expedition eventually made it safely back to Scotland, reaching the mouth of the Clyde in July 1904.

One of the first pictorial records - probably the first - of football being played in Antarctica is a photograph on the Scott Polar Research Institute website, dating from during the Antarctic Relief Expeditions (1902-04), entitled "Football match between Mornings and 'Terra Novas.' 18 miles from Discovery."

Arguably the most famous photograph demonstrating football being played on the continent is titled "Eleven-a-side," which was taken by the famed Australian photographer Frank Hurley sometime during the British Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which took place between 1914-17 and was headed by the Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton. The photograph was among those featured in an exhibition at the Ralls Collection gallery in Washington, DC back in 2012 entitled "The Photographs of Frank Hurley." 

The photographer hosted a series of lectures-cum-exhibitions ("In The Grip Of The Polar Pack Ice") around his native Australia in 1918 and 1919, and one of his segments, called "Antarctic Football", documented a midwinter football match between the crew and the scientists sailing on the Endurance. Hurley, whose contribution to documenting Antarctic expeditions cannot be overstated, experienced the First World War at close hand, and later became an acclaimed film-maker and journalist. He died in 1962, aged 76.

It is unclear as to whether Shackleton actually played football himself at any time, let alone during his expedition, but in his book "South!", he wrote of a football game that took place five days before Christmas 2014: "We remained moored to a floe over the following day, the wind not having moderated; indeed, it freshened to a gale in the afternoon, and the members of the staff and crew took advantage of the pause to enjoy a vigorously contested game of football on the level surface of the floe alongside the ship."

Of a game that took place on 06 January 1915, which included a lucky escape for Frank Worsley, Shackleton wrote: "The weather was clear, and some enthusiastic football-players had a game on the floe until, about midnight, Worsley dropped through a hole in rotten ice while retrieving the ball. He had to be retrieved himself."

There is, as mentioned above, no direct evidence that Shackleton had played football during the expedition, but it was noted in "South!" that games of football and hockey were played on and after 25 February 1915 and that "all hands joined in many a strenuous game."

THE BALL ROLLS ON: A kickabout at the Norwegian Troll Base in January 2011 (Photo: Bertran Kill/Norsk Polarinstitutt  Picture reproduced under copyright conditions and with the kind permission of Bertran Kill and the Norsk Polarinstitutt)

The diary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott noted that the members of his ill-fated Terra Nova expedition (1910-13) played football from time to time, as this excerpt, dated Tuesday May 2nd, illustrates: "To-day have had our first game of football; a harassing southerly wind sprang up, which helped my own side to the extent of three goals."

The entry for Friday 19th May 1911 illustrated this: "We played football during the noon hour – the game gets better as we improve our football condition and skill." Another excerpt, this time dated Monday 17th June 1911, noted that "there is little to attract one out of doors..Yet we are only nine days off the ‘light value’ of the day when we left off football – I hope we shall be able to recommence the game in that time."

One man who was on Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition but who ended up not joining him on his journey to the South Pole was the Australian scientist and geographer Frank Debenham, who suffered a knee injury whilst playing football in Antarctica; this unfortunate occurrence may have ended up saving his life as he was subsequently judged unfit to take part in Scott's tragic trek. Like Frank Hurley, Debenham fought in and survived the First World War. He went on to have a distinguished career in the field of geography and died in Cambridge in 1965.

Another individual who went to Antarctica with Scott but did not join him on the journey to the South Pole was Tryggve Gran, who had actually represented Norway in the country's first ever international match as a 20 year-old, an 11:3 defeat away to Sweden on 12 July 1908; it was to prove the former Mercantile player's only appearance for his country. Gran was part of the search party that found the bodies of Scott and his comrades Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers in November 1912. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was a pilot in the Norwegian Army Air Service, and joined the RAF (then known as the Royal Flying Corps) in 1916, two years after his original application was refused because Norway remained neutral during the Great War. 

Curiously, he was suspected of being a member of the Nasjonal Samling, the Norwegian Fascist political party led by Vidking Quisling, during the Second World War, and was made head of the Hirdens Flykorps, the government's air force at the time. As a result of his collaboration with the NS, he was jailed for 18 months in 1948. Gran died in 1980, aged 91, having spent most of the rest of his life writing a number of books and giving lectures on Scott's expeditions to the Antarctic.

One location in the sub-Antarctic region (although not located on the continent of Antarctica) which features heavily in the history of football in those parts was the British dependency of South Georgia; it was a very popular pastime for those employed at the various whaling-stations dotted across the island right up to and including the 1960s. It is still played there today.

BREAKING THE RUN: Personnel from the Rothera and McMurdo Bases pose after the game in February 2011 between the two bases. McMurdo won 1:0, breaking a run of defeats by American base and ship personnel against the UK base (Photo: Lihini Aluwihare  Picture reproduced under copyright conditions and with the kind permission of Lihini Aluwihare and The Antarctic Sun)

Most of the football played on Antarctica takes place on the Antarctic Peninsula, the warmest and most northerly of the continent. Several of the bases have rudimentary football pitches, but according to an edition of a Lonely Planet book covering Antarctica, the Argentine scientific base of Esperanza, built in 1951 at Hope Bay in the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula, proudly possesses its very own gravel pitch. However, this claim has been scotched by staff working at the base. Nowadays, those stationed at the base play games inside one of the hangars or, weather permitting, out on the ice.

Among them are a group of thirteen children who, together with their parents, live at Esperanza. They and their teacher, Fredy Miranda, take part in the annual Global Rural Community Football Gathering, which is organised every October by Argentine charity Red Comunidades Rurales, which involves schoolchildren from rural areas across the world playing football and also taking part in a project which benefits their community. The pupils of Escuela no. 38 Ptte. R. Raúl Alfonsín have played football to their hearts' content and, together with their teachers, taken part in projects on and around the base highlighting recycling, the need for cleaner air, soil and water, and better management of the environment in general.

In years gone by, the base's footballers played host to teams from other bases in games played outdoors, including a fixture against the Chilean Bernardo O'Higgins Base in May 1971; what was proclaimed to be the first-ever match between teams representing two Antarctic bases ended in a 7:3 win for Esperanza.

However, other records show that - with apologies to Beckham & Co - the honour of participating in the first "international" match to be played in Antarctica fell to the crew of the British vessel HMS Snipe and their counterparts from the Argentine ship ARA Seaver, who, along with their two countries, were intertwined in a territorial dispute (what's new?) some twenty-three years earlier. The game between the two teams took place at Port Foster on the South Shetland Islands on 5 February 1948, and HMS Snipe won the match by a goal to nil.

What was claimed by the journal of the Chilean Air Force to be "the world's southernmost international football match" took place at the Chilean-run Teniente Marsh Air Base on 19 January 1986 between a team from Marsh and another representing Uruguay's Artigas Base, situated a couple of miles down the road. The match was refereed by a member of the Chilean Navy, Rolando Carvallo, and the final score was 2:2. The journal listed the teams in the following order:

TENIENTE MARSH: Hugo Godoy, Pedro Sandoval, José Vidal, Alejandro Frías, Omar Saéz, Osvaldo Bahamondes, Gerardo Saavedra, Carlos Salazar, Marcos Arévalo, Raúl Cuadra, Reineri Merino

ARTIGAS: Germiní Ferninando, Jacinto Acuña, Melconian, Derseo Da Costa, Domingo Montaldo, Miguel Dornelles, Luis Laurias, Luis Freitas, Orosman Pereira

There was also an Inter-Bases Championship, a World Cup for Antarctic bases, if you will, which took place in January 1988 and which was hosted by Artigas Base, involved personnel from the host base plus representatives from Frei (Chile), Bellingshausen (Soviet Union) and Great Wall (PRC) bases. The Uruguayans went on to win the tournament. Unfrtunately, no record of any results from the tournament appear to exist.

More recently, a football tournament was due to have been held in November 2014 at the privately-run Camp Union Glacier Base in aid of Global United and Cancer Research, though it is unclear as to whether the tournament ever got off the ground. A football match was held at the Chilean Glaciar Unión Base, which was opened in January 2014, not far from the Camp Union Glacier Base, on 4 December 2015. The match was between a Glaciar Unión side made up of military personnel and scientists stationed at the base and a team from the ALE company, who arrived at the Chilean base on a trailer behind a Caterpillar truck. Due to the lack of a suitable coloured disc, the time-honoured "stone, paper, scissors" routine was used to determine who would kick off. Glaciar Unión went on to win what was described online as the latest edition of the Clásico Antárctico by 2 goals to 1. (ALE also played a match against a Chinese side on 28 December last, but no result is available.)

For the more statistically-minded readers, please find below a small selection of results of friendlies played between Antarctic stations - principally Rothera - and/or visiting ships. Kindly note that there is no full-size pitch at Rothera, and the list of results is not exhaustive.

05/02/48 HMS Snipe 1:0 ARA Seaver 
12/02/49 Base Soberanía 1:1 Station B (Deception Island)
19/01/86 Teniente Marsh 2:2 Artigas
??/01/05 Rothera 2:0 RV Lawrence M Gould
20/12/05 Rothera 1:4 RRS James Clark Ross
03/02/07 Rothera 4:0 RV Lawrence M Gould
26/02/07 Rothera 0:0 Morrisons Builders Dream Team
18/03/09 Rothera 5:1 RRS Ernest Shackleton
23/01/10 Rothera defeated RV Lawrence M Gould 
??/02/11 Rothera 0:1 McMurdo
21/01/12 Rothera 6:0 RV Lawrence M Gould
07/03/12 Base Prat defeated RRV Ernest Shackleton
20/01/13 Rothera 1:0 RV Lawrence M Gould
18/01/14 Rothera 3:0 Palmer Station LTER
07/06/14 O'Higgins Base 3:2 Rancagua (O'Higgins Base)
04/12/15 Glaciar Unión Base 2:1 ALE (Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions)
16/02/16 South Georgia 3:0 Antarctic Endurance (mixed Royal Navy & Royal Marines team)

Football continues to be played on the Antarctic continent, although information on matches is extremely difficult to come by, and dates and/or results are not always available or verifiable. Many of the bases which play football, such as China's Zhongshan base, appear to indulge in kickabouts amongst themselves rather than take on teams from other bases, supply ships, etc. Others, such as McMurdo, have small internal competitions (mostly indoors) but do play friendlies against "outsiders" on occasion. Rothera, the biggest British base in Antarctica, regularly hosts matches against visiting ships, one of the most recent being a game in mid-March last year against HMS Protector.

Visits to bases by supply ships and scientists to and the changing of personnel at bases have long been regarded as social occasions by those working at bases on the White Continent, and football matches between those stationed at the bases and their visitors are an integral part of these. What the likes of Scott, Shackleton, Hurley and others would make of the advances in equipment and the way Antarctica has become steadily more and more accessible over the course of the last hundred years one can only guess, but these pioneers and others like them would be gratified to know that football remains, just as it always has been, a method of recreation in Antarctica and that games - or their outcomes - don't appear to be taken too seriously by those taking part. Long may it remain that way.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Some of the results were taken from the following websites/blogs (again, the list is not exhaustive):,,

Other information was gleaned from sources such as:


Glasgow Digital Library:

Cronicas del Uruguay y la Antártida:

Many thanks go to Waldemar Fontes (Instituto Antártico Uruguayo), Peter Rejcek (The Antarctic Sun), Ann Kristin Balto and Ivar Stokkeland (Norsk Polarinstitutt), Nisha Harris and Stephenie Cahalane (Australian Antarctic Division), Reiner Canales (INACH), Fredy and Gabriela Miranda, Georgina Cronin and Lucy Martin (Scott Polar Research Institute) and Joanna Rae (British Antarctic Survey) for their help and advice.

Kindly note that the photographs provided for this article were provided under strict conditions - they were, and remain, under copyright - and with the kind permission of those individuals and organisations (Norsk Polarinstitutt and The Antarctic Sun) mentioned under said photographs in the article. Should you wish to use these photographs, it is recommended that you contact said sources directly and not lift them from this article or anywhere else on the internet.

Please find below the link to the "Football in Antarctica - South Georgia" article, which was published in 2014: 


Saturday, January 14, 2017


This week, amidst much applause and scrabbling around for suitable tributes, saw the passing of one of footballl's most genuine souls, the former Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa and England manager Graham Taylor, aged 72. It was during and after his tenure as England manager that tributes were in short supply as he received nothing short of what would colloquially be described as dog's abuse from so-called newspapers such as The S**.

Now, of course, following Taylor's passing, said newspapers are falling over themselves to give him the most fitting send-off. Ah, hypocrites all..and the same could be said of many England supporters who vilified the poor man from pillar to post following the team's performance at the 1992 European Championships and their failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. You resemble your choice of newspaper, one might say.

Born in 1944, Taylor never distinguished himself as a player, joining Grimsby Town as an 18-year-old in 1962 before moving on to Lincoln City in 1968, and it was at Sincil Bank where, beginning in 1972 at the then unimaginably young age of 28 having had to retire as a player due to injury, he cut his managerial teeth. His tenure there culminated in The Imps winning the Fourth Division Championship in 1976, and in some style, too. The club won the championship with a total of 74 points, a record total for a time when the system of two points for a win was being used; they also scored over 100 goals.

Taylor left Lincoln the following year to take over managerial duties at Watford, who were lingering in the Fourth Division, and a footballing love-affair began. He steered the club from the fourth level of English football to the heady heights of the First Division in five years; not only that, but he took them to the runners-up spot in 1982-83, and to the FA Cup Final the following season, where they lost 2:0 to Everton. He later managed Aston Villa, winning the Second Division Championship, before taking over the England manager's post from Bobby Robson following the 1990 World Cup.

He took England to the 1992 European Championship finals, where they failed to shine and were eliminated at the group stage; he almost took what was a very, very average team to the 1994 World Cup, achievements which are not to be sniffed at, despite the trial by media jury he was subjected to at the time. After failing to qualify at the end of 1993, Taylor resigned from the post of England manager. He joined Wolves for a short and troubled time in 1994 before further spells back at the Hornets and Villa followed. 

Taylor retired from management in 2012, having performed admirably at almost every club he had either played for or managed. He received criticism from some in the media for his teams' alleged use of the long ball..but how could that be when the likes of John Barnes, Mo Johnston and Tony Daley were integral parts of his footballing plans? He had a much more astute football brain than he has been given credit for.

But, perhaps most importantly of all, despite all of the trenchant abuse he received, Graham Taylor remained human and humane, never bearing grudges towards those who bore him ill-will, and tales of his generosity and kindness, many of which are only now - following his demise last Thursday as a result of suffering a heart-attack - becoming apparent, abound, such as giving money to financially-strapped young players or organising trips to away matches for handicapped supporters. They need not be recounted here, as they are available to read elsewhere in plenty.

Suffice to say that people such as he and the equally, innately, decent and much-missed Sir Bobby Robson are becoming still rarer in the world of football, and that is something to be lamented. They were both men with few equals.

What should be not be lamented but cherished is the style of football - exciting, charming and at times perhaps even innocent - played by every club team which Taylor managed, and the obviously positive effect he had on players and supporters alike. He was perhaps not the most successful manager in terms of trophies won (although the teams he managed did win three championships and were promoted seven times), but with regard to the affection in which he was held within the game, he had few equals. He will be missed by many, and thoughts and sympathy go to his family and friends.

Monday, December 26, 2016


The fifty-fourth Greenlandic national championship was held between 7-13 August in the country's capital, Nuuk, and it was, in essence, a case of dèja-vu, with all four of last year's semi-finalists reaching the same stage again this year. The capital's premier club, B-67, retained their status as the nation's finest after first blasting their way through the qualifying round and then sweeping the opposition aside with the minimum of fuss during the final stages. B-67 created history in doing so; they lifted their fifth title in a row, which had never before been done in the history of Greenlandic football, and their twelfth title in all by playing some pretty impressive football.

They bulldozed the capital's oldest club, GSS, aside in their first qualifying fixture, scoring 19 without reply, and then beat their long-time rivals, NÛK, 5:1. In the final qualifying match, GSS were thrashed 14:0 by NÛK. It was GSS's first qualifying tournament in a number of years, having apparently decided some years back to concentrate on the indoor game, but it was good to see the club, whose last appearance at a national championship forty years ago coincided with their fourth and last title, taking part in qualifying once more. Meanwhile, IT-79, last year's runners-up, were hosting the national championship and so were exempt from taking part in the qualification process.

Two other teams who have been absent from the final stages of a Greenlandic national championship for quite some time did make a welcome return to the tournament: Siuteroq-43 and TM-62. For TM-62 from the eastern town of Kulusuk, it was their second-ever appearance at a national finals and their first since 2007, when they finished fourth. They finished second in the eastern Greenland qualifying behind ATA Tasiilaq, but in front of IT-80. However, ATA declined to send a team to Nuuk, which resulted in TM-62 taking their place. Kâgssagssuk, from Maniitsoq, came through the central Greenland qualification process.

Siuteroq-43, from the southern town of Nanortalik, had not made the national finals since 2000, when they finished last, but the signs this time were encouraging. They simply romped through qualifying, scoring 23 goals in 3 matches whilst themselves conceding only 3, and put six past last year's regional champions K-1933.

Up north, meanwhile, FC Malamuk came through a three-team regional championship (which also featured Eqaluk-56 and Uqalek-55), whilst perennial challengers Nagdlúnguak-48, who last won the championship back in 2007 and Qeqertarsuaq side G-44 qualified from the Diskobygten region, disposing of T-41 and last year's surprise package Kugsak-45.

The tournament opened with the game between IT-79 and TM-62, and it was a taste of things to come for the team - and for their hapless goalkeeper Harold Mathæusen in particular - from the east. They found themselves 5:0 down at half-time, and thanks in no small part to a Malik Juhl hat-trick and a brace from Mads Andersen, they went on to lose 11:0. Hans Karl Berthelsen starred for IT-79, and he scored his side's fifth, perhaps the goal of the game. Simply put, he won possession just inside the TM-62 half, ran 45 yards with the ball and stuck it in the bottom left-hand corner.

FC Malamuk and Nagdlúnguak-48 met in the second group match on the opening day, and it ran pretty much according to the form-book. Nick Reimer stepped up to give N-48 the lead from the penalty spot after 7 minutes, and it was 2:0 after 11 minutes when Minik Svendsen half-volleyed home with aplomb from 10 yards out. That was basically it; N-48 were perfectly content to let FC Malamuk come at them for most of the rest of the match, with goalkeeper Gabriel Petersen doing what was required on a couple of occasions to keep a blank sheet.

The horror continued for TM-62 in their second match, against Nagdlúnguak-48, which was played in extremely testing conditions for both man and modern technology; national broadcaster KNR ended up withdrawing their television coverage of the second half due to the atrocious conditions. It took only 130 seconds for N-48 to open the scoring; a looping header from Nick Reimer, who went on to score five goals, bounced back off the crossbar and into his path, and his shot was deflected past Mathæusen.

It was 8:0 at half-time when local television station KNR ceased their coverage of the match due to technical difficulties as the wind continued to howl and the rain came down in torrents, but there was no end to the goalscoring. Despite some sources claiming that the final score was 10:0; the final score was actually 12:0 to Nagdlúnguak-48; Simon Dinesen, Lars Reimer, Hansinguaq Lennert and Kaali Mathæusen continued the goal-fest during the second half.

The next day, the weather abated but IT-79 continued to bang in the goals when they defeated FC Malamuk by 5 goals to 2. Malik Juhl continued his record of scoring in every game at the tournament, netting twice; another two from Jakob Fleischer and one from Berthelsen completed the scoring for the students. Bernhardt Fleischer and Inuutesuaq Løvstrøm replied for FC Malamuk.

IT-79 and Nagdlúnguak-48 met in the final group game to decide the group winners, and it was anybody's game at the break with the teams tied at 0:0. That changed when Markus Jensen put N-48 into the lead with a slide-rule finish in the 51st minute, and that proved the start of a shocking forty minutes for IT-79. Niels Jørgen Jensen quickly added a fine second, and N-48 rattled in another three goals in a superb display of counter-attacking football as the second half wore on through Nick Reimer and the consistently impressive duo of Markus Jensen and Simon Dinesen, with each goal more impressive than the last. It was a simply imperious second half from Ilulissat's boys in green, and IT-79 had no answer. They had been outclassed.

The first match in Group B was an eagerly-awaited affair between champions B-67 and the last team to beat them in a national championship final back in 2011, G-44, but it proved something of an anti-climax. Johan Bidstrup put B-67 ahead after 20 minutes after picking up a loose ball in the box. Ari Hermann doubled their advantage nine minutes later, punishing G-44 to the maximum for some sloppy play in midfield. G-44 huffed and puffed a bit from then on in but never really came close to blowing down B-67's house.

Siuteroq-43 won their first match at a national championship for 16 years when they deservedly defeated Kâgssagssuk 3:1; Malik Kristoffersen equalised an early Kâgssagssuk strike when he put the ball through 'keeper Nikki Olsvig Lyberth's legs in the 47th minute before Karsten Andersen put them in front with 20 minutes remaining, and added the third ten minutes later, stealing in behind the defence to sidefoot a volley past Lyberth.

Suiteroq's goal-laden juggernaut came to a shuddering halt in their next match, when they lost to a controversial goal against G-44. G-44's Ilansiaq Martinsen was clipped by opponent Ian Enoksen near the right-hand touchline, but play was allowed to continue by the match officials before the referee called play back and awarded a drop ball. The Siuteroq players allowed G-44 to take the drop ball unopposed, expecting that the ball would be played back to them (or out for a goal-kick) as they were in possession when play was called back.

Instead, Lars Peter Broberg played the ball forward to Aputsiaq Olsen, who ran on with the ball unopposed, cut into the penalty-area and shot; the shot was blocked but the ball came to Inooraq Olrik, who smashed it home. There were protests from several of the Siuteroq players, but the goal, quite properly, stood. G-44 may not have been "acting within the spirit of the (modern-day) game" and the referee could have been at fault for allowing the goal to stand, but there is, thankfully, no clause contained within the Laws of the Game which demands that Team X gives the back to Team Y if they have put the ball out of play - or the referee eventually decided to stop play and awards a drop-ball - after their player has been injured (and, hopefully, no such clause will ever be inserted into the document).  

G-44 had the lion's share of the chances, particularly as the second half drew to a close and conditions on and off the pitch worsened, and Maassinguaq Brandt missed the chance of the match with eight seconds left but shot straight at Hans Enok Eriksen in the Siuteroq goal. Still, one goal was enough to get G-44 up and running.

Ari Hermann scored again for B-67 as he and Niels Skane found the net to all but eliminate Kâgssagssuk in the next group match, and got his third in as many matches as B-67 knocked out Siuteroq in both teams' final group game. A brace from Poul Thomas Kuko and a goal from John Ludvig Broberg completed the scoring in a 4:0 win. G-44's progression to the semi-finals along with B-67, and Kâgssagssuk's position at the bottom of the group, were confirmed when they were dispatched 6:2 by G-44 in the final group match.

Aputsiaq Olsen opened the scoring for G-44 with a fierce shot through a packed penalty-area after 78 seconds which was to prove the quickest goal of the tournament. Kâgssagssuk had a chance to equalise from the penalty-spot after 18 minutes when Nathan Møller was given a lesson in scorched-earth tackling by G-44 defender Ilansiaq Martinsen. Møller picked himself up, and shot straight at goalkeeper Knud Brandt; Angutimmarik Kreutzmann was on hand to score the rebound with a looping header. Parity lasted less than three minutes; Olsen put G-44 back in front when he barged through the last defender and then the goalkeeper before scoring from an acute angle. 

The goals kept coming after the break: Steve Broberg, Pavia Lynge Mølgård with two goals in two minutes and Inooraq Olrik made it 6:1 to G-44. In the last minute of normal time, Kâgssagssuk's Jan Lyberth ran through on Brandt's goal and rounded the 'keeper, who then delivered one of the finest rugby-tackles in Greenlandic sporting history. The referee rewarded Brandt with a red card - the first and, as it would transpire, the only one of the entire tournament; it was a needless tackle in the first place as his team were five goals in front and certain of a place in the semi-finals, which he would now miss. Captain Zakorat Zeeb took over goalkeeping duties but could not keep out Søren Kreutzmann's precise penalty which put a slightly more positive gloss on the scoreline for the losing side, who were better than the final score suggests

G-44 were paired with N-44 in the first semi-final, and after a fairly even first half, Nagdlúnguak-48 turned the screw half-way through the second half. Markus Jensen, playing in his first match of the tournament, put them in front with a lovely shot from just inside the penalty-area which curled away from goalkeeper Johan Zeeb into the top corner. 

The game was put beyond G-44's reach in the 73rd minute thanks in part to a mistake from Zeeb. Instead of catching an overhit through ball, he elected to chest it down at the edge of the area, but misjudged the bounce of the ball. The ball glanced off his chest and fell to Simon Dinesen, who controlled the loose ball and stroked it into an empty net from ten yards out. G-44 piled on the pressure after falling behind, but N-48 held on to reach the final.

The second semi-final was a repeat of last year's final between B-67 and IT-79, and the expectation was that it would be a tight affair. B-67 spent much of the first half on the attack but were unable to create any sort of chance until the 35th minute, when John Ludvig Broberg let fly from 20 yards out with a low, wickedly curling effort which Bent Johnsen blocked with his knees. They went in front after 38 minutes via a sumptuous strike from Ari Hermann; he was on the end of a pinpoint cross from Mika Davidsen on the right-hand side which travelled across the penalty-area. Hermann met it on the stride and sidefooted a volley past the transfixed Johnsen into the roof of the net.

The second half began in much the same way as the first, but Johan Bidstrup found himself in space in the IT-79 early on in the half and volleyed his shot from a Johannes Groth cross into the ground, and the ball spun wickedly into the net to double B-67's advantage. In the 61st minute, IT-79 lost the ball in midfield and then lost concentration in defence as Ari Hermann's low cross evaded everybody in the penalty-area and came to Anders Petersen, who side-footed a daisy-cutter past Johnsen. Three minutes before time, Norsaq Lund Mathæusen judged a through ball to perfection, ran on, rounded Johnsen with the IT-79 defence floundering in his wake, and stroked the ball into the empty net to complete the scoring.

The next day saw all four semi-finalists take a day off as the teams involved in the minor play-offs took centre-stage, and it was, alas, a case of "plus ça change" for TM-62 as they were pummeled 10:0 by Kâgssagssuk in the 7th-8th place play-off.  

After being the better team during the first ten minutes, TM-62 fell behind in the 12th minute when Søren Kreutzmann tapped in after a melée and move in the penalty-area involving Phillip Holmene and Nikolaj Nielsen. Kâgssagssuk scored four more goals in the first half, but in between times, Thomas Abelsen then wasted a chance to put TM-62 on the scoresheet when he completely scuffed his spot-kick, bobbling it towards the otherwise virtually unemployed Klaus Egede's right, enabling the 'keeper to make the easiest of saves.

Jørgen-Peter Petersen thrashed in Kâgssagssuk's sixth after 52 minutes; shortly afterwards, TM-62's goalkeeper Mathæusen was finally put out of his misery when he was substituted by Egon Poulsen. Despite conceding 30 goals during the tournament (some of which he will doubtless look back on and think he could have prevented), Mathæusen had saved his team from greater humiliation with some fine goalkeeping..but despite the substitution, the goal-rush continued. Nathan Møller scored his second, as did Petersen - whose goal came in between two from substitute Markus Maratse - with one of the goals of the match, a subtle strike with the outside of his right boot from the edge of the area which glided into Poulsen's top left-hand corner. Ten should have rightfully been eleven as seconds after Maratse's second, Poulsen fouled Angutimmarik Kreutzmann and Abelsen blocked Johansen's follow-up with his arm, sending the ball over the bar, only for the referee to somehow miss both transgressions and instead award a corner for Kâssagssuk 

The scoreline spoke for itself; TM-62 were outclassed by their opponents, as they had been in every game they had played. It must be said, though, that although the gap in class between them and their opponents was glaringly obvious throughout the competition, they kept plugging away and always attempted to play neat football, with Abelsen, Dilare Bajare, Jens-Ole Nuko and goalkeeper Mathæusen among the best on show for the team from East Greenland. 

There have been many cases of clubs from the region scratching from the final tournament after winning the regional competition, due mainly to a lack of finances; it is still unclear as to why ATA - who hail from Tasiilaq - did likewise this time round, but at least TM-62 were ready to take up the vacant spot. They also face the same constraints as every other club in the region: there are large financial costs to take into consideration when competing even at a regional level, and, as a whole, the region is suffering the effects of depopulation.

The distances between the various towns and villages can be problematic, even when taking part in the regional championship. It can take two to three days for a club from East Greenland to reach any venue for the national championship; they then have to play at least four matches in the space of a week and then fly home again. Plus, there is also a lack of proper facilities at a local level; artificial pitches of all sizes are springing up all across Greenland, but on the east coast, only one has been built so far - at Ittoqqortoormiit, hundreds of miles to the north-east of where the majority of east coast settlements are situated. The usual calls for teams from the east of the country to join with those from the deep south in pre-qualifying will no doubt have been made, but it is important that East Greenland be represented at the national tournament, not least to keep the game alive there.

Kâgssagssuk showed what they were capable of against TM-62, but it was too little, too late. They were always up against it in a group containing B-44 and G-44, and although they not quite at the same level as their two more illustrious opponents, they were not disgraced. Søren Kreutzmann, Mika-Peter Hansen, Nathan Møller and Jakob Kreutzmann produced fine performances for their side.

The fifth-place play-off between FC Malamuk and Siuteroq-43 was a very even affair, but FC Malamuk took the lead after 26 minutes when Hans Peter Bernhardsen nodded in a Lars Peter Svane corner, beating the flailing goalkeeper Hans Erik Enoksen to the ball. Siuteroq came back strongly, but FC Malamuk looked as though they would reach the interval unscathed..until fate took an ugly turn in the second minute of first-half injury-time.

An Ian Enoksen free-kick into the FC Malamuk was headed high and aimlessly away by one of the defenders, and the ball fell to Minik Stephensen, who was standing alone at the edge of the six-yard area some four yards from the goal-line. Stephensen headed the ball across into the densely-populated rectangle and Malamuk's Morten Fleischer chested the ball down and into his own net despite his and team-mate Nukkulannguaq Jensen's attempts to stop the ball bouncing gently over the line. Although the ball was clearly going away from goal but was deflected in off Fleischer, GBU records credit Stephensen with the goal. One for the GBU's dubious goals committee. Regardless, it was level pegging at the break.

The second half was as even as the first, with neither side making much of an impression and few shots on goal. The breakthrough came in the 77th minute, when a cross from Siuteroq's Dolfe Egede Lund was back-headed by Eli Simonsen over Malamuk's imposing if cumbersome goalkeeper Johannes Street and into the net with two defenders all at sea. Siuteroq were in front, much to the delight of their small but exuberant following, who had made the long journey to the Greenlandic capital from the southernmost reaches of the country and were clearly enjoying themselves.

Three minutes later, Rafael Semsen beat Aqqalua Skade down the left, sent in a low cross and Ian Enoksen scuffed his shot accurately past Street and into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 3:1..or so everybody thought. The linesman had raised his flag, and after a brief consultation between both match officials, the goal was disallowed, much to the consternation of the Siuteroq support, although none of the players protested the final decision. They had every right to as the goal appeared legitimate; Semsen beat Skade fairly and squarely to the ball, and Enoksen was onside by at least three yards when he received the ball. (It's been over four months since the game was played, but if anyone has the answer as to why the goal was disallowed, half of southern Greenland would still like to know.) Siuteroq had another chance to make the game safe moments later when a shot was blocked on the line, and Malamuk's Hans Peter Bernhardtsen had a golden chance to level the match right on 90 minutes when on a one-on-one with Enoksen, but hit the ball off his standing foot and into the arms of a grateful Siuteroq goalkeeper.

Fifth place, then, for a Siuteroq-43 side who did not play at all badly during the tournament but who had seemingly left their knack for scoring goals back in southern Greenland. Ian Enoksen, Malik Stephensen and Eli Simonsen were among those who stood out for the team. FC Malamuk had a forgettable tournament; they seemed to come and go without anyone really noticing, but Pavia Nielsen, Marco Leibhardt and Bernhardt Fleischer all did themselves justice.

The third-place match between host side IT-79 and G-44 was a game between two sides who had not quite shown their true potential during the tournament. IT-79 were torn apart in their previous two matches by opponents who had caught them napping on the counter-attack, whilst G-44 had not shown enough attacking menace in their semi-final defeat to Nagdlúnguak-48.

G-44 were the better team for huge swathes of the first half but, once again, could not convert their chances, and were made to pay by IT-79 on the half-hour when Julius Motzfeldt smashed home the students' first goal in three games following a period of pass and move football and some good work from Kuluk Ezekiasen and Isak Lyberth. It was a powerful strike by Motzfeldt from 15 yards which flew into the roof of the net, but G-44 'keeper Knud Brandt might reflect that he could have kept the shot out; he had had a good tournament but was a little slow to react on this occasion. Ezekiasen doubled IT-79's lead in the 38th minute, swivelling and beating Brandt with a daisy-cutter from 12 yards, having received a pin-point pass from Hans-Karl Berthelsen, who had darted down the right and left two defenders bamboozled in his wake before delivering the so-called killer pass.

There was little difference between the teams in the second half, with G-44 continuing to threaten the IT-79 goal but continued to come up against an unbreachable defence. It was perhaps inevitable that IT-79 would pick them off, and they did so with three goals in four minutes. In the 76th minute in a most unfortunate manner - if you are Knud Brandt, at least. A Malik Juhl free-kick glided between his hands and hit him in the face; Brandt was momentarily disorientated and completely lost his bearings as he instinctively searched for the loose ball. Unfortunately for him, it bounced right behind him as he turned to face his goal and Jakob Fleischer nipped in to prod the ball over the line from two yards out. Ninety seconds later, Juhl played a one-two with substitute Nikki Mathiassen before running through, rounding Brandt and slotting home from an angle to put the game beyond G-44.

Hans Karl Berthelsen played a huge part in IT-79's fifth goal a minute later, going on a mazy run from just inside his own half, beating two opponents with ease, before sending a pinpoint ball in the direction of Fleischer, who ran on to beat Brandt with a low shot into the far corner. The suffering was not yet over for Brandt; with four minutes remaining, he cleared a ball which had come between Jakob Fleischer and G-44 team-mate Jan Lyberth. The ball fell to Malik Juhl some thirty yards out, and he seized his chance in style, sending a deft ball over the stranded Brandt and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. 

G-44's persistence finally, if belatedly, paid off in the 88th minute when Kunuuteraq Isaksen picked up a headed clearance from a corner, turned a defender inside-out and exquisitely curled in a shot from twelve yards out that sailed over five IT-79 players in a packed six-yard box and into the top corner. It was a goal of real quality from one of G-44's players of the tournament. 

There were others in the red and white of G-44 who emerged with credit, of course, such as Brandt in goal, Lars Peter Broberg, Steve Broberg and the indefatigible Zakorat Zeeb, who created much for - and suffered more on behalf of - his team. They came up short this year, principally due to their inability to convert possession and pressure into goals, but they will surely be contenders next year. Manager Gorna Zeeb will see to that.

IT-79 recovered admirably from their two heavy defeats against B-67 and Nagdlúnguak-48, doing unto G-44 what the two aforementioned teams had previously done unto them. Hans Karl Berthelsen surely deserves a chance to play at a higher level of football, having been IT-79's best player in their two national tournament appearances thus far. Malik Juhl proved a formidable presence in the purple shirt, whilst Steffen Boller and Anton Enoksen shone in defence and the likes of Julius Motzfeldt and Jakob Fleischer showed that they are capable of finding the net. Despite two damaging defeats in a row in this edition of the national championship, the future looks bright for Allan Geisler's charges.

A good contingent of N-48 supporters were present in Nuuk for the final against B-67, who were aiming to win their fifth national title in succession. Nagdlúnguak-48 hadn't won the championship since 2007, but were looking in fine form in the tournament up to this point and had been scoring goals aplenty. B-67 had been less prolific in front of goal, but their defence was just as watertight as that of their opponents.

There was almost a dramatic start to the game when B-67's John Ludvig Broberg sent a vicious half-volley just over N-48 goalkeeper Gabriel Petersen's bar after just 16 seconds. The locals kept up the pressure, but were caught out in the the seventh minute by Markus Jensen's lovely opener for N-48. Jensen was first to a ball played through from midfield and lobbed it on the run over a helpless Loke Svane and high into the B-67 net.

Cue exuberant celebrations from the boys from the north and their supporters, but they were soon silenced when Niels Svane equalised after 11 minutes, ghosting in at the far post to prod home an Ari Hermann corner with the subtlety of a ballet-dancing ninja.

There then followed a period of wayward crosses and overhit passes from both teams before Hermann sent over another corner in the 25th minute, which was met with a glancing header at the near post by Anders Petersen that glided between two N-48 defenders and over the line to give B-67 the lead. Anders Petersen - and most of those watching at the Nuuk Stadium - thought he had made it 3:1 for B-67 with two minutes to go to half-time when he stormed in to head a Johan Bidstrup corner past N-48 'keeper Gabriel Petersen. He hadn't reckoned on the linesman raising his flag for Niels Svane's foul on defender Peter Rosbach.

B-67 did get their third goal on the hour, though. It was quite simple and and it came slightly against the run of play. A through ball from Hans Brummerstedt reached Norsaq Lund Mathæusen, who had outsprinted a suddenly lead-footed N-48 defence; one touch from Mathæusen was enough to steady himself as he ran diagonally towards goal and he then ran on to put the ball through the onrushing substitute 'keeper Kristin Egede's legs from the edge of the area.

N-48 were not discouraged by their shipping a third goal, and kept pressurising B-67, making - but failing to take - chances as the second half wore on. Peter Leibhardt was denied by an excellent save from Loke Svane when it looked more likely he would score from the edge of the six-yard area, and Markus Jensen missed the chance of the match with ten minutes left; he failed to connect with a Simon Dinesen back-header when clear square in front of goal with only Svane to beat. Poul Thomas Kuko, meanwhile, should have done better at the other end for B-67 when he worked two excellent chances for himself in injury-time but was denied twice by an alert Egede. Lars Reimer tested Svane just before the final whistle with a stinging shot from over 20 yards out; Skane responded with a flying save, tipping the ball on to the post and behind for a corner.

The final whistle heralded a fifth title on the bounce for B-67 and saw a joyous pitch invasion by staff and supporters alike. Although they faced some tough matches in their group, B-67 played some incisive counter-attacking football (as both IT-79 and N-48 found to their cost) thanks in no small part to their midfield trio of Broberg, Maqe and Bidstrup, and their defence, well-marshalled by Niels Svane and Aputsiaq Birch, and goalkeeper Loke Svane were in top form. Birch was voted player of the tournament whilst team-mate Ari Hermann was voted the tournament's most technical player. Truth be told, it was hard to find a weak link in the team. B-67 manager Tekle Ghebrelul, who doubles up as national team manager, can look back with pride at a job well done by his team.

Although every final has to have a loser, Nagdlúnguak-48 manager Rene Fleischer can also be proud of his team's performance. Markus Jensen was N-48's man of the tournament and was quite simply a joy to watch. Kaali Mathæusen was the pick of a fine defence which also included Peter Rosback and Angajo Qvist, superbly backed up by Gabriel Petersen in goal. Nick Reimer was tournament top scorer with 7 goals and scored in every group game. Simon Dinesen was another who greatly impressed with some fine football.

B-67 will be looking to win their sixth title in succession next year, but they will be up against some pretty stiff competition if this year's championship was anything to go by. Ghebrelul and his staff don't really need to tinker too much with a system that obviously works; he will also be faced with a more pleasant task of looking at players on behalf of the men's national team ahead of next year's Island Games tournament, which will be held in Gotland, Sweden, at the end of June. There are a number of players who surely must be considered as shoe-ins for the squad, such as Birch, Hermann, Broberg and the Svanes from B-67, Jensen, Dinesen and Mathæusen from N-48 and IT-79's Berthelsen and Juhl. It will be an interesting conundrum for Ghebrelul to face, and the standard of some of the football at this year's championship indicates that the GBU's policy of rolling out artificial pitches of all sizes across much of Greenland is paying off. The standard this year was a stark improvement on that of last year and bodes well for next year's championship and further into the future. B-67 will remain the team to beat.




27/7/16 GSS 0:19 B-67
29/7/16 NÛK 1:5 B-67
31/7/16 NÛK 14:0 GSS  

Kâgssagssuk qualified via a separate tournament (results unknown)


FC Malamuk 7:2 Eqaluk-56
Ukaleq-55 0:2 FC Malamuk
Eqaluk-56 3:3 Ukaleq-55


G-44 3:0 Nagdlúnguak-48
Nagdlúnguak-48 5:1 T-41
Kugsak-45 1:1 G-44
T-41 : G-44
Nagdlúnguak-48 : Kugsak-45
Kugsak-45 : T-41


08/07/16 Eqaluk-54 2:3 N-85
08/07/16 K-1933 1:6 Siuteroq-43
09/07/16 Eqaluk-54 5:8 K-1933
09/07/16 N-85 1:7 Siuteroq-43
10/07/16 Eqaluk-54 1:10 Siuteroq-43
10/07/16 N-85 1:5 K-1933


1 ATA 
2 TM-62 
3 IT-80

NOTE: ATA elected not to attend GM2016; their place was taken by TM-62


07/08/16 IT-79 11:0 TM-62 (Juhl 3, Berthelsen 2, Andersen 2, Jakob Fleischer 2, Motzfeldt, Ezekiasen)
07/08/16 FC Malamuk 0:2 Nagdlúnguak-48 (Svendsen, Nick Reimer)
09/08/16 TM-62 0:12 Nagdlúnguak-48 (Nick Reimer 5, Lars Reimer 2, Dinesen, Leibhardt, Lennert, Mathæusen, Qvist)
09/08/16 IT-79 5:2 FC Malamuk (Fleischer 2, Berthelsen, Juhl; Løvstrøm, Svane)
10/08/16 TM-62 1:3 FC Malamuk (Abelsen; Bernhardsen, Løvstrøm, Nielsen)
10/08/16 IT-79 0:5 Nagdlúnguak-48 (Markus Jensen 2, Dinesen, Niels Jensen, Nick Reimer)

FC Malamuk


07/08/16 G-44 0:2 B-67 (Bidstrup, Hermann)
07/08/16 Siuteroq-43 3:1 Kâgssagssuk (Lund, Simonsen, Stephensen; Søren Kreutzmann)
09/08/16 G-44 1:0 Siuteroq-43 (Olrik)
09/08/16 B-67 2:0 Kâgssagssuk (Hermann, Svane)
10/08/16 B-67 4:0 Siuteroq-43 (Kuko 2, Broberg, Hermann)
10/08/16 G-44 6:2 Kâgssagssuk (Mølgård 2, Olsen 2, Olrik, Nukannguaq Zeeb; Angutimmarik Kreutzmann, Søren Kreutzmann)



12/08/16 Nagdlúnguak-48 2:0 G-44 (Dinesen, Markus Jensen)

NAGDLÚNGUAK-48: 12 Gabriel PETERSEN, 2 Minik SVENDSEN (5 Arqalunnguaq HENNINGSEN), 3 Angajo QVIST, 6 Peter ROSBACH, 7 Nick REIMER, 11 Niels JENSEN (10 Steen VILLADSEN), 14 Kaali MATHÆUSEN, 15 Simon DINESEN, 16 Markus JENSEN (9 Aputsiaq GABRIELSEN), 17 Peter LEIBHARDT (24 Hansinguaq LENNERT), 23 Lars REIMER

G-44: 18 Johan ZEEB, 5 Ejner GRØNVOLD (13 Steve BROBERG), 6 Ilasiannguaq MARTINSEN, 10 Aputsiaq OLSEN (8 Maasinnguaq BRANDT), 11 Kunuuteeraq ISAKSEN, 14 Lars Peter BROBERG, 17 Ado LØVSTRØM, 19 Jan LYBERTH, 20 Zakorat ZEEB, 23 Gedion KLEIST (33 Anda AMNINAQ), 26 Inooraq OLRIK (7 Josef SKADE)

12/08/16 IT-79 0:4 B-67 (Bidstrup, Hermann, Anders Petersen, Lund Mathæusen)

IT-79: 12 Bent JOHNSEN, 2 Steffen BOLLER, 6 Mikkel RAARUP Petersen (8 Mads ANDERSEN), 7 Hans Karl BERTHELSEN, 17 Miku ROSING (11 Kuluk EZEKIASEN), 22 Anton ENOKSEN, 31 Isak LYBERTH (34 Malik ZEEB OLSEN; 10 Julius MOTZFELDT), 33 Kaasaannguaq ZEEB, 46 Peri FLEISCHER, 81 Malik JUHL, 89 Danny BRANDT (9 Jakob FLEISCHER)

B-67: 12 Loke SVANE, 3 Niels SVANE, 6 Anders PETERSEN, 8 Johan BIDSTRUP (14 Kasper THORSVANG), 9 John Ludvig BROBERG, 11 Ari HERMANN (20 Norsaq LUND MATHÆUSEN), 13 Aputsiaq BIRCH, 15 Poul Thomas KUKO (4 Nikki PETERSEN), 18 Hans BRUMMERSTEDT, 21 Mika DAVIDSEN (10 Maasi MAQE), 23 Johannes GROTH (7 Jens Frederik NIELSEN)



13/08/16 TM-62 0:10 Kâgssagssuk (Kreutzmann (2), Nielsen (2), Nathan Møller (2), Petersen (2), Maratse (2))  

TM-62: 1 Harald MATHÆUSEN (16 Egon POULSEN), 2 Jokum BRANDT, 4 Hans Miki GEISLER (81 Kristoffer LYBERTH), 7 Dilare BAJARE, 9 Daniel KAJANGMAT (17 Markus UTUAQ), 10 Thomas ABELSEN, 11 Kevin DELANY, 12 Jens Ole NUKO, 15 Sejer MIKAELSEN, 18 Bent PIVAT (14 Hans MARATSE), 19 Hans MIKAELSEN

KÂGSSAGSSUK: 12 Klaus EGEDE, 3 John-Karl LYBERTH, 5 Mika-Peter HANSEN, 6 Søren KREUTZMANN (19 Jørgen-Peter PETERSEN), 7 Nathan MØLLER (10 Angutimmarik KREUTZMANN), 8 Hans-Ole KLEIST (15 Piitanguaq MØLLER), 11 Jørgen KREUTZMANN, 16 Kristian PETERSEN, 17 Phillip HOLMENE (18 Erni JOHANSEN), 20 Nikolaj NIELSEN (9 Markus MARATSE), 22 Gerth SKIFTE


13/08/16 FC Malamuk 1:2 Siuteroq-43 (Bernhardsen; Kristoffersen, Eli Simonsen)

FC MALAMUK: 13 Johannes STREET, 2 Inunnguaq LANGE (20 Jens Kaali THORNING), 5 Inuutesuaq LØVSTRØM, 7 Bernhardt FLEISCHER (6 Sammi PETERSEN), 8 Lars Peter SVANE, 9 Morten FLEISCHER, 10 Angunnguaq LØVSTRØM, 11 Hans Peter BERNHARDSEN, 14 Aqqalua SKADE, 15 Pavia NIELSEN (19 Marco LEIBHARDT), 18 Nikkulannguaq JENSEN (16 Aqqa-Lars DALAGER)

SUITEROQ-43: 1 Hans Erik ENOKSEN, 3 Papik STEPHENSEN, 5 Minik STEPHENSEN, 7 Rafael SEMSEN (6 Poul SEMSEN), 9 Jens KLEIST (10 Niels Ole SIMONSEN), 15 Bernhardt SIMONSEN (11 Malik KRISTOFFERSEN), 18 Eli SIMONSEN, 19 Malik ANDREASEN (13 Erik VAHL HANSEN), 20 Karsten ANDERSEN, 21 Ian ENOKSEN, 22 Dolfi EGEDE LUND


14/08/16 IT-79 6:1 G-44 (Fleischer (2), Juhl (2), Motzfeldt, Ezekiassen; Isaksen)

IT-79: 1 Arne HANSEN, 2 Steffen BOLLER (13 Nuka-Peter OTTOSEN), 7 Hans Karl BERTHELSEN, 8 Mads ANDERSEN, 10 Julius MOTZFELDT (9 Jakob FLEISCHER), 11 Kuluk EZEKIASEN (20 Nikku MATHIASEN), 14 Malik JUHL, 16 Danny BRANDT (14 Miki ROSING), 17 Anton ENOKSEN, 31 Isak LYBERTH, 46 Peri FLEISCHER (33 Kaassannguaq ZEEB)

G-44: 1 Knud BRANDT, 3 Steve Broberg, 4 Nukannguaq ZEEB, 5 Ejner LUNDBLAD (23 Gedion KLEIST), 6 Ilansiaq MARTINSEN (7 Josef SKADE), 10 Aputsiaq OLSEN (26 Inooraq OLRIK), 11 Kunuuteraq ISAKSEN, 14 Lars Peter BROBERG, 17 Ado LØVSTRØM (33 Anda AMNINAQ), 19 Jan LYBERTH, 20 Zakorat ZEEB


14/08/16 Nagdlúnguak-48 1:3 B-67 (Markus Jensen; Svane, Anders Petersen, Lund Mathæusen)

NAGDLÚNGUAK-48: 12 Gabriel PETERSEN (1 Kristen EGEDE); 3 Angajo QUIST, 6 Peter ROSBACH, 14 Kaali LUND MATHÆUSEN, 18 Aqqaluuti PEDERSEN JENSEN (5 Arqalunnguaq HENNINGSEN); 11 Niels Jørgen JENSEN (10 Steen VILLADSEN), 17 Peter LEIBHARDT (24 Hasinguak LENNERT); 23 Lars Erik REIMER; 7 Nick REIMER (9 Aputsiaq GABRIELSEN), 13 Markus JENSEN, 15 Simon DINESEN

B-67: 12 Loke SVANE; 3 Niels SVANE, 13 Aputsiaq BIRCH, 18 Hans BRUMMERSTEDT, 21 Mika DAVIDSEN; 6 Anders PETERSEN (14 Kasper THORSVANG), 8 Johan BIDSTRUP (20 Norsaq LUND MATHÆUSSEN; 23 Johannes GROTH), 10 Maasi MAQE; 9 John Ludvig BROBERG, 11 Ari HERMANN, 19 Nikki PETERSEN (15 Poul Thomas KUKO)   



DEFENDERS: Kaali MATHÆUSEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Niels SVANE (B-67), Aputsiaq BIRCH (B-67), Steffen BOLLER (IT-79)

MIDFIELDERS: John Ludvig BROBERG (B-67), Simon DINESEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Johan BIDSTRUP (B-67)

FORWARDS: Markus JENSEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Ari HERMANN (B-67), Hans Karl BERTHELSEN (IT-79)


GOALKEEPERS: Loke SVANE (B-67), Knud BRANDT (G-44), 12 Gabriel PETERSEN (Nagdlúnguak-48)

DEFENDERS: Aputsiaq BIRCH (B-67), Steffen BOLLER (IT-79), Steve BROBERG (G-44), Anton ENOKSEN (IT-79), Peter ROSBACH (Nagdlúnguak-48), Kaali MATHÆUSEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Malik STEPHENSEN (Siuteroq-43), Niels SVANE (B-67)

MIDFIELDERS: Johan BIDSTRUP (B-67), John Ludvig BROBERG (B-67), Simon DINESEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Maasi MAQE (B-67), Zakorat ZEEB (G-44), Peter LEIBHARDT (Nagdlúnguak-48)

FORWARDS: Hans Karl BERTHELSEN (IT-79), Jakob FLEISCHER (IT-79), Ari HERMANN (B-67), Markus JENSEN (Nagdlúnguak-48), Malik JUHL (IT-79), Nick REIMER (Nagdlúnguak-48


B-67: 1 Malik HERMARIJ (GK), 3 Niels SVANE, 4 Nikki PETERSEN, 5 Peter KNUDSEN, 6 Anders H PETERSEN, 7 Jens Frederik NIELSEN, 8 Johan BIDSTRUP, 9 John Ludvig BROBERG, 10 Maasi MAQE, 11 Ari HERMANN, 12 Loke SVANE (GK), 13 Aputsiaq BIRCH, 14 Kasper THORSVANG, 15 Poul Thomas KUKO, 18 Hans BRUMMERSTEDT, 19 Jakob MØLLER, 20 Norsaq LUND MATHÆUSEN, 21 Mika DAVIDSEN, 23 Johannes GROTH, 25 Marco GEISLER

FC MALAMUK: 1 Ole-Jakob EFRAIMSEN (GK), 2 Inunnguaq LANGE, 4 Rene NIELSEN, 5 Inuutesuaq LØVSTRØM, 6 Sammi PETERSEN, 7 Bernhardt FLEISCHER, 8 Lars Peter SVANE, 9 Morten FLEISCHER, 10 Angunnguaq LØVSTRØM, 11 Hans Peter BERNHARDTSEN, 13 Johannes STREET (GK), 14 Aqqalua SKADE, 15 Pavia NIELSEN, 16 Aqqa-Lars DALAGER, 17 Taatsiaq MARKUSSEN, 18 Nikkulannguaq JENSEN, 19 Marco LEIBHARDT, 20 Jens Kaali THORNING

G-44: 1 Knud BRANDT (GK), 1 Johan ZEEB (GK), 2 Inooraq SVENDSEN, 3 Steve BROBERG, 4 Nukannguaq ZEEB, 5 Ejner LUNDBLAD, 6 Ilansiaq MARTINSEN, 7 Josef SKADE, 8 Maasinnguaq BRANDT, 9 Lars Peter BROBERG, 10 Aputsiaq OLSEN, 11 Kunuuteraq ISAKSEN, 17 Ado LØVSTRØM, 18 Pavia LYNGE MØLGÅRD, 19 Jan LYBERTH, 20 Zakorat ZEEB, 23 Gedion KLEIST, 26 Inooraq OLRIK, 33 Anda AMNINAQ

IT-79: 1 Arne HANSEN (GK), 2 Steffan BOLLER, 5 Nuka-Peter OTTOSEN, 6 Mikkel Raarup PETERSEN, 7 Hans Karl BERTHELSEN, 8 Mads ANDERSEN, 9 Jakob FLEISCHER, 10 Julius MOTZFELDT, 11 Kuluk EZEKIASEN, 12 Bent JOHNSEN (GK), 14 Malik JUHL, 15 Miki ROSING, 16 Danny BRANDT, 17 Miilu ROSING, 20 Nikku MATHIASEN, 22 Anton ENOKSEN, 31 Isak LYBERTH, 33 Kaassannguaq ZEEB, 34 Malik ZEEB OLSEN, 46 Peri FLEISCHER

KÂGSSAGSSUK: 12 Klaus EGEDE (GK), 2 Nikki OLSVIG LYBERTH, 3 John-Karl LYBERTH, 4 John DAHL, 5 Mika-Peter HANSEN, 6 Søren KREUTZMANN, 7 Nathan MØLLER, 8 Hans-Ole KVEIST, 9 Markus MARATSE, 10 Angutimmarik KREUTZMANN, 11 Jørgen KREUTZMANN, 13 Gustav OSTERMANN EGEDE, 15 Piitanguaq MØLLER, 16 Kristian PETERSEN, 17 Phillip HOLMENE, 18 Erni JOHANSEN, 19 Jørgen-Peter PETERSEN, 20 Nikolaj NIELSEN, 21 Jakob PETERSEN, 22 Gerth SKIFTE

NAGDLÚNGUAK-48: 1 Kristen EGEDE (GK), 2 Minik SVENDSEN, 3 Angajo QVIST, 4 Karl SAKARIASEN, 5 Arqalunnguaq HENNINGSEN, 6 Peter ROSBACH, 7 Nick REIMER, 8 Karl ROSBACH, 9 Aputsiaq GABRIELSEN, 10 Steen VILLADSEN, 11 Niels JENSEN, 12 Gabriel PETERSEN (GK), 13 Louis PETERSEN, 14 Kaali MATHÆUSEN, 15 Simon DINESEN, 16 Markus JENSEN, 17 Peter LEIBHARDT, 18 Aqqaluuti JENSEN, 23 Lars REIMER, 24 Hansinguak LENNERT
SIUTEROQ-43: 1 Hans Erik ENOKSEN (GK), 2 Aqissiaq SEMSEN, 3 Papik STEPHENSEN, 5 Minik STEPHENSEN, 6 Poul SEMSEN, 7 Rafael SEMSEN, 8 Inunnguaq HEILMANN, 9 Jens ("Lullu") KLEIST, 10 Niels Ole SIMONSEN, 11 Malik KRISTOFFERSEN, 12 Uvdloriaq FREDERIKSEN, 13 Erik Vahl HANSEN, 15 Bernhardt SIMONSEN, 18 Eli SIMONSEN, 19 Malik ANDREASEN, 20 Karsten ANDERSEN, 21 Ian ENOKSEN, 22 Dolfi EGEDE LUND, 23 Aputsiaq SEMIONSEN, 24 Erik Røde FREDERIKSEN (GK)
TM-62: 1 Harald MATHÆUSEN, 2 Jokum BRANDT, 3 Otto KUITSE, 4 Hans Miki GEISLER, 5 Peter SIANIALE, 6 6 Jens POULSEN, 7 Dilare BAJARE, 8 Henning KUNAK, 9 Daniel KAJANGMAT, 10 Thomas ABELSEN, 11 Kevin DELANY, 12 Jens Ole NUKO, 14 Hans MARATSE, 15 Sejer MIKAELSEN, 16 Egon POULSEN (GK), 17 Markus UTUAQ, 18 Bent PIVAT, 19 Jens MIKAELSEN, 20 Jens MATHÆUSEN, 81 Kristoffer LYBERTH

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Many thanks to the NBU for supplying much of the above statistical information, the GBU, Christian Laursen (B-67) and Moses Bajare (TM-62). Other information was obtained from the Sermitsiaq website, and Facebook. If anyone has the missing results, please do get in touch! Any errors and/or omissions will be corrected upon receipt of the correct information.