Havnar Bóltfelag (HB, lit. 'Harbour Football Club') is a Faroese professional football club, and is one of the oldest in the Faroe Islands. The club was founded in 1904, and is based in the city of Tórshavn. Home matches are played in Gundadalur and they compete in the Faroe Islands Premier League.

Havnar Bóltfelag
Full nameHavnar Bóltfelag
Founded1904; 120 years ago (1904)
GroundGundadalur, Tórshavn
Capacity5,000
ChairmanRansin N. Djurhuus
ManagerAdolfo Sormani
LeagueFaroe Islands Premier League
2023Faroe Islands Premier League, 3rd of 10
HB Tórshavn against Suðuroy on 23 September 2012
HB Tórshavn against NSÍ Runavík in 2008. Fróði Benjaminsen is to the left.

History

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HB Tórshavn was founded in October 1904. The club's first board was elected in a meeting, on 14 November 1904. The board consisted of three people: Mads Andrias Winther, Joan Pauli Joensen and Jakup Mouritsen. The future mayor of Tórshavn (1909–12), Mads Andrias Winther, was HB's first chairman. HB's first match against TB Tvøroyri took place on 23 May 1909, in Tvøroyri. The match ended in a 2–2 draw. Two months later, on 18 July 1909, a second match was organized against TB Tvøroyri, this time held in Tórshavn. HB won the match 3–1. The first match against future rivals KÍ Klaksvík was held on 16 July 1911, which finished in a 3–3 draw.

In 1942, a national league was formed in the Faroe Islands. The first few seasons weren't very successful for HB. Later their results improved and they finished runners-up in 1948, 1949, 1953 and 1954. Then in 1955, HB won the double, by winning the league and the first ever national cup competition, beating KÍ Klaksvík in the final. HB went on to win many more trophies; despite this by 1970, KÍ Klaksvík were the most successful club in the Faroe Islands at the time. That year HB were due to play KÍ Klaksvík in the national cup final. But the final never took place, as KÍ refused to play the final in Tórshavn. HB was not named the winners of the cup that year, even though KÍ failed to appear. HB were the current holders at the time, after beating B36 Tórshavn in the cup final, the previous year. They finished runners-up in 1970 after KÍ Klaksvík won their 5th title in a row. It was the fourth time HB had finished runners-up in the league in the past 4 seasons. The following year it was HB v TB in the cup final, the match went ahead this time and HB won. In the final round of the league there was fighting in the match between HB and KÍ players. HB were the eventual winners of the league and KÍ finished runners-up. HB also won the cup in 1972 and 1973, making them 11 times winners, and winning the cup for 5 consecutive years. They also won the cup 5 times in a row, in the years between 1978 and 1982. HB are the only club in the Faroe Islands to achieve this, with other clubs only having won the cup 2 years consecutively. By this time they had won the Faroe Islands Cup many more times than all other clubs in the Faroe Islands, but KÍ still held the most league titles.

In 1992, clubs in the Faroe Islands took part in European competitions for the first time, after the Faroe Islands Football Association became a member of UEFA a couple of years earlier. HB Tórshavn made their European debut in 1993 against RAF Jelgava in the Cup Winners Cup qualifying round. HB lost the first leg 0–1 away from home, but due to problems with their travel to the Faroe Islands the opponents did not show up for the return leg and HB were awarded a 3–0 win.[1] HB advanced into the first round, but were knocked out by FC U Craiova of Romania. This would turn out to be the only time HB Torshavn or any other Faroese club managed to get through the qualifying round(s) of any European Club Competition to date (June 2018). Since then HB has been involved in European competitions every season except for 2002–03 and 2012–13.

In 2003, HB won the league and equalled KÍ Klaksvík's record of 17 league titles. A year later HB won the league again and bettered KÍ's record, making HB Tórshavn the most successful team in the Faroe Islands, as they had now won the most national cups and won the most league titles.

HB won the league in 2013 and participated in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.

In November 2017, HB hired Heimir Guðjónsson, who had previously guided Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar to five Icelandic championships, as manager.[2] On 23 September 2018 the club won the Faroe Islands Premier League after defeating second placed , 2–1. With the victory, no team could catch HB even with four matches remaining.[3]

Current squad

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As of 16 July 2024[4][5] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FRO Teitur Gestsson (captain)
3 DF   FRO Viljormur Davidsen
4 MF   FRO Heðin Hansen
5 DF   FRO Elias Rusborg (on loan from Hvidovre IF)
6 MF   FRO Magnus Holm Jacobsen
7 DF   FRO Hanus Sørensen
8 MF   DEN Sammy Skytte
10 MF   FRO Áki Samuelsen
11 FW   GHA Emmanuel Agyeman Duah
12 MF   GAM Maha Samba
13 GK   FRO Rasmus Nilsson
14 FW   FRO Jákup Thomsen
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   FRO Dánjal Reginsson
17 DF   FRO Bartal Wardum
18 FW   FRO Dávid Reynheim
19 FW   DEN Mikkel Dahl
20 FW   FRO Ási Dam
21 FW   FRO Ejvind Mouritsen
22 DF   FRO Ári Jónsson
27 DF   DEN Mathias Voss
28 MF   FRO Samuel Chukwudi
29 FW   FRO Rani Sørensen
30 MF   FRO Leivur Guttesen
MF   FRO Tróndur Jensen

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Notable former players

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Former players who have played for a national team and/or for a fully pro league.

Coaches

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Honours

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Records

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UEFA club competition record

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Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 21 3 5 13 19 52
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 17 1 4 12 11 41
UEFA Europa Conference League 6 4 0 2 11 9
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 1 1 6 4 24
UEFA Intertoto Cup 10 0 4 6 4 30
TOTAL 62 9 14 39 49 156

Matches

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Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   RAF Jelgava 3–0[a] 0–1 3–1
1R   Universitatea Craiova 0–3 0–4 0–7
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR   Motherwell 1–4 0–3 1–7
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 3   Universitatea Cluj 0–0 4th
  Tromsø 0–10
  Germinal Ekeren 1–1
  Aarau 1–6
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Dinamo Batumi 0–3 0–6 0–9
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   APOEL 1–1 0–6 1–7
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   VPS Vaasa 2–0 0–4 2–4
1999–00 UEFA Champions League QR   Haka 1–1 0–6 1–7
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Tatabánya 0–4 0–3 0–7
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR   Grazer AK 2–2 0–4 2–6
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FBK Kaunas 0–1 1–4 1–5
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q   WIT Georgia 3–0 0–5 3–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FBK Kaunas 2–4 0–4 2–8
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Dinaburg 0–1 1–1 1–2
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FH Hafnarfjörður 0–0 1–4 1–4
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   IF Elfsborg 1–4 0–0 1–4
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Omonia 1–4 0–4 1–8
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 0–5 1–5
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Malmö FF 1–1 0–2 1–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   ÍBV 0–1 1–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Lincoln Red Imps 5–2 1–1 6–3
2Q   Partizan 1–3 0–3 1–6
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Trakai 1–4 0–3 1–7
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Levadia Tallinn 0–2 1–1 1–3
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q   HJK Helsinki 2–2 0–3 2–5
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Linfield 2–2 0–1 2–3
2020–21 UEFA Europa League PR   Glentoran 0–1
2021–22 UEFA Champions League PR   Inter Club d'Escaldes 0–1
UEFA Europa Conference League 2Q   Budućnost Podgorica 4–0 2–0 6–0
3Q   Maccabi Haifa 1–0 2–7 3–7
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Newtown 1–0 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (2–4 p)
2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Derry City 0–0 0–1 0−1
2024–25 UEFA Conference League 2Q   Hajduk Split
Notes
  1. ^ Awarded by UEFA after RAF Jelgava failed to appear.[1]
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1R: First round
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

References

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  1. ^ a b James M. Ross. "Cup Winners' Cup 1993–94". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2023. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  2. ^ Guðmundur Hilmarsson (3 November 2017). "Heimir tekur við liði HB". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ Runólfur Trausti Þórhallsson (23 September 2018). "Heimir stýrði HB til sigurs í deildinni". RÚV (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 23 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Menn". Archived from the original on 2 April 2023. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  5. ^ "HB 2023". Faroe Soccer. Archived from the original on 1 June 2023. Retrieved 1 July 2023.
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