Víkingur Gøta

Víkingur is a semi-professional football club in the Faroe Islands. The club was founded in 2008 after the merger of GÍ Gøta and Leirvík ÍF.[1] The club is based in Leirvík, while the stadium is in Norðragøta. Both villages are part of the same municipality Eysturkommuna, located on the island of Eysturoy and about 5 kilometers away from each other. The club won the Faroese championship for the first time in the 2016 season.[2] In the 2017 season, Vikingur won the championship again.

Víkingur Gøta logo.svg
Full nameVíkingur
Founded14 January 2008
GroundSerpugerdi Stadium
Gøta, Faroe Islands
Capacity1,600 (440 seated)
ChairmanBrandur Jacobsen
ManagerEyðun Klakstein
2020Betrideildin, 5th
WebsiteClub website


Víkingur Gøta in a match in Vodafonedeildin against FC Suðuroy in October 2010. They used their away colours (black).
Víkingur Gøta vs. TB Tvøroyri in March 2012. Sølvi Vatnhamar and Óli Johannesen.
Víkingur Gøta vs. TB Tvøroyri in March 2012, Effodeildin.
Víkingur Gøta has also female football, this photo is from 1 July 2012. Football match between Víkingur Gøta and FC Suðuroy.

Víkingur was founded on 14 January 2008 with the merger of first division GÍ Gøta and second division club Leirvík ÍF. The clubs from two villages linked by a 2.2km tunnel through a mountain named the new club in honour to Tróndur í Gøtu, a Viking chief from around 1,000 years ago who lived in the settlement that bears his name, and Leirvik which has also Viking origins.[3] First contacts for a merger of the two clubs date back to 2006, but only in summer 2007 drafts for a merger started. On 14 January 2008 in front of 180 members in Leirvik, the merger was decided with the temporary name of a combination of the previous clubs: GÍ/LÍF. Finally, on 4 February, the new name Víkingur was announced, as the best choice out of 18 name proposals.[4]

Víkingur debuted in the Vodafonedeildin on 31 March 2008, the first match was a meeting at home against B68 Toftir, Víkingur won the match 4–1. It was a mixed season for them, one of the highest points of the season was a 5–0 win at B71 Sandoy. They finished their debut season in a respectable 5th place. They went out of the Faroe Islands Cup at the first hurdle, the match against 07 Vestur was 1–1 after extra time and lost 4–2 in a Penalty shoot-out.

In the 2009 season, Víkingur finished 3rd in the league, three points ahead of NSÍ Runavík. In the Faroese Cup, they recorded a 5–0 win in the first round against MB Midvagur, in quarter-final Víkingur knocked out HB Torshavn defeating them 2–1. The cup run continued when they defeated ÍF over two legs, 1–0 away and 5–0 at home. Their opponents in the final were EB/Streymur, Víkingur were winning 2–1 in the second half against favourites EB/Streymur, when Finnur Justinussen scored with 3 minutes to go, to seal the win. EB managed to score a goal minutes later, but the match finished 3–2 and Víkingur won the trophy.[5]

The success of the 2009 season meant Víkingur would get to play in the Europa League in the following season and play against the Faroese league winners in the Faroe Islands Super Cup. The match was against 20 time league champions HB Torshavn, on 14 March 2010. Víkingur lost the match 2–1 and missed out on their second piece of silverware. Víkingur were drawn against Turkish giants Beşiktaş, in the Europa League second qualifying round. Unsurprisingly Víkingur were beaten 3–0 in the first leg, at the BJK İnönü Stadium. The home leg didn't go any better and lost the match 4–0. In 2010, Víkingur made it to the semi-finals of the Faroese Cup, but missed out on a place in the final for a second year running after being beaten by rivals ÍF Fuglafjørður over two legs. In the league they finished the 2010 season in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a place in Europe. Víkingur's final match was at home against ÍF and a draw would have been enough for a place in the top 4, but they lost 3–1, finishing the season behind ÍF level on points and level on goal difference.

Víkingur finished 3rd in the 2011 league season, and were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Faroese Cup against B68 Toftir, 4–2 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. The team played in UEFA Europa League for 2012–13 season, but was eliminated in the first qualifying round by Gomel of Belarus. In 2012, they were 5th in the league, but won the Cup for the 2nd time in its history. In 2013, the team lost the Super Cup and achieved their worst position in league, finishing 6th, but won the Cup once again, for the 3rd time and the 3rd against EB/Streymur, starting a little cup rivalry. That year they eliminated FC Inter Turku of Finland, winning the second leg away 1–0 and 2–1 on aggregate.

In 2014, they won the Super Cup and the Faroese Cup, both against HB Tórshavn, and finished 3rd in Effodeildin. But the great success of the season was reach the 3rd qualifying round of UEFA Europa League, when they eliminated FC Daugava of Latvia and Tromsø of Norway, being knocked out by Rijeka of Croatia.


2016, 2017
2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Current squadEdit

As of 30 October 2020 [6]

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 Elias Fagrá
2 DF   FRO Andreas Olsen
4 DF   FRO Atli Gregersen (captain)
5 FW   FRO Elias Lervig
6 DF   FRO Bogi Reinert Petersen
7 MF   FRO Jákup Johansen
8 MF   FRO Bergur Gregersen
9 FW   FRO Hans Jákup Lervig
10 MF   FRO Sølvi Vatnhamar
11 MF   POL Łukasz Cieślewicz
14 MF   FRO Ingi Jonhardsson
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   HUN Geza David Turi
17 MF   FRO Finnur Justinussen
18 MF   FRO Arnbjørn Svensson
20 FW   FRO Aron Ellingsgaard Jarnskor
21 MF   FRO Noah Mneney
22 FW   FRO Ari Olsen
24 MF   FRO Gunnar Vatnhamar
25 GK   FRO Sonni Højgaard
26 DF   SRB Vukašin Tomić
29 MF   FRO Olaf Bárðarson
DF   FRO Bergur Poulsen


European RecordEdit

In the 2014–15 season the club reached the third qualifying round for the first time. They are the first Faroese team to get through two rounds of a UEFA club competition.[10]

As of August 2, 2018

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 6 2 1 3 9 10 –1
UEFA Europa League 20 3 4 13 8 50 –42
Total 26 5 5 16 17 60 –43


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Beşiktaş 0–4 0–3 0–7  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Gomel 0–6 0–4 0–10  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Inter Turku 1–1 1–0 2–1  
2Q   Petrolul Ploiești 0–4 0–3 0–7  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Daugava 2–1 1–1 3–2  
2Q   Tromsø IL 0–0 2–1 2–1  
3Q   Rijeka 1–5 0–4 1–9  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Rosenborg 0–2 0–0 0–2  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Ventspils 0–2 0–2 0–4  
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Trepça'89 2–1 4–1 6–2  
2Q   FH 0–2 1–1 1–3  
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q   HJK 1–2 1–3 2–5  
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Torpedo Kutaisi 0–4 0–3 0–7  
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q


  1. ^ Faroe Islands Soccer News, January 2008 Round-Up
  2. ^ Hansen, Jóannes (22 October 2016). "Víkingur skrivar søgu á Argjum" (in Faroese). In.fo. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ Víkingur prepare for Beşiktaş - UEFA
  4. ^ "UM VÍKING". Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.mess.fo/frettir/2009-07-29/Vikingur_steypa-_vinnarar[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Squad". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  7. ^ Frederiksen, Leivur (16 September 2015). "Sámal Erik Hentze skal venja Víking". Kringvarp Føroya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  8. ^ Egholm, Sverri (1 November 2017). "Maurice Ross skal venja Víking". Kringvarp Føroya. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Sigfríður Clementsen nýggjur venjari". R7 Kringvarp. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Elfsborg and Rosenborg relieved to get through". UEFA. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

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