On a peaceful group of islands where the waves hits the rocky beach and the wind breeze gently licks the sturdy mountains, there is a home of something not as peaceful. Well, not as peaceful as a cold breeze at least! The home in question belongs to a fairly new football club that put its trust in local talents instead of spending their money on foreign stars. “The most important thing when coming to another country is to show that you see potential in the locals and know that they can reach as high as anyone else, it’s up to you if you want to let them show it. And I know I want to!”, says the swedish Manager Kludden who is the only foreign profile of the club.
The Junior team is the engine
After 4 years as a manager of the swedish club Rising Vikings (formerly known as Blankaholms Bolltrollare) it was time for Kludden to take the next step in his career and expand his empire. Most of Kludden’s followers thought that the faroese club that he was asked to manage would look very much like his other club after he had been with the club long enough to leave his personal imprint on it. The same way of building a team and manage it, but things didn’t quite turn out that way. Instead he wrote down a plan about a homegrown team with the junior team as the engine that makes the senior squad circulate in a healthy way and get the fuel they need to reach as high as the mountains piling up in the horizon.
Patience is required
The club was founded in May 2013 and have been a mid-table team ever since despite having good finances with lots of room for investments. “The top spot is waiting for us once we are able to promote our greatest youth players and hopefully also train them to superstars”, says Kludden in an atempt to defend his strategy and erase the feeling of doubt among the fans. He proceeds: “One or two seasons are not enough to get remarkable results when you choose to build a team the way we do it. The requirements are a patient staff and fans that manage to keep the team in their hearts despite not getting instant results. I feel that we have both”.
The Golden Bunch
What potential superstars are there in the club so far then? Are they even worth mentioning or is the true gold still left to be found? Actually there are a good bunch of decent players in the youth academy, three who even may be interesting for the faroese U20 team once they have grown up to become men and have traded the dirt fields for arenas. These three talented players are all in different stages of their career despite all being in the same junior squad. Jógvan Kallsberg is the youngest of them and still has a lot to show the youth coach even though he already has shown a lot in only one month with the club. The youth coach Ruben Danielsen can barely describe Jógvan with words due to the euphoric state he’s in, but he gives it a try.
He has mostly played as a wing back and done it well but we can’t help but think that he might be even better somewhere else on the pitch. We are completely stunned by how mature he is in his defending role and hope to see a similar style of playing as we move him around on different positions.
Next up on Danielsen’s list of joy is the middle kid Árni Gregersen. Despite being a young 16-year old he is by far the youth player who has proved the most on the field. He can still develope more in the youth academy but he’s not far from the maximum potential for his age. If you thought youth coach Ruben Danielsen was overenthusiastic before you should listen to what he has to say about Árni.
Splendid player! This is one of those kids you read about in history books and imagine you will never find in your own team. Guess what? Wake up, the dream is real this time! He’s one of those wing players who never loses his steam and don’t loses sight of an opponent who steals the ball until he has got it back. Fighting spirit is his middle name and his crosses never miss their target. His feet and mind must have been blessed by god.
After that rant we will take a look at the third player who is also the oldest. The thing is that he actully just turned 17 years old which is the age required to play in the senior leauge system. Unfortunately this young lad named Rúni Petersen got injured in his last game, only three days before his birthday. Talking about bad luck! We asked the youth coach what happened and also what his overall impression of Rúni is.
He is a great midfielder and it hurts everytime I think about the injury he caught in the latest game. What happened was that he mistimed a tackle pretty badly and bruised his shin. The preliminary reports says that he will be gone for two more weeks but we all hope that he will get well sooner than that. Afterall a great football career is waiting for him in the other end of the tunnel. I’m sure that he will be one of the most important components on the Dynamo midfield the following years.
Golden Bunch: Kallsberg, Gregersen, Petersen
That was all about “The Golden Bunch” we have so far, we all look forward to see what they have to offer in the future.
The Condor’s nest
One of the most important keys to success when it comes to both big and small clubs is training. Well thought-out training can lead to total domination and instant promotion while a bad training schedule may lead right down to the dark depths of the lowest of league divisions. Therefor we asked Kludden what the club’s training plans are, especially considering they won’t buy any players in the near future. This is the answer we got:
Aleksa “Condor” Šarac
I agree with you completely! Training is the difference between life and death, it sounds harsh but it’s true. Many clubs create an extremely complicated training schedule but this was note really the case for us. Since we follow a “home-grown concept” the most natural step for us to take first is to train two goalkeepers who will become good enough to do the keeper duties for years to come. The training hasn’t been going on for that long but we already have a keeper who is really good in relation to the league level we play at. He was the first and only player we pulled from the scouting network before we founded our youth team. He was considered useless by pretty much everyone when we welcomed him to our club, but now he has become a great goalie and a fan favorite on top of that. He goes under the nickname “Condor” and the goal currently guarded by Dynamo is considered “The Condor’s nest”. We will keep training Condor, or Aleksa Šarac as his real name is. When our next generation of superstars arrives from the junior team we will change our training and shape it after their needs. Simple as that!
After those great stories, we leave you for now. Dynamo Gurkan will definitely be a club to keep your eyes on in the future! Will Kludden be able to show that the Faroe Islands is a place of opportunities? Or will his ambitious plans crash in the sea and never be seen again? Future will show and we will be there to keep you updated. Make sure you take a look at the next article we publish!