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The Liverpool of the Faroes: Who are KI Klaksvik?

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'They have been described as the Liverpool of the Faroes.' (stock photo)

'They have been described as the Liverpool of the Faroes.' (stock photo)

'They have been described as the Liverpool of the Faroes.' (stock photo)

Who are KI Klaksvik?

They have been described as the Liverpool of the Faroes, a traditionally successful club whose title win last year ended a lengthy wait for glory. It was the 18th league win in the club's history, but a first since 1999.

How big is Klaksvik?

It is the second largest town on the Faroes behind capital Torshavn. The population is around 5,000 people.

Only 5,000?

Yes. For context, the population of the Faroes is just under 50,000.

How many people attend their games?

Their average attendance last year was around 800 - not bad when you consider that's 20pc of the town.

How did they get here?

They got a bye through the first round of the Champions League when members of the Slovan Bratislava party that arrived in the Faroes tested positive for Covid-19 and the whole group was quarantined by local authorities. Thus, UEFA awarded the minnows the tie. It likely wouldn't happen now. KI lost to Swiss top dogs Young Boys 3-1 in the second round and then entered the Europa League third round as a seeded team, where they thrashed Dinamo Tbilisi 6-1 to set up this showdown.

What's their European history like?

They've qualified sporadically since 1992 but there's nothing to remotely compare with this. However, they have progressed through rounds in each of the last three seasons. In 2019, they knocked out sides from San Marino and Lithuania before a narrow defeat to Swiss opposition over two legs.

Where are their players from?

Most of their squad are locals but they do have a sprinkling of overseas recruits with players from Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia, Nigeria, Poland, Montenegro and Norway in their ranks. Norwegian striker Ole Erik Midtskogen is a target man.

Any internationals?

They had six players in the most recent Faroe Islands squad that picked up a pair of UEFA Nations League victories, with four of those featuring as starters in their most recent game and another coming on as a sub. Three of their back four have been capped by their country.

What's their style of play?

Tbilisi had most of the possession in their 6-1 drubbing with KI effective in soaking up pressure and hitting the opposition on the counter. They are also a threat from set-pieces, but are susceptible to attacking pace.

Irish Independent