ÍBV play in the top Icelandic men's soccer league, the Úrvalsdeild (known this year as the Pepsideild owing to a deal with Pepsi). The sports club was founded in 1903, and they have been Icelandic football champions three times, in 1979, 1997 and 1998, and have won the Icelandic Cup four times, in 1968, 1972, 1981 and 1998. Last season they finished third, qualifying them for entry into the earliest round of the 2013-14 Europa Cup. They wear white at home, and red and black away. Their home field is Hásteinsvöllur, which accommodates 2,834, mostly standing. The Icelandic soccer season being so brief, ÍBV play only 22 league games.
The team is managed by Hermann Hreiðarsson, a local boy who made it big in English football, playing for Crystal Palace, Brentford, Wimbledon, Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and lastly Coventry City, in addition to 89 appearances for the Icelandic national team. While at Pompey he won the 2008 FA Cup, along with legendary English keeper David James. This season he has recruited James to play for ÍBV.
Today Vestmannaeyjar host Breiðablik, who take their club name from Baldur's house. Breiðablik are fresh off their 2013 League Cup victory. The Dieldebikar, or League Cup, is played before the season begins, and if I'd been more on the ball I would have covered it here. It takes the 24 Úrvalsdeild and 1. deild karla teams and divides them into three groups of eight. Each club plays seven games and the top eight overall move on to a knockout stage, with quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final which was played on April 27. ÍBV didn't get beyond the group stage. [ÍBV win 4 - 1.]
Vestmannaeyjar is a fishing town on the island of Heimaey off the south coast of Iceland. Readers of the National Geographic magazine will recall that a volcano nearly wiped out the place in 1973. The name means Westman Islands and refers to the first people to set foot on it, a boatload of escaped Irish slaves. The Norse called the Irish Westmen.
Manager Allan Moore has signed on for another year at Cappielow. Motherwell's Micheal Higdon was charged with assault less than 24 hours after he was named Player of the Year. Yesterday in the Scottish Football League First Division playoff semifinals Forfar and Brechin were eliminated, setting up a Dunfermline/Alloa final.
Sapporo visit Yamagata. [Sapporo win 0 - 1.]