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Origin of Icelandic Football

(“”) Flest bendir til að skoskur prentari að nafni James B. Ferguson hafi fyrstur kynnt Íslendinga fyrir knattspyrnu árið 1895. Einhverjir Íslendingar höfðu séð knattspyrnu áður er þeir voru í námi erlendis en ekki komið með íþróttina með sér heim. Jón Þórarinsson, skólastjóri Flensborgarskólans, hvatti Íslendinga til að taka upp knattspark að hætti Breta í Ísafold 1892. Ferguson kom hingað til lands til að vinna í prentsmiðju Ísafoldar. Ferguson hafði fljótt mikil áhrif á íþróttalífið í Reykjavík og stuttu eftir komu sína til landsins stofnaði hann Reykjavik Gymnastic Club. Ferguson hafði verið mikill fimleikamaður í Skotlandi og sýndi listir sínar hér. Fimleikar voru þó þekktar hér á landi á þessum tíma. Hann hóf svo að kenna Íslendingum knattspyrnu eða fótknattleik eins og íþróttin kallaðist þá. Hann fékk með sér starfsfélaga sína hjá Ísafold auk nokkurra ungra drengja sem æfðu fimleika hjá honum í Reykjavik Gymnastic Club og hóf skipulagðar knattspyrnuæfingar. Meðal þessara ungu drengja var Sveinn Björnsson sem seinna varð 18 fyrsti forseti Íslands. Ferguson var þó aðeins um ár hér á landi en eftir brotthvarf hans tóku aðrir við og héldu æfingunum áfram. Æfingar fóru fram á melunum í Reykjavík, þar sem Þjóðarbókhlaðan er nú staðsett og byrjuðu flestar æfingar á því að hreinsa þurfti grjót sem hafði safnast á völlinn. Ensku knattspyrnureglurnar voru þýddar og lesnar upp fyrir æfingar til að þær yrðu lærðar. Á afmælisdegi Reykvíkinga 3. ágúst 1899 fór fram fyrsti opinberi leikurinn. Dómarar voru foringjar af ensku herskipi sem lá í Reykjarvíkurhöfn (Víðir o.fl., 1997) (“”)



Most indications point towards a Scottish printer named James B. Ferguson who was the first to introduce football to the Icelandic people. Some Icelandic had seen football when they were studying aboard but didn’t bring the sport with them. Jón Þórarinsson, the principle of Flensborgarskóli, urged the icelandic’s to take up football the way of British in Ísafold 1892. Ferguson came to this country to work in the printing factory in Ísafold. Ferguson had very soon much affects on the athletic life of Reykjavík and shorty after his arrival to the country he created the Gymnastic Club in Reykjavík. Ferguson had been a great gymnastic in Scotland and showed his skills here. Though, gymnastic were more common here in Iceland. He then began the teach the Icelandic people football. He had with him a partners from Ísafold plus few young boy’s who practice gymnastic at his place in Reykjavík Gymnastic Club and then began to plan the football practice. Among these young players was a boy named Sveinn Björnsson who later was elected president of Iceland. Ferguson was only for a year in this county, but after he left other took over and continued the football practices. Melurinn in Reykjavík is where The practices were, National Library is located there now, in most of the practices the players had to clear all the rock from the field that had gathered there. The English football rules were translated and read out loud before practice so they would be learned. On the birthday of the people of Reykjavík 3. August 1899 took place the first public game. The Judges were commanders of the English battleship that were in the Reykjavík harbor. “



I chose the text because I find it fascinating how football started here in Iceland, that no one had started it before Ferguson came. It’s pretty cool also that Sveinn became president. I just find It to be such a fun game and its always good to know how it started.

"The world does not just play football"

An interest in getting a ball to some sort of goal, by one means or another, over the opposition of another team has been shown by all sorts of cultures throughout history. But the particular version codified in Britain in the 19th century, which ruled out moving the ball with hands or anything held in them, quickly won the hearts and feet of industrialising Europe and many of its colonies, current and former. Simple rules (offside provisions notwithstanding) and no need for equipment, apart from whatever might pass for a ball, have allowed the game to flourish in the favelas of Brazil, the shanty towns of South Africa and the jungles of Myanmar. The notorious corruption of the sport’s governing body, FIFA (see article) has not stopped it enrolling more members (209) than the United Nations (193). In 2006 FIFA estimated that the game’s players, both serious and casual, totalled 300m.

The world does not just play football—it watches it, bets on it, argues about it and spends money on it. The English Premier League (EPL) is broadcast in 212 territories, reaching 643m homes. Brand Finance, a consultancy, values Bayern Munich’s brand at $900m. The world’s 20 richest clubs made €5.4 billion ($7.4 billion) during the 2012-13 season, according to Deloitte, another consultancy. People do not just write books about the game, they write books about how it illuminates all manner of other things, such as “How Soccer Explains the World” by Franklin Foer, or “Futebol Nation”, a study of Brazil by David Goldblatt (see review). Such broad thinking might seem ambitious. But then half of mankind is expected to watch at least some of the World Cup.


Að koma boltanum í markið á einn veg eða anna, yfir andstæðingana í hinu liðinu hefur verið sýnt í alls kyns menningu í gegnum söguna. Einkum útgáfan af reglunum í Bretlandi á 19. Öld, sem banna að hafa einhvað í hendina eða að boltinn snerti hana, vann fljótlega hjörtu og fætur þeirra í iðnvæða Evrópu og marga nýlendum hennar, núverandi og fyrrverandi. Einfaldar reglur( rangstöðureglan) og enga þörf fyrir búnað, nema einhver þörf til að senda boltann, hefur leyft leiknum að blómstra í fátækarhverfum í Brasilíu, Suður Afríku og í frumskógum Myanmar. Alræmda spillingin í yfirstjórn FIFA hefur ekki stoppað innritun fleiri meðlima (209) en Sameinuðu Þjóðirnar (193). Árið 2006 áætluðu FIFA að leikmenn leiksins bæði alvarlegu og frjálslegu, námu um 300m.


Heimurinn spilar ekki bara fótbolta heldur horfir á hann, verðjar á hann, rífst um hann og eyðir peningum á hann. Enska úrvalsdeildin sýnir leiki sína í 212 landsvæðum og um 643m heimila. Fjárhægstaða vörumerkis, ráðgjöf, gildi vörumerkis Bayern Munich er um 900 milljónir dollara. Tuttugu heimsins bestur félög græddu 7.4 billjónir dollara á tímabilinu 2012-13, samkæmt Deloitte, öðru ráðgjafar vörumerki. Fólk skrifar ekki bara bók um leikinn, þau skrifa bók um hvernig hann lýsir alls kyns öðrum hlutum, eins og „Hvernig fótbolti útskýrir heiminn“ eftir Franklin Foer. Slík hugsun kann að virðast svoldið metnaðarfull. En búist er nú við að hálfur heimurinn horfi eitthvað á Heimsmeistarakeppnina í fótbolta.


Ég valdi textann því hér sést hversu stór fótbolti er í raun og veru, þvílíkar fjárhæðir og spilling. Hann er stærsta íþrótt í Evrópu í dag og ég held að það sé ekki langt í að hann verði það einnig í Ameríku. Einnig sést að það breytir ekki hver þú ert staðsettur í heiminum, þú getur alltaf spilað fótbolta, Fátækarhverfi í Brasilíu eða London á Englandi.

Interview with Viðar Örn Kjartansson

Viðar Örn Kjartansson has been on top form, was the lead scorer in both the Icelandic division and the Norwegian division before transferring to Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty in China. I just wanted to know a little bit more about him, about his life in China and his footballing career.


He recently joined the Chinese team, Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty and was pretty happy to be there, team is good in a great stadium


How is it like playing for a team like Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty?


“It‘s a great feeling. There is a great interest in the team, in a city with 8 million people, we play on a fantastic stadium that can have 65 thousand people and it‘s a good team in a strong division.” – said Viðar Örn.


It’s a big decision to transfer to china from Europe in Norway and Iceland. Viðar says everything is different from Norge, it’s a great experience and look’s forward to the future.


What‘s the main difference between living in Norway or China?


“The food, little knowledge of English and the weather. There is 30 degrees in China now. Mainly everything is different.” – said Viðar Örn.


Viðar has practice football for very long, he started very young.


For how long have you practice football?


“For 21 years, started at the age of 4.” – said Viðar Örn.


Begin a professional footballer can be very challenging, always away from your family and friends.


What is the hardest part of begin a professional footballer?


“It‘s hard begin so far away from family and friends. Missies a lot of things in their life’s. There is a lot of pressure in football, it‘s always a test.” – said Viðar Örn.


But it has it’s fun and great moments, which is the main reason why player start playing it.


But the most fun about it?


“When all goes well, it‘s a incredible feeling, It is a great privilege to be a footballer, also your well paid for your work.” – said Viðar Örn.


Preparing for a game is very important, to eat right and drink a lot. If you don’t do those things your not at your best at the game.


How do you prepare yourself for a game?


“A day before the game i eat pasta and drink a lot of water. On game day i wake up early, eat and drink very well. I then take a walk, nap again. Then I listen to motivational music then I’m ready.” – said Viðar Örn.


He’s been on top of his form recently, just last season he won the golden boot in Norway and was bought to China and is making rumored 757.000 dollars a year. It takes a lot of commitment to get there.


What does it take to get as far, as you are now?


“Much desire and ambition. Enormous faith in yourself and ready to put in all the work that needs to be done. Plus talents of course.” – said Viðar Örn.


He is now one of the most payed players from Iceland, and donates regularly to charity.


Now your making 757.000 dollars a year, does any of that money go to charity?


“Let’s say about 1m dollars a year, but yeah defiantly, I already have done it a few times and will of course continue to do so in the future” – said Viðar Örn.

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Summaries from TED.com

How to raise a black son in America


He’s talking about how dangerous it is to be black in America, that when he was a little boy he could do the same things as the white kids, for example play on the street, covering behind cars and having water guns. He only images how scared his dad was about him, it has change over the time, but he wants more change. I chose it because of the recent riot in Baltimore, where a cop killed a black teen.


Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.


It's about a model who isn't just about the looks, she is saying that the photos are all done by professionals and are not like the models at all. She admits that she gets free stuff, but not maybe items but more like if she forgets things, like money or over speeding she doesn't have to pay. I chose this because i found i fascinating what she had to say.


Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain


It's about how your brain transforms signals to send to the hand so it will move, it is also tried with another person, one controls the other ones hand, it is really cool. Unfortunately there isn't enough money to spend on the machines that can do that, for every school out there. If you really want to work with these machines you have to go to an university and study it.