For the second time this week it’s time to meet FK Haugesund!
FK Haugesund comes from Haugesund, a town where the citizence are called Arabs. They play their games at Haugesund Stadion, which is owned by the municipality of Haugesund, and it can hold up to 5000 spectators. They has had a positive campaign so far, and Aleksander Søderlund and Nikola Djurdic is regarded as the best front pair in Norway. But Haugesunds late success must be tracked back to their coach, Jostein Grindhaug.
About the stadium:
Capacity(Seat/stand): 5000 (4000/1000)
Away Section: Never been there, but rumours says it’s on the same level as at Nadderud Stadion (Stabæk). Which mean it’s shit.
FK Haugesund is one of the youngest clubs in the top division, as they was founded in 1993 by a cooperation containing the two clubs Haugar and Djerv 1919. As they could start theyr run at the third level, the way up was short. In 1997 they played in Tippeligaen for the first time, only four years after the foundation. Relegation came quickly though. From 2000 to 2009 they didn’t fight the big boys at the top level, but they managed to reach the cup final in 2007, where they lost 2-0 to Lillestrøm.
Key Player: Nikola Djurdic
The 26 year old Serbian attacker has been a majour participant since his arrival in 2009, which is described with his goalscoring rate of 0.5 goals per game. He has attracked bigger clubs to the stadium lately, and the odds for him leaving before the 31st of august is falling …
Young talent: Martin Bjørnbak
20 year old defender that arrived from Bodø/Glimt before this season.
League position: 3rd
Last five games:
Haugesund – Hønefoss 1-1
Sandnes Ulf – Haugesund 0-2
Haugesund – Egersund 8-2
Haugesund – Tromsø 1-1
ODD Grenland – Haugesund 0-2
Importance of this match:
Haugesund has had a very positive start to the season, but if they want to keep up with the leaders Molde and Strømsgodset a win here is very important. ODD has had, as mentioned in almost every «This Is» post since may, a poor campaign. Just two points over relegation zone is far from expected. In addition, the cup defeat on wednesday struck every Black & White heart brutally. Three points here is a must!
History between the clubs:
Since Haugesund is such a young side, the batallion got a short history. The only remarkable game is the one from 2007, where Haugesund defeated ODD in the cup semi final.
Håvard Storbæk changed colours from black & white to blue & white last season, while Jone Samuelsen had a spell at Haugesund some seasons ago.
Statistics for this clash: (from www.nifs.no)
Games in total: 11
ODD wins: 4draw: 2
Haugesund wins: 5
At Skagerak Arena
ODD wins: 3draw: 1
Haugesund wins: 1
Relationship between the fans:
Maakeberget is fine people.