European Football

There’s a Stjarnan, waiting with his Skyr *

Stjarnan_FCOK, it’s an awful pun! Celtic being drawn to meet Icelandic club Stjarnan in the UEFA Champions League comes at a time when a new type of yoghurt from the volcanic island, called Skyr, is being advertised in Britain.

Stjarnan , who come from Garoabaer, won’t mind a little fun, given the club’s penchant for elaborate goal celebrations. This is the club that orchestrated depictions of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet (!), a human bicycle and a Rambo shoot-up.

In 2014, Stjarnan won the Pepsi-deild karla (the Icelandic League), edging out FH (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar) by just one point. The two sides met on the final day of the season, with Stjarnan two points behind FH. Both sides were unbeaten and the sheer drama of it all attracted 6,500 people to FH’s Kaplakrikavöllur stadium. Stjarnan won 2-1 with an added time penalty from Olafur Karl Finsen, his second goal of the game.

This season, Runar Pall Sigmundsson’s side – which is mostly home grown – lack consistency and have won only three of their eight games.

Garoabaer is the sixth largest town in Iceland with a population of 14,000 and apparently has one of the most advanced High Definition TV facilities in Europe. It’s part of the Reykjavik area.

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*Apologies to David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars.
Skyr yoghurt, a high protein product that’s recently hit the supermarkets.

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile”

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