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Babajide Ogunbiyi signs with FC Hjørring
   December 31, 2012 (5:46 PM) by Matt Benson

Babajide Ogunbiyi is headed back to Denmark.  The 26-year-old defender has signed with Danish 1st Division side FC Hjørring and will be replacing fellow American Mike Jones (Who?!) on the roster.

“The contract is for one year,” Hjørring Sports Director Jacob Krüger confirmed to YA.


“He is expected to be a [contributor] for us in the starting lineup,” Krüger confirmed, further adding that they are not at all concerned by his recent lack of league games.

“We start [training] January 8 and play [our next] match in March so we have no worries about his form.”

Ogunbiyi is no stranger to the Danish 1st Division.  He appeared in 53 games over two seasons with Viborg FF before leaving the club this summer.  He signed with the New York Red Bulls in late July, but was released a couple days later due to a health concern.  He also had a training stint with Gregg Berhalter’s Hammarby in Sweden this past fall, but did not get a contract offer.

FC Hjørring and the rest of the Danish 1st Division are currently on winter break and don’t resume action until late March.  FC Hjørring are sitting in ninth place (out of 12 teams) with 20 points, three points above the relegation zone.

Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Mike Jones
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Half Time for Denmark 1st Division
   November 29, 2012 (12:55 AM) by David

Denmark 1st Division



Following last weekend’s matches, Denmark’s 1st Division (Betsafeligaen) goes into winter hibernation. The league will continue in late March 2013.

As the league reached the winter break, only three points separate first from sixth position, and six points separate the bottom five teams. Denmark has a straight forward two up/two down promotion/relegation system.  The season is split into two parts, 19 games and 14 games.

The interest of Over There followers is in two teams: Hjorring and HB Koge.

Hjorring has American defender Mike Jones, who is spending his first season in Denmark, after spells at Sporting KC and NYRB. (Mike was a second round/28th pick overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting KC) Mike is looking to cement a starting job, and for the last two games before the break made it to the starting 18.

HB Koge had two US players, before Shawn Nicklaw declared for Guam, now only employs American defender Brad Rusin. Brad played through PDL to USL (Capt. of Carolina Railhawks) and is now in his second season (three year contract) with HB Koge where, this year he has started nine games, and was in the gameday 18 an additional three times.

So that’s the what, where and who, so how are/will Hjorring and HB Koge fair this season?

As it stands Hjorring are in that bottom five, six points from bottom, but in a three-way tie. During the last five matches, Hjorring has the best record of the cellar dwellers; two wins, two draws, one loss. If they continue their form after the break they should survive.

HB Koge started off the season as favorites for promotion as they were relegated from Superliga last season.  After a disastrous start and the firing of their coach on September 3rd, they now have the overall best record in the 1st Division over the last 10 matches with 21 points. Unfortunately six points from the earlier nine matches have put the club in mid-table. It may be too much to ask for a promotional spot this year, six points out of a promotional place. But this is footy and anything can happen.

Look out for Danish 1st Division action between March and May 2013.

Categories: Brad Rusin, Mike Jones, Shawn Nicklaw
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News and links from around the interwebs
   July 5, 2012 (11:06 PM) by Matt Benson

Where shall we begin?

Stuart Holden has begun light training with Bolton this week.

EPL Talk has the Premier League TV schedule for the first couple months of the season for those of us living in the US.

Bryan Gerzicich has officially re-signed with Israeli Premier League champions Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

Sebastian Lletget was recently interviewed by West Ham’s website about training with the first team this preseason.

Both Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks have been receiving playing time with Hertha Berlin’s first team this preseason.  Morales played in eight league games with the first team last season, but Brooks was actually demoted from the U-23 team to the U-19 team at the end of last season.  Both should hopefully get a chance at first team playing time with Hertha Berlin in the 2. Bundesliga this year.

Timothy Chandler had an assist in Nurnberg’s latest preseason friendly against Eintracht Bamberg.

Parker Walsh is training with German 2. Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus this week.

A good day for a couple Americans on Finnish side Kemi Kings yesterday.  Christian Eissele recorded a hat trick, while Daniel Stevens scored a brace in Kemi Kings’ 5-0 victory over HauPa.

Former US U-17/U-20 winger Brendan King has signed with League of Ireland Premier Division club Bray Wanderers.  King was taken in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Portland.

Central defender Mike Jones has signed with Danish First Division side FC Hjørring.  Jones was drafted in the 2011 Supplemental Draft by Sporting Kansas City before landing on New York and appearing in two games last season.

And finally, this video is awesome.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brendan King, Bryan Gerzicich, Christian Eissele, Daniel Stevens, John Brooks, Mike Jones, Parker Walsh, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden, Timothy Chandler