Arnarson and Walmsley inducted in the Hall of Fame
A representative from Iceland and one from USA were inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Both men have acted as ambassadors for Gothia Cup in their respective countries. Ludvik Arnarson from Iceland has since 1997 brought more than 400 teams from Iceland to the tournament. American Barry Walmsley has brought 250 US teams. Now they are in the Hall of Fame.
Since 2007 representatives and enthusiasts from all over the world have been inducted in the Gothia Cup Hall of Fame. In 2019 Andreas Kolland was inducted, he has brought almost 200 teams from KSV Segeberg. Six of those teams have won the tournament. Now it was time for two more representatives to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, Ludvik Arnarson and Barry Walmsley.
Since 1997 Ludvik Arnarson has been one of our most important representatives. Ludvik Arnarson has brought more than 400 teams from Iceland to the Gothia Cup during a period of 26 years. All the teams that have been coming with Ludvik have always acted as excellent ambassadors for the country of Iceland.
– Arnarson is well known in Iceland. They are a small country where almost everyone knows everyone. When you meet him you get the sense that he is Mr Football over there. This year Iceland has brought 71 teams - that's massive for such a small country and much of it is thanks to him, says Dennis Andersson, Secretary General for Gothia Cup.
Since 1992 Barry Walmsley has been one of our most important representatives and is a dear and well-known guest at the tournament. During the years Barry has brought more than 250 US teams to the Gothia Cup. All the teams that have been coming with Barry have always acted as excellent ambassadors for their clubs and their country.
– Barry is an old friend. Over the past 30 years, when he first got here, we have grown together. Gothia Cup wasn't a very large tournament at the time and football wasn't a very popular sport in the US either. We have grown a lot since then and so has he as a representative, says Dennis Andersson.