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The Úrvalsdeild karla (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈurvalsˌteilt ˈkʰartla], Men's Select Division) is the highest football league in Iceland.[2] It has been played since 1912.[3] Because of the harsh winters in Iceland, it is generally played in the spring and summer (May to September). It is administered by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) and is contested by 12 teams. At the end of the 2015–2016 season, the UEFA ranked the league 35th in Europe.[4] From 27 April 2009, the league has been known as Pepsi deildin (i.e. The Pepsi League) due to a three-year sponsorship deal with Ölgerðin (the Icelandic franchisee for Pepsi).[5][6]

Úrvalsdeild karla
Pepsi deildin.jpg
Founded1912
Country Iceland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to1. deild karla
Domestic cup(s)Bikarkeppni karla
Deildabikar
Icelandic Super Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsValur (22)
(2018)
Most championshipsKR (26)
Top goalscorerIceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson (134 goals)
TV partnersStöð 2 Sport[1]
Websitewww.ksi.is
2019 Season

The league includes 12 clubs who play each other two times, once at home and once away. The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season are relegated to 1. deild karla (First Division) and replaced by the top two teams of that division. Internationally, the winner of the Úrvalsdeild enters the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round. Second, third and fourth placed teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round.[7]

For the first time in the competition's history, the 2008 season saw 12 teams compete in the premier division, a part of KSI's attempt to strengthen Icelandic football. Therefore, only one team was relegated in the 2007 season and three clubs were promoted from the First Division.

KR hold the most titles, with 26, Valur is next with 22, while ÍA and Fram Reykjavík follow with 18 each. FH holds 8 and Víkingur has retained 5 championship titles. The current champions of Iceland are Valur.[8][9]

Contents

Current clubs (2018)Edit

Club Location Position
in 2017
First season in
Úrvalsdeild
Seasons
in
Úrvalsdeild
First season of
current spell in
Úrvalsdeild
Úrvalsdeild
titles
First
Úrvalsdeild
title
Last
Úrvalsdeild
title
Breiðablik Kópavogur 6th 1971 32 2006 1 2010 2010
FH Hafnarfjörður 3rd 1975 37 2001 8 2004 2016
Fjölnir Reykjavík (Grafarvogur) 10th 2008 7 2014 0 - -
Fylkir Reykjavík (Árbær) 1st, 1. deild karla 1989 21 2018 0 - -
Grindavík Grindavík 5th 1995 19 2017 0 - -
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 9th 1912 50 2009 3 1979 1998
Keflavík Reykjanesbær (Keflavík) 2nd, 1. deild karla 1958 52 2018 4 1964 1973
KA Akureyri 7th 1978 16 2017 1 1989 1989
KR Reykjavík (Vesturbær) 4th 1912 104 1979 26 1912 2013
Stjarnan Garðabær 2nd 1990 16 2009 1 2014 2014
Valur Reykjavík (Hlíðar, Miðborg) 1st (Champions) 1915 98 2005 22 1930 2018
Víkingur R. Reykjavík (Fossvogur) 8th 1918 67 2014 5 1920 1991

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HistoryEdit

Championship historyEdit

Only 11 teams in over 100 years have won the Icelandic league title. Stjarnan Garðabær are the most recent to join the list, winning their first title in 2014. KR has won the most titles. They have been Iceland's champions 26 times.

As can be expected, the league has been dominated by teams from the Capital Region which contains nearly two thirds of Iceland's population. Only four teams from outside the GRA have ever won the league (Keflavík, ÍA, ÍBV and KA) – and among those teams, ÍBV and KA (who have won a combined four titles) are the only teams located more than an hour's drive from Reykjavík to have won the league.

Single Round

Double Round

*There was no competition in 1913 and 1914, and Fram Reykjavík was awarded the title.

Champions by number of titlesEdit

Team Titles First title Last title
KR 26 1912 2013
Valur 22 1930 2018
ÍA 18 1951 2001
Fram 18 1913 1990
FH 8 2004 2016
Víkingur 5 1920 1991
Keflavík 4 1964 1973
ÍBV 3 1979 1998
KA 1 1989 1989
Breiðablik 1 2010 2010
Stjarnan 1 2014 2014

Season by season recordsEdit

Top scorers of all timesEdit

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
2013   Tryggvi Guðmundsson 131 ÍBV, KR, FH, Fylkir
1987   Ingi Björn Albertsson 126 Valur, FH

Top scorersEdit

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
1980   Matthias Hallgrimsson 15 Valur
1981   Sigurlás Þorleifsson
  Larus Gudmundsson
12 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1982   Sigurlás Þorleifsson
  Heimir Karlsson
10 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1983   Ingi Björn Albertsson 14 Valur
1984   Guðmundur Steinsson 10 Fram
1985   Ómar Torfason 13 Fram
1986   Gudmundur Torfason 19 Fram
1987   Petur Ormslev 12 Fram
1988   Sigurjón Kristjánsson 13 Valur
1989   Hörður Magnússon 12 FH
1990   Hörður Magnússon 13 FH
1991   Hörður Magnússon
  Guðmundur Steinsson
13 FH
Víkingur R.
1992   Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1993   Þórður Guðjónsson 19 ÍA
1994   Mihajlo Biberčić 14 ÍA
1995   Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1996   Ríkharður Daðason 14 KR
1997   Tryggvi Guðmundsson 19 ÍBV
1998   Steingrímur Jóhannesson 16 ÍBV
1999   Steingrímur Jóhannesson 12 ÍBV
2000   Guðmundur Steinarsson
  Andri Sigþórsson
14 Keflavík
KR
2001   Hjörtur Hjartarson 15 ÍA
2002   Grétar Hjartarson 13 Grindavík
2003   Björgólfur Takefusa 10 Þróttur R.
2004   Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson 12 ÍBV
2005   Tryggvi Guðmundsson 16 FH
2006   Marel Baldvinsson 11 Breiðablik
2007   Jónas Grani Garðarsson 13 Fram
2008   Guðmundur Steinarsson 16 Keflavík
2009   Björgólfur Takefusa 16 KR
2010   Gilles Mbang Ondo 14 Grindavík
2011   Garðar Jóhannsson 15 Stjarnan
2012   Atli Guðnason 12 FH
2013   Atli Viðar Björnsson
  Viðar Örn Kjartansson
  Gary Martin
13 FH
Fylkir
KR
2014   Gary Martin 13 KR
2015   Patrick Pedersen 13 Valur
2016   Garðar Gunnlaugsson 14 ÍA
2017   Andri Rúnar Bjarnason 19 Grindavík
2018   Patrick Pedersen 17 Valur

Player of the yearEdit

SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLUB
1984   Bjarni Sigurðsson ÍA
1985   Guðmundur Þorbjörnsson Valur
1986   Guðmundur Torfason Fram
1987   Pétur Ormslev Fram
1988   Sigurjón Kristjánsson Valur
1989   Þorvaldur Örlygsson KA
1990   Sævar Jónsson Valur
1991   Guðmundur Steinsson Víkingur R.
1992   Lúkas Kostic ÍA
1993   Sigurður Jónsson ÍA
1994   Sigursteinn Gíslason ÍA
1995   Ólafur Þórðarson ÍA
1996   Gunnar Oddsson Leiftur
1997   Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV
1998   David Winnie KR
1999   Guðmundur Benediktsson KR
2000   Hlynur Stefánsson ÍBV
2001   Gunnlaugur Jónsson ÍA
2002   Finnur Kolbeinsson Fylkir
2003   Allan Borgvardt FH
2004   Heimir Guðjónsson FH
2005   Allan Borgvardt FH
2006   Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson Víkingur R.
2007   Helgi Sigurðsson Valur
2008   Guðmundur Steinarsson Keflavík
2009   Atli Guðnason FH
2010   Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik
2011   Hannes Þór Halldórsson KR
2012   Atli Guðnason FH
2013   Björn Daníel Sverrisson FH
2014   Ingvar Jónsson Stjarnan
2015   Emil Pálsson FH
2016   Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson Valur
2017   Andri Rúnar Bjarnason Grindavík
2018   Patrick Pedersen Valur

Young player of the yearEdit

SEASON YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLUB INTERNATIONAL CAPS INTERNATIONAL GOALS
1984   Guðni Bergsson Valur 80 1
1985   Halldór Áskelsson Þór Akureyri 24 4
1986   Gauti Laxdal Fram 0 0
1987   Rúnar Kristinsson KR 104 3
1988   Arnljótur Davíðsson Fram 3 0
1989   Ólafur Gottskálksson ÍA 9 0
1990   Steinar Guðgeirsson Fram 1 0
1991   Arnar Grétarsson Breiðablik 71 2
1992   Arnar Gunnlaugsson ÍA 32 3
1993   Þórður Guðjónsson ÍA 58 13
1994   Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen Valur 88 26
1995   Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV 42 12
1996   Bjarni Guðjónsson ÍA 23 1
1997   Sigurvin Ólafsson ÍBV 7 0
1998   Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson ÍR 1 0
1999   Grétar Hjartarson Grindavík 1 0
2000   Helgi Valur Daníelsson Fylkir 33 0
2001   Grétar Rafn Steinsson ÍA 46 4
2002   Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson ÍBV 24 5
2003   Ólafur Ingi Skúlason Fylkir 36 1
2004   Emil Hallfreðsson FH 67 1
2005   Hörður Sveinsson Keflavik 0 0
2006   Birkir Sævarsson Valur 88 1
2007   Matthías Vilhjálmsson FH 15 2
2008   Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson Breiðablik 71 7
2009   Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik 50 14
2010   Kristinn Steindórsson Breiðablik 3 2
2011   Þórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson ÍBV 4 0
2012   Jón Daði Böðvarsson Selfoss 41 2
2013   Arnór Ingvi Traustason Keflavík 25 5
2014   Elías Már Ómarsson Keflavík 9 0
2015   Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson Breiðablik 0 0
2016   Óttar Magnús Karlsson Víkingur R. 7 2
2017   Alex Þór Hauksson Stjarnan 1 0
2018   Willum Þór Willumsson Breiðablik 1 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stefnt á að sýna alla leiki í Pepsi-deild karla beint - Pepsi-deildin á Stöð 2 Sport til 2021
  2. ^ "Icelandic Premier League – Úrvalsdeild / Pepsi-deildin (Review)". Fieldo Blog. March 19, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Iceland coming in from the cold". UEFA. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2016 UEFA rankings for club competitions, accessed April 30, 2017
  5. ^ Pepsi-deildin í knattspyrnu 2009 KSÍ's official site, accessed 28 April 2009
  6. ^ "Pepsi-deildin til næstu þriggja ára". Ölgerðin. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  7. ^ "Reglugerðir - Knattspyrnusamband Íslands". www.ksi.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  8. ^ Íslandsmeistarar meistaraflokks karla
  9. ^ "Archive - Úrvalsdeild - Iceland - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  10. ^ Íslandsmót - Pepsi-deild karla - 2017

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