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Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

Úrvalsdeild karla; English: Men's Premier League, also known as Domino's deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals series are best-of-three, semifinals and finals series are best-of-five. The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla).

Úrvalsdeild karla
Dominosdeildin logo.jpg
Country  Iceland
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1951; 66 years ago (1951)
First season 1951–52
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Division I
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Fyrirtækjabikarinn
Supercup Meistarakeppni karla
Current champions KR (16th title)
Most championships Njarðvík/ÍKF (17 titles)
All-time top scorer Valur Ingimundarson
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport
Website www.kki.is
2017–18 Icelandic Premier League

Contents

HistoryEdit

CreationEdit

The Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla) was founded in 1951 and until 1978 it was called 1. division.

From the 2005–06 season to the 2011–12 season, it was named the Iceland Express League, from its sponsor Iceland Express airline. Since the 2012–13 season it has been named the Domino's League, from its sponsor Domino's Pizza.

ÍR's dominanceEdit

For the first years, from its foundation in 1951 until the 1963-64 season, the Premier League was dominated by two teams only: ÍKF (with 4 wins) and ÍR (with 8 wins); with the sole exception of the 1958-59 season, in which won the ÍS. From the following season, the 1964-65 season, until the 1974-75, the Premier League was dominated by the ÍR (with 6 more wins) and the KR (with 5 wins). Two years later, the 1976-77 season marked the fifteenth and last victory of the ÍR in the Premier League and an end of an era.

Njarðvík's leadershipEdit

The next two decades, exactly from 1980-81 season to the 1997-98 season, Njarðvík (known as ÍKF until 1969)[1][2] lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, Keflavík won 4 titles and the KR won their eighth title.

Modern eraEdit

From the 2000-01 season, many teams have divided the lead of the Premier League. In the 2005-06 season, the Njarðvík won their thirteenth title. In the following season, the 2006-07 season, the KR won their tenth title and one more year later, in the 2007-08 season, the Keflavík won their ninth title.

International influenceEdit

In the recent years an increasing number of international players have moved directly from playing elsewhere in the world to starring in the Premier League. Below there is a short list of notable foreign players, either currently or formerly active in the league:

TeamsEdit

The Úrvalsdeild karla originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. Njarðvík have won the most championships with 17 Úrvalsdeild wins. The second most successful franchise are KR, who have won 16 Úrvalsdeild championships. Following them, there are ÍR with 15 Úrvalsdeild championships and Keflavík with 9 Úrvalsdeild championships. The current Premier League teams for the 2017–18 season are:

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Grindavík Grindavík Mustad Höllin --- yellow/blue   Jóhann Þór Ólafsson
ÍR Reykjavík Hertz Hellirinn --- blue/white   Borce Ilievski
Keflavík Keflavík TM Höllin --- blue/white   Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
KR Reykjavík DHL Höllin --- black/white   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
Haukar Hafnarfjörður Schenkerhöllin --- red/white   Ívar Ásgrímsson
Höttur Egilsstaðir Egilsstaðir --- red/white   Viðar Örn Hafsteinsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan --- green/white   Daníel Guðmundsson
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður --- blue/white   Hrafn Kristjánsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur --- maroon/white/blue   Israel Martín
Valur Reykjavík Valshöllin --- red/white   Ágúst Björgvinsson
Þór Akureyri Akureyri Höllin Ak --- red/white   Hjalti Þór Vilhjálmsson
Þór Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn Icelandic Glacial Höllin --- blue/black   Einar Árni Jóhannsson

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion Score Runner-up Champion's coach
1951–52 ÍKF   Gene Croley and   Jom Wahl[3]
1952–53 ÍKF (2) ÍR
1953–54 ÍR
1954–55 ÍR (2)
1955–56 ÍKF (3)
1956–57 ÍR (3)
1957–58 ÍKF (4)
1958–59 ÍS ÍR
1959–60 ÍR (4) KFR   Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1960–61 ÍR (5) KFR   Helgi Jóhannsson[5]
1961–62 ÍR (6) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[6][7]
1962–63 ÍR (7) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[8][9] and   Einar Ólafsson
1963–64 ÍR (8) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[10]
1964–65 KR   Phil Bensing
1965–66 KR (2)   Phil Bensing
1966–67 KR (3)   Einar Bollason
1967–68 KR (4)   Gordon Godfrey
1968–69 ÍR (9)   Einar Ólafson[11]
1969–70 ÍR (10)   Einar Ólafson[12]
1970–71 ÍR (11)   Einar Ólafson[13]
1971–72 ÍR (12)   Einar Ólafson[14]
1972–73 ÍR (13)   Einar Ólafson[15]
1973–74 KR (5)   Einar Bollason
1974–75 ÍR (14)   Einar Ólafson[16]
1975–76 Ármann   Ingvar Viktorsson
1976–77 ÍR (15)   Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson
1977–78 KR (6)   Andrew Piazza
1978–79 KR (7)   Gunnar Gunnarsson
1979–80 Valur   Tim Dwyer
1980–81 Njarðvík (5)*   Danny Shouse
1981–82 Njarðvík (6)   Hilmar Hafsteinsson
1982–83 Valur (2)   Tim Dwyer (2)
1983–84 Njarðvík (7) 2–0 Valur   Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1984–85 Njarðvík (8) 2–1 Haukar   Gunnar Þorvarðarson (2)
1985–86 Njarðvík (9) 2–0 Haukar   Gunnar Þorvarðarson (3)
1986–87 Njarðvík (10) 2–0 Valur   Valur Ingimundarson
1987–88 Haukar 2–1 Njarðvík   Pálmar Sigurðsson
1988–89 Keflavík 2–1 KR   Jón Kr. Gíslason
1989–90 KR (8) 3–0 Keflavík   Dr. Laszlo Nemeth
1990–91 Njarðvík (11) 3–2 Keflavík   Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1991–92 Keflavík (2) 3–2 Valur   Jón Kr. Gíslason (2)
1992–93 Keflavík (3) 3–0 Haukar   Jón Kr. Gíslason (3)
1993–94 Njarðvík (12) 3–2 Grindavík   Valur Ingimundarson (2)
1994–95 Njarðvík (13) 4–2 Grindavík   Valur Ingimundarson (3)
1995–96 Grindavík 4–2 Keflavík   Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (2)
1996–97 Keflavík (4) 3–0 Grindavík   Sigurður Ingimundarson
1997–98 Njarðvík (14) 3–0 KR   Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (3)
1998–99 Keflavík (5) 3–2 Njarðvík   Sigurður Ingimundarson (2)
1999–00 KR (9) 3–1 Grindavík   Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2000–01 Njarðvík (15) 3–1 Tindastóll   Friðrik Ragnarsson and   Teitur Örlygsson
2001–02 Njarðvík (16) 3–0 Keflavík   Friðrik Ragnarsson (2)
2002–03 Keflavík (6) 3–0 Grindavík   Sigurður Ingimundarson (3)
2003–04 Keflavík (7) 3–1 Snæfell   Falur Harðarson and   Guðjón Skúlason
2004–05 Keflavík (8) 3–1 Snæfell   Sigurður Ingimundarson (4)
2005–06 Njarðvík (17) 3–1 Skallagrímur   Einar Árni Jóhannsson
2006–07 KR (10) 3–1 Njarðvík   Benedikt Guðmundsson
2007–08 Keflavík (9) 3–0 Snæfell   Sigurður Ingimundarson (5)
2008–09 KR (11) 3–2 Grindavík   Benedikt Guðmundsson (2)
2009–10 Snæfell 3–2 Keflavík   Ingi Þór Steinþórsson (2)
2010–11 KR (12) 3–1 Stjarnan   Hrafn Kristjánsson
2011–12 Grindavík (2) 3–1 Þór Þorl   Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson
2012–13 Grindavík (3) 3–2 Stjarnan   Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
2013–14 KR (13) 3–1 Grindavík   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
2014–15 KR (14) 3–1 Tindastóll   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (2)
2015–16 KR (15) 3–1 Haukar   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (3)
2016–17 KR (16) 3–2 Grindavík   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (4)

Titles per clubEdit

Titles Club
17 Njarðvík / ÍKF*
16 KR
15 ÍR
9 Keflavík
3 Grindavík
2 Valur
1 Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS
  1. ÍKF merged into Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur in 1969 and became its basketball subdivision. It is today known as Njarðvík. The club won 4 titles under the ÍKF name and added 13 more after the merger

Awards and honorsEdit

Domestic All-First TeamEdit

The Men's Domestic All-First Team is an annual Úrvalsdeild honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every season.

Domestic Player of the YearEdit

Foreign Player of the YearEdit

Úrvalsdeild Men's Playoffs MVPEdit

Úrvalsdeild Playoffs MVP award is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the Úrvalsdeild playoffs.

Defensive Player of the YearEdit

Newcomer of the YearEdit

Coach of the YearEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit