Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)
Úrvalsdeild karla; English: Men's Premier League, also known as Domino's deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's professional 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, 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).
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Division I|
|Domestic cup(s)||Bikarkeppni KKÍ|
|Current champions||KR (17th title)|
|Most championships||Njarðvík/ÍKF, KR (17 titles)|
|All-time top scorer||Valur Ingimundarson|
|CEO||Hannes S. Jónsson|
|TV partners||Stöð 2 Sport|
|2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla|
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.
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.
The next two decades, exactly from 1980-81 season to the 1997-98 season, Njarðvík (known as ÍKF until 1969) lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, Keflavík won 4 titles and the KR won their eighth title.
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.
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:
- Stew Johnson, United States
- Damon S. Johnson, United States – 3-time Premier League champion with Keflavík
- J'Nathan Bullock, United States – 1-time Premier League champion with Grindavík
- Jovan Zdravevski, Macedonia
- Justin Shouse, United States
- Kostas Tsartsaris, Greece
- Nemanja Sovic, Serbia/Canada
- Nick Bradford, United States – 2-time Premier League champion with Keflavík
- Ryan Pettinella, United States/Italy – 2-time Premier League champion with Grindavík
The Úrvalsdeild karla originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. Njarðvík and KR have won the most championships with 17 Icelandic championships each. Following them, there are ÍR with 15 championships and Keflavík with 9 championships. The current Úrvalsdeild karla teams for the 2018–19 season are:
|Team||City, Region||Arena||Founded||Colours||Head coach|
|Grindavík||Grindavík||Mustad Höllin||1935||yellow/blue||Jóhann Þór Ólafsson|
|ÍR||Reykjavík||Hertz Hellirinn||1908||blue/white||Borce Ilievski|
|Keflavík||Keflavík||TM Höllin||1929||blue/white||Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson|
|KR||Reykjavík||DHL Höllin||1899||black/white||Ingi Þór Steinþórsson|
|Skallagrímur||Borgarnes||Fjósið||1958||green, yellowe||Finnur Jónsson|
|Þór Þorlákshöfn||Þorlákshöfn||Icelandic Glacial Höllin||1991||blue/black||Einar Árni Jóhannsson|
- As ÍR and KR tied at the end of the season, an extra game was played for tiebreaking.
Titles per clubEdit
|17||Njarðvík / ÍKF1, KR|
|1||Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS|
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
- Ytri aðstæður og innri efling starfsins
- Fram stofnar körfuknattleiksdeild
- Íþróttafél. Keflavíkurstarfsmanna vann Íslandsmótið
- Ágúst Ásgeirsson (11 March 2007). Heil öld til heilla - Saga ÍR í 100 ár. Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur. p. 569.
- "Íþróttafélag stúdenta Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik 1959". Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). 17 April 1959. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- Í.R. vann verðskuldaðan sigur
- ÍR Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik
- ÍR Íslandsmeistari 1962
- ÍR átti mótið
- Takmarkið með þátttöku er aðöðlast reynslu í harðri keppni
- ÍR í evrópukeppnina í haust
- ÍR-ingar endurheimta Íslandsmeistaratitilinn í körfuknattleik
- "ÍR hlaut titilinn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 24 March 1970. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
- ÍR hlaut titilinn
- Íslandsmeistarar 1971
- Sigurinn blasti við HSK
- Átök, en síðan yfirburðasigur
- ÍR-ingar urðu íslandsmeistarar í körfubolta