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).

Úrvalsdeild karla
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Founded1951; 69 years ago (1951)
First season1952
Country Iceland
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toDivision I
Domestic cup(s)Bikarkeppni KKÍ
SupercupMeistarakeppni karla
Current championsKR (18th title)
Most championshipsKR (18 titles)
All-time top scorerValur Ingimundarson
CEOHannes S. Jónsson
TV partnersStöð 2 Sport
Websitewww.kki.is
2019–20 Úrvalsdeild karla

HistoryEdit

CreationEdit

The league was founded in 1951 as 1. deild karla (English: Men's 1st division) and in 1978 it was rebranded as the Úrvalsdeild karla (English: Men's Premier League).

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 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 ÍS won the title. From the following season, the 1964–65 season, until the 1974–75, the 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 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 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 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 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 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
Breiðablik Kópavogur Smárinn 1967 green/white   Pétur Ingvarsson
Grindavík Grindavík Mustad Höllin 1972 yellow/blue   Jóhann Þór Ólafsson
ÍR Reykjavík Hertz Hellirinn 1950 blue/white   Borce Ilievski
Keflavík Keflavík TM Höllin 1974 blue/white   Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
KR Reykjavík DHL Höllin 1956 black/white   Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
Haukar Hafnarfjörður Schenkerhöllin 1971 red/white   Ívar Ásgrímsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan 1952 (as ÍKF) green/white   Einar Árni Jóhannsson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Fjósið 1958 green, yellowe   Finnur Jónsson
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður 1993 blue/white   Hrafn Kristjánsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur 1907 maroon/white/blue   Israel Martín
Valur Reykjavík Valshöllin 1951 (as Gosi) red/white   Ágúst Björgvinsson
Þór Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn Icelandic Glacial Höllin 1991 blue/black   Baldur Þór Ragnarsson

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion Score Runner-up Champion's coach
1952 ÍKF League ÍR   Gene Croley and   Jom Wahl[3]
1953 ÍKF (2) ÍR
1954 ÍR ÍKF   Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1955 ÍR (2) Gosi   Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1956 ÍKF (3) ÍR
1957 ÍR (3)   Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1958 ÍKF (4) ÍS
1959 ÍS[5] ÍR
1960 ÍR (4) KFR   Helgi Jóhannsson[6]
1961 ÍR (5) KFR   Helgi Jóhannsson[7]
1962 ÍR (6) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[8][9]
1963 ÍR (7) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[10][11] and   Einar Ólafsson
1964 ÍR (8) Ármann   Helgi Jóhannsson[12]
1965 KR ÍR   Philip Bensing[a][13]
1966 KR (2) ÍR   Philip Bensing or   Thomas Curren[b]
1967 KR (3)   Einar Bollason
1968 KR (4)   Gordon Godfrey
1969 ÍR (9) 1–0[c] KR   Einar Ólafsson[16]
1970 ÍR (10) 2–0[17] Ármann   Einar Ólafsson[18]
1971 ÍR (11) League   Einar Ólafsson[19]
1972 ÍR (12)   Einar Ólafsson[20]
1972–73 ÍR (13)   Einar Ólafsson[21]
1973–74 KR (5)   Einar Bollason
1974–75 ÍR (14)   Einar Ólafsson[22]
1975–76 Ármann   Ingvar Sigurbjörnsson
1976–77 ÍR (15)   Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson
1977–78 KR (6) 1–0[d] Njarðvík   Andrew Piazza
1978–79 KR (7) 1–0[e] Valur   Gunnar Gunnarsson
1979–80 Valur League Njarðvík   Tim Dwyer
1980–81 Njarðvík (5)* Valur   Danny Shouse
1981–82 Njarðvík (6) Fram   Hilmar Hafsteinsson
1982–83 Valur (2) Keflavík   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. László Németh
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 Þorlákshöfn   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)
2017–18 KR (17) 3–1 Tindastóll   Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (5)
2018–19 KR (18) 3–2 ÍR   Ingi Þór Steinþórsson (3)
2019–20 Season canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak[23]
  1. ^ Last name sometimes spelled Benzing.
  2. ^ The Icelandic Basketball Association lists Bensing as the coach of the 1966 team[14] but other sources state that he left the job in December 1965 and that Curren started coaching at the club in January 1966. Curren was the head coach of the team during its games in the 1966–67 FIBA European Champions Cup in December 1966.[15]
  3. ^ As ÍR and KR tied at the end of the season, an extra game was played for tiebreaking.
  4. ^ As KR and Njarðvík tied at the end of the season, an extra game was played for tiebreaking.
  5. ^ As KR and Valur tied at the end of the season, an extra game was played for tiebreaking.

Titles per clubEdit

Titles Club
18 KR
17 Njarðvík / ÍKF1
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

Statistical leadersEdit

The league has kept scoring stats since adopting the Úrvalsdeild karla name in 1978. During the 1988–1989 season, it added more categories, including rebounds, assists and steals and prior to the 1994–1995 season it added blocks.

Úrvalsdeild karla all-time scoring leadersEdit

Player nationality set by the player's national team affiliation. In bold, active players.

Stats through end of 2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla season:

Rank Player Games Points Average
1.    Valur Ingimundarson  400  7,355  18.4
2.    Páll Axel Vilbergsson  407  6,949  17.1
3.    Guðjón Skúlason  409  6,649  16.3
4.    Teitur Örlygsson  405  6,579  16.2

Úrvalsdeild karla all-time rebounding leadersEdit

Player nationality set by the player's national team affiliation. In bold, active players.

Stats through the end of the 2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla season:

Rank Player Games Rebounds Average
1.    Hlynur Bæringsson  307  3,293  10.7
2.    Guðmundur Bragason1  332  3,260  9.8
3.    Friðrik Erlendur Stefánsson  357  3,212  9.0
4.    John Rhodes  136  2,548  18.8
5.    Páll Axel Vilbergsson  407  2,471  6.1

1 Statistics for rebounds where not kept during Guðmundur's first season. Overall, he played 348 games in the Úrvalsdeild.[24]

Úrvalsdeild karla all-time assists leadersEdit

Player nationality set by the player's national team affiliation. In bold, active players.

Stats through the end of the 2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla season:

Rank Player Games Assists Average
1.    Justin Shouse  230  1,486  6.5

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

  1. ^ Ytri aðstæður og innri efling starfsins
  2. ^ Fram stofnar körfuknattleiksdeild
  3. ^ Íþróttafél. Keflavíkurstarfsmanna vann Íslandsmótið
  4. ^ a b c Ágúst Ásgeirsson (11 March 2007). Heil öld til heilla - Saga ÍR í 100 ár. Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur. p. 569.
  5. ^ "Íþróttafélag stúdenta Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik 1959". Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). 17 April 1959. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ Í.R. vann verðskuldaðan sigur
  7. ^ ÍR Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ ÍR Íslandsmeistari 1962
  10. ^ ÍR átti mótið
  11. ^ Takmarkið með þátttöku er aðöðlast reynslu í harðri keppni
  12. ^ ÍR í evrópukeppnina í haust
  13. ^ "KR Íslandsmeistari". Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). 4 May 1965. p. 5.
  14. ^ "Meistaratitlar karla". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Association. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Evrópumeistararnir Simmenthal leika við KR 18. þ.m." Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). 2 November 1966. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  16. ^ ÍR-ingar endurheimta Íslandsmeistaratitilinn í körfuknattleik
  17. ^ "ÍR hlaut titilinn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 24 March 1970. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  18. ^ ÍR hlaut titilinn
  19. ^ Íslandsmeistarar 1971
  20. ^ Sigurinn blasti við HSK
  21. ^ Átök, en síðan yfirburðasigur
  22. ^ ÍR-ingar urðu íslandsmeistarar í körfubolta
  23. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (18 March 2020). "Körfuboltatímabilið blásið af - Engir Íslandsmeistarar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Guðmundur L Bragason: Ferillinn í úrvalsdeild". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Association. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

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