Þór/KA

Þór/KA is an Icelandic women's football team based in Akureyri. It is a joint team fielded by Þór Akureyri and Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar and currently competes in Úrvalsdeild kvenna. On September 29, 2017, they won their second Icelandic championship.

Þór/KA
Full nameÞór/KA
Short nameÞór/KA
Founded1999
GroundÞórsvöllur,
Akureyri, Iceland
Capacity2,984 (984 seats)[1]
ManagerHalldór Jón Sigurðsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild kvenna
2020Úrvalsdeild kvenna, 7th of 10
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Since 1999, Þór Akureyri and KA have fielded a joint women's team under the name Þór/KA in the Iceland's top tier Úrvalsdeild kvenna. Knattspyrnufélag Siglufjarðar joined the collaboration in 2001 and subsequently the team was named Þór/KA/KS until KS left the collaboration after 2005 season.[2] In 2006 the team finished 7th of 8 teams, 8th/9 in 2007, the reaching a good 4th/10 in 2008 and then bettering those results with 3rd/10 in 2009 and a second-place finish in 2010. As Iceland was in the top 8 leagues of UEFA,[3] those second place was enough to qualify for the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League.[4] The team entered in the round of 32 but lost 14–2 on aggregate to German team Turbine Potsdam.

In 2010 the team also went to the semi-finals in the Icelandic cup, losing to the eventual winner Valur.[5] In 2013 they lost the cup final.

In 2012 Þór/KA finished first in the Úrvalsdeild and secured its first ever Icelandic championship.[6][7][8]

Prior to the 2017 season, KA declared that it was going to end the collaboration and field its own women's team.[9][10] The decision was highly criticised, including by Þór's chairman,[11] team captain Karen Nóadóttir[12] and star player Sandra María Jessen.[13] In March, KA reversed its decision and struck a deal with Þór to continue the collaboration until at least to the end of the 2019 season.[14]

On September 29, 2017, the club secured its second national championship by defeating FH, in the last game of the season, 2-0 with goals from Sandra Jessen and Sandra Stephany Mayor.[15]

On April 24, Þór/KA won the 2018 League Cup. On April 29, they won the Icelandic Super Cup, defeating ÍBV women's football 3-0 with goals from Sandra Stephany Mayor and Margrét Árnadóttir.[16]

On 23 November 2018, the teams announced that they agreed to continue the collaboration until at least to the end of the 2023 season.[17]

Trophies and achievementsEdit

  1. As Þór Akureyri
  2. As KA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Þórsvöllur". KSI.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Þór/KA tekur sæti ÍBV". Morgunblaðið. March 29, 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ UEFA rankings for 2011/12, retrieved 21 October 2010
  4. ^ Thor/KA is champion, own website, retrieved 21 October 2010
  5. ^ women.soccerway.com, 2010 Cup results
  6. ^ 1. deild kvenna 2012
  7. ^ Hallgrímsson, Skapti (September 4, 2012). "Þór/KA Íslandsmeistari 2012". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  8. ^ Jónsson, Óskar Ófeigur (May 3, 2017). "Þór/KA stelpurnar urðu Íslandsmeistarar þegar þær byrjuðu síðast svona vel". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  9. ^ Ásgeirsson, Eiríkur Stefán (January 18, 2017). "KA sleit samstarfinu við Þór: Þetta var ekki létt ákvörðun". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ Sverrisson, Sindri (January 18, 2017). "Erfið ákvörðun fyrir alla". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ Valsson, Andri Yrkill (January 17, 2017). "Undrast vinnubrögð KA: „Kom eins og sleggja"". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  12. ^ "„Ekki viss um að ég verði KA stelpa áfram"". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). January 18, 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  13. ^ Valsson, Andri Yrkill (January 17, 2017). "Vill ekki þjálfa lengur hjá KA – „Særði mig mikið"". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  14. ^ Valsson, Andri Yrkill (March 15, 2017). "Samkomulag Þórs og KA í höfn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Þór/KA - FH: Bein lýsing". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  16. ^ Arnar Geir Halldórsson (29 April 2018). "Þór/KA meistari meistaranna - Enn einn titillinn norður yfir heiðar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  17. ^ Kristinn Páll Teitsson (23 November 2018). "Samstarf Þórs/KA heldur áfram til 2023". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  18. ^ Frá upphafi