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Breiðablik
Crest of Breiðablik UBK
Full name Breiðablik, ungmennafélag
Nickname(s) Blikar
Founded 12 April 1950
Ground Kópavogsvöllur,
Kópavogur, Iceland
Ground Capacity 5,501 (1,869 seated)
Chairman Borghildur Sifurðardóttir
Manager Men: Arnar Grétarsson
Women: Þorsteinn Halldórsson
League Men: Úrvalsdeild karla
Women: Úrvalsdeild kvenna
2015 Men: 2nd
Women: Champions
Current season

Breiðablik (known as UBK Kopavogur when playing in European competitions)[citation needed] is a sports club from Kópavogur, Iceland. The club was founded in 1950 and is the largest sports club in the country. Breidablik has several sports divisions, both men's and women's, including association football, athletics, basketball, karate, dance, skiing and swimming.

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NameEdit

The name Breiðablik comes from Norse mythology, where it was the home of Baldur. The nickname Blikar is formed from the second part of that name, meaning splendours or twinkles (like a star). The singular form Bliki is also a name for male ducks.

Football – men's teamEdit

Breiðablik's first competitive match was played on 12 June 1957, a 1–0 loss against Þróttur Reykjavík.[1] After several years in the lower leagues, Breiðablik reached the top-flight for the first time in 1971.

In recent years the Breiðablik men's team has established itself as a powerhouse in the Icelandic league, challenging regularly on all fronts. Throughout its history, the team has however been notorious for bouncing between the two top leagues in Iceland, getting promoted and relegated on a regular basis. Since being promoted in 2005, and under the guidance of coach Ólafur Kristjánsson since 2006, the team has grown steadily and established itself as a real challenger in the Icelandic top-flight. The team's first big trophy came with a win in the Icelandic Cup in 2009, followed by the team's first Úrvalsdeild title in the 2010. The 2013 season is Breiðablik's 8th consecutive season in the top-flight, a club record. Breiðablik competed in a European competition for the first time in 2010, facing Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the Europa League. They lost the first leg 1–0 in Scotland, and lost by the same scoreline in the return leg, meaning that the team lost 2–0 on aggregate. A year later, Breiðablik faced Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, losing out 2–5 on aggregate. The team won away from home in Europe for the first time with a memorable 1–0 victory over Austrian side SK Sturm Graz in the 2013–14 competition.[2]

With one of the best and largest youth facilities in Iceland, Breiðablik is almost entirely built on home grown talent. Current Iceland internationals Gylfi Sigurðsson, Alfreð Finnbogason, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Guðmundur Kristjánsson have come through the youth ranks in recent years and gone on to play professionally abroad.

Current squadEdit

As of 26 July 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson
3   MF Oliver Sigurjónsson
4   DF Damir Muminović
5   DF Elfar Freyr Helgason
6   DF Kári Ársælsson
7   MF Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson
8   MF Arnþór Ari Atlason
9   FW Árni Vilhjálmsson (on loan from Lillestrøm)
10   MF Atli Sigurjónsson
11   MF Gísli Eyjólfsson
15   FW Davíð Kristján Ólafsson
No. Position Player
16   FW Ágúst Eðvald Hlynsson
17   FW Jonathan Glenn
18   FW Guðmundur Atli Steinþórsson
21   DF Viktor Örn Margeirsson
22   FW Ellert Hreinsson
23   MF Daniel Bamberg
24   GK Aron Snær Friðriksson
26   DF Alfons Sampsted
28   MF Alexander Helgi Sigurðason
29   DF Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson
30   MF Andri Rafn Yeoman


Player recordsEdit

As of match played 23 September 2014 and according to official supporters site. Players in bold are still currently playing for Breiðablik.

All-time appearances for BreiðablikEdit

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1   Olgeir Sigurgeirsson 2003– 316 39
2   Arnar Grétarsson* 1988–09 289 60
3   Hákon Sverrisson 1990–04 270 9
4   Þór Hreiðarsson 1967–81 266 74
5   Árni Kristinn Gunnarsson 1998–10 255 19
6   Finnur Orri Margeirsson 2008–14 235 7
7   Vignir Baldursson 1975–88 228 16
8   Einar Þórhallsson 1969–80 226 27
9   Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson** 2003– 218 16
10   Ólafur Björnsson 1979–93 210 13

*Arnar Grétarsson played over two periods: 1988–96 and 2006–10
**Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson has played over two periods: 2003–11 and 2014–present

Most goals scored for BreiðablikEdit

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1   Guðmundur Þórðarson 1965–74 179 101
2   Jón Ingi Ragnarsson 1958–69 144 77
3   Jón Þórir Jónsson* 1985–99 200 74
4   Þór Hreiðarsson 1967–81 271 61
5   Ívar Sigurjónsson 1996–03 168 59
  Kjartan Einarsson 1996–04 166 59
7   Sigurður Grétarsson** 1979–00 159 54
8   Árni Vilhjálmsson 2011–14 108 47
9   Arnar Grétarsson*** 1988–09 289 47
10   Grétar Kristjánsson 1957–68 113 45

*Jón Þórir Jónsson played over two periods: 1985–94 and 1998–99
**Sigurður Grétarsson played over two periods: 1979–83 and 1998–00
***Arnar Grétarsson played over two periods: 1988–96 and 2006–10

Notable playersEdit

Players from the Breiðablik youth academy who have earned international caps at senior level. Correct as of 12 July 2016.

Nat. Player Date of birth Current club Position International career
  Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 22)   Breiðablik Midfielder 2014–present
  Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 23)   Granada CF Defender 2014–present
  Aron Jóhannsson (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 26)   SV Werder Bremen Forward 2013–present
  Kristinn Jónsson (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 26)   Sarpsborg 08 Wingback 2016–present
  Elfar Freyr Helgason (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 27)   Breiðablik (on loan at   AC Horsens) Defender 2011–present
  Alfreð Finnbogason (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 28)   FC Augsburg Forward 2010–present
  Gylfi Sigurðsson (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 27)   Swansea City Midfielder 2010–present
  Gunnar Örn Jónsson (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 32)   Fylkir Midfielder 2010
  Guðmundur Kristjánsson (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 28)   IK Start Midfielder 2009–present
  Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 31)   Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Fullback 2009–2016
  Steinþór Freyr Þorsteinsson (1985-07-29) 29 July 1985 (age 31)   Viking Midfielder 2009–present
  Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 26)   Charlton Athletic Winger 2008–present
  Guðmann Þórisson (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 30)   FH Defender 2008
  Marel Jóhann Baldvinsson (1980-12-18) 18 December 1980 (age 36) retired Forward 2001–08
  Kjartan Antonsson (1976-09-30) 30 September 1976 (age 40) retired Defender 2001
  Þórhalldur Hinriksson (1976-09-10) 10 September 1976 (age 40) retired Midfielder 2000–01
  Kristófer Sigurgeirsson (1972-01-19) 19 January 1972 (age 45)   Breiðablik (assistant manager) Midfielder 1994
  Arnar Grétarsson (1972-02-20) 20 February 1972 (age 45)   Breiðablik (manager) Midfielder 1991–04
  Sigurjón Kristjánsson (1962-04-05) 5 April 1962 (age 55) retired Forward 1982
  Trausti Ómarsson (1962-11-04) 4 November 1962 (age 54) retired Midfielder 1982
  Ómar Rafnsson (1962-06-23) 23 June 1962 (age 54) retired Midfielder 1982–83
  Ólafur Björnsson (1958-10-07) 7 October 1958 (age 58) retired Defender 1981–84
  Sigurður Grétarsson (1962-05-02) 2 May 1962 (age 55) retired Forward 1980–92
  Hinrik Þórhallsson (1954-02-02) 2 February 1954 (age 63) retired Winger 1976–80
  Einar Þórhallsson (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 64) retired Defender 1976

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

Club recordsEdit

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Agg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Motherwell 0–1 0–1 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round   Rosenborg 2–0 0–5 2–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   FC Santa Coloma 4–0 0–0 4–0
Second qualifying round   Sturm Graz 0–0 1–0 1–0
Third qualifying round   Aktobe 1–0 0–1 1–1 (1–2 p)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Jelgava 2–3 2–2 4–5

Club rankingEdit

Correct as of 9 February 2014.[3] The table shows the position of Breiðablik (highlighted), based on their UEFA coefficient club ranking, and the four foreign teams which are closest to Breiðablik's position (two clubs with the higher coefficient and two with the lower coefficient).

Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Mvmt. Club 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 Coeff.
303 282   −21   Honka Espoo 1.275 0.860 0.800 0.400 0.600 3.935
304 279   −25   Fredrikstad 1.420 0.475 0.460 0.980 0.520 3.855
305 343   +38   Breiðablik 0.250 0.575 1.275 0.250 1.500 3.850
306 357   +51   Milsami Orhei 0.425 0.425 0.350 0.950 1.675 3.825
307 322   +15   Khazar Lankaran 0.300 0.650 0.775 1.100 1.000 3.825

Domestic resultsEdit

Below is a table with Breiðablik's domestic results since the club's first season in the football league in 1957.

Football – women's teamEdit

The women's football team is the powerhouse of Icelandic women's football and nearly made a clean sweep in 2005, winning the championship and cup plus almost all of the younger division titles. In International competitions Breiðablik has taken part in The Nordic Open Championship in the years 1995, 1996 and 1997 among teams such as Fortuna Hjørring from Denmark, Trondheims Örn from Norway and HJK from Finland.

Breiðablik was the first Icelandic team to earn a seat in The European Women's Cup 2001–02 but due to financial reasons Breiðablik did not participate and KR was therefore the first Icelandic team to take part. Breiðablik did however take part in the Women's Cup the following year where they played in group with the Danish Champions Fortuna Hjørring, Belarus Champions FC Babruyshanka and Moldovan Champions FC Codru Anenii Noi. There Breiðablik won Iceland's first win in the Women's Cup against FC Codru Anenii Noi.

In the Women's Cup 2006–07 Breiðablik qualified again and this time won their group with some differences. The team did not conceive a goal and scored 14 in the three matches. Their opponents were SV Neulengbach from Austria, SU 1° Dezembro from Portugal and Newtownabbey Strikers from Northern Ireland. In the second qualifying round Breiðablik was very unlucky to have as an opponent the great team from Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt. It turned out the German team was too big for the Icelandic team but they did well and came in second with two wins, against HJK from Finland and Universitet Vitebsk from Belarus and qualified to the quarter finals. In the quarterfinals in 2006–2007 competition Breiðablik played home and away matches against the team that later won the competition Arsenal Ladies FC from England. No need to say Arsenal was way better team but Breiðablik could still walk strong and hold their head up high.

The third time Breiðablik qualified to the European Women's Cup the name of the Competition had been changed to UEFA Women's Champion League and the season was 2010–11. Breiðablik came in as a second Icelandic team to the competition and had to play in the Qualifying round, group 4 along with FCF Juvisy Essonne from France, FC Targu Mures from Romania and FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia. Breiðablik came in second in the qualifying round with 7 points like FCF Juvisy and was one of two teams to qualify to the main round of 32 teams.

Current squadEdit

As of 14 October 2016.[4][5][6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Sonný Lára Þráinsdóttir
2   MF Svava Rós Guðmundsdóttir
3   DF Arna Dís Arnþórsdóttir
6   DF Ragna Björg Einarsdóttir
7   DF Hildur Sif Hauksdóttir
8   DF Málfríður Erna Sigurðardóttir
10   FW Berglind Björg Þorvaldsdóttir
11   DF Fjolla Shala
12   GK Telma Ívarsdóttir
13   FW Ásta Eir Árnadóttir
14   DF Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir
15   FW Sólveig Jóhannesdóttir Larsen
No. Position Player
18   MF Kristín Dís Árnadóttir
19   FW Esther Rós Arnarsdóttir
20   MF Olivia Chance
21   MF Hildur Antonsdóttir
22   FW Rakel Hönnudóttir (Captain)
23   FW Fanndís Friðriksdóttir
25   DF Ingibjörg Sigurðardóttir
26   GK Halla Hinriksdottir
27   DF Selma Sól Magnúsdóttir
28   DF Guðrún Arnardóttir
29   MF Andrea Rán Hauksdóttir

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

  • Úrvalsdeild kvenna (Premier league)
    • Winners (16): 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2015
  • 1. deild kvenna (1st division)
    • Winners (1): 1988

CupsEdit

  • Bikarkeppni KSÍ (FA-Cup)
    • Winners (11): 1981, 1982, 1983, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006 & 2016
  • Deildarbikarinn (League-cup)
    • Winners (4): 1996, 1997, 1998 & 2001

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Agg
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32   Juvisy 0–3 0–6 0–9
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round   Juvisy 3–3 3–3
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round   FCM Târgu Mureş (feminin) 7–0 7–0
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round   Levadia Tallinn 8–1 8–1
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Quarter-finals   Arsenal LFC 0–5 1–4 1–9
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3   Universitet Vitebsk 1–0 1–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3   HJK Helsinki (women) 2–1 2–1
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3   1. FFC Frankfurt 0–5 0–5
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 1   Neulengbach 3–0 3–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 3   SU 1° Dezembro 4–0 4–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 3   Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers 7–0 7–0
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6   Fortuna Hjørring 0–9 0–9
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6   Babruyshanka 2–3 2–3
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6   Codru Anenii Noi 2–0 2–0

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Þjóðviljinn". Timarit.is. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1976241.html
  3. ^ "UEFA Club Coefficients 2012–2013". UEFA. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Squad" (in Icelandic). blikar.is. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Breiðablik Team Squad" (in Icelandic). KSÍ. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League - Breiðablik Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 14 October 2016.