FH men's football

The FH men's football team, commonly referred to as FH, is the men's football department of Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar multi-sport club. It has been a dominant power in Icelandic football since the early 2000s, winning several national championships.

Full nameFimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar
Short nameFH
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Capacity6,500 (3,050 seats)
ChairmanValdimar Svavarsson
ManagerÓlafur Jóhannesson
WebsiteClub website


Early historyEdit

FH's football department was founded after 1939 when talks between FH and Haukar regarding a joint football team broke down.[1] FH were promoted to the first division in football for the first time in 1975. They avoided relegation by one place and two points in 1979 before being relegated in last place in 1981. FH were promoted back to the top-flight in 1984. They spent a single season in the second division in 1988 and were relegated again in 1995.[2]

21st centuryEdit

After winning the second division in 2000,[3] they came third in the first division in 2001.[4] In 2004 FH won their first national championship, with 37 points to ÍBV's 31.[5]

In the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, FH defeated Haverfordwest County of Wales in the first qualifying round, and then Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic in the second 4–3 on aggregate. With the second leg in injury time and the aggregate score at 3–3, Dunfermline were set to go through on away goals. However, Tommy Nielsen scored in injury time to send the Icelandic part-timers into the first round proper, where they were defeated by Germany's Alemannia Aachen 5–1 on aggregate with all the goals in the first leg in Aachen.

As Icelandic champion of 2004, FH represented the country in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, losing to Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan by 2–0[6] in the first leg and by 1–2[7] in the second leg [4–1 on aggregate] of the first qualifying round.

The team won the Icelandic championship for the third year in a row in 2006 after winning the division with 36 points out of 54. Tryggvi Guðmundsson became the team top-scorer with eight goals that season. In summer 2006 three of the club's players played for the national team: Daði Lárusson, Sigurvin Ólafsson and Ármann Smári Björnsson. Ármann Smári also joined Norwegian team Brann after a superb spell for the first 15 rounds[clarification needed]. Baldur Bett also left the squad at the end of the season and joined rivals Valur on a free transfer.

The club stadium Kaplakriki underwent a major redevelopment: the southern stand expanded, bringing the seating capacity to 3,500. There are further plans to increase the seating capacity to nearly 6,000 which would make the stadium by far the largest in Iceland, excluding the Laugardalsvöllur stadium. Also to be built are some new club houses, an indoor track and field centre and a roof over the stands.

On 20 October 2006 the club signed the Icelandic twins Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson, who have played for Bolton Wanderers F.C., Stoke City F.C., Feyenoord Rotterdam, 1. FC Nürnberg and Leicester City F.C.. The twins were transferred to their childhood club Íþróttabandalag Akraness in late July 2008. On 1 November 2006 the club signed the 26-year-old Matthías Guðmundsson from Valur.

The 2007 season saw FH finishing second in the premier division behind main rivals Valur, after losing to them in one of the final games of the season. FH won the Icelandic Cup with a 2–1 victory over Fjölnir in the cup final which secured them a place in the UEFA Cup qualification round.

In October 2007, Ólafur Jóhannesson resigned as FH manager to take over the Icelandic national side. In his five years in control of FH, the team won the Premier division three times, were placed second twice, won the league cup three times and the cup once. Heimir Guðjónsson, former assistant-manager and former FH captain, was hired as his replacement.

On 1 August 2008 the club was drawn against F.A. Premier League team Aston Villa in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup. They were beaten 4–1 in the home leg on 14 August, and drew 1–1 in the away tie at Villa Park on 28 August, losing 5–2 on aggregate.

On 27 September 2008 FH won the Icelandic Premier division for the fourth time in 5 years. In one of the most exciting last days of the competition ever, their main rivals Keflavík were odds-on favorites to win the title with a 2-point lead over FH going into the last round. FH had a game against Fylkir while Keflavík played hosts to Fram, who themselves had to win to secure third place and the last spot in the UEFA Cup next season. FH had to win their game by two goals to benefit from a draw in Keflavík. In the event FH beat Fylkir 2–0 for FH with goals from Matthías Vilhjálmsson and Guðmundur Sævarsson, while Keflavík, after being a goal up lost 2–1 to Fram. Captain Davíð Þór Viðarsson lifted the cup to the dismay of the Keflavík fans.

They took part in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League after winning the league in 2009. They then finished second in the league in 2010 and 2011 and won the league in 2012 for the tenth top-two finish in a row. In 2015 and 2016, they won the Icelandic premier division title back to back.


UEFA club competition recordEdit

As of July 29, 2021

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 24 5 7 12 20 34 –14
UEFA Cup & UEFA Europa League 41 13 11 17 50 62 –12
UEFA Europa Conference League 4 2 0 2 4 7 –3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 6 7 –1
Total 73 21 19 33 80 110 –30


Season Competition Round Opponents 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1990–1991 UEFA Cup 1R   Dundee United 1–3 2–2 3–5  
1994–1995 UEFA Cup PR   Linfield 1–0 1–3 2–3  
1995–1996 UEFA Cup PR   Glenavon 0–0 0–1 0–1  
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Cementarnica 55 3–1 1–2 4–3  
2R   Villarreal 0–2 2–2 2–4  
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q   Haverfordwest County 1–0 3–1 4–1  
2Q   Dunfermline Athletic 2–2 2–1 4–3  
1R   Alemannia Aachen 1–5 0–0 1–5  
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Neftchi Baku 0–2 1–2 1–4  
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FC TVMK 3–2 1–1 4–3  
2Q   Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–2 0–3  
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q   HB 4–1 0–0 4–1  
2Q   BATE 1–3 1–1 2–4  
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q   Grevenmacher 3–2 5–1 8–3  
2Q   Aston Villa 1–4 1–1 2–5  
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Aktobe 0–4 0–2 0–6  
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q   BATE 1–5 0–1 1–6  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Nacional 1–1 0–2 1–3  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   USV Eschen/Mauren 2–1 1–0 3–1  
2Q   AIK 1–1 0–1 1–2  
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Ekranas 1–0 2–1 3–1  
3Q   Austria Wien 0–1 0–0 0–1  
UEFA Europa League PO   Genk 0–2 2–5 2–7  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Glenavon 3–0 3–2 6–2  
2Q   Neman Grodno 1–1 2–0 3–1  
3Q   Elfsborg 1–4 2–1 3–5  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   SJK 1–0 1–0 2–0  
2Q   Inter Baku 1–2 2–2 3–4 (a.e.t)  
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Dundalk 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)  
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Víkingur Gøta 1–1 2–0 3–1  
3Q   Maribor 0–1 0–1 0–2  
UEFA Europa League PO   Braga 1–2 2–3 3–5  
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Lahti 3–0 0–0 3–0  
2Q   Hapoel Haifa 1–1 0–1 1–2  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   DAC Dunajská Streda 0−2 N/A N/A  
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Sligo Rovers 1–0 2–1 3–1  
2Q   Rosenborg 0–2 1–4 1–6  
  • PR: Preliminary Round
  • 1R: First round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round



Current squadEdit

As of 25 September 2021[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FRO Gunnar Nielsen
2 DF   ISL Hörður Ingi Gunnarsson
3 DF   ISL Logi Tómasson (on loan from Víkingur R.)
4 DF   ISL Pétur Viðarsson
5 DF   ISL Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson
7 FW   SCO Steven Lennon
9 FW   ISL Matthías Vilhjálmsson
10 MF   ISL Björn Daníel Sverrisson
11 FW   ISL Atli Guðnason
12 GK   ISL Vilhelm Þráinn Sigurjónsson
13 FW   ISL Kristján Gauti Emilsson
14 FW   DEN Morten Beck Guldsmed
15 MF   ISL Þórður Þorsteinn Þórðarson
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   ISL Guðmundur Kristjánsson
21 DF   ISL Guðmann Þórisson
22 DF   ISL Róbert Thor Valdimarsson
23 FW   ISL Brynjar Ásgeir Guðmundsson
24 GK   ISL Daði Freyr Arnarsson
25 DF   ISL Einar Örn Harðarson
26 MF   ISL Baldur Logi Guðlaugsson
27 MF   ISL Jóhann Ægir Arnarsson
30 MF   ISL Arnar Sigþórsson
33 DF   ISL Haukur Leifur Eiríksson
34 DF   ISL Logi Hrafn Róbertsson
35 MF   ISL Óskar Atli Magnússon
MF   ISL Eggert Gunnþór Jónsson

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ISL Kristján Ólafsson (to Njarðvík)
MF   ISL Vuk Oskar Dimitrijevic (to Leiknir R.)


  1. ^ Jóhann Guðni Reynisson. "Saga Íþróttabandalags Hafnarfjarðar í 70 ár" (PDF). ibh.is (in Icelandic). p. 11.
  2. ^ "Iceland Final League Tables 1912-1998". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Iceland – List of Second Division Champions and Promoted Clubs". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Iceland 2001". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Iceland 2004". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  6. ^ Neftchi Baku – FH Hafnarfjordur : 2–0 (Match Report) ScoresPro.com
  7. ^ FH Hafnarfjordur – Neftchi Baku : 1–2 (Match Report) ScoresPro.com
  8. ^ "Spá Fótbolta.net – 4. sæti: FH". Fótbolti.net (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 July 2020.

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