Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag (Faroese for Sports Club of Klaksvík), commonly known as KÍ, is a Faroese professional football club based in Klaksvík. The club was founded in 1904 and is one of the most successful Faroese football clubs, having won the Faroe Islands Premier League 18 times and the Faroe Islands Cup 6 times. The club wears blue and white and plays matches at the Við Djúpumýrar stadium.
|Full name||Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag|
|Founded||24 August 1904|
|Capacity||2,600 (530 seated)|
|2019||Betri deildin, 1st (champions)|
KÍ won the inaugural edition of Faroese top tier football in 1942. In 1992, KÍ Klaksvík participated for the first time on a European stage, competing in the Champions League preliminary round against Skonto Riga of Latvia, where they lost 6–1 on aggregate.
By winning the double in 1999, KÍ reached a total of 17 league titles, a record at the time. KÍ hasn't won any league titles until 2019, and although it held the honour of having won the most league titles since 1950s, it was surpassed by HB.
In July 2009, KÍ signed former great Todi Jónsson and local Atli Danielsen for the remainder of the season. Following the end of 2009, KÍ was relegated for the first time in the club's 105 year-long history at the time.
In 2010, KÍ started out slow, but they ended the season on a high note and returned to the top flight of Faroese football for the 2011 season.
In 2011, KÍ played some very attractive attacking football under the guidance of manager Aleksandar Đorđević and ended the season in a respectable 5th position. After the season, Icelander Páll H. Guðlaugsson was appointed as manager.
In 2012, KÍ continued to climb the table and ended in 4th position. The team was the most potent attacking side, scoring 59 goals in 27 matches. Páll Klettskarð scored 22 goals and was the joint top-scorer. In the buildup to the 2013 season, Atli Danielsen and Meinhardt Joensen were signed.
In 2013, KÍ reached the semi-final of the cup, but finished the league season in a disappointing 8th place. Ndende Adama Guéye was signed after the season.
For the 2015 season, KÍ hired a new manager, Mikkjal Thomassen. The new manager implemented a new system, foreign to most of the players. KÍ experienced a difficult start to the season. Later in the first half of the season, the team was playing attractive, free-flowing attacking football, whilst climbing the table.
- As of 3 July 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former playersEdit
|UEFA Champions League||4||0||0||4||1||11|
|UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League||20||3||6||11||19||41|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||2||1||0||1||3||6|
|1992–93||UEFA Champions League||PR||Skonto||1–3||0–3||1–6|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||QR||Maccabi Haifa||3–2||0–4||3–6|
|1999–2000||UEFA Cup||QR||Grazer AK||0–5||0–4||0–9|
|2000–01||UEFA Champions League||1QR||Crvena Zvezda||0–3||0–2||0–5|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||1QR||AIK||0–0||0–5||0–5|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||PR||Birkirkara||2–1||1–1||3–2|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||PR||Tre Fiori||5−1||4–0||9–1|
|2020–21||UEFA Champions League||1QR|
- PR: Preliminary round
- QR: Qualifying round
- 1QR: First qualifying round
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