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Knattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur is an Icelandic football team, commonly known as Keflavík. It is a subdivision of Keflavík ÍF (Keflavík, íþrótta- og ungmennafélag), based in the town of Reykjanesbær in Iceland. They play at Nettó-völlur in Keflavík.

Keflavík
Knattspyrnudeild Keflavík logo.png
Full nameKnattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur
Founded1929; 90 years ago (1929)
GroundKeflavíkurvöllur, Iceland
Capacity5,200
ChairmanSigurður Garðarsson
ManagerEysteinn Húni Hauksson
LeagueInkasso-Deildin
2018Pepsi Deildin, 12th of 12th (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Competition historyEdit

Keflavík have played in the Icelandic football league since 1956. The team has also taken part in every year of the Icelandic FA Cup as well as several minor competitions, including the League Cup. Keflavík has played in all the major European competitions, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Cup Winners´ Cup and the Intertoto Cup.[1]

League historyEdit

Keflavík first played league football when the team joined the newly formed second division in 1956. Keflavík was promoted in 1957 and played in the top flight from 1958–60. The team returned to the second division in 1961 but were promoted again the following year. After narrowly avoiding relegation in 1963 Keflavík won its first title in 1964. The team also won the title in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Since then the team has mostly played in Iceland's top division, Úrvalsdeild, with four spells in the second tier (1981, 1990–92, 2003[1][2] and 2016-17.)

Cup historyEdit

The Icelandic FA Cup was established in 1960 and Keflavík entered from the beginning. The team's first cup game ended in a 0–6 defeat by ÍA. Keflavík reached the semi-final of the competition the next three years and had reached seven semis before playing for the first time in the final in 1973. That game ended in a 1–2 defeat by Fram. In 1975 Keflavík won the cup for the first time, beating ÍA by a single goal. The team reached the final again in 1982, 1985, 1988 and 1993 but lost each time. The duck was broken in 1997 when ÍBV were beaten in a penalty-shootout in a replay. Keflavík won the FA Cup again in 2004 and 2006, first by beating KA 3–0 and then KR 2–0.[1][3]

European historyEdit

Keflavík played its first European game in 1965 after becoming champions the previous year. The team were drawn against Hungarian side Ferencváros in the European Cup. The Hungarians won 9–1 and 4–1 for a 13–2 aggregate win. In the early 1970s Keflavík were the envy of other Icelandic teams when they were drawn against several top sides, including Everton in 1970, Tottenham Hotspur in 1971 and Real Madrid in 1972. Keflavík's first win in European competition came against Swedish side Kalmar FF in the 1979–80 UEFA Cup. Keflavík won the home match 1–0 and progressed to the second round for the first time, winning on away goals. Keflavík played in the UEFA Europa League in 2009–10 after finishing 2nd in the Icelandic Premier League in 2008[1][4] and lost to Maltese club Valletta with the aggregate favoring the Maltese 5–2.

UEFA club competition recordEdit

Team coloursEdit

The Keflavík football team originally played in black shirts and white shorts. In 1973, the team changed its strip to yellow shirts and blue shorts. One reason given for the change was the memory of the team's first European away match, against Ferencváros in Budapest. The Keflavík players were playing in floodlights for the first time and had trouble spotting each other in their black shirts.[5]

In 2014 through 2016 Keflavik played in black and white home jerseys and an all-white away jersey in honor of their 100th anniversary.

AchievementsEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 April 2018[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 Sindri Kristinn Ólafsson
2   DF Anton Freyr Hauksson
3   MF Aron Freyr Róbertsson
4   DF Ísak Óli Ólafsson
5   MF Juraj Grizelj
6   MF Einar Orri Einarsson
7   FW Davíð Snær Jóhannsson
8   MF Hólmar Örn Rúnarsson
9   MF Sigurbergur Elísson
10   FW Hörður Sveinsson
11   FW Bojan Stefán Ljubicic
No. Position Player
12   GK Jonathan Faerber
15   MF Atli Geir Gunnarsson
16   DF Sindri Þór Guðmundsson
18   DF Marko Nikolić
20   MF Adam Árni Róbertsson
22   MF Leonard Sigurðsson
23   MF Rúnar Þór Sigurgeirsson
25   MF Frans Elvarsson
28   MF Ingimundur Aron Guðnason
45   MF Tómas Óskarsson
99   FW Lasse Rise

ManagementEdit

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Eysteinn Húni Hauksson
Assistant manager   Ómar Jóhannsson
Goalkeeping coach   Ómar Jóhannsson
Physiotherapist   Falur Daðason
Massage therapist   Óskar Ingi Víglundsson
Photographer   Jón Örvar Arason
Kitman   Þórólfur Þorsteinsson

Source:[6]

BoardEdit

Position Name
Chairman   Sigurdur Gardarsson

Former coachesEdit

Player recordsEdit

All current players are in bold.

Stadium informationEdit

Shirt SponsorsEdit

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1973 Unknown Víkurbær
1974 Sunna
1975 Víkurbær
1976 SpKef
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982 Fisher
1983 Puma
1984 Adidas Byggingaval
1985 Samvinnuferðir Landsýn
1986
1987 Bylgjan FM989
1988 Ragnarsbakarí
1989 Útvegsbankinn
1990 Berri Íslandsbanki
1991
1992
1993 SpKef
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999 Nike
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004 Puma
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011 Landsbankinn[12]
2012
2013
2014 Nike
2015
2016
2017 Geysir Car Rental
2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Icelandic) Víðir Sigurðsson: Íslensk knattspyrna (Icelandic Football Yearbook), Published annually since 1981
  2. ^ (in Icelandic) Keflavík League Record – Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  3. ^ (in Icelandic) Keflavík Cup Record – Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. ^ (in Icelandic) Keflavík European Games – Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22
  5. ^ (in Icelandic) 'Sá ekki samherja', Meistarablað ÍBK 1984 (Knattspyrnuráð Keflavíkur, 1984)
  6. ^ a b "LEIKMENN MEISTARAFLOKKS KARLA" [PLAYERS champion KARLA 2016] (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.keflavik.is/knattspyrna/saga/thjalfarar/
  8. ^ "Kristján og Máni hættir" [Christian and Mani stops] (in Icelandic). 5 June 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Þorvaldur þjálfar Keflavík" [Thorvald trains Keflavík] (in Icelandic). 10 October 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Sameiginleg yfirlýsing frá Knattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur og Þorvaldi Örlygssyni" [A joint statement from Keflavík Soccer Club, Thorvald Örlygsson] (in Icelandic). 4 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Guðlaugur Baldursson er nýráðinn þjálfari meistaraflokks karla Keflavíkur" [Guðlaugur Baldursson has been appointed coach of champion men Keflavik] (in Icelandic). 10 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Landsbankinn styður Keflavík" [Landsbanki supports Keflavik] (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnudeild Keflavík. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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