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.
|Full name||Knattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur|
|Manager||Eysteinn Húni Hauksson and Sigurður Ragnar Eyjólfsson|
|2018||Pepsi Deildin, 12th of 12th (Relegated)|
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.
1956–57: Division 2
1958–60: Division 1
1961–62: Division 2
1963–80: Division 1
1981: Division 2
1982–89: Division 1
1990–92: Division 2
1993–02: Division 1 (Renamed Premier League in 1997)
2003: Division 1
2004–15: Premier League
2016–17: Division 1
2018 : Premier League
2019-2020: Division 1
2021 : Premier League
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 and 2016-17.)
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.
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 and lost to Maltese club Valletta with the aggregate favoring the Maltese 5–2.
UEFA club competition recordEdit
|UEFA Champions League||8||0||0||8||5||35|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||6||1||1||4||14||19|
|UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League||18||4||2||12||18||44|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||12||1||4||7||12||25|
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.
In 2014 through 2016 Keflavik played in black and white home jerseys and an all-white away jersey in honor of their 100th anniversary.
|Manager||Eysteinn Húni Hauksson|
|Manager||Sigurður Ragnar Eyjólfsson|
|Assistant manager||Ómar Jóhannsson|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ómar Jóhannsson|
|Massage therapist||Óskar Ingi Víglundsson|
|Photographer||Jón Örvar Arason|
All current players are in bold.
Most league appearancesEdit
Most league goalsEdit
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
|2017||Geysir Car Rental|
- (in Icelandic) Víðir Sigurðsson: Íslensk knattspyrna (Icelandic Football Yearbook), Published annually since 1981
- (in Icelandic) Keflavík League Record – Official Web[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- (in Icelandic) Keflavík Cup Record – Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- (in Icelandic) Keflavík European Games – Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22
- (in Icelandic) 'Sá ekki samherja', Meistarablað ÍBK 1984 (Knattspyrnuráð Keflavíkur, 1984)
- "LEIKMENN MEISTARAFLOKKS KARLA" [PLAYERS champion KARLA 2016] (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "Kristján og Máni hættir" [Christian and Mani stops] (in Icelandic). 5 June 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- "Þorvaldur þjálfar Keflavík" [Thorvald trains Keflavík] (in Icelandic). 10 October 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Landsbankinn styður Keflavík" [Landsbanki supports Keflavik] (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnudeild Keflavík. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.