Grindavík men's football

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The Grindavík men's football team is the men's football department of the Ungmennafélag Grindavíkur multi-sport club. It is based in Grindavík in south-west Iceland, and currently plays in the Úrvalsdeild karla, the top-tier men's football league in Iceland.

Grindavík
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Full nameUngmennafélag Grindavíkur
Nickname(s)Grindvíkingar
Founded1935
GroundGrindavíkurvöllur, Grindavík, Iceland
Capacity1,750
ChairmanJónas Karl Þórhallsson
ManagerSrdjan Tufegdzic
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
2019Úrvalsdeild karla, 11th of 12th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club won its way slowly up the leagues, beginning in the third tier and spending some time there before promotion to the second tier and at last promotion to the first tier in 1994. The club established itself there, and for years was the only side in the top divisions to have never been relegated from any division. Sigurður Jónsson was appointed manager before the 2006 season, after a successful period at Víkingur. In that season, Grindavík got relegated for the first time in their history. In September 2006 with three rounds to go, Sigurður resigned as a manager and his assistants managers, Magni Fannberg Magnússon and Milan Stefán Jankovic took control.[1] They made a draw against Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, 1:1, in the last round, but it was clear before the game that they needed to win. On September 22, 2007, Grindavík won a promotion back to the Úrvalsdeild after a 6–0 win over Reynir Sandgerði, with still one round unplayed. They managed to stay in the top league from 2008 until 2012, when they were again relegated to 1. deild for the 2013 season.

In 2017, Grindavík finished 5th in the Úrvalsdeild. Andri Rúnar Bjarnason finished as the league's top goalscorer and was named the player of the season.[2]

HonoursEdit

Icelandic League Cup

Current squadEdit

As of 25 April 2019

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   POL Maciej Majewski
2 DF   ESP Eduardo Cruz
3 MF   ESP Rodrigo Gomes
5 MF   ISL Aron Jóhannsson
6 MF   ENG Sam Hewson
7 FW   USA William Daniels
8 MF   ISL Gunnar Þorsteinsson
9 DF   ISL Matthías Örn Fridriksson
10 MF   ISL Alexander Veigar Þórarinsson
11 FW   ESP Juanma Ortiz
12 GK   BIH Kristijan Jajalo
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 FW   ISL Jóhann Helgi Hannesson
15 MF   ISL Nemanja Latinovic
18 DF   ISL Jón Ingason
19 MF   ISL Hat Trick Hermann
20 FW   ISL Dagur Ingi Gunnarsson Hammer
21 FW   ISL Marinó Axel Helgason
23 DF   ISL Brynjar Ásgeir Guðmundsson
24 DF   ISL Björn Berg Bryde
26 DF   ISL Sigurjón Rúnarsson

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hafliði Breiðfjörð (13 October 2006). "Yfirlýsing frá Magna Fannberg fráfarandi þjálfara Grindavíkur". Fótbolti.net (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Pepsi deild karla - Andri Rúnar Bjarnason valinn bestur og markakóngur". KSI.is (in Icelandic). September 30, 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.