Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur

Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Football Club), often shortened to KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandic football club based in the Vesturbær district of the capital, Reykjavík.

KR
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Full nameKnattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur
Nickname(s)KR-ingar
Short nameKR
Founded16 February 1899; 121 years ago (1899-02-16)
GroundKR-völlur,
Reykjavík, Iceland
Capacity2,781 (1,541 seated)
ChairmanKristinn Kjærnested
ManagerRúnar Kristinsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
2019Champions
Current season

KR is the oldest[1] and most successful club in Icelandic football, having won the Úrvalsdeild karla championship 27 times, including the first season in 1912. It is also the most successful club in the Icelandic men's Cup, with 14 titles including the first in 1960 and most recent in 2014. In 1964, KR was also the first Icelandic representative in the European Cup.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

 
KR playing Fram in the inaugural Icelandic football season in 1912.

KR was established on 16 February 1899, making it the oldest football club in Iceland. It was founded as Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Football Club), before changing to Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, also meaning Reykjavík Football Club, the change due to "knattspyrna" being considered a more elegant word ("Fótbolti" is literally translated as "football" while "knattspyrna", while translating as "football", is literally "ballkicking"). KR was the only football club in Reykjavík for a decade, but as soon as other clubs were established there were plans for competitions. KR won the inaugural championship in 1912 after a play-off with Fram.

1955–1998Edit

KR won the first title after the Icelandic league was divided into two divisions in 1955, and won again in 1959 when the 1st Division was played on a home-and-away basis for the first time. KR also won the first Icelandic Cup competition in 1960. KR was the first Icelandic club to play in European competition, entering the 1964–65 European Cup. They lost the preliminary round 11–1 on aggregate to Liverpool, who were also playing their first European tie. KR’s women's team was also the first Icelandic contender in Europe, entering the inaugural European Competition in 2001.

KR won their 20th title in 1968. They were relegated for the first time to the Second Division in 1977, but narrowly missed winning the first division in 1990, 1996 and 1998, when KR lost out in the title race on the final day; all of which strengthened the solidarity within the club.[2]

Recent historyEdit

In KR’s centenary year in 1999 the team ended its long quest for another national title. The team had not won the league title for 31 years despite often being viewed as favourites but they looked favourites all season this time. They clinched the title with a 4–0 win over Víkingur in the penultimate round and then beat ÍA 3–1 in the cup final in front of a capacity crowd at the national stadium. The women's team was equally successful, winning the league and the cup, and KR celebrated its centenary year with an unprecedented double-double.[2]

In total, the men's team has won the league title 26 times and the cup 14 times and during the last decade the women's team has won six league titles and twice won the cup. The men's team has four times won the double, in 1961, 1963, 1999 and in 2011.

KR's best European success was in 2009–10 UEFA Europa League when they defeated AE Larissa (2–0, 1–1) in the second qualifying round, but were eliminated in next round by Basel (2–2, 1–3). In 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, KR eliminated ÍF Fuglafjørður in the first qualifying round and achieved a big win against MŠK Žilina in the next round (3–0) in Reykjavík and though losing 2-0 in Zilina advanced through to the next round where they lost to Dinamo Tbilisi (1-6 on aggregate).

JerseyEdit

 
KR's home shirt from 2007–09, manufactured by Nike and sponsored by Shell Oil.

KR play in black and white stripes. This is in tribute to the English club Newcastle United who were the current English champions when KR were formed. The current sponsor of KR is the Icelandic medical company Alvogen. Above the club badge on the shirt, although not featured on replica shirts, there are five stars, each representing 5 of KR's 25 league titles. On 20 October 2006, KR introduced a new deal with sport equipment manufacturer Nike and the team will wear products from Nike for the 2007 season.

The KR shorts are black and white and only carry the logo of Eimskip, Nike the KR badge and the squad number of the player. The KR socks are black and white and are without a club badge.

Other sportsEdit

 
KR won the Icelandic basketball league the 2006–2007 season, their 10th overall title.

Besides football, which is the original sport for which the club was founded, KR today also practices basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, darts, team handball, skiing, Icelandic wrestling and swimming.

GroundsEdit

KR have been playing at their own ground, KR-völlur (KR Field) in the west end of Reykjavík, since 1984, having previously played at the national stadium (Laugardalsvöllur) and at the old municipal stadium (Melavöllur). KR has had the highest attendances for the last nine years. Only 376 attended the first match at KR-völlur in 1984 but in the centenary year an average crowd of 2,501 saw KR's home matches: about 0.75% of the Icelandic population.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 27 July 2020 [3]

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   ISL Beitir Ólafsson
4 MF   ISL Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson
5 DF   ISL Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson
6 DF   ISL Gunnar Þór Gunnarsson
8 MF   ISL Finnur Orri Margeirsson
10 MF   ISL Pálmi Rafn Pálmason (vice-captain)
11 FW   DEN Kennie Chopart
13 GK   ISL Guðjón Orri Sigurjónsson
14 MF   ISL Ægir Jarl Jónasson
15 MF   ISL Emil Ásmundsson
16 MF   SLV Pablo Punyed
17 MF   ISL Alex Freyr Hilmarsson
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   ISL Aron Bjarki Jósepsson
19 DF   ISL Kristinn Jónsson
21 FW   ISL Kristján Flóki Finnbogason
22 MF   ISL Óskar Örn Hauksson (captain)
23 MF   ISL Atli Sigurjónsson
25 DF   ISL Finnur Tómas Pálmason
28 MF   ISL Valdimar Daði Sævarsson
29 MF   ISL Stefán Árni Geirsson
37 MF   ISL Birgir Steinn Styrmisson
45 MF   ISL Jóhannes Kristinn Bjarnason

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
GK   ISL Ómar Castaldo Einarsson (to KV until 11 October 2020)
GK   ISL Sindri Snær Jensson (to KV until 11 October 2020)
DF   ISL Ástbjörn Þórðarson (to Grótta until 1 November 2020)
DF   ISL Samúel Már Kristinsson (to KV until 11 October 2020)
DF   ISL Þorsteinn Örn Bernharðsson (to HK until 1 November 2020)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ISL Hjalti Sigurðsson (to Leiknir until 11 October 2020)
MF   ISL Tryggvi Snær Geirsson (to Fram until 11 October 2020)
FW   ISL Björgvin Stefánsson (to KV until 5 August 2020)
FW   ISL Oddur Ingi Bjarnason (to Grindavík until 11 October 2020)

European cups historyEdit

 
KR have played a European match against one or more teams from each one of the 21 countries shaded in blue on this map.

As of 13 July 2017

OverallEdit

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League
20
3
4
13
20
60
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
44
13
10
21
57
72
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
14
2
2
10
14
37
TOTAL
78
18
16
44
91
169

MatchesEdit

Season Cup Round Nation Club Result Aggregate
1964–65 European Cup Q   Liverpool 0–5, 1–6 1–11
1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Rosenborg 1–3, 1–3 2–6
1966–67 European Cup 1R   Nantes 2–3, 2–5 4–8
1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Aberdeen 0–10, 1–4 1–14
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Olympiacos 0–2, 0–2 0–4
1969–70 European Cup 1R   Feyenoord 2–12, 0–4 2–16
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R   Queens Park Rangers 0–3, 0–4 0–7
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R   Torino 0–2, 1–6 1–8
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R   MTK Budapest 1–2, 0–0 1–2
1995–96 European Cup Winners' Cup Q   CS Grevenmacher 2–3, 2–0 4–3
1R   Everton 2–3, 1–3 3–6
1996–97 European Cup Winners' Cup Q   MPKC Mozyr 2–2, 1–0 3–2
1R   AIK Stockholm 0–1, 1–1 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q   Dinamo Bucharest 2–0, 2–1 4–1
2Q   OFI Crete 0–0, 1–3 1–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q   Kilmarnock 1–0, 0–2 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Birkirkara 2–1, 4–1 6–2
2Q   Brøndby 1–3, 0–0 1–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Vllaznia 2–1, 0–1 2–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Pyunik 0–1, 1–1 1–2
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Shelbourne 2–2, 0–0 2–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q   BK Häcken 1–1, 0–1 1–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Larissa 2–0, 1–1 3–1
3Q   Basel 2–2, 1–3 3–5
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Glentoran 3–0, 2–2 5–2
2Q   Karpaty Lviv 0–3, 2–3 2–6
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q   ÍF 3–1, 5–1 8–2
2Q   MŠK Žilina 3–0, 0–2 3–2
3Q   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–4, 0–2 1–6
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q   HJK Helsinki 0–7, 1–2 1–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Glentoran 0–0, 3–0 3–0
2Q   Standard Liège 1–3, 1–3 2–6
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Celtic 0–1, 0–4 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Cork City 1–1, 2–1 (aet) 3–2
2Q   Rosenborg 0–1, 0–3 0–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Glenavon 2–1, 6–0 8–1
2Q   Grasshopper 3–3, 1–2 4–5
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   SJK Seinäjoki 0–0, 2–0 2–0
2Q   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3, 0–2 1–5
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Molde 1–7, 0–0 1–7
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Celtic 0–6 N/A
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Flora 1–2 N/A

Club honoursEdit

1912, 1919, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1941, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2019
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
1998, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019
1969, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2014, 2020

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Á þessum degi". Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Sigurðsson, Víðir (1999). Íslensk knattspyrna 1999 [Icelandic football 1999] (in Icelandic) (1st ed.).
  3. ^ [1]

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