Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur

Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur, commonly referred to as Víkingur or Víkingur Reykjavík (to distinguish them from Víkingur Ólafsvík) and internationally known as Vikingur F.C., is an Icelandic sports club based in the Fossvogur neighbourhood of Reykjavík. It is one of the oldest sports clubs in Iceland, founded on the 21st of April 1908.

Víkingur Reykjavik
Vikingur badge.png
Full nameKnattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
Nickname(s)Vikings, Vikes (Víkingar)
Founded21 April 1908; 113 years ago (1908-04-21)
GroundVíkingsvöllur
Capacity1,450[1]
Club chairmanBjörn Einarsson
FC chairmanFridrik Magnusson
ManagerArnar Gunnlaugsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
20211st (Champions)
WebsiteClub website

The football club has won six Championship titles, five First Division titles and two Cup titles. Víkingur operates other sports divisions including handball, tennis, table tennis, karate and skiing. All sports include both male and female teams.

Crest and coloursEdit

Club crestEdit

Þorbjörn Þórðarson, who was the chairman of the Vikingur in the period of 1943–44, designed the original Víkingur badge.[2]
In the foreground of Vikingur's original crest is a brownish 19th century leather ball framed with white badges and has red and black stripes in the background.[3]

Team outfitEdit

The Vikings have played in red and black striped outfits since the club's early years.[4]

Home groundEdit

VíkinEdit

Facilities and home ground are located at Víkin since 1984 when a football pitch was first laid there. The club residence followed in 1988 and indoor facilities were built in 1991, significantly improving the overall facilities.[5] Víkin is located in the district of Fossvogur (Háaleiti & Bústaðir), on the east side of Reykjavík.[6]

VíkingsvöllurEdit

The sports venue was constructed in 2004 and completed in 2005. Víkingsvöllur holds around 2000 spectators.

Youth trainingEdit

The youth training program at Víkin is notable for its contribution to the Iceland national senior and youth teams, providing in recent years players such as:
Kári Árnason, Sölvi Ottesen, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, Aron Elís Þrándarson, Óttar Magnús Karlsson

Club historyEdit

The Founding Fathers of Víkingur (1908)Edit

Víkingur Reykjavik was founded on the 21 April 1908 with the purpose of financing a ball purchase for a group of boys in a Reykjavik neighborhood to play football.
The club's inaugural meeting, with 32 boys present, was held in the basement of Túngata 12 in Reykjavik.

The founding fathers of Víkingur Reykjavik Football Club were:

  • Axel Andrésson (12 years old) who initially chaired the board of directors.
  • Emil Thoroddsen (9 years old) who served as a secretary.
  • Davíð Jóhannesson (11 years old) who took on the role of treasurer.
  • Páll Andrésson and Þórður Albertsson.[7]

The Unbeaten Decade (1908–1918)Edit

In the first 10 years of Vikingur's history, the team failed to win in only a single match. In that period Vikingur scored 58 goals and conceded 16.
However, the team did not win a single title in that time due to them not yet having a regular senior side to play in the Icelandic Championship.[8]

First Championship Titles (1918–1947)Edit

The Viking's first match in the Championship took place on 9 June 1918 – when the team ensured a 5–0 victory over their rivals Valur.[9]
Two years later the club won its first Championship title. The second Championship title came in 1924.[10] During the first 40 years of Vikingur's history, the club did not to have any actual club facilities.

Residence at Suðurgata (1947–1950)Edit

Vikingur's first residence was a former "Iglo officers club" in Camp Tripoli at Suðurgata which the club took on lease in the years between 1946–50 by promises of being slotted an area of land south of University of Iceland at Vatnsmýri.
The residence at Camp Tripoli proved to be a true lever for the club for a period of time, since in Víkingur's first decades, meetings were held in various places in Reykjavik and the club did not have any sporting facilities.
Vikingur was later assigned an area of land in conjunction with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur at Vatnsmýri.[11]

Hæðargarður & First Cup Win (1950–1975)Edit

Following the years at Suðurgata, Víkingur continued its search for a suitable club location since the given area at Vatnsmýri was considered too small for the club.

In 1953, building constructions began for a new club house at Hæðargarður in the district of Bústaða- og smáíbúðahverfi Reykjavíkur, which at the time was being organized. However, despite the new club house, the club's working environment was poor as there were no sporting facilities or home pitch. Training continued to take place in various settings in Reykjavik.

Víkingur's first Icelandic Cup title in men's football came in the year 1971, when the team was victorious in the final over rivals UBK Kópavogur, 1–0.[12]

Growth in Fossvogur (since 1976)Edit

It wasn't until the year 1976 that Víkingur got assigned an area of land in Fossvogur and began to build up its residence and sporting facilities.
In general, the main service area of the club is demarcated by Fossvogsdalur, Kringlumýrarbraut, Miklabraut and Reykjanesbraut.

Much work was done to prepare the grounds in Fossvogur during the years of 1981,1982 and 1983 when the Vikingur team clinched the first consecutive football Championship- and Super Cup titles in the club's history. A couple of years later, in 1984, footballers could start training at Víkin. Construction of the indoor facilities were completed in 1991, the same year as Víkingur retained its latest Championship title.[13] Construction began in 2004 on the sports venue at Víkin and was inaugurated in 2005. Víkin seats around 1,200 spectators. In the 2015 season, the men's football team will take part in the UEFA Europa League, having reached the club's highest league position of 4th place since winning the Championship in 1991.

League historyEdit

Men's footballEdit

2013 SeasonEdit

After a period of struggle and re-organization at Víkin in the 2012 season, the Víkingur team won promotion to the football Championship.

Aron Elís Þrándarson was chosen both as the 'most promising' and 'best' player in the league.

2014 SeasonEdit

Having regained their place in the football Championship in 2013, the team finished 4th place, achieving the club's highest league position since 1991.

2015 SeasonEdit

Víkingur men's team played their first Europa League qualifiers since 1992, and admit a 2–3 defeat on aggregate against Slovenian team FC Koper.

Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson scored both of Víkingur's goals in the away clash against FC Koper. Ólafur Þórðarson parted ways with the club.

2016 SeasonEdit

Only lacking the temporal difference to challenge for a spot in the Europa League qualification the team's fate was a mid-table finish.

Óttar Magnús Karlsson was the standout player in the team as he was chosen 'most promising player' in the league.

2017 SeasonEdit

The season turned sharply by Miloš Milojević surprise resignation from the gaffers position early in the season.

This event cued the return to home of the then retired multiple championship winner and fans favourite Logi Ólafsson, who steered them to a safe mid-table finish.

2018 SeasonEdit

Memorable for lively supporters match day experiences at Víkin, the 2018 early season performance was however highly affected by sloppy pitch conditions.

Acclaimed Iceland International Sölvi Geir Ottesen made his return to Víkin - now alternatively known as the 'Homeground of Happiness'.

At the end of the season Logi Ólafsson moved back into retirement passing the managerial position to his assistant and former International Arnar Gunnlaugsson.

2019 SeasonEdit

PlayersEdit

Men's Football - Current SquadEdit

As of 25 September 2021

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 Ingvar Jónsson
3 DF   ISL Logi Tómasson
19 MF   ISL Axel Freyr Hardarson
12 DF   ISL Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
7 MF   ISL Erlingur Agnarsson
8 DF   ISL Sölvi Ottesen
9 FW   ISL Helgi Gudjónsson
13 MF   ISL Viktor Örlygur Andrason
16 GK   ISL Thórdur Ingason
17 DF   ISL Atli Barkarson
22 MF   ISL Karl Fridleifur Gunnarsson
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF   ISL Adam Pálsson
20 MF   ISL Júlíus Magnússon
21 DF   ISL Kári Árnason
10 MF   SLV Pablo Punyed
23 FW   DEN Nikolaj Hansen
80 MF   ISL Kristall Máni Ingason
27 DF   ISL Tómas Guðmundsson
28 DF   ISL Halldór Thórdarson
77 MF   SLE Kwame Quee
6 GK   ISL Uggi Jóhann Auðunsson

Men's Football - 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

Managerial history - Men's FootballEdit

Notable former playersEdit

Following players have represented Víkingur and either made at least 100 league appearances for the club, or made at least 10 appearances for their national team.

Player recordsEdit

Men's football - Most appearancesEdit

In the current squad, Halldór Smári is the most capped player for Víkingur with 301 matches followed by Dofri Snorrason with 186.

David Örn Atlason has 142 matches and Sölvi Geir Ottesen has 84 matches to his name. (May 2019)[14]

Caps Player
351   Magnús Þorvaldsson
314   Jóhannes Bárðarson
300   Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
273   Diðrik Ólafsson
251   Daníel Hjaltason
219   Sigurjón Þorri Ólafsson
212   Egill Atlason
206   Jón Ólafsson
200   Atli Einarsson
193   Björn Bjartmarz
192   Aðalsteinn Aðalsteinsson
192   Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson
192   Ragnar Gíslason
187   Eiríkur Þorsteinsson
187   Hörður Theódórsson
185   Dofri Snorrason
181   Lárus Huldarsson
171   Bjarni Lárus Hall
167   Heimir Karlsson
166   Atli Helgason
166   Jóhann Þorvarðarson
165   Haukur Armin Úlfarsson
160   Ívar Örn Jónsson
160   Kristján Jóhannes Magnússon
159   Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson
154   Ómar Torfason
153   Hafliði Pétursson
153   Þórður Marelsson
151   Milos Glogovac
145   Trausti Ívarsson
142   Kjartan Dige Baldursson
142   Óskar Tómasson
142   Þorvaldur Sveinn Sveinsson
140   Andri Marteinsson
140   Davíð Örn Atlason
134   Sumarliði Árnason
133   Ögmundur Kristinsson
132   Sigurður Egill Lárusson
128   Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson
128   Tómas Guðmundsson
126   Bjarni Gunnarsson
126   Ingvar Þór Kale
126   Stefán Halldórsson
126   Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson
126   Ögmundur Viðar Rúnarsson
124   Marteinn Guðgeirsson
122   Hólmsteinn Jónasson
120   Hörður Sigurjón Bjarnason
119   Höskuldur Eiríksson
119   Valur Adolf Úlfarsson

[15]

European recordEdit

Men's football - European ClashesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Legia Warsaw 0–2 0–9 0–11
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R   Bordeaux 0–4 0–4 0–8
1982–83 European Cup 1R   Real Sociedad 0–1 2–3 2–4[16]
1983–84 European Cup 1R   Rába ETO Győr 0–2 1–2 1–4[17]
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R   CSKA Moscow 0–1 2–4 2–5[18]
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FC Koper 0–1 2–2 2–3[19]
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Olimpija Ljubljana N/A 1–2 (a.e.t.) N/A
2022–23 UEFA Champions League PR

Notes:

  • 1R: First Round
  • 1Q: First Qualifying Round

Achievements & club honoursEdit

Men's footballEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

Men's handballEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

Women's handballEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

SupportersEdit

Club anthemEdit

In celebration of the club's centennial anniversary in 2008, Vikingur supporters club held a competition for a new club anthem to be played at home games.[20]
The winning song, Vikingur – 100 years, or simply: Við viljum sigur í dag Víkingar! was composed and performed by Stefán Magnússon and Freyr Eyjólfsson[21]

Shirt sponsorsEdit

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1918–90 NA NA
1991–93 Adidas Bahco
1994–01 Lotto Kaupthing
2002–05 Lotto Kaupthing
2006–09 Prostar Kaupthing
2010–13 Puma TVG Zimsen
2014–15 Nike TVG Zimsen
2016– Macron TVG Zimsen

Staff & board 2019Edit

Men's footballEdit

  • Manager: Arnar Gunnlaugsson
  • Assistant/Strength Coach: Guðjón Örn Ingólfsson
  • Assistant/GK Coach: Hajrudin Čardaklija
  • Coach: Einar Guðnason
  • Physio: Ísak Guðmann
  • Squad Manager: Fannar Helgi Rúnarsson
  • Squad Manager: Þórir Ingvarsson
  • Managing director: Haraldur V. Haraldsson
  • Sports Director: Fannar Helgi Rúnarsson
  • Football Pitch Manager: Örn I. Jóhannsson
    • Chairman: Friðrik Magnusson
    • Vice chairman: Heimir Gunnlaugsson
    • Project Manager: Benedikt Sveinsson
    • Boardmember: Hrannar Már Gunnarsson
    • Gjaldkeri: Valdimar Sigurðsson
    • Boardmember: Tryggvi Björnsson
    • Boardmember: Sverrir Geirdal
    • Head of youth development: Einar Guðnason

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stadiums (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  2. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/formenn-vikings Archived 2016-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Víkingur Crest (2015) Wikipedia.file:Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.png
  4. ^ Football clubs (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/um-ksi/adildarfelog/adildarfelag/?Felag=103
  5. ^ Official website of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (2015) Sögubrot. Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Stadiums (2015). KSÍ.
    Weblink: http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  7. ^ Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur: Skjalaskrá (2009). Borgarskjalasafn.
    Weblink: http://www.borgarskjalasafn.is/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-4323/6668_read-1008/start-k/6630_view-2789/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-04-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Jónsson, Ágúst Ingi (1983). Áfram Víkingur (1st ed.).
  10. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Stefna Víkings (2015) Víkingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/Media/PDF/Stefna_Vikings_i_barnaogungl_thjalfun_2011.pdf
  14. ^ Atgeirinn (1/2019 p.16) Víkingur.is
    https://vikingur.is/images/NYHEIMASIDA2016/2019/knattspyrna/atgeirinn/Atgeirinn_-_12019.pdf
  15. ^ Most Appearances for Víkingur (2016). Víkingur News Letter (p.17): Víkingur.is.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.is/images/frettabref/vifrbr.pdf
  16. ^ Víkingur goals: Jóhann Þorvarðarson & Sverrir Herbertsson.
    Weblink: http://www.sharkscores.com/Comparison/Default.aspx?id=453781 Archived 2015-04-12 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Víkingur goal: Magnús Þorvaldsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.gyor.vikingur-reykjavik.35099.en.html
  18. ^ Víkingur goals: Atli Einarsson & Guðmundur Steinsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.vikingur-reykjavik.cska-moscou.34014.en.html
  19. ^ Víkingur goals: Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson x2.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.fc-koper.vikingur-reykjavik.180819.en.html
  20. ^ Vikingur's Centennial Club Anthem Competition (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.net/web/?page=news_story&id=1425 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Vikingur 100 years – winning song (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.net/mp3/vikingslag.mp3

External linksEdit