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Ungmennafélagið Stjarnan ("Star Youth") is an Icelandic sports club specialising in handball, football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics located in Garðabær,

Stjarnan
Stjarnan Logo.png
Full name Ungmennafélagið Stjarnan
Founded 1960; 57 years ago (1960)
Ground Samsungvöllur
Garðabær, Iceland
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Jóhann Ingimundarson
Manager Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson
League Úrvalsdeild
2016 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

The club have won numerous major titles in handball, both men's and women's.

In football, they won promotion from the 1. deild karla in 2008. Stjarnan won the Úrvalsdeild for the first time in 2014.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The association was founded in 1960. The men's division played in 1997 in the first Icelandic League (then Landsbankadeild) and managed the 2006 promotion to the second highest Icelandic league. In 2008 men's reached the summit and thus to play in Úrvalsdeild since 2009.

The club gained worldwide fame when their elaborate goal celebrations, including highly choreographed depictions of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet, a human bicycle, and a Rambo shooting spree, were published widely across the Internet and football television shows.[1]

In the 2014–15 Europa League, they reached the play-off rounds after beating Scottish club Motherwell and Polish team Lech Poznań, before Italian giants Inter Milan denied them a place in the group stages.

First-team squadEdit

As of 24 April 2017

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 Haraldur Björnsson
2   DF Brynjar Gauti Guðjónsson
3   DF Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson
4   DF Jóhann Laxdal
5   DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
6   MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson
7   FW Guðjón Baldvinsson
8   MF Baldur Sigurðsson
9   DF Daníel Laxdal
10   MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
11   FW Arnar Már Björgvinsson
12   DF Heiðar Ægisson
14   DF Hörður Árnason
No. Position Player
16   FW Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson
17   FW Ólafur Karl Finsen
18   FW Jón Arnar Barðdal
19   FW Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson
20   MF Eyjólfur Héðinsson
22   MF Þórhallur Kári Knútsson
23   MF Dagur Austmann Hilmarsson
25   GK Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson
26   FW Kristófer Konráðsson
27   MF Máni Austmann Hilmarsson
29   DF Alex Þór Hauksson
30   MF Kári Pétursson
33   MF Ágúst Leó Björnsson

ManagersEdit

  •   Olafur Thor Gudbjörnsson (interim) (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
  •   Bjarni Jóhannsson (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2012)
  •   Logi Ólafsson (Jan 1, 2013 – Oct 16, 2013)
  •   Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson (Jan 1, 2014–)

Women's teamEdit

The Stjarnan Women play in Iceland's top division, the women's Úrvalsdeild. In 2011 the team won the championship two weeks before the end.[2] The team also reached the final of the Icelandic Women's Cup in 1993 and 2010, losing 1–3 and 0–1 respectively.[3] The team won the cup eventually in 2012 with a 1–0 win over Valur.[4] In 2013 they won their second league title, winning every single game that season thus not dropping a single point.[5]

Trophies and achievementsEdit

FootballEdit

BasketballEdit

VolleyballEdit

  • Icelandic Championship (5):
    • 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Bangor City 4–0 4–0 8–0  
2Q   Motherwell 3–2 (aet) 2–2 5–4  
3Q   Lech Poznań 1–0 0–0 1–0  
PO   Inter Milan 0–3 0–6 0–9  
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Celtic 1–4 0–2 1–6  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Shamrock Rovers 0–1 0–1 0–2  
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lorna Blount (28 July 2010). "Is This The Best Goal Celebration Ever?". Sky News. 
  2. ^ "Stjarnan women win 1st championship" (in Icelandic). stjarnan.is. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bikarmeistarar meistaraflokks kvenna" (in Icelandic). ksi.is. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kate Deines and Veronica Perez Win Icelandic Cup". 
  5. ^ "Stjarnan storm to Iceland's women's title". freenewspos.com. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 

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