Knattspyrnufélagið Valur is an Icelandic athletic club based in Reykjavík, Iceland. The club is situated close to the city centre, in the east side of town, on the former farmland of Hlíðarendi. The club was originally formed as part of the local YMCA to play association football, but later incorporated handball and basketball. Valur's handball section reached the EHF Champions League final in 1980. It has won the Icelandic league 22 times, more than any other Icelandic handball team.

Valur
Valur.png
Full nameKnattspyrnufélagið Valur
Nickname(s)Valsarar
Hlíðarendapiltar
Founded11 May 1911; 109 years ago (1911-05-11)
GroundHlíðarendi
Reykjavík
Iceland
Capacity1,524
Club ChairmanÞorgrímur Þráinsson[1]
Football ChairmanE. Börkur Edvardsson
ManagerHeimir Guðjónsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
20196th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

In 2019, Valur women's teams won the national championships in basketball, football and handball, the first time that one club held all three major titles.[2] The Valur women's basketball team also won all four major titles during the year and 47 of their 50 games. For this feat, it was selected as the Icelandic Sports Team of the Year by the Icelandic Association of Sports Journalists in an annual ceremony held by the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland.[3]

HistoryEdit

The club was founded on 11 May 1911, as a subdivision of KFUM, the Icelandic YMCA. Later that year its name was changed to Valur, which is an Icelandic word for gyrfalcon. In 1930 the club won its first national title, and it has been amongst the best football teams in the country ever since. In 1939 Valur bought the farmland of Hlíðarendi which retains its name even today, where they now have a football field and an indoor arena.

Originally Valur played only football, but around 1940 the club got involved in more sports, starting with men's handball. They won their first national handball title in 1940, and reached the final of the EHF Champions League in 1980. In the post-war era (1948), a women's handball division was started at Valur, and in the 1970s a women's football division was added. In 1970, Körfuknattleiksfélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Basketball Club, KFR) joined Valur and became their basketball division.[4]

Valur is the most successful sports club in ballgame with 120 titles across football, handball and basketball in both men's and women's Icelandic and Cup championships. It is the wealthiest sports club in Iceland.[5]

StadiaEdit

The grounds at Hlíðarendi were completely renovated in the years between 2004 and 2007. Valur's football teams currently play their home games at Valsvöllur and basketball and handball teams in the Valshöllin, the first section of the new grounds to be utilised. The football pitch was used for the first time in the 2008 season.

In June 2007 the club signed a 5-year sponsorship deal with Vodafone.[6] In June 2018 the club signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Origo which saw the football stadium being renamed Origovöllurinn and the indoor stadium being renamed Origo-höllin (English: Origo arena).[7]

BasketballEdit

Men's basketballEdit

The Valur men's basketball team was founded as Gosi on 25 December 1951[8] and was one of the founding members of the Icelandic men's top division.[9] On 22 December 1957 the club changed its name to Körfuknattleiksfélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Basketball Club) and played under that name until 1970.[10] On 3 October 1970 the club merged into Valur sports club and became its basketball department.[11][12]

Under the new name it has won the Icelandic Championship two times, 1980 and 1983,[13] and the Icelandic cup three times, 1980, 1981 and 1983.[14]

TitlesEdit

  • 1980, 1983
  • 1980, 1981, 1983

Women's basketballEdit

As of 2018, the Valur women's basketball team plays in the top-tier Úrvalsdeild kvenna. It played in the 2018 Úrvalsdeild finals, losing to Haukar 2-3.[16]

FootballEdit

Men's footballEdit

European competitionEdit

Valur first competed in Europe at the 1966–67 European Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round, playing to a draw (1–1) in its first match against Standard Liège, ultimately losing on aggregate 9–2. Since then, the club has participated in European competition 20 times, never advancing beyond the second round of any tournament.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round   Standard Liège 1–1 1–8 2–9
1967–68 European Cup First round   Jeunesse Esch 1–1 3–3 4–4(a)
Second Round   Vasas 0–6 1–5 1–11
1968–69 European Cup First round   Benfica 0–0 1–8 1–8
1974–75 UEFA Cup First round   Portadown 0–0 1–2 1–2
1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Celtic 0–2 0–7 0–9
1977–78 European Cup First round   Glentoran 1–0 0–2 1–2
1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   1. FC Magdeburg 1–1 0–4 1–5
1979–80 European Cup First round   Hamburg 0–3 1–2 1–5
1981–82 European Cup First round   Aston Villa 0–2 0–5 0–7
1985–86 UEFA Cup First round   Nantes 2–1 0–3 2–4
1986–87 European Cup First round   Juventus 0–4 0–7 0–11
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round   Wismut Aue 1–1 0–0 1–1(a)
1988–89 European Cup First round   Monaco 1–0 0–2 1–2
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Dynamo Berlin 1–2 1–2 2–4
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Sion 0–1 1–1 1–2
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Boavista 0–0 0–3 0–3
1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   MyPa 3–1 1–0 4–1
First round   Aberdeen 0–3 0–4 0–7
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Brøndby IF 0–0 1–3 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   BATE Borisov 0–1 0–2 0–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Brøndby IF 1–4 0–6 1–10
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Ventspils 1–0 0–0 1–0
Second qualifying round   Domžale 1–2 2–3 3–5
2018–19 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   Rosenborg 1–0 1−3 2–3
UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   FC Santa Coloma 3–0 0–1 3–1
Third qualifying round   Sheriff Tiraspol 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2019–20 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   Maribor 0−3 0−2 0−5
UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1−1 0−4 1−5
UEFA coefficientEdit
As of 12 July 2018[17]
Rank Country Team Points
346   Teuta 1.700
347   KF Laçi 1.700
348   Flamurtari 1.700
349   Valur 1.650
350   Breiðablik 1.650
351   Víkingur Reykjavík 1.650
352   Fram Reykjavík 1.650

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit
As of 27 May 2020

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 Hannes Þór Halldórsson
2   DF Birkir Már Sævarsson
3   DF Ívar Örn Jónsson
4   MF Einar Karl Ingvarsson
5   MF Kári Daníel Alexandersson
6   DF Sebastian Starke Hedlund
7   MF Haukur Páll Sigurðsson (Captain)
8   FW Kristinn Ingi Halldórsson
9   FW Patrick Pedersen
10   MF Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson
11   FW Sigurður Egill Lárusson
12   MF Kristófer André Kjeld Cardoso
17   MF Andri Adolphsson
No. Position Player
19   MF Lasse Petry
20   DF Orri Sigurður Ómarsson
23   DF Eiður Sigurbjörnsson
24   DF Valgeir Lunddal Friðriksson
25   GK Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson
71   MF Ólafur Karl Finsen
77   FW Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu
  DF Magnus Egilsson
  DF Rasmus Christiansen
  MF Sverrir Páll Hjaltested
  MF Sigurdur Dagsson
  MF Birkir Heimisson
  FW Aron Bjarnason (on loan from Újpest)
Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

CoachesEdit

HonoursEdit

Úrvalsdeild[18]

Icelandic Cup

  • Champions (11): 1965, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2015, 2016

Icelandic League Cup

Icelandic Super Cup

  • Champions (11): 1977, 1979, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018

Women's footballEdit

The Valur women's football team has won the Icelandic championship 10 times[19] and the Icelandic Women's Cup 13 times.[20][21][18]

TitlesEdit

  • 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

HandballEdit

Men's handballEdit

TitlesEdit

  • 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2017
  • Cup Champions: 10
  • 1974, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Icelandic Super Cup: 1
  • 2009
  • Final 1980

Women's handballEdit

TitlesEdit

  • 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019
  • Cup Champions: 7
  • 1988, 1993, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Þorgrímur Þráinsson kjörinn formaður Vals" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  2. ^ Valur Páll Eiríksson (29 December 2019). "Viðburðaríkt ár Valskvenna gert upp". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (29 December 2019). "Kvennalið Vals í körfubolta lið ársins 2019". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Saga – Knattspyrnufélagið Valur" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Sagan af því hvernig Valur varð ríkasta íþróttafélag á Íslandi". Kjarninn (in Icelandic). 17 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Valsmenn kynna ný íþróttamannvirki" (in Icelandic). ruv.is. Retrieved 4 October 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (27 December 2018). "Íþróttasvæðið á Hlíðarenda tekur upp nafn Origo". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ Körfuknattleiksdeild stofnuð - K.F.R. sameinast Val
  9. ^ Fyrsta Íslandsmótið í körfuknattleik á morgun
  10. ^ „Körfuknattleiksfélag Reykjavíkur" í stað „Gosi"
  11. ^ Körfuknattleiksdeild stofnuð - K.F.R. sameinast Val
  12. ^ KFR lagt niður og gert að körfuknattleiksdeild Vals
  13. ^ Íslandsmeistarar - Úrvalsdeild karla
  14. ^ Bikarkeppni - Meistaraflokkur karla
  15. ^ "Körfuknattleiksdeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  16. ^ Hjörvar Ólafsson (1 May 2018). "Haukar meistarar eftir níu ára langa bið". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  17. ^ "UEFA coefficients". UEFA. UEFA.
  18. ^ a b c "Knattspyrnudeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Valur Íslandsmeistari eftir 8:1 sigur". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 4 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  20. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (22 August 2011). "Bikardrottningin í Valsliðinu". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). p. 30. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  21. ^ Ólafur Már Þórisson (22 August 2011). "Tilfinningin er yndisleg". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). pp. 4–5. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Handknattleiksdeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  23. ^ a b "HSÍ meistaraskrár" (in Icelandic). Handball Association of Iceland. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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