Valur (men's football)

The Valur men's football team, commonly known as Valur, is the men's football department of the Knattspyrnufélagið Valur multi-sport club. It is based in Reykjavík, Iceland, and currently plays in the Besta deild karla, the top-tier men's football league in Iceland. The team plays it home games at Hlíðarendi located in Reykjavík. The team's colors are red and white. Valur has spent most of it´s time in Icelandic top flight football, having only played 3 seasons in the clubs history outside the top tier. Valur is one of the most successful football clubs in Iceland with 23 Icelandic championships. And holds the record attendance to a football match in Iceland with 18.243 spectators in attendance vs. Benfica [1] in 1968.

Valur
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Full nameKnattspyrnufélagið Valur
Nickname(s)Valsarar
Hlíðarendapiltar
Founded11 May 1911; 111 years ago (1911-05-11)
GroundHlíðarendi
Reykjavík
Iceland
Capacity1,524
ChairmanE. Börkur Edvardsson
ManagerArnar Grétarsson
LeagueBesta deild karla
20226th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Valur participated in the Icelandic men's soccer tournament for the first time in 1915 and became the Icelandic champion for the first time in 1930. In total, it has won the Icelandic championship 23 times, most recently in 2020.[2][3]

In a reshake in the fall of 2022 following a disappointing season Valur appointed Arnar Grétarsson as manager soon after the he was sacked as manager of KA Akureyri, after having notable success as manager in the northern capital the Icelandic giants hope to bring stability to their setup. Along with Arnar Grétarsson Valur appointed Sigurður Höskuldsson former manager of Leiknir Reykjavík as assistant manager.

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   BFC Dynamo 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   Ludogorets Razgrad 1–1 0–4 1–5
2021–22 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 2–3 2–5
UEFA Europa Conference League Second qualifying round   Bodø/Glimt 0–3 0–3 0–6

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 July 2022

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   NED Guy Smit
2 DF   ISL Birkir Már Sævarsson
3 DF   DEN Jesper Juelsgård
5 MF   ISL Birkir Heimisson
6 DF   SWE Sebastian Starke Hedlund
7 MF   ISL Haukur Páll Sigurðsson (captain)
8 MF   ISL Arnór Smárason
9 FW   DEN Patrick Pedersen
10 FW   USA Aron Jóhannsson
11 FW   ISL Sigurður Egill Lárusson
12 FW   ISL Tryggvi Hrafn Haraldsson
13 DF   DEN Rasmus Christiansen
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW   ISL Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason
15 DF   ISL Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
16 GK   ISL Frederik Schram
17 MF   ISL Andri Adolphsson
18 MF   DEN Lasse Petry
19 MF   ISL Orri Hrafn Kjartansson
20 DF   ISL Orri Sigurður Ómarsson
23 MF   ISL Kristófer André Kjeld Cardoso
24 MF   ISL Luis Carlos Cabrera Solys
25 GK   ISL Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson
26 MF   ISL Sigurdur Dagsson
27 DF   ISL Kári Daníel Alexandersson
MF   ISL Kristófer Jónsson

CoachesEdit

HonoursEdit

Úrvalsdeild[4]

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


  1. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was cancelled with four games left to play. Valur was awarded the title as the team in first at the time of suspension.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "18.243 spectators in attendance vs. Benfica". Mbl.is. 18 September 1968. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Valur er Íslandsmeistari 2020". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 30 October 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  3. ^ Gunnar Birgisson (31 October 2020). "Nýstárlegar leiðir í fögnuði Íslandsmeistaranna". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Knattspyrnudeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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