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Keflavik ÍF.gif
Full name Knattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur
Founded 1929
Ground Keflavíkurvöllur, Iceland
(Capacity: 5,200)
Chairman Þorsteinn Magnússon
Manager Willum Þór Þórsson
League Úrvalsdeild
2009 6th
Home colours
Away colours

Keflavík Football Club (Knattspyrnudeild Keflavíkur) is an Icelandic football team, commonly known as Keflavík. It is a subdivision of Keflavík ÍF (Keflavík, íþrótta- og ungmennafélag), based in the town of Reykjanesbær in Iceland. They play at Sparisjóðsvöllur in Keflavík.


Competition history

Keflavík have played in the Icelandic football league since 1956. The team has also taken part in every year of the Icelandic FA Cup as well as several minor competitions, including the League Cup. Keflavík has played in all the major European competitions, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Cup Winners´ Cup and the Intertoto Cup.[1]


League history

1956-1957: Division 2
1958-1960: Division 1
1961-1962: Division 2
1963-1980: Division 1
1981: Division 2
1982-1989: Division 1
1990-1992: Division 2
1993-2002: Division 1 (Renamed Premier League in 1997)
2003: Division 1
2004-current: Premier League

Keflavík first played league football when the team joined the newly formed second division in 1956. Keflavík was promoted in 1957 and played in the top flight from 1958-1960. The team returned to the second division in 1961 but were promoted again the following year. After narrowly avoiding relegation in 1963 Keflavík won its first title in 1964. The team also won the title in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Since then the team has mostly played in Iceland's top division, Úrvalsdeild, with three spells in the second tier (1981, 1990-1992 and 2003).[1][2]

Cup history

The Icelandic FA Cup was established in 1960 and Keflavík entered from the beginning. The team's first cup game ended in a 0-6 defeat by ÍA. Keflavík reached the semi-final of the competition the next three years and had reached seven semis before playing for the first time in the final in 1973. That game ended in a 1-2 defeat by Fram. In 1975 Keflavík won the cup for the first time, beating ÍA by a single goal. The team reached the final again in 1982, 1985, 1988 and 1993 but lost each time. The duck was finally broken in 1997 when ÍBV were beaten in a penalty-shootout in a replay. Keflavík won the FA Cup again in 2004 and 2006, first by beating KA 3-0 and then KR 2-0.[1][3]

European history

Keflavík played its first European game in 1965 after becoming champions the previous year. The team were drawn against Hungarian side Ferencváros in the European Cup. The Hungarians won 9-1 and 4-1 for a 13-2 aggregate win. In the early 70's Keflavík were the envy of other Icelandic teams when they were drawn against several top sides, including Everton in 1970, Tottenham Hotspur in 1971 and Real Madrid in 1972. Keflavík's first win in European competition came against Swedish side Kalmar FF in the 1979-1980 UEFA Cup. Keflavík won the home match 1-0 and progressed to the second round for the first time, winning on away goals. Keflavík played in the UEFA Europa League in 2009-2010 after finishing 2nd in the Icelandic Premier League in 2008 [1][4] and lost to Maltese club Valletta FC with the aggregate favoring the Maltese 5-2.

UEFA club competition record

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 8 0 0 8 5 35
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 1 1 4 14 19
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 18 4 2 12 18 44

Team colours

The Keflavík football team originally played in black shirts and white shorts. In 1973, the team changed its strip to yellow shirts and blue shorts. One reason given for the change was the memory of the team's first European away match, against Ferencváros in Budapest. The Keflavík players were playing in floodlights for the first time and had trouble spotting each other in their black shirts.[5]. Another reason was the fact that at the time all referees wore black so the black shirts of Keflavík were often frowned upon by referees and officials. The team wore the yellow and blue strip through the 80's, usually with an all-white change strip. At the start of the 1990 season, it was decided to revert to the team's original colours. The team had been relegated the previous season and the change was considered a fresh start and a throwback to the glory days of the 60's and early 70's. The black and white strip was used for six years with white shirts and black shorts as an alternative. In 1995 the board of Keflavík ÍF decided that the club's colours would be dark blue, white and red and that all teams representing the club should use dark blue as the main colour of their uniforms and clothing. At the start of the 1996 season the football team started to wear a dark blue strip with white stripes. The away strip is all red with white stripes.



Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Iceland GK Ómar Jóhannsson
2 Slovenia DF Alen Sutej
3 Iceland DF Guðjón Árni Antoníusson
4 Iceland FW Haukur Ingi Guðnason
5 Iceland DF Tómas Kjartansson
6 Denmark DF Nicolai Jørgensen
8 Iceland MF Haraldur Freyr Guðmundsson
9 Iceland FW Guðmundur Steinarsson
10 Faroe Islands MF Símun Samuelsen
11 Iceland FW Magnús Sverrir Þorsteinsson
12 Iceland GK Árni Freyr Ásgeirsson
13 Iceland MF Einar Orri Einarsson
14 Iceland MF Jóhann Birnir Guðmundsson
15 Iceland MF Bojan Stefán Ljubicic
16 Iceland DF Brynjar Örn Guðmundsson
No.   Position Player
17 Iceland MF Bessi Víðisson
18 Iceland MF Magnús Þorir Matthíasson
20 Iceland DF Bjarni Hólm Aðalsteinsson
21 Denmark GK Lasse Jörgensen
22 Iceland MF Magnús Þór Magnússon
23 Iceland MF Sigurbergur Elísson
24 Iceland DF Sigurður Sævarsson
25 Iceland MF Hólmar Örn Rúnarsson
26 Iceland MF Viktor Guðnason
27 Iceland FW Hörður Sveinsson
28 Iceland DF Þorsteinn Atli Georgsson
29 Iceland FW Stefán Örn Arnarson
30 Iceland MF Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
Scotland MF Paul McShane

Most league apps

Apps Player
214 Iceland Sigurður Björgvinsson
180 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson
180 Iceland Þorsteinn Bjarnason
177 Iceland Gunnar Oddsson
177 Iceland Óli Þór Magnússon
172 Iceland Gestur Gylfason
154 Iceland Jón Ólafur Jónsson
151 Iceland Ólafur Júlíusson
149 Iceland Þórarinn Kristjánsson
147 Iceland Ragnar Margeirsson
147 Iceland Karl Hermannsson

Most league goals

Goals Player
72 Iceland Steinar Jóhannsson
67 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson
57 Iceland Óli Þór Magnússon
49 Iceland Ragnar Margeirsson
48 Iceland Þórarinn Kristjánsson
31 Iceland Jón Ólafur Jónsson
27 Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson
26 Iceland Ólafur Júlíusson
24 Iceland Jón Jóhannsson
24 Iceland Einar Ásbjörn Ólafsson

Notable former players

Former Coaches

  • Iceland Kristján Guðmundsson (2005-2009)
  • Iceland Guðjón Þórðarson (Pre-season 2005)
  • Serbia Milan Jankovic (2003-2004)
  • Iceland Kjartan Másson (2002)
  • Iceland Gústav Adolf Björnsson (2001)
  • Iceland Gunnar Oddsson (2000)
  • Iceland Páll Guðlaugsson (2000)
  • Iceland Kjartan Másson (1999)
  • Iceland Sigurður Björgvinsson and Gunnar Oddsson (1997-1999)
  • Iceland Kjartan Masson (1996)
  • Iceland Þórir Sigfússon (1995)
  • Iceland Ingi Björn Albertsson (1995)
  • Iceland Pétur Pétursson (1994)
  • Scotland Ian Ross (1994)
  • Iceland Kjartan Másson (1991-1993)
  • Iceland Þorsteinn Ólafsson (1990)
  • Iceland Hólmbert Friðjónsson (1989)
  • Iceland Ástráður Gunnarsson (1989)
  • England Frank Upton (1987-1988)
  • England Peter Keeling (1987)
  • Iceland Hólmbert Friðjónsson (1985-1986)
  • Iceland Haukur Hafsteinsson (1984)
  • Iceland Guðni Kjartansson (1983)

Stadium information

External links


  1. ^ a b c d (Icelandic) Víðir Sigurðsson: Íslensk knattspyrna (Icelandic Football Yearbook), Published annually since 1981
  2. ^ (Icelandic) Keflavík League Record - Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  3. ^ (Icelandic) Keflavík Cup Record - Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. ^ (Icelandic) Keflavík European Games - Official Web. Retrieved 2009-03-22
  5. ^ (Icelandic) 'Sá ekki samherja', Meistarablað ÍBK 1984 (Knattspyrnuráð Keflavíkur, 1984)


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