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Valur
Valur.png
Full name Knattspyrnuf√©lagi√į Valur
Nickname(s) Valsarar
Founded 11 May 1911
Ground Vodafonehöllin
Reykjavík
Iceland
(Capacity: 3,000)
Chairman H√∂r√įur Gunnarsson
Manager Gunnlaugur Jónsson
League √örvalsdeild
2009 √örvalsdeild, 8th
Home colours
Away colours

Knattspyrnuf√©lagi√į Valur is an Icelandic athletic club based in Reykjav√≠k, Iceland.

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History

The club was founded on 11 May 1911, as a subdivision of KFUM, the Icelandic YMCA. The name was later in the same year changed to Valur, which is an Icelandic word for gyrfalcon. In 1939 Valur bought the farmgrounds of Hl√≠√įarendi which retains its name even today, where they currently practice and play, and where they now have a full-fledged football field and an indoor arena. Originally Valur played only football, but around 1940, the club got involved in more sports, first team handball where they won the first national title, and later skiing. In the post-war era (1948), a women's handball division was started at Valur and in the 1970s a women's football division. In 1970, K√∂rfuknattleiksf√©lag Reykjav√≠kur (Reykjav√≠k Basketball Club, KFR) joined Valur and became their basketball division. [1]

Stadia

The grounds at Hl√≠√įarendi are currently being completely restructured and Valur have recently started playing their home games at Vodafonev√∂llurinn, and the handball games in the new Vodafoneh√∂llin the first section of the new ground to be used. The new football pitch will be used for the first time in the 2008 season. Reconstruction of Hl√≠√įarendi will then be finished with an indoor football pitch.

In June 2007 the club signed a 5 year sponsorship deal with Vodafone which will see the football stadium being renamed Vodafonevöllurinn and the handball/basketball stadium being renamed Vodafonehöllin.[2]

Club honours

Men's football
  • 1965, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2005
  • 2005, 2008
Women's football
  • National Champions: 9
  • 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Cup Champions: 11
  • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009 [3]
Men's handball
  • National Champions: 21
  • 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007
  • Cup Champions: 7
  • 1974, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2008, 2009
  • Icelandic Super Cup: 1
  • 2009
Women's handball
  • National Champions: 12
  • 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983
  • Cup Champions: 3
  • 1988, 1993, 2000 [4]
Men's basketball
  • National Champions: 2
  • 1980, 1983
  • Cup Champions: 3
  • 1980, 1981, 1983 [5]

Players

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Current squad

As of 3 April 2009[6] 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 Kjartan Sturluson
3 Iceland DF Stein√ĺ√≥r G√≠slason
4 Iceland DF Reynir Leósson
5 Iceland DF Atli Sveinn √ě√≥rarinsson
7 Iceland MF Sigurbj√∂rn √Ėrn Hrei√įarsson
9 Iceland MF Haf√ĺ√≥r √Ügir Vilhj√°lmsson
11 Iceland MF Matth√≠as Gu√įmundsson
12 Iceland DF Einar Marteinsson
13 Iceland DF Baldur √ě√≥r√≥lfsson
16 Iceland MF Baldur Ingimar A√įalsteinsson
No. Position Player
17 Iceland MF Gu√įmundur Steinn Hafsteinsson
18 Iceland FW Arnar Sveinn Geirsson
19 Iceland FW Viktor Illugason
20 England MF Ian Jeffs
21 Iceland DF Bjarni √ďlafur Eir√≠ksson (captain)
23 Iceland GK Haraldur Björnsson
25 Iceland GK √Āg√ļst Bjarni Gar√įarsson
30 Iceland FW Marel Baldvinsson
-- Iceland MF J√≥n Vilhelm √Ākason
-- Iceland MF R√ļnar M√°r Sigurj√≥nsson

Former players

Coaches

  • Iceland Gu√įmundur H. P√©tursson (1930)
  • Iceland Reidar S√∂rensen (1933-1935)
  • Scotland Murdo MacDougall (1935-1937)
  • Scotland Murdo MacDougall & Robert Jack (1937-1938)
  • Scotland Murdo MacDougall (1938)
  • Scotland Ian Ross (1985-1987)
  • Iceland Ingi Bj√∂rn Albertsson
  • Iceland Kristinn Bj√∂rnsson
  • Iceland Ejub Purisevic (2000-2001)
  • Iceland √ěorl√°kur √Ārnason (2002-2003)
  • Iceland Nj√°ll Ei√įsson (2004)
  • Iceland Willum Th√≥r Th√≥rsson (2005-2009)
  • Iceland Atli E√įvaldsson (2009)
  • Iceland Gunnlaugur J√≥nsson (2009-)

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