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Breiðablik
Crest of Breiðablik UBK
Full name Breiðablik, ungmennafélag
Nickname(s) Blikar
Founded 12 April 1950
Ground Kópavogsvöllur,
Kópavogur, Iceland
Ground Capacity 5,501 (1,869 seated)
Manager Men: Ólafur Kristjánsson,
Women: Hlynur Svan Eiríksson
League Men: Úrvalsdeild karla,
Women: Úrvalsdeild kvenna
2013 Men: 4th
Women: 5th

Breiðablik (known as UBK Kopavogur when playing in European competitions) is a sports club from Kópavogur, Iceland. The club was founded in 1950 and is the largest sports club in the country. Breidablik has several sports divisions, both men's and women's, including association football, athletics, basketball, karate, dance, skiing and swimming.

Name[edit]

The name Breiðablik comes from Norse mythology, where it was the home of Baldur. The nickname Blikar is formed from the second part of that name, meaning splendours or twinkles (like a star). The singular form Bliki is also a name for male ducks.

Football – men's team[edit]

Breiðablik's first competitive match was played on 12 June 1957, a 1–0 loss against Þróttur Reykjavík.[1] After several years in the lower leagues, Breiðablik reached the top-flight for the first time in 1971.

In recent years the Breiðablik men's team has established itself as a powerhouse in the Icelandic league, challenging regularly on all fronts. Throughout its history, the team has however been notorious for bouncing between the two top leagues in Iceland, getting promoted and relegated on a regular basis. Since being promoted in 2005, and under the guidance of coach Ólafur Kristjánsson since 2006, the team has grown steadily and established itself as a real challenger in the Icelandic top-flight. The team's first big trophy came with a win in the Icelandic Cup in 2009, followed by the team's first Úrvalsdeild title in the 2010. The 2013 season is Breiðablik's 8th consecutive season in the top-flight, a club record. Breiðablik competed in a European competition for the first time in 2010, facing Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the Europa League. They lost the first leg 1–0 in Scotland, and lost by the same scoreline in the return leg, meaning that the team lost 2–0 on aggregate. A year later, Breiðablik faced Rosenborg BK in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, losing out 2–5 on aggregate. The team won away from home in Europe for the first time with a memorable 1-0 victory over Austrian side Sturm Graz in the 2013–14 competition.[2]

With one of the best and largest youth facilities in Iceland, Breiðablik is almost entirely built on home grown talent. Current Iceland internationals Gylfi Sigurðsson, Alfreð Finnbogason, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Guðmundur Kristjánsson have come through the youth ranks in recent years and gone on to play professionally abroad.

Current squad[edit]

as of 15 March 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 Iceland GK Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson
2 Iceland DF Gísli Páll Helgason
3 Iceland DF Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson
4 Iceland DF Damir Muminovic
5 Iceland DF Elfar Freyr Helgason
6 Scotland DF Jordan Halsman
7 Iceland MF Viggó Kristjánsson
8 Iceland MF Finnur Orri Margeirsson (captain)
9 Iceland FW Elfar Árni Aðalsteinsson
10 Iceland MF Guðjón Pétur Lýðsson
11 Iceland MF Olgeir Sigurgeirsson
12 Iceland GK Arnór Bjarki Hafsteinsson
14 Iceland MF Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson
No. Position Player
15 Iceland DF Stefán Gíslason
16 Iceland MF Ernir Bjarnason
17 Iceland FW Elvar Páll Sigurðsson
18 Iceland FW Davíð Kristján Ólafsson
20 Iceland FW Stefán Þór Pálsson
21 Iceland MF Guðmundur Friðriksson
22 Iceland FW Ellert Hreinsson
23 Iceland MF Árni Vilhjálmsson
25 Iceland GK Hlynur Örn Hlöðversson
26 Iceland DF Páll Olgeir Þorsteinsson
27 Iceland MF Tómas Óli Garðarsson
30 Iceland MF Andri Rafn Yeoman
33 Iceland MF Gísli Eyjólfsson

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Player records[edit]

As of match played 23 September 2014 and according to official supporters site. Players in bold are still currently playing for Breiðablik.

All-time appearances for Breiðablik[edit]

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1 Iceland Olgeir Sigurgeirsson 2003– 300 40
2 Iceland Arnar Grétarsson* 1988–09 289 47
3 Iceland Þór Hreiðarsson 1967-81 271 59
4 Iceland Hákon Sverrisson 1990–04 266 9
5 Iceland Árni Kristinn Gunnarsson 1998–10 257 18
6 Iceland Finnur Orri Margeirsson 2008- 237 7
7 Iceland Vignir Baldursson 1975-88 228 11
8 Iceland Einar Þórhallsson 1969-80 227 19
9 Iceland Ólafur Björnsson 1979–93 210 9
10 Iceland Guðmundur H. Jónsson 1960-73 209 2

*Arnar Grétarsson played over two periods: 1988–96 and 2006–10

Most goals scored for Breiðablik[edit]

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1 Iceland Guðmundur Þórðarson 1965–74 179 101
2 Iceland Jón Ingi Ragnarsson 1958–69 144 77
3 Iceland Jón Þórir Jónsson* 1985–99 200 74
4 Iceland Þór Hreiðarsson 1967–81 271 61
5 Iceland Ívar Sigurjónsson 1996–03 168 59
Iceland Kjartan Einarsson 1996–04 166 59
7 Iceland Sigurður Grétarsson** 1979–00 159 54
8 Iceland Árni Vilhjálmsson 2011–14 108 47
9 Iceland Arnar Grétarsson*** 1988–09 289 47
10 Iceland Grétar Kristjánsson 1957–68 113 45

*Jón Þórir Jónsson played over two periods: 1985–94 and 1998–99
**Sigurður Grétarsson played over two periods: 1979–83 and 1998–2000
***Arnar Grétarsson played over two periods: 1988–96 and 2006–10

Notable players[edit]

Players from the Breiðablik youth academy who have earned international caps at senior level. Correct as of 8 February 2014.

Nat. Player Date of birth Current club Position International career
Iceland Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 21) NorwayViking Defender 2014–present
United States Aron Jóhannsson (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 23) NetherlandsAZ Alkmaar Forward 2013–present
Iceland Kristinn Jónsson (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 24) SwedenBrommapojkarna Wingback 2013–present
Iceland Elfar Freyr Helgason (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 25) IcelandBreiðablik Defender 2011–present
Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 25) NetherlandsSC Heerenveen Forward 2010–present
Iceland Gylfi Sigurðsson (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 25) EnglandTottenham Hotspur Midfielder 2010–present
Iceland Gunnar Örn Jónsson (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 29) IcelandFylkir Midfielder 2010
Iceland Guðmundur Kristjánsson (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 25) NorwayIK Start Midfielder 2009–present
Iceland Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 28) IcelandBreiðablik Fullback 2009–present
Iceland Steinþór Freyr Þorsteinsson (1985-07-29) 29 July 1985 (age 29) NorwayViking Midfielder 2009–present
Iceland Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 23) NetherlandsAZ Alkmaar Winger 2008–present
Iceland Guðmann Þórisson (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 27) SwedenMjällby Defender 2008
Iceland Marel Jóhann Baldvinsson (1980-12-18) 18 December 1980 (age 33) retired Forward 2001-2008
Iceland Kjartan Antonsson (1976-09-30) 30 September 1976 (age 38) retired Defender 2001
Iceland Þórhalldur Hinriksson (1976-09-10) 10 September 1976 (age 38) retired Midfielder 2000 - 2001
Iceland Kristófer Sigurgeirsson (1972-01-19) 19 January 1972 (age 42) retired Midfielder 1994
Iceland Arnar Grétarsson (1972-02-20) 20 February 1972 (age 42) retired Midfielder 1991 - 2004
Iceland Sigurjón Kristjánsson (1962-04-05) 5 April 1962 (age 52) retired Forward 1982
Iceland Trausti Ómarsson (1962-11-04) 4 November 1962 (age 51) retired Midfielder 1982
Iceland Ómar Rafnsson (1962-06-23) 23 June 1962 (age 52) retired Midfielder 1982 - 1983
Iceland Ólafur Björnsson (1958-10-07) 7 October 1958 (age 55) retired Defender 1981 - 1984
Iceland Sigurður Grétarsson (1962-05-02) 2 May 1962 (age 52) retired Forward 1980 - 1992
Iceland Hinrik Þórhallsson (1954-02-02) 2 February 1954 (age 60) retired Winger 1976 - 1980
Iceland Einar Þórhallsson (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 62) retired Defender 1976

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Club records[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Agg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Scotland Motherwell 0–1 0–1 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Norway Rosenborg 2–0 0–5 2–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Andorra FC Santa Coloma 4–0 0–0 4–0
Second qualifying round Austria Sturm Graz 0–0 1–0 1–0
Third qualifying round Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–0 0–1 1–1 (1–2 p)

Club ranking[edit]

Correct as of 9 February 2014.[3] The table shows the position of Breiðablik (highlighted), based on their UEFA coefficient club ranking, and the four foreign teams which are closest to Breiðablik's position (two clubs with the higher coefficient and two with the lower coefficient).

Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Mvmt. Club 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 Coeff.
303 282 RedDownArrow.svg -21 Finland FC Honka Espoo 1.275 0.860 0.800 0.400 0.600 3.935
304 279 RedDownArrow.svg -25 Norway Fredrikstad FK 1.420 0.475 0.460 0.980 0.520 3.855
305 343 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +38 Iceland Breiðablik 0.250 0.575 1.275 0.250 1.500 3.850
306 357 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +51 Republic of Macedonia FC Milsami Orhei 0.425 0.425 0.350 0.950 1.675 3.825
307 322 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +15 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran FK 0.300 0.650 0.775 1.100 1.000 3.825

Domestic results[edit]

Below is a table with Breiðablik's domestic results since the club's first season in the football league in 1957.

Football – women's team[edit]

The women's football team is the powerhouse of Icelandic women's football and nearly made a clean sweep in 2005, winning the championship and cup plus almost all of the younger division titles. In International competitions Breiðablik has taken part in The Nordic Open Championship in the years 1995, 1996 and 1997 among teams such as Fortuna Hjørring from Denmark, Trondheims Örn from Norway and HJK from Finland.

Breiðablik was the first Icelandic team to earn a seat in The European Women's Cup 2001–2002 but due to financial reasons Breiðablik did not participate and KR was therefor the first Icelandic team to take part. Breiðablik did however take part in the Women's Cup the following year where they played in group with the Danish Champions Fortuna Hjørring, Belarus Champions FC Babruyshanka and Moldovan Champions FC Codru Anenii Noi. There Breiðablik won Iceland's first win in the Women's Cup against FC Codru Anenii Noi.

In the Women's Cup 2006–2007 Breiðablik qualified again and this time won their group with some differences. The team did not conceive a goal and scored 14 in the three matches. Their opponents were SV Neulengbach from Austria, SU 1° Dezembro from Portugal and Newtownabbey Strikers from Northern Ireland. In the second qualifying round Breiðablik was very unlucky to have as an opponent the great team from Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt. It turned out the German team was too big for the Icelandic team but they did well and came in second with two wins, against HJK from Finland and Universitet Vitebsk from Belarus and qualified to the quarter finals. In the quarterfinals in 2006–2007 competition Breiðablik played home and away matches against the team that later won the competition Arsenal Ladies FC from England. No need to say Arsenal was way better team but Breiðablik could still walk strong and hold their head up high.

The third time Breiðablik qualified to the European Women's Cup the name of the Competition had been changed to UEFA Women's Champion League and the season was 2010–2011. Breiðablik came in as a second Icelandic team to the competition and had to play in the Qualifying round, group 4 along with FCF Juvisy Essonne from France, FC Targu Mures from Romania and FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia. Breiðablik came in second in the qualifying round with 7 points like FCF Juvisy and was one of two teams to qualify to the main round of 32 teams.

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
3 Iceland MF Hlín Gunnlaugsdóttir (captain)
4 Iceland DF Guðrún Arnardóttir
4 Iceland DF Fjolla shalla
5 Iceland DF Guðrún Erla Hilmarsdóttir
6 Iceland MF Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir
7 Iceland MF Sandra Sif Magnúsdóttir
8 Iceland MF Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir
9 Iceland MF Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir
10 Iceland FW Berglind Björg Þorvaldsdóttir
No. Position Player
11 Iceland MF Fanndís Friðriksdóttir
13 Iceland MF Ásta Eir Árnadóttir
14 Iceland DF Arna Ómarsdóttir
18 Iceland FW Jóna Kristín Hauksdóttir
20 Iceland FW Hildur Sif Hauksdóttir
22 Iceland DF Rakel Hönnudóttir
23 Iceland GK Birna Kristjánsdóttir
26 United States FW Maura Q Ryan
27 Iceland DF Þórdís Hrönn Sigfúsdóttir

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Úrvalsdeild kvenna (Premier league)
    • Winners (15): 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 & 2005
  • 1. deild kvenna (1st division)
    • Winners (1): 1988

Cups[edit]

  • Bikarkeppni KSÍ (FA-Cup)
    • Winners (10): 1981, 1982, 1983, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005 & 2006
  • Deildarbikarinn (League-cup)
    • Winners (4): 1996, 1997, 1998 & 2001

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Agg
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32 France FCF Juvisy 0–3 0–6 0–9
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round France FCF Juvisy 3–3 3–3
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round Romania FCM Târgu Mureş (feminin) 7–0 7–0
2010–11 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round Estonia Levadia Tallinn 8–1 8–1
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Quarter-finals England Arsenal L.F.C. 0–5 1–4 1–9
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3 Belarus Universitet Vitebsk 1–0 1–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3 Finland HJK Helsinki (women) 2–1 2–1
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Second qualifying round Group 3 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 0–5 0–5
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 1 Austria Neulengbach 3–0 3–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 3 Portugal SU 1° Dezembro 4–0 4–0
2006–07 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup First qualifying round Group 3 Northern Ireland Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers 7–0 7–0
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 0–9 0–9
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6 Belarus FC Babruyshanka 2–3 2–3
2002–03 2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group 6 Moldova Codru Anenii Noi 2–0 2–0

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Þjóðviljinn". Timarit.is. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1976241.html
  3. ^ "UEFA Club Coefficients 2012–2013". UEFA. Retrieved 21 April 2013.