Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar

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FH
Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar Logo.svg
Full name Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar
Nickname(s) FH-ingar
Short name FH
Founded October 20, 1928
Ground Kaplakriki,
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Ground Capacity 6,000 (2,500 seats
Chairman Jón Rúnar Halldórsson
Manager Heimir Guðjónsson
League Úrvalsdeild
2013 2nd

Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (Hafnarfjörður gymnastics club), commonly referred to as FH, is an Icelandic sports club based in Hafnarfjörður. The club competes in football, handball, track and field, and fencing. It has won its country's championship in football, the Úrvalsdeild, on six occasions, including the most recent in 2012.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Founded in 1929 as a gymnastics club, FH has since moved into other sports. FH were promoted to the first division in football for the first time in 1979. They avoided relegation by one place and two points in their first season before being relegated in last place in 1981. FH were promoted back to the top-flight in 1984. They spent a single season in the second division in 1988 and were relegated again in 1995.[1]

21st century[edit]

After winning the second division in 2000,[2] they came third in the first division in 2001.[3] In 2004 FH won their first national championship, with 37 points to ÍBV's 31.[4]

FH's first European campaign came in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup, in which they defeated Haverfordwest County of Wales in the first qualifying round, and then Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic in the second 4–3 on aggregate. With the second leg in injury time and the aggregate score at 3–3, Dunfermline were set to go through on away goals. However, Tommy Nielsen scored in injury time to send the Icelandic part-timers into the first round proper, where they were defeated by Germany's Alemannia Aachen 5-1 on aggregate with all the goals in the first leg in Aachen.

As Icelandic champion of 2004, FH represented the country in the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan in the first qualifying round.

The team won the Icelandic championship for the third year in a row in 2006 after winning the division with 36 points out of 54. Tryggvi Guðmundsson became the team top-scorer with eight goals that season. In summer 2006 three of the club's players played for the national team: Daði Lárusson, Sigurvin Ólafsson and Ármann Smári Björnsson. Ármann Smári also joined Norwegian team Brann after a superb spell for the first 15 rounds[clarification needed]. Baldur Bett also left the squad at the end of the season and joined rivals Valur on a free transfer.

The club stadium Kaplakriki underwent a major redevelopment: the southern stand expanded, bringing the seating capacity to 3,500. There are further plans to increase the seating capacity to nearly 6,000 which would make the stadium by far the largest in Iceland, excluding the Laugardalsvöllur stadium. Also to be built are some new club houses, an indoor track and field centre and a roof over the stands.

On 20 October 2006 the club signed the Icelandic twins Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson, who have played for Bolton Wanderers F.C., Stoke City F.C., Feyenoord Rotterdam, 1. FC Nuremberg and Leicester City F.C.. The twins were transferred to their childhood club Íþróttabandalag Akraness in late July 2008. On 1 November 2006 the club signed the 26 year old Matthías Guðmundsson from Valur Reykjavík.

The 2007 season saw FH finishing second in the premier division behind main rivals Valur, after losing to them in one of the final games of the season. FH won the Visa-bikar with a 2–1 victory over Fjölnir in the cup final which secured them a place in the UEFA Cup qualification round.

In October 2007, Ólafur Jóhannesson resigned as FH manager to take over the Icelandic national side. In his five years in control of FH, the team won the Premier division three times, were placed second twice, won the league cup three times and the cup once. Heimir Guðjónsson, former assistant-manager and former FH captain, was hired as his replacement.

On 1 August 2008 the club was drawn against F.A. Premier League team Aston Villa in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup. They were beaten 4–1 in the home leg on 14 August, and drew 1–1 in the away tie at Villa Park on 28 August, losing 5–2 on aggregate.

On 27 September 2008 FH won the Icelandic Premier division for the fourth time in 5 years. In one of the most exciting last days of the competition ever, their main rivals Keflavík were odds-on favorites to win the title with a 2-point lead over FH going into the last round. FH had a game against Fylkir while Keflavík played hosts to Fram, who themselves had to win to secure third place and the last spot in the UEFA Cup next season. FH had to win their game by two goals to benefit from a draw in Keflavík. In the event FH beat Fylkir 2–0 for FH with goals from Matthías Vilhjálmsson and Guðmundur Sævarsson, while Keflavík, after being a goal up lost 2–1 to Fram. Captain Davíð Þór Viðarsson lifted the cup to the dismay of the Keflavík fans.

They took part in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League after winning the league in 2009. They then finished second in the league in 2010 and 2011 and won the league in 2012 for the tenth top-two finish in a row.

Honours[edit]

UEFA club competition record[edit]

As of July 17 2013

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 15 3 3 9 13 20
UEFA Cup/Europa League 23 9 7 7 32 33

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponents 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Wales Haverfordwest County 1–0 3–1 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Scotland Dunfermline Athletic 2–2 2–1 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Germany Alemannia Aachen 1–5 0–0 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 0–2 1–2 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Estonia FC TVMK 3–2 1–1 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Faroe Islands HB 4–1 0–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Belarus BATE 1–3 1–1 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2Q England Aston Villa 1–4 1–1 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Kazakhstan Aktobe 0–4 0–2 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Belarus BATE 1–5 0–1 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Portugal Nacional 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Sweden AIK 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Lithuania Ekranas 1–0 2–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Austria Austria Wien 0–1 0–0 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO Belgium Genk 0–2 2–5 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glenavon 3–0 3–2 6–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Belarus Neman Grodno
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

Managers[edit]

  • Scotland William Hodgson (1975–76?)
  • Iceland Ólafur Jóhannesson (1988–90, 1995, Jan 1, 2003–Oct 28, 2007)
  • Iceland Heimir Guðjónsson (Jan 1, 2008–)

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
1 Iceland GK Róbert Örn Óskarsson
2 United States DF Sean Reynolds
11 Iceland FW Atli Guðnason
3 Iceland DF Guðjón Antoníusson
4 England DF Sam Tillen
5 Iceland DF Pétur Viðarsson
6 England FW Sam Hewson
8 Iceland MF Emil Pálsson
9 Iceland MF Hákon Atli Hallfreðsson
10 Iceland MF Davíð Þór Viðarsson
12 Iceland GK Kristján Finnbogason
No. Position Player
16 Iceland DF Jón Ragnar Jónsson
17 Iceland FW Atli Viðar Björnsson
18 Iceland MF Einar Karl Ingvarsson (On loan at Fjölnir)
20 Mali DF Kassim Doumbia
21 Iceland MF Böðvar Böðvarsson
22 Iceland MF Ólafur Páll Snorrason
23 Iceland DF Brynjar Guðmundsson
25 Iceland MF Hólmar Örn Rúnarsson
29 Iceland GK Kristján Pétur Þórarinsson
Belgium DF Jonathan Hendrickx

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