First Division Men (Icelandic basketball)

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1. deild karla
Current season, competition or edition:
2010-11 season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1964
Commissioner Hannes S. Jónsson
Inaugural season 1964
No. of teams 10
Country  Iceland
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) KFÍ
Most titles Breiðablik UBK, Thor AK (5 titles)
Level on pyramid 2
Official website KKÍ.is

First Division or D1 (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) is the second tier basketball competition among clubs in Iceland. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 18 games, followed by a four-team playoff round. Both semifinals and finals series are best-of-three. The top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner are promoted in the Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla). The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level Second Division (Icelandic: 2. deild karla).

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) was founded in 1964. Up until 1978 it was known as Second Division.

ÍS and ÍKF's dominance[edit]

For the first years, from its foundation in 1964 until the 1970–71 season, the First Division was led by the ÍS (with 3 wins) and ÍKF (with 2 wins).

Fram Reykjavík's leadership[edit]

Some years later, from the 1974–75 season, the Fram Reykjavík started their leadership on the First Division and their series of wins, that ended in the 1985-86 season when they won their fourth title.

The double fall of ÍR[edit]

After their golden years, in which they won 15 Premier League titles in less than 25 years, the ÍR was relegated to the First Division. In the 1986-87 season they won for their first time the First Division and came back to the Premier League. Afterwards, the ÍR was relegated again to the First Division. In the 1999-00 season they won their second First Division title and came back to the Premier League.

Modern era[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, the Thor AK won their fifth title. In the following season, the 2007-08 season, also the Breiðablik UBK won their fifth title, becoming the most successful franchise together with the Thor AK. In the 2011–12 season, the KFÍ won their fourth title.

Teams[edit]

The First Division originated in 1964 and, currently, consists of 10 teams. The Breiðablik UBK and the Thor AK have won the most championships with 5 First Division wins. The current First Division teams for the 2011-12 season are:[1][2]

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Ármann Reykjavík --- --- red/blue/white Iceland Tómas Hermannsson
Breiðablik UBK Kópavogur --- --- green/white Iceland Sævaldur Bjarnason
FSu Selfoss Selfoss --- --- light green/black Iceland Kjartan Atli Kristjánsson
Hamar Hveragerði --- --- light blue/white Iceland Lárus Jónsson Lárus
Höttur Egilsstaðir Egilsstaðir --- red/white/green Iceland Þorleifur Viggó Skúlason
ÍA Akranes --- --- gold/black United States Terrence Watson
ÍG Grindavík Grindavík --- white/blue Iceland Haraldur Jón Jóhannesson
KFÍ Ísafjörður --- --- black/white Iceland Pétur Sigurðsson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Borgarnes --- green/yellow Iceland Pálmi Þór Sævarsson
Thor AK Akureyri Höllin Ak --- white/red Serbia Nebojsa Vidic

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Playoff winner Playoff runner-up
1964-65 ÍKF --- ---
1965-66 ÍS --- ---
1966-67 Thor AK --- ---
1967-68 ÍS (2) --- ---
1968-69 ÍKF (2) --- ---
1969-70 HSK --- ---
1970-71 ÍS (3) --- ---
1971-72 Njarðvík --- ---
1972-73 Skallagrímur --- ---
1973-74 Snæfell --- ---
1974-75 Fram Reykjavík --- ---
1975-76 Breiðablik UBK --- ---
1976-77 Thor AK (2) --- ---
1977-78 Snæfell (2) --- ---
1978-79 Fram Reykjavík (2) --- ---
1979-80 Ármann --- ---
1980-81 Fram Reykjavík (3) --- ---
1981-82 Keflavík --- ---
1982-83 Haukar --- ---
1983-84 ÍS (4) --- ---
1984-85 Keflavík (2) --- ---
1985-86 Fram Reykjavík (4) --- ---
1986-87 ÍR --- ---
1987-88 Tindastóll --- ---
1988-89 Reynir Sandgerði --- ---
1989-90 Snæfell (3) --- ---
1990-91 Skallagrímur (2) --- ---
1991-92 Breiðablik UBK (2) --- ---
1992-93 ÍA --- ---
1993-94 Thor AK (3) --- ---
1994-95 Breiðablik UBK (3) --- ---
1995-96 KFÍ --- ---
1996-97 Valur --- ---
1997-98 Snæfell (4) --- ---
1998-99 Hamar --- ---
1999-00 ÍR (2) --- ---
2000-01 Breiðablik UBK (4) --- ---
2001-02 Valur (2) --- ---
2002-03 KFÍ (2) --- ---
2003-04 Skallagrímur (3) --- ---
2004-05 Thor AK (4) --- ---
2005-06 Tindastóll (2) --- ---
2006-07 Thor AK (5) --- ---
2007-08 Breiðablik UBK (5) --- ---
2008-09 Hamar (2) --- ---
2009-10 KFÍ (3) --- ---
2010-11 Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn) Valur Thor AK
2011-12 KFÍ (4) Skallagrímur ÍA

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
5 Breiðablik UBK, Thor AK
4 KFÍ, Snæfell, Fram Reykjavík, ÍS
3 Skallagrímur
2 ÍKF, Hamar, Tindastóll, ÍR, Keflavík
1 Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn), Valur, ÍA, Reynir Sandgerði, Haukar, Ármann, Njarðvík, HSK

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iceland 1. deild karla - kki.is
  2. ^ Iceland 1. deild karla - kki.is

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