Fylkir

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Fylkir
Fylkir.svg
Full name Íþróttafélagið Fylkir
Nickname(s) Fylkismenn
Founded May 28, 1967 as KSÁ
Ground Fylkisvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland
Ground Capacity 5,000 (1660 seated)
Club Chairman Iceland Björn Gíslason
Football Chairman Iceland Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
Manager Iceland Ásmundur Arnarsson
League Pepsi deildin
2012 7th

Fylkir is an athletic club in Árbær, in the eastern part of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.

Former players include Icelandic national team players such as Helgi Valur Daníelsson, who now plays for Portuguese Primeira league side C.F. Os Belenenses, Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, formerly of Arsenal who currently plays for Zulte Waregem in Belgium and Ragnar Sigurðsson who plays with Russian side FC Krasnodar. Eyjólfur Héðinsson also plays in the Danish top division with FC Midtjylland, Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Liverpool (he is now assistant manager at Fylkir) and Guðlaugur Victor Pálsson who also played for Liverpool but is currently playing for NEC Nijmegen and Andrés Már Jóhannesson who plays for FK Haugesund in the top division in Norway.

Kit[edit]

The Fylkir official home kit is combined of an orange jersey, black shorts and orange socks. The away kit is combined of a blue jersey and shorts and white socks. The original kit is combined of a white and blue shirt, white shorts and white socks (alternatively blue socks).

History[edit]

Fylkir was founded in 1967 on May 28 in a newly established suburb of Reykjavik, Árbær, by young and enthusiastic footballers who wanted to train and play football in their own neighbourhood. From the start, the club has emphasized the importance of youth development and for the first years Fylkir did not a field a senior team. The original name of the club was KSÁ (Knattspyrnufélag Seláss og Árbæjar), the name was considered inconvenient and thus after a member vote, it was changed to Fylkir.

The senior team took first part in a national competition in 1972 and became that year second in their heat in the Icelandic 3. division. That was not enough to for Fylkir to gain promotion and for five successive years the team played in Division Three. All these years Fylkir was on the edge of promotion but it was not until 1977 that the dream came true. Fylkir earned a promotion to the 2. division after a historical Third Division Final in which Fylkir had to field its B-team because the majority of the normally starting eleven had gone to Spain on a long before pre-paid holiday!

The next six years, Fylkir played in Division Two, only once being close to gaining promotion. From 1984 to 1988, Fylkir roller-coasted between the Second and the Third Division and it was not until 1989 that Fylkir played its first season in Division One – the top league in Iceland at that time. The season was no success, Fylkir became ninth and was relegated, but the season is nevertheless an interesting one as three players - Kristinn Tómasson, Þórhallur Dan Jóhannsson and Finnur Kolbeinsson - who are now legends at the club, played their first season at a top level.

The next time Fylkir earned a promotion to Division One was in 1993, but just as in 1989 the team became ninth and was relegated. In 1996, history reapeted itself for the third successive time, Fylkir occupied the club's seemingly beloved ninth place and was once again relegated to Division Two.

In the year 1999, Fylkir was promoted to the top league – now called the Premier League - for the fourth time. The following year of 2000 Fylkir was only two points from winning the league, in its first year after promotion. The second place earned the club its first games in a European competition. In 2001, Fylkir won the Icelandic Cup for the first time, but finished fifth in the Premier League after leading the competition for the first two thirds of it. In the UEFA cup, Fylkir won Pogoń Szczecin from Poland 2:1 in the club's first European game. In Poland, Fylkir equalized in the last minute of the game to the euphoria of its 200 dedicated supporters who had travelled to Poland to support their team. 3:2 in aggregate and Fylkir were through to the second Qualifying Round. The opponents, Roda Kerkrade from the Netherlands, proved to be stronger than the Poles. Roda won the first game in the Netherlands, 3:0, a game in which football played a side role as it took place September 11. In Iceland, Fylkir scored the first goal, but the Dutch side the next three, ending the European adventure for Fylkir.

The Cup victory in 2001 earned Fylkir a spot in the UEFA cup for the second successive year, the opponents this time being Royal Excelsior Mouscron from Belgium. The teams drew 1:1 in Iceland and Mouscron won the game in Belgium 3:1. In the Icelandic Premier League 2002, Fylkir became second after a last minute battle with KR. Fylkir repeated the Cup success and won the competition for the second year in a row.

Forty years after its establishment, Fylkir is still a club with strong roots in its neighbourhood and the majority of its players and staff are born and bred in Arbaer. The club is now one of the bigger clubs in Iceland and the senior side has established itself as a prominent Premier League team after years of constant travelling between divisions.

In the season of 2006, Fylkir was not a big success. They finished 8th, staying in the Premier League by only two points. In stead, Grindavík got relegated after getting a 1-1 draw against the Icelandic Champions, FH, when they needed to win.

2007 proved to be a good year for Fylkir, after sitting firmly at the middle of the table all season, Fylkir ended up in 4th place, earning a spot in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2008. Fylkir also reached the VISA-Cup semi-final but a shocking loss to 1st Division team Fjölnir ended their hopes for a third Cup win during the decade.

2007 was also a good year for Fylkir U20 team as they won the Icelandic division for U20 teams for the first time in clubs history.

2008 proved to be a rather difficult season for Fylkir. They started the season with two defeats, but then followed three victories and things were starting to look good. But then the troubles really begun, a terrible run of games sent Fylkir into the relegation zone. On 28 August 2008 Fylkir sacked manager Leifur Garðarsson and Sverrir Sverrisson stepped in as caretaker manager for the rest of the season. Fylkir managed to stay out of relegation and ended up in 9th place with 22 points. The 2008 season in Iceland was the first one with 12 teams. Fylkir reached the VISA-Cup semi-final but lost to Fjölnir for a second time in a row. They lost 3-4 after a thrilling match which was very hard for the supporters to take.

In the first round of the 2008 Intertoto Cup, Fylkir managed a 2-1 first leg victory in Latvia against FK Rīga. However, the visiting club won the return leg 2-0, taking the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

At the start of October 2008 Fylkir announced Ólafur Þórðarson as their new manager. Ólafur had worked for the club before, he was a player/manager for two seasons 1998 and 1999. His first season in 2009 proved very successful as Fylkir finished 3rd in the league, only 8 points behind champions FH, which gave the club a spot in the Europa League. So there were good expectations before the season in 2010 but the team failed to repeat the success from the earlier season. Fylkir finished 9th and stayed out of relegation with two wins in the last two home games against two bottom half teams Grindavík and Haukar who eventually got relegated.

In the first round of the 2010 Europa League, Fylkir was drawn against Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino from Belarus. The Eastern Europe team dominated the tie and won comfortably 6-1 on aggregate.

In 2011 Fylkir ended the season in 7th place in a season who had many ups and downs. The team managed to stay out of the relegation battle, which was a step up from the earlier season. But things got tougher as the club sold one of their key players when Andrés Már Jóhannesson signed for Norwegian club FK Haugesund in the beginning of august. Also many senior players had injuries in the second half of the season, which meant that the team average age was relatively low in the last games of the season. Club legend Gylfi Einarsson returned after 10 years as a professional footballer. Gylfi scored in the first match, but struggled with injuries and was forced to retire from football at the end of the season. Ólafur Þórðarson left his job as a manager after the season, and Ásmundur Arnarsson was appointed manager in October. Ásmundur had managed neighbour club Fjölnir for seven years before joining Fylkir, and as mentioned earlier had knocked Fylkir out of the cup semi finals in 2007 and 2008.

The new manager had a difficult start with some bad results in pre-season. Some Icelandic football experts predicted that Fylkir would have a very difficult season, and named them as one of the favourites to get relegated. But the season turned out to be ok as the team finished 7th and where actually only few seconds away from reaching 6th, but Grindavik equaliser against Fylkir in the 95 minute of the last game prevented that from happening. Ingimundur Níels Óskarsson gave a big contribution with 10 league goals and the only foreigner in the team Irish center half David Elebert gave the team a much needed defensive stability.

2013 season started dreadfully as Fylkir had their worst start in the club's history. After the first half of the season (11 matches) the team only had 4 points, with 7 losses, 4 draws and not a single win. But a remarkable second round saw the club slowly reaching out of the relegation spots and get into a more comfortable position. The big turn around is largely thanked to the board's decision to keep Ásmundur Arnarsson as a manager and some player changes made in the transfer window. Local hero Ásgeir Börkur Ásgeirsson returned after a loan spell at Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 FF and made an instant impact with an explosive performance against Valur in his first game. That was Fylkir's twelfth game and their long waited first win of the season. Andrés Már Jóhannesson who came on loan from FK Haugesund at the end of May, got back to his best form after having being injured for a long period, and produced some brilliant performances in the following games, before heading back to Norway in the middle of August. But undoubtedly the best player of the season is striker Viðar Örn Kjartansson who finished one of the league top scorer with 13 goals. The team once again finished in 7th place, the third year in a row.

Fylkir has been a top division side for 13 consecutive years (since 2000) and now have the second longest run in the top division, with KR being the only team with a longer stay(since 1979).

Achievements[edit]

2001, 2002
Runners-up 2000, 2002

European games[edit]

As of 25 July 2013

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup
8
1
3
4
6
13
UEFA Europa League
2
0
0
2
1
6
UEFA Intertoto Cup
4
1
0
3
3
6
TOTAL
14
2
3
9
10
25

UEFA Cup[edit]

Intertoto Cup[edit]

Europa League[edit]

Sports played[edit]

Besides football (soccer) Fylkir participates in volleyball, handball, gymnastics, and karate.

Stadium[edit]

The Fylkir stadium if called Fylkisvöllur meaning simply "Fylkir Stadium." Up until Fylkir's promotion to Premier League in 1999, Fylkir had no stadium but a comfortable grass hill was sufficient to the thousands of dedicated supporters who followed the team. After the promotion, concrete stands were put in, merely to make it a legal stadium for the Premier League. Since then the Icelandic Football Association has changed the rules, leaving Fylkir with a stadium that meets no requirements. Fylkir and Reykjavik City Council finally reached an agreement in January 2013 regarding the reconstruction of the stadium. In the 2014 season Fylkir's supporters will finally get a fully comprehensive stadium with a roof. The seated capacity will also enlarge from 830 to 1660.

Official supporters club[edit]

Fylkir's official supporters club is called Kiddi Tomm, named after a former Fylkir player, Kristinn Tomasson, who was a leading striker for Fylkir all his career except playing for Fram one season. The club was formed before the 2007 season, following several previous supporters clubs of Fylkir. The club voted defender Kristjan Valdimarsson as their player of the year for the 2007 season. Their website is fylkismenn.is [1]

Fylkismenn.is player of the year award[edit]

Local pub[edit]

The local pub is called Blásteinn (e. Blue Stone). Fylkir supporters gather at Blásteinn before and after matches, sometimes being joined by Fylkir players and coaches.

Feeder club[edit]

Fylkir's feeder club is called Elliði. Elliði plays in 4. deild karla the fifth and bottom division in the Icelandic football league system. It provides playing opportunities for youngsters at the club and operates under the Fylkir board.

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 Bjarni Þórður Halldórsson
2 Iceland DF Kristján Valdimarsson
4 Iceland MF Finnur Ólafsson
5 Iceland MF Davíð Þór Ásbjörnsson
6 United States MF Andrew Sousa
7 Iceland FW Gunnar Örn Jónsson
8 Iceland MF Viktor Örn Guðmundsson
9 Iceland FW Ragnar Bragi Sveinsson
10 Iceland FW Andrés Már Jóhannesson
11 Iceland DF Kjartan Ágúst Breiðdal
12 Iceland GK Ólafur Íshólm Ólafsson
13 Iceland FW Davíd Einarsson
14 Iceland DF Orri Sveinn Stefánsson
15 Iceland FW Hákon Ingi Jónsson
No. Position Player
16 Iceland MF Tómas Joð Þorsteinsson
18 Iceland FW Knútur Magnús Björnsson
19 Iceland MF Oddur Ingi Guðmundsson
20 Iceland DF Stefán Ragnar Guðlaugsson
21 Iceland MF Daði Ólafsson
22 United States MF Ryan Maduro
24 Iceland MF Elís Rafn Björnsson
25 Iceland DF Agnar Bragi Magnússon
26 Sweden FW Sadmir Zekvoic
27 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson
28 Iceland DF Sigurvin Reynisson
29 Iceland DF Ásgeir Eyþórsson
32 Iceland GK Björn Sveinsson
33 Iceland FW Egill Trausti Ómarsson

Managerial history[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Óskar Sigurðsson Iceland 1972–73
Theodór Guðmundsson Iceland 1974–76
Axel Axelsson Iceland 1977
Theodór Guðmundsson Iceland 1978–79
Gylfi Gíslason Iceland 1980
Theodór Guðmundsson Iceland 1981
Lárus Loftsson Iceland 1982
Axel Axelsson Iceland 1983
Ólafur Magnússon Iceland 1984–85
Marteinn Geirsson Iceland 1986–91
Magnús Jónatansson Iceland 1992–93
Bjarni Jóhannsson Iceland 1994
Magnús Pálsson Iceland 1995–96
Margeir Þórir Sigfússon Iceland 1996
Atli Eðvaldsson Iceland 1997
Ólafur Þórðarson Iceland 1998–99
Bjarni Jóhannsson Iceland 2000–01
Aðalsteinn Víglundsson Iceland 2002–03
Þorlákur Árnason Iceland 2004–05
Sverrir Sverrisson
Jón Sveinsson
Iceland 2005
Leifur Garðarsson Iceland 2006–08
Sverrir Sverrisson Iceland 2008
Ólafur Þórðarson Iceland 2009–11
Ásmundur Arnarsson Iceland 2012–

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