Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur

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KR
KR Reykjavík.png
Full name Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur
Nickname(s) KR-ingar
Short name KR
Founded 16 February 1899
Ground KR-völlur,
Reykjavík, Iceland
Ground Capacity 2,781
Chairman Guðjón Guðmundsson
Manager Rúnar Kristinsson
League Úrvalsdeild
2013 1st

Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, (Icelandic for "Reykjavík Football Club"), often shortened to KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandic football club based in the capital, Reykjavík.

KR is the oldest and most successful club in Icelandic football, having won the Úrvalsdeild championship 26 times, including the first season in 1912. It is also the most successful club in the Icelandic Cup, with 13 titles including the first in 1960 and most recent in 2012. In 1964, KR was also the first Icelandic representative in the European Cup. KR is also the most successful club in Icelandic basketball.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

KR playing Fram in the inaugural Icelandic football season in 1912.

KR was established on 16 February 1899 by Scottish engineer Frank McGregor, making it the oldest football club in Iceland. It was founded as Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Football Club), before changing to Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, also meaning Reykjavík Football Club, the change due to "knattspyrna" being considered a more elegant word ("Fótbolti" is literally translated as "football" while "knattspyrna", while translating as "football", is literally "ballkicking"). KR modelled their kit on the black-and-white stripes of Newcastle United, a strong club during KR's early years. KR was the only football club in Reykjavík for a decade, but as soon as other clubs were established there were plans for competitions. KR won the inaugural championship in 1912 after a play-off with Fram.

1955-1998[edit]

KR won the first title after the Icelandic league was divided into two divisions in 1955, and in 1959 when the 1st Division was played on a home-and-away basis for the first time. KR also won the first Icelandic Cup competition in 1960. KR was the first Icelandic club to play in European competition, entering the 1964-65 European Cup. They lost the preliminary round 11-1 on aggregate to Liverpool, who were also playing their first European tie. KR’s women's team was also the first Icelandic contender in Europe, entering the inaugural European Competition in 2001.

KR won their twentieth title in 1968. They were relegated for the first time to the Second Division in 1977 narrowly missed winning the first division in 1990, 1996 and 1998, when KR lost out in the title race on the final day, all of which strengthened the solidarity within the club.[1]

Recent history[edit]

In KR’s centenary year in 1999 the team ended its long quest for another national title. The team had not won the league title for 31 years despite often being viewed as favourites but they looked favourites all season this time. They clinched the title with a 4–0 win over Víkingur in the penultimate round and then beat ÍA 3–1 in the cup final in front of a capacity crowd at the national stadium. The women's team was equally successful, winning the league and the cup, and KR celebrated its centenary year with an unprecedented double-double.[1]

In total, the men's team has won the league title 25 times and the cup 12 times and during the last decade the women's team has won six league titles and twice won the cup. The men's team has four times won the double, in 1961, 1963, 1999 and in 2011.

KR's best European success was in 2009–10 UEFA Europa League when they defeated AE Larissa (2–0, 1–1) in the second qualifying round, but were eliminated in next round by FC Basel (2–2, 1–3). In 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, KR eliminated ÍF Fuglafjørður in the first qualifying round and achieved a big win against MŠK Žilina in the next round (3–0) in Reykjavík.

Jersey[edit]

KR's home shirt from 2007-09, manufactured by Nike and sponsored by Shell Oil.

KR play, as previously stated, in black and white stripes in honour of Newcastle United. The current sponsor of KR is the Icelandic transportation giant Eimskip. Above the club badge on the shirt, although not featured on replica shirts, there are five stars, each representing 5 of KR's 25 league titles. On 20 October 2006, KR introduced a new deal with sport equipment manufacturer Nike and the team will wear products from Nike for the 2007 season.

The KR shorts are black and white and only carry the logo of Eimskip, Nike the KR badge and the squad number of the player.

The KR socks are black and white and are without a club badge

Other sports[edit]

KR won the Icelandic basketball league the 2007 season, their 10th overall title.

Besides football, which is the original sport for which the club was founded, KR today also practices basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, darts, team handball, skiing, Icelandic wrestling and swimming.

Grounds[edit]

KR has been playing at their own ground, KR-völlur in the west-end of Reykjavík, since 1984, having previously played at the national stadium (Laugardalsvöllur) and the old municipal stadium (Melavöllur). KR has had the highest attendances for the last nine years. Only 376 attended the first match at KR-völlur in 1984 but in the centenary year an average crowd of 2,501 saw KR’s home matches, which roughly 1% of the Icelandic nation.

Current squad[edit]

Source:[2]

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 Stefán Logi Magnússon
2 Iceland DF Grétar Sigfinnur Sigurðsson
3 Iceland DF Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
4 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Balbi Lorenzo
5 Iceland MF Egill Jónsson
6 Iceland DF Gunnar Þor Gunnarsson
7 England FW Gary Martin
8 Iceland FW Baldur Sigurðsson
9 Iceland FW Thorsteinn Már Ragnarsson
10 Iceland FW Kjartan Henry Finnbogason
11 Iceland MF Óskar Örn Hauksson
12 Iceland GK Sindri Snær Jensson
No. Position Player
14 Iceland FW Almar Ormarsson
15 Iceland FW Emil Atlason
16 Iceland MF Jónas Guðni Sævarsson
17 Iceland MF Torfi Karl Ólafsson
18 Iceland DF Aron Bjarki Jósepsson
21 Iceland DF Guðmundur Reynir Gunnarsson
23 Iceland MF Atli Sigurjónsson
24 Togo MF Farid Zato
28 Norway DF Ivar Erlien Furu (on loan from Molde)
40 Iceland MF Gunnar Birgisson
Iceland FW Björn Þorláksson
Iceland FW Kristófer Eggertsson

European cups history[edit]

KR have played a European match against one or more teams from each one of the 21 countries shaded in blue on this map.

As of 25 July 2013

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League
18
3
4
11
20
55
UEFA Europa League
18
6
4
8
30
30
UEFA Cup
14
3
3
8
9
25
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
14
2
2
10
14
37
TOTAL
64
14
13
37
73
147
Season Cup Round Nation Club Result Aggregate
1964–65 European Cup Q England Liverpool F.C. 0–5, 1–6 1–11
1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Norway Rosenborg BK 1–3, 1–3 2–6
1966–67 European Cup 1R France FC Nantes 2–3, 2–5 4–8
1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Scotland Aberdeen F.C. 0–10, 1–4 1–14
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece Olympiakos Piraeus 0–2, 0–2 0–4
1969–70 European Cup 1R Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 2–12, 0–4 2–16
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R England Queens Park Rangers F.C. 0–3, 0–4 0–7
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Torino Calcio 0–2, 1–6 1–8
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Hungary MTK Budapest 1–2, 0–0 1–2
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 2–3, 2–0 4–3
1R England Everton F.C. 2–3, 1–3 3–6
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Belarus MPKC Mozyr 2–2, 1–0 3–2
1R Sweden AIK Stockholm 0–1, 1–1 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Romania Dinamo Bucharest 2–0, 2–1 4–1
2Q Greece OFI Crete 0–0, 1–3 1–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q Scotland Kilmarnock F.C. 1–0, 0–2 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q Malta Birkirkara FC 2–1, 4–1 6–2
2Q Denmark Brøndby IF 1–3, 0–0 1–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1Q Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 2–1, 0–1 2–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Armenia Pyunik Yerevan 0–1, 1–1 1–2
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Shelbourne F.C. 2–2, 0–0 2–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Sweden BK Häcken 1–1, 0–1 1–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Greece Larissa F.C. 2–0, 1–1 3–1
3Q Switzerland FC Basel 2–2, 1–3 3–5
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glentoran F.C. 3–0, 2–2 5–2
2Q Ukraine FC Karpaty Lviv 0–3, 2–3 2–6
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands ÍF Fuglafjørður 3–1, 5–1 8–2
2Q Slovakia Žilina 3–0, 0–2 3–2
3Q Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi 1–4, 0–2 1–6
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Finland HJK Helsinki 0–7, 1–2 1–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glentoran F.C. 0–0, 3–0 3–0
2Q Belgium Standard Liège 1–3, 1–3 2–6
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Scotland Celtic F.C.

Club honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sigurðsson, Víðir (1999). Íslensk knattspyrna 1999 [Icelandic football 1999] (in Icelandic) (1st ed.). 
  2. ^ KR.is

External links[edit]


[[Category:Multi-sport clubs] in Iceland]