|Full name||Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur|
|Founded||16 February 1899|
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 was established on 16 February 1899, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 socks are black and white and are without a club badge
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.
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.
Selected former players
European cups history
As of 25 July 2013
|UEFA Champions League||
|UEFA Europa League||
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||
|1964–65||European Cup||Q||Liverpool F.C.||0–5, 1–6|
|1965–66||European Cup Winners' Cup||1R||Rosenborg BK||1–3, 1–3|
|1966–67||European Cup||1R||FC Nantes||2–3, 2–5|
|1967–68||European Cup Winners' Cup||1R||Aberdeen F.C.||0–10, 1–4|
|1968–69||European Cup Winners' Cup||1R||Olympiakos Piraeus||0–2, 0–2|
|1969–70||European Cup||1R||Feyenoord Rotterdam||2–12, 0–4|
|1984–85||UEFA Cup||1R||Queens Park Rangers F.C.||0–3, 0–4|
|1991–92||UEFA Cup||1R||Torino Calcio||0–2, 1–6|
|1993–94||UEFA Cup||1R||MTK Budapest||1–2, 0–0|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Q||CS Grevenmacher||2–3, 2–0|
|1R||Everton F.C.||2–3, 1–3|
|1996–97||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Q||MPKC Mozyr||2–2, 1–0|
|1R||AIK Stockholm||0–1, 1–1|
|1997–98||UEFA Cup||1Q||Dinamo Bucharest||2–0, 2–1|
|2Q||OFI Crete||0–0, 1–3|
|1999–00||UEFA Cup||Q||Kilmarnock F.C.||1–0, 0–2|
|2000–01||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Birkirkara FC||2–1, 4–1|
|2Q||Brøndby IF||1–3, 0–0|
|2001–02||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Vllaznia Shkodër||2–1, 0–1|
|2003–04||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Pyunik Yerevan||0–1, 1–1|
|2004–05||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Shelbourne F.C.||2–2, 0–0|
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||1Q||BK Häcken||1–1, 0–1|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Larissa F.C.||2–0, 1–1|
|3Q||FC Basel||2–2, 1–3|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Glentoran F.C.||3–0, 2–2|
|2Q||FC Karpaty Lviv||0–3, 2–3|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||1Q||ÍF Fuglafjørður||3–1, 5–1|
|3Q||FC Dinamo Tbilisi||1–4, 0–2|
|2012–13||UEFA Champions League||2Q||HJK Helsinki||0–7, 1–2|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Glentoran F.C.||0–0, 3–0|
|2Q||Standard Liège||1–3, 1–3|
|2014–15||UEFA Champions League||2Q||TBD|
- Icelandic Championships: 26
- Icelandic Cups: 13
- Icelandic League Cups: 5
- Icelandic Super Cup: 2
- 2003, 2012
- Atlantic Cup: 1
- Pétur Pétursson (2000–01)
- Teitur Thordarson (2006–Dec 11, 2007)
- Logi Ólafsson (July 1, 2007–July 20, 2010)
- Rúnar Kristinsson (July 20, 2010–)
- Sigurðsson, Víðir (1999). Íslensk knattspyrna 1999 [Icelandic football 1999] (in Icelandic) (1st ed.).
- Official Website
- Official Website (Soccer Section)
- Adobe Illustrator (.ai) version of the logo
- Icelandic Supporter Website
- Icelandic Supporter Website