Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur

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Vikingur Reykjavik FC
Vikingur badge.png
Full name Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
Nickname(s) Vikings, Vikes (Víkingar)
Founded 21 April 1908; 107 years ago (1908-04-21)
Ground Víkin - Víkingsvöllur,
Reykjavík, Iceland
Ground Capacity 1450[1]
Chairman Fridrik Magnusson
Manager Ólafur Þórðarson
& Milos Milojevic
League Icelandic Premier League
2014 4th place (Europa League 2015)
Website Club home page

Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (known as Vikingur and internationally as Vikingur Reykjavik F.C.) is an Icelandic sports club based in the capital region of Reykjavík. It is most widely known for its football and handball teams. The football club was founded in 1908 and is one of the country's most successful, holding five Championship titles, five First Division titles and one Cup title. The latest major title came in 1991, when they won the Icelandic championship. The team is co-coached by Ólafur Þórðarson & Milos Milojevic.[2] Víkingur plays in the Premier League.

The club operates several other sports divisions including Team handball, Tennis, Table tennis, Karate & Skiing. All sports include both male and female teams. The Vikings are known for creating a friendly sporting atmosphere for young people in their own locality providing them with opportunities to take part in sporting activities through its various sporting divisions.[3]

Crest and Colours[edit]

Club Crest[edit]

Þorbjörn Þórðarson, who was the chairman of the Vikingur in the period of 1943-1944, designed the official Vikingur crest.[4]
In the foreground of Vikingur's crest is a brownish 19th century leather ball framed with white badges and has red and black stripes in the background.[5]

Team Outfit[edit]

The Vikings have played in red and black striped outfits since the club's early years. The backup outfit is in white with a single red stripe.[6]

Home Ground[edit]

Víkingsvöllur - Home Ground

Víkin (Vikingsvöllur)[edit]

Facilities and home ground have been located at Víkin in Reykjavík since 1984 when a football pitch was first layed there.
The club residence followed in 1988 and indoor facilities were built in 1991, significantly improving the club's overall facilities.[7]

The sports venue at Víkin was constructed in 2004 and completed in 2005. Víkin venue seats around 1,200 spectators with plenty of space available on the remaining sides for bystanders. It is located in a beautiful setting in the district of Fossvogur (Háaleiti og Bústaðahverfi), in the traditional east side of Reykjavík.[8]

Youth Training[edit]

Víkingur's youth set-up is recognized as one of the best in Iceland for providing young talents. While not all graduates have made it to the first team, many have enjoyed successful careers in Iceland and elsewhere. The youth training program at Víkin is also notable for its contribution to the Iceland national senior and youth teams, providing in recent years such exceptional players as Kári Árnason (Rotherham), Sölvi Ottesen (Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty), Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Ajax), Óttar Magnús Karlsson (Ajax), Júlíus Magnússon (Herenveen) and Aron Elís Þrándarson (Aaelsunds FK).[9]

Club History[edit]

The Founding Fathers of Víkingur (1908)[edit]

Víkingur Reykjavik was founded on the 21 April 1908 with the purpose of financing a ball purchase for a group of boys in a Reykjavik neighborhood to play football.
The clubs inaugural meeting, with 32 boys present, was held in the basement of Túngata 12 in Reykjavik.

The founding fathers of Víkingur Reykjavik Football Club were:

  • Axel Andrésson (12 years old) who initially chaired the board of directors.
  • Emil Thoroddsen (9 years old) who served as a secretary.
  • Davíð Jóhannesson (11 years old) who took on the role of treasurer.
  • Páll Andrésson and Þórður Albertsson.[10]

The Unbeaten Decade (1908-1918)[edit]

For the first 10 years of Vikingur's history, the team failed to win in only a single match. In that period Vikingur scored 58 goals and conceded 16.
Unfortunately however, the team did not win a single title in that time due to them not yet having a regular senior side to play in the Icelandic Championship.[11]

First Championship Titles (1918-1947)[edit]

The Viking's first match in the Championship in Men's Football took place on the 9th of June 1918 - when the team ensured a 5-0 victory over their rivals Valur.[12]
Two years later the club had retained its first title in 1920 when the team won the Icelandic Championship and the second Championship title came in 1924.[13]

During the first 40 years of Vikingur's history, the club did not to have any actual club facilities.

Residence at Suðurgata (1947-1950)[edit]

Vikingur's first residence was a former "Iglo officers club" in Camp Tripoli at Suðurgata which the club took on lease in the years between 1946-1950 by promises of being given an area of land south of University of Iceland at Vatnsmýri.

The residence at Camp Tripoli proved to be a true lever for the club for a period of time, since in Víkingur's first decades, meetings were held in various places in Reykjavik and the club did not have any sporting facilities. Vikingur was later assigned an area of land in conjunction with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur at Vatnsmýri.[14]

Hæðargarður & First Cup Win (1950-1975)[edit]

Following the years at Suðurgata, Víkingur continued its search for a suitable club location since the given area at Vatnsmýri was considered too small for the club.

In 1953, building constructions began for a new club house at Hæðargarður in the district of Bústaða- og smáíbúðahverfi Reykjavíkur, which at the time was being organized. However, despite the new club house, the club's working environment was poor as there were no sporting facilities or home pitch.
Training continued to take place in various places in Reykjavik.

Víkingur's first Icelandic Cup title in men's football came in the year 1971, when the team was victorious in the Final over rivals UBK Kópavogur, 1-0.[15]

Growth in Fossvogur (since 1976)[edit]

It wasn't until the year 1976 that Víkingur got assigned an area of land in Fossvogur and began to build up its residence and sporting facilities for future generations.

The club facilities and working environment have improved significantly since the club moved to Fossvogur and must be considered very good today.
In general, the main service area of the club is demarcated by Fossvogsdalur, Kringlumýrarbraut, Miklabraut and Reykjanesbraut.

Much work was done to activate the Fossvogur area and fence during the years of 1981,1982 and 1983 when the Vikingur team clinched the first consecutive Icelandic Championship titles and Icelandic Super Cup titles in the club's history. A couple of years later, in 1984, footballers could start training at Víkin. Construction of the indoor facilities were completed in October 1991, the same year as Víkingur retained its latest Icelandic Championship title.[16]

Construction began in 2004 on the sports venue at Víkin and was inaugurated in 2005. Víkin seats around 1,200 spectators.

In the 2015 season, Víkingur's men's team will take part in the UEFA Europa League, having reached the club's highest league position of 4th place since winning the Icelandic Championship in 1991.

League History[edit]

2013 Season[edit]

After a period of struggle and re-organization at Víkin in the 2012 season, the Víkingur team managed to regain promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

2014 Season[edit]

In the 2014 season, Víkingur reached a Europa League qualifying 4th place, the club's highest league position since they won the Championship in 1991.

Managerial History[edit]

Player Records[edit]

Most Appearances[edit]

Apps Player Apps Player
351 Iceland Magnús Þorvaldsson 192 Iceland Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson
314 Iceland Jóhannes Bárðarson 192 Iceland Ragnar Gíslason
273 Iceland Diðrik Ólafsson 187 Iceland Eiríkur Þorsteinsson
251 Iceland Daníel Hjaltason 187 Iceland Hörður Theódórsson
219 Iceland Sigurjón Þorri Ólafsson 181 Iceland Lárus Huldarsson
212 Iceland Egill Atlason 171 Iceland Bjarni Lárus Hall
206 Iceland Jón Ólafsson 167 Iceland Heimir Karlsson
200 Iceland Atli Einarsson 166 Iceland Atli Helgason
193 Iceland Björn Bjartmarz 166 Iceland Jóhann Þorvarðarson
192 Iceland Aðalsteinn Aðalsteinsson 165 Iceland Haukur Armin Úlfarsson


European record[edit]


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Poland Legia Warszawa 0–2 0–9 0–11
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R France Girondins Bordeaux 0–4 0–4 0–8
1982–83 European Cup 1R Spain Real Sociedad 0–1 2–3 2–4[18]
1983–84 European Cup 1R Hungary Rába ETO Győr 0–2 1–2 1–4[19]
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R Russia CSKA Moskva 0–1 2–4 2–5[20]
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q


  • 1R: First Round
  • 1Q: First Qualifying Round


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 Denmark GK Thomas Nielsen
3 Iceland DF Ívar Örn Jónsson
4 Serbia MF Igor Tasković
5 Iceland DF Tómas Guðmundsson
6 Iceland DF Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
7 Iceland MF Hallgrímur Mar Steingrímsson
8 Iceland MF Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson
9 Iceland MF Haukur Baldvinsson
10 Denmark FW Rolf Toft
11 Iceland MF Dofri Snorrason
12 Iceland GK Denis Cardaklija
13 Iceland MF Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson
14 Iceland MF Atli Fannar Jónsson
15 Iceland FW Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
No. Position Player
16 Serbia DF Milos Zivković
17 Iceland MF Tómas Ingi Urbancic
18 Iceland FW Stefán Pálsson
19 Iceland MF Erlingur Agnarsson
20 Iceland FW Pape Mamadou Faye
21 Iceland MF Bjarni Páll Runólfsson
22 Scotland DF Alan Lowing
23 Iceland MF Finnur Ólafsson
24 Iceland MF Stefán Bjarni Hjaltedsted
25 Iceland MF Davíð Steinn Sigurðarson
27 Iceland DF Davíð Örn Atlason
28 Iceland MF Eiríkur Stefánsson
29 Iceland MF Agnar Darri Sverrisson
30 Iceland GK Kristófer Karl Jensson


Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Iceland FW Viktor Jónsson on loan
Iceland GK Sigurður Hrannar Björnsson on loan
Iceland DF Jovan Kujundzic on loan
Iceland DF Ómar Friðriksson on loan
Iceland FW Ólafur Örn Eyjólfsson on loan
Iceland FW Ásgeir Frank Ásgeirsson on loan


Achievements & Club honours[edit]

Men's Football[edit]


Icelandic Cup & Championships

(Runner-up: 1918, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1938, 1940, 1948)

(Runner-up: 1998, 2003, 2005, 2013)


Icelandic Indoor Champions (2): 1977, 1981
Spring Champions (1): 1951

Men's Handball[edit]

Women's Handball[edit]


Club Anthem[edit]

In celebration of the club's centennial anniversary in 2008, Vikingur supporters club held a competition for a new club anthem to be played at home games.[23]
The winning song, Vikingur - 100 years, or simply: Við viljum sigur í dag Víkingar! was composed and performed by Stefán Magnússon and Freyr Eyjólfsson[24]


Main Rivals Other Rivals
Valur Reykjavík Fylkir Reykjavik
KR Reykjavik FH Hafnarfjörður
Fram Reykjavik UBK Kopavogur

Shirt Sponsors[edit]

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1918-1990 Unknown Unknown
1991-1993 Adidas Bahco
1994-2001 Lotto Kaupthing
2002-2005 Lotto Kaupthing
2006-2009 Prostar Kaupthing
2010-2014 Puma TVG Zimsen
2014-2016 Nike TVG Zimsen

Staff & Board 2015[edit]

Men's Football[edit]

  • Managers: Ólafur Þórðarson and Milos Milojevic.
  • Managing director: Haraldur V. Haraldsson
  • Sports Director: Ólafur Ólafsson
  • Goal Keeper Coach: Hajrudin Cardaklija
  • Physio: Ísak Jónsson
    • Chairman: Fridrik Magnusson
    • Vice chairman: Heimir Gunnlaugsson
    • Secretary: Valdimar Sigurdsson
    • Boardmember: Andri Marteinsson
    • Boardmember: Davíð Rúrik Ólafsson
    • Boardmember: Magnús Pálmi Örnólfsson
    • Boardmember: Ágúst Friðrik Hafberg
    • Boardmember: Gunnar Freyr Róbertsson
    • Boardmember: Jón Ragnar Jónsson


  1. ^ Stadiums (2015) KSÍ.
  2. ^ Staff (2015) Ví
  3. ^ Frontpage (2015). Official website of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.
  4. ^ Sögubrot (2015)
  5. ^ Víkingur Crest (2015) Wikipedia.
  6. ^ Football clubs (2015) KSÍ.
  7. ^ Official website of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (2015) Sögubrot.
  8. ^ Stadiums (2015). KSÍ.
  9. ^ Víkingar í atvinnumennsku (2015) Ví
  10. ^ Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur: Skjalaskrá (2009). Borgarskjalasafn.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Jónsson, Ágúst Ingi (1983). Áfram Víkingur (1st ed.).
  13. ^ Sögubrot (2015)
  14. ^ Sögubrot (2015)
  15. ^ Sögubrot (2015)
  16. ^ Stefna Víkings (2015) Ví
  17. ^ Most Appearances for Víkingur (2015). Víkingur's supporters club: Ví
  18. ^ Víkingur goals: Jóhann Þorvarðarson & Sverrir Herbertsson.
  19. ^ Víkingur goal: Magnús Þorvaldsson.
  20. ^ Víkingur goals: Atli Einarsson & Guðmundur Steinsson.
  21. ^ Players (2015)
  22. ^ Players (2015)
  23. ^ Vikingur's Centennial Club Anthem Competition (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Ví
  24. ^ Vikingur 100 years - winning song (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Ví

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