Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar

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Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar
Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar
Nickname(s) KF
Founded 1931 (2010)
Ground Ólafsfjörðurvöllur, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland
Ground Capacity 1,200 (306 seated)
Chairman Róbert Jóhann Haraldsson
Manager Jón Aðalsteinn Kristjánsson
League 1. deild karla
2013 2. deild karla, 2nd
Website [[1] Club home page]

Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar (KF) is an Icelandic football club from the towns Ólafsfjörður and Siglufjörður who form the municipality Fjallabyggð, currently playing in the 1. deild. Their main colors are blue and white as a tertiary.

History of KS and Leiftur[edit]

Íþróttafélagið Leiftur, from Ólafsfjörður, having spent most of their history in the lower leagues, were promoted to the Úrvalsdeild karla for the 1988 season, but went straight back down to the 1. deild karla (at the time, the 2.deild). They were again promoted in 1994 to the top league for the 1995 Úrvalsdeild season having missed out by a point in 1993.

Leiftur finished 5th in the Úrvalsdeild in their first season, finishing in 3rd the next two seasons, having some European ventures. In 1998 they finished 5th, but were runners-up in the cup to ÍBV who won the league, qualifying the team for the UEFA Cup 1999-00. The team lost to RSC Anderlecht 9-1 on aggregate in the first round, but managed to finish third for the third time in four years, qualifying them for a fourth season of European football.

The year after, in 2000, the team was relegated from the Úrvalsdeild. After a mid-table finish in the 1.deild in 2001, the team merged with the club of neighboring town Dalvík to become Leiftur/Dalvík, but this did not lead to success on the pitch as the team was relegated into the third tier of Icelandic football in 2003, and to the fourth tier in 2005. After that season Leiftur left the merger and merged with the team of another neighboring town, Siglufjörður's Knattspyrnufélag Siglufjarðar (Siglufjörður Football Club), KS for short, to remain in the third tier, KS becoming KS/Leiftur. KS had previously had a few seasons in the second tier and produced future international players, but the most recent seasons in the second tier were not successful, with the club mostly staying in the third tier. Their last season in the second tier was a single season in 2005, merging with Leiftur after the season for the 2006 2. deild karla. Their best result in the second tier was a 3rd place in 1984 and a 4th place in 1985.

KS/Leiftur didn't start the merger well, finishing 8th out of 10 in 2006, with the team finishing 10th being relegated (usually two teams are relegated, though not in 2006 and 2007 as the divisions were expanded from 10 to 12 teams), though KS/Leiftur never were in much danger of being relegated due to the relegated teams taking very few points. The next season went better, with the team finishing 3rd and being promoted as an extra team because of the expansion of teams in the top three leagues. Their 2008 season in 1. deild karla (second tier) didn't go too well though, as the team only got 12 points from 22 matches, winning once and drawing nine times, finishing 12 points from safety. After finishing 8th (2009) and 9th (2010) in the 2. deild, the club took the next step and changed its name from KS/Leiftur to the united Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar, KF.

Soon after the clubs of KS and Leiftur merged, their respective towns did effectively the same thing. The towns are connected with a tunnel through a mountain, a mountain that previously made travel between the towns much harder. So on the 11th of June 2006 Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður merged and the municipality of Fjallabyggð was created. Before the 2011 season, KS/Leiftur changed its name to Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar (Fjallabyggð Football Club), KF for short, and hired former international Lárus Orri Sigurðsson as manager. The team finished 6th after a very close season, where 10 teams out of 12 had a chance of promotion for most of the season. In the 2012 season the club got promoted to the 2013 1. deild karla.

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 Halldór Ingvar Guðmundsson
Iceland MF Hreggviður Heiðberg Gunnarsson
24 Iceland MF Aksentije Milisic
Iceland MF Jakob Hafsteinsson
Iceland DF Kristinn Baldursson
7 Iceland FW Kristinn Þór Rósbergsson
9 Iceland DF Halldór Logi Hilmarsson
10 Iceland MF Ottó Hólm Reynisson
Iceland FW Sigurjón Guðmundsson
Montenegro Dilyan Nikolaev Kolev
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Kemal Cesa
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Edin Beslija
12 Iceland MF Hrafn Örlygsson
16 Iceland MF Grétar Áki Bergsson
20 Iceland DF Heimir Ingi Grétarsson
21 Iceland DF Kristján Vilhjálmsson
22 Iceland MF Örn Elí Gunnlaugsson
23 Iceland DF Magnús Blöndal
29 Iceland FW Pálmar Hafþórsson
Serbia DF Marko Blagojevic
Serbia FW Milan Dasic

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