Leiknir Reykjavík

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Leiknir R.
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Full name Leiknir Reykjavík
Founded 17 May 1973 (1973-05-17)
Ground Leiknisvöllur,
Reykjavík
Ground Capacity 1,025
Chairman Arnar Einarsson
Manager Davíð Snorri Jónasson
Freyr Alexandersson
League Úrvalsdeild
2014 1. deild karla, 1st
Website Club home page

Leiknir is an Icelandic football club that plays in Úrvalsdeild the highest level of Icelandic football. The club was founded in 1973 and is based in Breiðholt, Reykjavík. In 2014 the club placed 1st in the 1. deild karla and won a promotion to the top league. Their home is Leiknisvöllur, where they have played since their early years. The club's motto is "Pride of Breiðholt".

The club runs a youth setup in its district for children aged 6–18. The club is renowned for playing many homegrown players and developing young players. Currently the majority of their players are homegrown. Leiknir also has a basketball and karate division. The basketball team also plays in the lower leagues of the Icelandic basketball ladder, although the club does not run youth programs for basketball.

History[edit]

The club was founded in the Reykjavík district of Efra-Breiðholt on May 17, 1973, serving the Berg, Hólar and Fell neighborhoods. The club was founded by parents in the neighborhoods who were unhappy with the options their kids had to participate in sports. From the start the club ran many sport programs. Youth department for Basketball, Handball, track and fields and gymnastics were all part of the club but from the year 2002 the club only had football. In winter 2010 the club opened up a Karate department and it is still in full function even though Leiknir is considered to be a football club.

In February 2013 the club won the Reykjavik Cup (Reykjavíkurmótið) for the first time in its history, defeating KR 3–2 in the final.

Facilities[edit]

The whole Leiknir area is newly renovated and is in excellent condition. In 2008 the club opened its new facilities which replaced the old cabin that had served as the club's office and dressing facility since 1987. The current facilities are a 700 sqm club house, artificial turf with heat, main stadium and total of 4 practice grounds. One practice ground is called Þorsteins-völlur, named on 7 September 2012 in memory of 9 year old Þorsteinn Björnsson, a former player of the youth department in Leiknir.

The club has access to a swimming pool and a gymnasium located next to the Leiknir area.

Seasons[edit]

Support[edit]

The club's anthem is In the Ghetto made famous by Elvis Presley and is played before every home game.

Rivalry[edit]

Leiknir's main rivals are their neighbours ÍR. Leiknir and ÍR are the only football clubs in Breiðholt and they represent two different areas of the neighbourhood. Those games tend to be very interesting. The club's record against ÍR in more recent times is very favorable.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • Reykjavíkurmótið (Reykjavik Cup)
    • Winners (1): 2013[4]
  • Deildarbikarkeppni KSÍ - B deild (League Cup - B division)
    • Winners (1): 2005[5]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 May, 2015.

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 Arnar Freyr Ólafsson
2 Iceland DF Skúli Bragason
3 Iceland DF Eiríkur Ingi Magnússon
4 Iceland DF Halldór Kristinn Halldórsson
5 Iceland DF Edvard Börkur Óttharsson
6 Iceland FW Ólafur Hrannar Kristjánsson
7 Iceland MF Atli Arnarson
8 Iceland MF Sindri Björnsson
9 Iceland FW Kolbeinn Kárason
10 Iceland MF Fannar Thór Arnarsson
11 Iceland MF Brynjar Hlöðversson
15 Iceland MF Kristján Páll Jónsson
No. Position Player
16 Iceland MF Frymezim Veselaj
17 Senegal FW Amath Diedhiou (on loan from FH)
18 Iceland FW Elvar Páll Sigurdsson
20 Iceland DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
21 Iceland MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
22 Iceland GK Eyjólfur Tómasson
23 Iceland MF Gestur Ingi Hardarson
25 Iceland MF Dadi Bæring Halldorsson
26 Iceland DF Hrannar Bogi Jónsson
27 Iceland MF Magnús Már Einarsson
30 Cameroon DF Charley Fomen

Managerial history[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Pétur Arnþórsson Iceland 1994–96
Magnús Pálsson Iceland 1996–97
Jóhann Gunnarsson Iceland 1999–00
Magnús Einarsson Iceland 2001–03
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2004–06
Óli Halldór Sigurjónsson Iceland 2006–07
Jesper Tollefsen Denmark 2007
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2007–08
Sigursteinn Gíslason Iceland 2008–11
Zoran Miljkovic Serbia 2011
Willum Þór Þórsson Iceland 2011–12
Davíð Snorri Jónasson and
Freyr Alexandersson
Iceland
Iceland
2012–

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