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 1. deild karla
2012 1. deild karla, 10th
Website Club home page

Leiknir is an Icelandic football club based in Breiðholt, Reykjavík. Founded in 1973, they play in the 1st division the second highest level of Icelandic football. Their home is Leiknisvöllur, where they have played since their early years. The club's motto is "Pride of Breiðholt".

In 2005 the club finished 1st place in the 2nd division and gained promotion and has since played in the 1st division. Their best performance in the league was in 2010 where they finished 3rd place, level on points with Þór which gained promotion. In February 2013 the club won the Reykjavik Cup (Reykjavíkurmótið) for the first time in its history, defeating KR 3-2 in the final.

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.

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.

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2013

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 Þorvaldur Rúnarsson
2 Iceland DF Skúli Bragason
3 Iceland DF Brynjar Óli Guðmundsson
5 Iceland MF Helgi Óttarr Hafsteinsson
6 Iceland FW Ólafur Hrannar Kristjánsson
7 Iceland MF Pétur Örn Svansson
Iceland MF Kamil Piekarski
Iceland MF Magnús Már Einarsson
8 Iceland MF Sindri Björnsson
9 Iceland FW Sævar Freyr Alexandersson
11 Iceland MF Brynjar Hlöðversson
Iceland Alexander Irving Guridy Peralta
14 Iceland MF Birkir Björnsson
15 Iceland MF Frymezim Veselaj
16 Iceland MF Árni Elvar Árnason
No. Position Player
Iceland GK Freyr Saptura Daníelsson
17 Iceland MF Aron Daníelsson
18 Iceland MF Ingólfur Örn Kristjánsson
20 Iceland DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
21 Iceland MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
22 Iceland GK Eyjólfur Tómasson
24 Iceland MF Vigfús Arnar Jósepsson
25 Iceland DF Steinarr Guðmundsson
28 Iceland DF Gestur Ingi Harðarson
Iceland MF Fannar Arnarsson
Iceland MF Pétur Már Harðarson
Iceland MF Kristján Hermann Þorkelsson
United States FW Matt Horth
United States MF Brandon Scott

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • Reykjavíkurmótið (Reykjavik Cup)
    • Winners (1): 2013[3]
  • Deildarbikarkeppni KSÍ - B deild (League Cup - B division)
    • Winners (1): 2005[4]

Managerial history[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Pétur Arnþórsson Iceland 1994-1996
Magnús Pálsson Iceland 1996-1997
Jóhann Gunnarsson Iceland 1999-2000
Magnús Einarsson Iceland 2001-2003
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2004–2006
Óli Halldór Sigurjónsson Iceland 2006–2007
Jesper Tollefsen Denmark 2007
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2007–2008
Sigursteinn Gíslason Iceland 2008-2011
Zoran Miljkovic Serbia 2011
Willum Þór Þórsson Iceland 2011-2012
Davíð Snorri Jónasson and Freyr Alexandersson Iceland 2012–

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