Úrvalsdeild karla (football)

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Úrvalsdeild karla
Founded 1912
Country Iceland
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1st
Relegation to 1. deild karla
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni karla
Deildabikar
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Valur
(2017)
Most championships KR (26)
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport [1]
Website www.ksi.is
2017 Úrvalsdeild

The Úrvalsdeild karla (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈurvalsˌteilt ˈkʰartla], Men's Select Division) is the highest football league in Iceland.[2] It has been played since 1912.[3] Because of the harsh winters in Iceland, it is generally played in the spring and summer (May to September). It is administered by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) and is contested by 12 teams. At the end of the 2015–2016 season, the UEFA ranked the league 35th in Europe.[4] From 27 April 2009, the league has been known as Pepsi deildin (i.e. The Pepsi League) due to a three-year sponsorship deal with Ölgerðin (the Icelandic franchisee for Pepsi).[5]

The league includes 12 clubs who play each other two times, once at home and once away. The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season are relegated to 1. deild karla (First Division) and replaced by the top two teams of that division. Internationally, the winner of the Úrvalsdeild enters the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round. Second, third and fourth placed teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round.

For the first time in the competition's history, the 2008 season saw 12 teams compete in the premier division, a part of KSI's attempt to strengthen Icelandic football. Therefore, only one team was relegated in the 2007 season and three clubs were promoted from the First Division.

KR hold the most titles, with 26, Valur is next with 21, while ÍA and Fram Reykjavík follow with 18 each. FH holds 8 and Víkingur has retained 5 championship titles. The current champions of Iceland are Valur. [6]

Current clubs (2017)[edit]

Club Location Position
in 2016
First season in
Úrvalsdeild
Seasons
in
Úrvalsdeild
First season of
current spell in
Úrvalsdeild
Úrvalsdeild
titles
First
Úrvalsdeild
title
Last
Úrvalsdeild
title
Breiðablik Kópavogur 6th 1971 31 2006 1 2010 2010
FH Hafnarfjörður 1st (Champions) 1975 36 2001 8 2004 2016
Fjölnir Reykjavík (Grafarvogur) 4th 2008 6 2014 0 - -
Grindavík Grindavík 2nd, 1. deild karla 1995 18 2016 0 - -
ÍA Akranes 8th 1946 65 2015 18 1951 2001
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 9th 1912 49 2009 3 1979 1998
KA Akureyri 1st, 1. deild karla 1978 15 2016 1 1989 1989
KR Reykjavík (Vesturbær) 3rd 1912 103 1979 26 1912 2013
Stjarnan Garðabær 2nd 1990 15 2009 1 2014 2014
Valur Reykjavík (Hlíðar) 5th 1915 97 2005 21 1930 2017
Víkingur Ó. Ólafsvík 10th 2013 3 2015 0 - -
Víkingur R. Reykjavík (Fossvogur) 7th 1918 66 2014 5 1920 1991

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History[edit]

Championship history[edit]

Only 11 teams in over 100 years have won the Icelandic league title. Stjarnan Garðabær are the most recent to join the list, winning their first title in 2014. KR has won the most titles. They have been Iceland's champions 26 times.

As can be expected, the league has been dominated by teams from the Capital Region which contains nearly two thirds of Iceland's population. Only four teams from outside the GRA have ever won the league (Keflavík, ÍA, ÍBV and KA) – and among those teams, ÍBV and KA (who have won a combined four titles) are the only teams located more than an hour's drive from Reykjavík to have won the league.

Single Round

Double Round

*There was no competition in 1913 and 1914, and Fram Reykjavík was awarded the title.

Champions by number of titles[edit]

Team Titles First title Last title
KR 26 1912 2013
Valur 21 1930 2017
ÍA 18 1951 2001
Fram 18 1913 1990
FH 8 2004 2016
Víkingur 5 1920 1991
Keflavík 4 1964 1973
ÍBV 3 1979 1998
KA 1 1989 1989
Breiðablik 1 2010 2010
Stjarnan 1 2014 2014

Season by season records[edit]

Top scorers of all times[edit]

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
2013 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 131 ÍBV, KR, FH, Fylkir
1987 Iceland Ingi Björn Albertsson 126 Valur, FH

Top scorers[edit]

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
1980 Iceland Matthias Hallgrimsson 15 Valur
1981 Iceland Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Iceland Larus Gudmundsson
12 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1982 Iceland Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Iceland Heimir Karlsson
10 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1983 Iceland Ingi Björn Albertsson 14 Valur
1984 Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson 10 Fram
1985 Iceland Omar Torfason 13 Fram
1986 Iceland Gudmundur Torfason 19 Fram
1987 Iceland Petur Ormslev 12 Fram
1988 Iceland Sigurjón Kristjánsson 13 Valur
1989 Iceland Hörður Magnússon 12 FH
1990 Iceland Hörður Magnússon 13 FH
1991 Iceland Hörður Magnússon
Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson
13 FH
Víkingur R.
1992 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1993 Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson 19 ÍA
1994 Serbia and Montenegro Mihajlo Biberčić 14 ÍA
1995 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1996 Iceland Ríkharður Daðason 14 KR
1997 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 19 ÍBV
1998 Iceland Steingrímur Jóhannesson 16 ÍBV
1999 Iceland Steingrímur Jóhannesson 12 ÍBV
2000 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson
Iceland Andri Sigþórsson
14 Keflavík
KR
2001 Iceland Hjörtur Hjartarson 15 ÍA
2002 Iceland Grétar Hjartarson 13 Grindavík
2003 Iceland Björgólfur Takefusa 10 Þróttur R.
2004 Iceland Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson 12 ÍBV
2005 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 16 FH
2006 Iceland Marel Baldvinsson 11 Breiðablik
2007 Iceland Jónas Grani Garðarsson 13 Fram
2008 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson 16 Keflavík
2009 Iceland Björgólfur Takefusa 16 KR
2010 Gabon Gilles Daniel Mbang Ondo 14 Grindavík
2011 Iceland Garðar Jóhannsson 15 Stjarnan
2012 Iceland Atli Guðnason 12 FH
2013 Iceland Atli Viðar Björnsson
Iceland Viðar Örn Kjartansson
England Gary Martin
13 FH
Fylkir
KR
2014 England Gary Martin 13 KR
2015 Denmark Patrick Pedersen 13 Valur
2016 Iceland Garðar Gunnlaugsson 14 ÍA
2017 Iceland Andri Rúnar Bjarnason 19 Grindavík

Player of the year[edit]

SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLUB
1984 Iceland Bjarni Sigurðsson ÍA
1985 Iceland Guðmundur Þorbjörnsson Valur
1986 Iceland Guðmundur Torfason Fram
1987 Iceland Pétur Ormslev Fram
1988 Iceland Sigurjón Kristjánsson Valur
1989 Iceland Þorvaldur Örlygsson KA
1990 Iceland Sævar Jónsson Valur
1991 Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson Víkingur R.
1992 Iceland Lúkas Kostic ÍA
1993 Iceland Sigurður Jónsson ÍA
1994 Iceland Sigursteinn Gíslason ÍA
1995 Iceland Ólafur Þórðarson ÍA
1996 Iceland Gunnar Oddsson Leiftur
1997 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV
1998 Scotland David Winnie KR
1999 Iceland Guðmundur Benediktsson KR
2000 Iceland Hlynur Stefánsson ÍBV
2001 Iceland Gunnlaugur Jónsson ÍA
2002 Iceland Finnur Kolbeinsson Fylkir
2003 Denmark Allan Borgvardt FH
2004 Iceland Heimir Guðjónsson FH
2005 Denmark Allan Borgvardt FH
2006 Iceland Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson Víkingur R.
2007 Iceland Helgi Sigurðsson Valur
2008 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson Keflavík
2009 Iceland Atli Guðnason FH
2010 Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik
2011 Iceland Hannes Þór Halldórsson KR
2012 Iceland Atli Guðnason FH
2013 Iceland Björn Daníel Sverrisson FH
2014 Iceland Ingvar Jónsson Stjarnan
2015 Iceland Emil Pálsson FH
2016 Iceland Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson Valur
2017 Iceland Andri Rúnar Bjarnason Grindavík

Young player of the year[edit]

SEASON YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLUB INTERNATIONAL CAPS INTERNATIONAL GOALS
1984 Iceland Guðni Bergsson Valur 80 1
1985 Iceland Halldór Áskelsson Þór Akureyri 24 4
1986 Iceland Gauti Laxdal Fram 0 0
1987 Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson KR 104 3
1988 Iceland Arnljótur Davíðsson Fram 3 0
1989 Iceland Ólafur Gottskálksson ÍA 9 0
1990 Iceland Steinar Guðgeirsson Fram 1 0
1991 Iceland Arnar Grétarsson Breiðablik 71 2
1992 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson ÍA 32 3
1993 Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson ÍA 58 13
1994 Iceland Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen Valur 88 26
1995 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV 42 12
1996 Iceland Bjarni Guðjónsson ÍA 23 1
1997 Iceland Sigurvin Ólafsson ÍBV 7 0
1998 Iceland Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson ÍR 1 0
1999 Iceland Grétar Hjartarson Grindavík 1 0
2000 Iceland Helgi Valur Daníelsson Fylkir 33 0
2001 Iceland Grétar Rafn Steinsson ÍA 46 4
2002 Iceland Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson ÍBV 24 5
2003 Iceland Ólafur Ingi Skúlason Fylkir 30 1
2004 Iceland Emil Hallfreðsson FH 60 1
2005 Iceland Hörður Sveinsson Keflavik 0 0
2006 Iceland Birkir Sævarsson Valur 74 1
2007 Iceland Matthías Vilhjálmsson FH 15 2
2008 Iceland Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson Breiðablik 60 5
2009 Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik 43 11
2010 Iceland Kristinn Steindórsson Breiðablik 3 2
2011 Iceland Þórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson ÍBV 4 0
2012 Iceland Jón Daði Böðvarsson Selfoss 34 2
2013 Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason Keflavík 13 5
2014 Iceland Elías Már Ómarsson Keflavík 9 0
2015 Iceland Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson Breiðablik 0 0
2016 Iceland Óttar Magnús Karlsson Víkingur R. 3 0
2017 Iceland Alex Þór Hauksson Stjarnan 0 0

References[edit]

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