First Division Men (Icelandic basketball)

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First Division Men
Country  Iceland
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1964
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Úrvalsdeild
Relegation to Division II
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Supercup Meistarakeppni karla
Current champions Höttur (2nd title)
Most championships Þór Akureyri (6 titles)
CEO Hannes S. Jónsson
Website KKÍ.is
2016-17 season

First Division or D1 (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) is the second tier basketball competition among clubs in Iceland. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 18 games, followed by a four-team playoff round. Both semifinals and finals series are best-of-three. The top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner are promoted in the Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla). The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level Second Division (Icelandic: 2. deild karla).

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) was founded in 1964. Up until 1978 it was known as Second Division.

ÍS and ÍKF's dominance[edit]

For the first years, from its foundation in 1964 until the 1970–71 season, the First Division was led by the ÍS (with 3 wins) and ÍKF (with 2 wins).

Fram Reykjavík's leadership[edit]

Some years later, from the 1974–75 season, the Fram Reykjavík started their leadership on the First Division and their series of wins, that ended in the 1985-86 season when they won their fourth title.

The double fall of ÍR[edit]

After their golden years, in which they won 15 Premier League titles in less than 25 years, the ÍR was relegated to the First Division. In the 1986-87 season they won for their first time the First Division and came back to the Premier League. Afterwards, the ÍR was relegated again to the First Division. In the 1999-00 season they won their second First Division title and came back to the Premier League.

Modern era[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, Þór Akureyri won their fifth title. In the following season, the 2007-08 season, also the Breiðablik won their fifth title, becoming the most successful franchise together with the Þór Akureyri. In the 2011–12 season, the KFÍ won their fourth title.

Teams[edit]

The First Division originated in 1964 and, currently, consists of 9 teams. Þór Akureyri have won the most championships with 6 First Division wins.

The current First Division teams for the 2016-17 season are:[1]

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Ármann Reykjavík Kennaraháskólinn --- red/blue/white Iceland Tómas Hermannsson
Breiðablik Kópavogur Smárinn --- green/white Iceland Lárus Jónsson
FSu Selfoss Iða --- light green/black Spain Eloy Doce Chambrelan
Hamar Hveragerði Hveragerði --- light blue/white Iceland Pétur Ingvarsson
Höttur Egilsstaðir Egilsstaðir --- red/white/green Iceland Viðar Örn Hafsteinsson
ÍA Akranes Vesturgata --- gold/black Iceland Jón Þór Þórðarson
Vestri Ísafjörður Ísjakinn --- red/white/blue Iceland Yngvi Gunnlaugsson
Valur Reykjavík Valsheimilið --- green/yellow Iceland Ágúst Björgvinsson
Fjölnir Reykjavík Dalhús --- white/red Iceland Hjalti Þór Vilhjálmsson

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Playoff winner Playoff runner-up
1964-65 ÍKF --- ---
1965-66 ÍS --- ---
1966-67 Þór Akureyri --- ---
1967-68 ÍS (2) --- ---
1968-69 ÍKF (2) --- ---
1969-70 HSK --- ---
1970-71 ÍS (3) --- ---
1971-72 Njarðvík --- ---
1972-73 Skallagrímur --- ---
1973-74 Snæfell --- ---
1974-75 Fram Reykjavík --- ---
1975-76 Breiðablik --- ---
1976-77 Þór Akureyri (2) --- ---
1977-78 Snæfell (2) --- ---
1978-79 Fram Reykjavík (2) --- ---
1979-80 Ármann --- ---
1980-81 Fram Reykjavík (3) --- ---
1981-82 Keflavík --- ---
1982-83 Haukar --- ---
1983-84 ÍS (4) --- ---
1984-85 Keflavík (2) --- ---
1985-86 Fram Reykjavík (4) --- ---
1986-87 ÍR --- ---
1987-88 Tindastóll --- ---
1988-89 Reynir Sandgerði --- ---
1989-90 Snæfell (3) --- ---
1990-91 Skallagrímur (2) --- ---
1991-92 Breiðablik (2) --- ---
1992-93 ÍA --- ---
1993-94 Þór Akureyri (3) --- ---
1994-95 Breiðablik (3) --- ---
1995-96 KFÍ --- ---
1996-97 Valur --- ---
1997-98 Snæfell (4) --- ---
1998-99 Hamar --- ---
1999-00 ÍR (2) --- ---
2000-01 Breiðablik (4) --- ---
2001-02 Valur (2) --- ---
2002-03 KFÍ (2) --- ---
2003-04 Skallagrímur (3) --- ---
2004-05 Þór Akureyri (4) --- ---
2005-06 Tindastóll (2) --- ---
2006-07 Þór Akureyri (5) --- ---
2007-08 Breiðablik (5) --- ---
2008-09 Hamar (2) --- ---
2009-10 KFÍ (3) --- ---
2010-11 Þór Þorlákshöfn Valur Þór Akureyri
2011-12 KFÍ (4) Skallagrímur ÍA
2012-13 Haukar (2) Valur Hamar
2013-14 Tindastóll (3) Fjölnir Höttur
2014-15 Höttur FSu Hamar
2015-16 Þór Akureyri (6) Skallagrímur Fjölnir
2016-17 Höttur Valur Hamar

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
6 Þór Akureyri
5 Breiðablik
4 KFÍ, Snæfell, Fram Reykjavík, ÍS
3 Skallagrímur, Tindastóll, ÍR
2 ÍKF, Hamar, Keflavík, Haukar, Valur, Höttur
1 Þór Þorlákshöfn, ÍA, Reynir Sandgerði, Ármann, Njarðvík, HSK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KKÍ.is". kki.is. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 

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