KÍ Klaksvík

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Full name Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag
Founded 24 August 1904; 112 years ago (1904-08-24)
Ground Djúpumýra Stadium
Ground Capacity 530 (2600)
Chairman Tummas Lervig
Manager Mikkjal Thomassen [1]
League Effodeildin
2015 Effodeildin, 5th
Website Club home page
FC Suðuroy vs. KÍ Klaksvík in Effodeildin on 30 June 2012. KÍ is in white here.

Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag is a Faroese football club based in Klaksvík. The club was founded in 1904 and is one of the most successful Faroese football clubs, having won the Faroe Islands Premier League 17 times and the Faroe Islands Cup 5 times. The club wears blue and white and plays its matches in Djúpumýra Stadium.

History[edit]

KÍ won the inaugural edition of Faroese top tier football in 1942.[2] In 1992 KÍ Klaksvík participated for the first time on a European stage,[3] competing in the Champions League preliminary round against Skonto Riga of Latvia, where they lost 6–1 on aggregate.[4]

By winning the double in 1999, KÍ reached a total of 17 league titles, a record at the time.[5] KÍ hasn't won any league titles since then, and although it held the honour of having won the most league titles since 1950s, it was surpassed by HB.[2][5]

In July 2009 KÍ signed former great Todi Jónsson for the reminder of the season, and local Atli Danielsen. At the end of the 2009 season KÍ was relegated for the first time in the club's history.[5]

In the 2010 season, KÍ started out slow, but they ended the season on a high note and secured a place to return to the flight of Faroese football in the 2011 season, on the last day of the season.

In the 2011 season, KÍ played some very attracting attacking football under the guidance of manager Aleksandar Djordjevic. KÍ ended the season in a respectable 5. position. After the season Icelander Páll H. Guðlaugsson was appointed as manager.

In the 2012 season, KÍ continued to climb the table and ended in 4. position. The team was the most potent attacking side scoring an amazing 59 goals in only 27 matches. Páll Klettskarð scored 22 goals and was joint top-scorer in the Effo league. In the buildup to the 2013 season Atli Danielsen and Meinhardt Joensen were signed.

In the 2013 season, KÍ reached the semifinal of the cup and finished in a disappointed 8 place. Ndende Adama Guéye was signed after the season.

For the 2015 season, KÍ got a new manager, Mikkjal Thomassen. The new manager implemented a new system, foreign to most of the players. KÍ experienced a difficult start to the season. Later in the first half of the season, the team was playing attractive free flowing attacking football, whilst climbing the table.

Stadium[edit]

KÍ Klaksvík plays its games in Djúpumýra, a stadium with a capacity of 530 (2600).[6]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 Feb 2016. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Faroe Islands GK Kristian Joensen
2 Faroe Islands DF David Langgaard
3 Faroe Islands DF Ísak Simonsen
4 Denmark DF Jonas Flindt Rasmussen (captain)
5 Serbia DF Ahmed Mujdragić
6 Faroe Islands DF Sørmund Kalsø
7 Faroe Islands MF Súni Olsen
8 Faroe Islands MF Jóannes Bjartalíð
9 Faroe Islands FW Páll Klettskarð
10 Faroe Islands MF Hjalgrím Elttør
11 Faroe Islands MF Atli Danielsen
12 Faroe Islands DF Mikkjal á Bergi
No. Position Player
13 Faroe Islands FW Petur Andreasen
14 Faroe Islands MF Tórur Justesen
16 Faroe Islands GK Meinhardt Joensen
17 Faroe Islands MF Niels Pauli Bjartalíð Danielsen
18 Faroe Islands DF Ólavur Niclassen
19 Faroe Islands MF Jákup Andreasen
20 United States DF Mayowa Oladele Alli
21 Faroe Islands MF Heðin Klakstein
22 Serbia MF Semir Hadžibulić
23 Faroe Islands FW Jóannes Kalsø Danielsen
25 Faroe Islands MF Steinbjørn Olsen

Notable former players[edit]