Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur

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Vikingur Reykjavik FC
Vikingur badge.png
Full name Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
Nickname(s) Vikings, Vikes (Víkingar)
Founded 21 April 1908; 108 years ago (1908-04-21)
Ground Víkin – Víkingsvöllur,
Reykjavík, Iceland
Ground Capacity 1450[1]
Club Chairman Björn Einarsson
FC Chairman Fridrik Magnusson
Manager Miloš Milojević
League Úrvalsdeild
2015 9th
Website Club home page

Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (known as Vikingur and internationally as Vikingur Reykjavik F.C.) is an Icelandic sports club based in Reykjavík. It is most widely known for its football and handball teams.
The football club was founded in 1908 and won five Championship titles, five First Division titles and a single Cup title. The latest major title in football came in 1991, when they won the national championship. Accrediting national and cup titles in handball, amongst both men and women, the club holds a total of 18 titles.

Víkingur operates several other sports divisions including tennis, table tennis, karate and skiing. All sports include both male and female teams.

Crest and colours[edit]

Club crest[edit]

Þorbjörn Þórðarson, who was the chairman of the Vikingur in the period of 1943–44, designed the original Víkingur badge.[2]
In the foreground of Vikingur's original crest is a brownish 19th century leather ball framed with white badges and has red and black stripes in the background.[3]

Team outfit[edit]

The Vikings have played in red and black striped outfits since the club's early years.[4]

Home ground[edit]

Víkingsvöllur – Home Ground

Víkin[edit]

Facilities and home ground have been located at Víkin since 1984 when a football pitch was first laid there. The club residence followed in 1988 and indoor facilities were built in 1991, significantly improving the overall facilities.[5]
Víkin is located in the district of Fossvogur (Bústaðahverfi), on the east side of Reykjavík.[6]

Vikingsvöllur[edit]

The sports venue at Víkin was constructed in 2004 and completed in 2005. Víkingsvöllur seats around 1,200 spectators with plenty of space available on the remaining sides for bystanders.

Youth training[edit]

The youth training program at Víkin is notable for its contribution to the Iceland national senior and youth teams, providing in recent years players such as:
Kári Árnason (Malmö FF), Sölvi Ottesen (Wuhan Zall), Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Nantes), Aron Elís Þrándarson (Aalesunds FK).

Club history[edit]

The founding fathers of Víkingur (1908)[edit]

Víkingur Reykjavik was founded on the 21 April 1908 with the purpose of financing a ball purchase for a group of boys in a Reykjavik neighborhood to play football.
The clubs inaugural meeting, with 32 boys present, was held in the basement of Túngata 12 in Reykjavik.

The founding fathers of Víkingur Reykjavik Football Club were:

  • Axel Andrésson (12 years old) who initially chaired the board of directors.
  • Emil Thoroddsen (9 years old) who served as a secretary.
  • Davíð Jóhannesson (11 years old) who took on the role of treasurer.
  • Páll Andrésson and Þórður Albertsson.[7]

The unbeaten decade (1908–1918)[edit]

In the first 10 years of Vikingur's history, the team failed to win in only a single match. In that period Vikingur scored 58 goals and conceded 16.
However, the team did not win a single title in that time due to them not yet having a regular senior side to play in the Icelandic Championship.[8]

First Championship titles (1918–1947)[edit]

The Viking's first match in the Championship took place on the 9th of June 1918 – when the team ensured a 5–0 victory over their rivals Valur.[9]
Two years later the club won its first Championship title. The second Championship title came in 1924.[10] During the first 40 years of Vikingur's history, the club did not to have any actual club facilities.

Residence at Suðurgata (1947–1950)[edit]

Vikingur's first residence was a former "Iglo officers club" in Camp Tripoli at Suðurgata which the club took on lease in the years between 1946–50 by promises of being given an area of land south of University of Iceland at Vatnsmýri.
The residence at Camp Tripoli proved to be a true lever for the club for a period of time, since in Víkingur's first decades, meetings were held in various places in Reykjavik and the club did not have any sporting facilities.
Vikingur was later assigned an area of land in conjunction with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur at Vatnsmýri.[11]

Hæðargarður & first Cup win (1950–1975)[edit]

Following the years at Suðurgata, Víkingur continued its search for a suitable club location since the given area at Vatnsmýri was considered too small for the club.

In 1953, building constructions began for a new club house at Hæðargarður in the district of Bústaða- og smáíbúðahverfi Reykjavíkur, which at the time was being organized.
However, despite the new club house, the club's working environment was poor as there were no sporting facilities or home pitch. Training continued to take place in various settings in Reykjavik.

Víkingur's first Icelandic Cup title in men's football came in the year 1971, when the team was victorious in the final over rivals UBK Kópavogur, 1–0.[12]

Growth in Fossvogur (since 1976)[edit]

It wasn't until the year 1976 that Víkingur got assigned an area of land in Fossvogur and began to build up its residence and sporting facilities.
In general, the main service area of the club is demarcated by Fossvogsdalur, Kringlumýrarbraut, Miklabraut and Reykjanesbraut.

Much work was done to prepare the grounds in Fossvogur during the years of 1981,1982 and 1983 when the Vikingur team clinched the first consecutive football Championship- and Super Cup titles in the club's history.
A couple of years later, in 1984, footballers could start training at Víkin. Construction of the indoor facilities were completed in October 1991, the same year as Víkingur retained its latest Championship title.[13]

Construction began in 2004 on the sports venue at Víkin and was inaugurated in 2005. Víkin seats around 1,200 spectators.

In the 2015 season, the men's football team will take part in the UEFA Europa League, having reached the club's highest league position of 4th place since winning the Championship in 1991.

League history[edit]

Men's football[edit]

2013 Season[edit]

After a period of struggle and re-organization at Víkin in the 2012 season, the Víkingur team managed to win promotion to the football Championship.

2014 Season[edit]

Having regained their place in the football Championship in 2013, the team finished 4th place, achieving the club's highest league position since 1991.

2015 Season[edit]

Víkingur men's team played their first European competition qualifiers since 1992, losing 2–3 on aggregate against Slovenian team FC Koper.

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

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 Róbert Örn Óskarsson
3 Iceland DF Ívar Örn Jónsson
4 Serbia MF Igor Tasković
5 Iceland DF Tómas Guðmundsson
6 Iceland DF Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
7 Iceland MF Alex Freyr Hilmarsson
8 Iceland MF Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson
9 Iceland FW Viktor Jónsson
10 England FW Gary Martin
11 Iceland MF Dofri Snorrason
12 Iceland GK Kristófer Karl Jensson
13 Scotland MF Iain Williamson
14 Iceland MF Bjarni Páll Runólfsson
15 Iceland FW Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
No. Position Player
16 Iceland MF Stefán Bjarni Hjaltested
19 Iceland MF Erlingur Agnarsson
20 Iceland FW Stefán Pálsson
21 Iceland MF Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson
22 Scotland DF Alan Lowing
25 Iceland FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson
24 Iceland DF Davíð Örn Atlason
25 Serbia FW Vladimir Tufegdžić
26 Iceland Jovan Kujundzic
28 Iceland Steinar Ísaksson
29 Iceland Valdimar Ingi Jónsson
30 Iceland Emil Auðunsson
31 Iceland Georg Bjarnason
32 Iceland Jökull Þorri Sverrisson

[14]

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Managerial history[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Following players have represented Víkingur and either made at least 100 league appearances for the club, or made at least 10 appearances for their national team.

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Apps Player Apps Player
351 Iceland Magnús Þorvaldsson 193 Iceland Björn Bjartmarz
314 Iceland Jóhannes Bárðarson 192 Iceland Gunnar Örn Gunnarsson
273 Iceland Diðrik Ólafsson 192 Iceland Ragnar Gíslason
251 Iceland Daníel Hjaltason 187 Iceland Eiríkur Þorsteinsson
219 Iceland Sigurjón Þorri Ólafsson 187 Iceland Hörður Theódórsson
212 Iceland Egill Atlason 181 Iceland Lárus Huldarsson
206 Iceland Jón Ólafsson 171 Iceland Bjarni Lárus Hall
206 Iceland Halldór Smári Sigurðsson 167 Iceland Heimir Karlsson
202 Iceland Aðalsteinn Aðalsteinsson 166 Iceland Atli Helgason
200 Iceland Atli Einarsson 166 Iceland Jóhann Þorvarðarson

[15]

European record[edit]

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Poland Legia Warsaw 0–2 0–9 0–11
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R France Bordeaux 0–4 0–4 0–8
1982–83 European Cup 1R Spain Real Sociedad 0–1 2–3 2–4[16]
1983–84 European Cup 1R Hungary Rába ETO Győr 0–2 1–2 1–4[17]
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R Russia CSKA Moskva 0–1 2–4 2–5[18]
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovenia Koper 0–1 2–2 2–3[19]

Notes:

  • 1R: First Round
  • 1Q: First Qualifying Round

Achievements & club honours[edit]

Men's football[edit]

League[edit]

Icelandic Cup & Championships

(Runner-up: 1918, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1938, 1940, 1948)

(Runner-up: 1998, 2003, 2005, 2013)

Cup[edit]

Bose Cup (1): 2014
Icelandic Indoor Champions (2): 1977, 1981
Spring Champions (1): 1951


Men's handball[edit]

Women's handball[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Club anthem[edit]

In celebration of the club's centennial anniversary in 2008, Vikingur supporters club held a competition for a new club anthem to be played at home games.[20]
The winning song, Vikingur – 100 years, or simply: Við viljum sigur í dag Víkingar! was composed and performed by Stefán Magnússon and Freyr Eyjólfsson[21]

Shirt sponsors[edit]

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1918–90 Unknown Unknown
1991–93 Adidas Bahco
1994–01 Lotto Kaupthing
2002–05 Lotto Kaupthing
2006–09 Prostar Kaupthing
2010–14 Puma TVG Zimsen
2014–16 Nike TVG Zimsen

Staff & board 2015[edit]

Men's football[edit]

  • Manager: Miloš Milojević
  • Managing director: Haraldur V. Haraldsson
  • Sports Director: Ólafur Ólafsson
  • Goal Keeper Coach: Hajrudin Čardaklija
  • Physio: Ísak Jónsson
    • Chairman: Fridrik Magnusson
    • Vice chairman: Heimir Gunnlaugsson
    • Secretary: Valdimar Sigurdsson
    • Boardmember: Andri Marteinsson
    • Boardmember: Davíð Rúrik Ólafsson
    • Boardmember: Magnús Pálmi Örnólfsson
    • Boardmember: Ágúst Friðrik Hafberg
    • Boardmember: Gunnar Freyr Róbertsson
    • Boardmember: Jón Ragnar Jónsson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stadiums (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  2. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/formenn-vikings
  3. ^ Víkingur Crest (2015) Wikipedia.file:Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.png
  4. ^ Football clubs (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/um-ksi/adildarfelog/adildarfelag/?Felag=103
  5. ^ Official website of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (2015) Sögubrot.
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  6. ^ Stadiums (2015). KSÍ.
    Weblink: http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  7. ^ Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur: Skjalaskrá (2009). Borgarskjalasafn.
    Weblink: http://www.borgarskjalasafn.is/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-4323/6668_read-1008/start-k/6630_view-2789/
  8. ^ http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  9. ^ Jónsson, Ágúst Ingi (1983). Áfram Víkingur (1st ed.).
  10. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  11. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  12. ^ Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  13. ^ Stefna Víkings (2015) Víkingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/Media/PDF/Stefna_Vikings_i_barnaogungl_thjalfun_2011.pdf
  14. ^ Players (2015) Vikingur.net
    Weblink: http://vikingur.net/web/?page=players
  15. ^ Most Appearances for Víkingur (2016). Víkingur News Letter (p.17): Víkingur.is.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.is/images/frettabref/vifrbr.pdf
  16. ^ Víkingur goals: Jóhann Þorvarðarson & Sverrir Herbertsson.
    Weblink: http://www.sharkscores.com/Comparison/Default.aspx?id=453781
  17. ^ Víkingur goal: Magnús Þorvaldsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.gyor.vikingur-reykjavik.35099.en.html
  18. ^ Víkingur goals: Atli Einarsson & Guðmundur Steinsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.vikingur-reykjavik.cska-moscou.34014.en.html
  19. ^ Víkingur goals: Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson x2.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.fc-koper.vikingur-reykjavik.180819.en.html
  20. ^ Vikingur's Centennial Club Anthem Competition (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.net/web/?page=news_story&id=1425
  21. ^ Vikingur 100 years – winning song (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.net/mp3/vikingslag.mp3

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