Leiknir Reykjavík

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Leiknir R.
Full name Leiknir Reykjavík
Founded 17 May 1973; 44 years ago (1973-05-17)
Ground Leiknisvöllur,
Ground Capacity 1,025
Chairman Arnar Einarsson
Manager Kristófer Sigurgeirsson
League 1. deild karla
2016 1. deild karla, 7th
Website Club website

Leiknir is an Icelandic football club that plays in 1. deild karla, the second tier of Icelandic football. The club was founded in 1973 and is based in Breiðholt, Reykjavík. In 2014 the club placed 1st in the 1. deild karla and won a promotion to the Úrvalsdeild, however after just one season they were relegated to back to the first division. Their home is Leiknisvöllur, where they have played since their early years. The club's motto is "Pride of Breiðholt".

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.


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.

In February 2013 the club won the Reykjavik Cup (Reykjavíkurmótið) for the first time in its history, defeating KR 3–2 in the final.

In Leiknir's first topflight season the underdogs started well, winning eventual cup winners Valur convincingly at Hlíðarendi, though Leiknir was largely disappointing and were relegated with games to spare.


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.



The club's anthem is In the Ghetto made famous by Elvis Presley and is played before every home game.


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.




  • Reykjavíkurmótið (Reykjavik Cup)
    • Winners (2): 2013[4] 2016[5]
    • Runners up (1): 2015[6]
  • Deildarbikarkeppni KSÍ – B deild (League Cup – B division)
    • Winners (1): 2005[7]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 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 Iceland GK Kristján Pétur Thórarinsson
3 Iceland DF Eiríkur Ingi Magnússon
4 Iceland DF Halldór Kristinn Halldórsson
5 Iceland MF Dadi Baerings Halldórsson
6 Iceland FW Ólafur Hrannar Kristjánsson
7 Iceland MF Atli Arnarson
8 Brazil FW Wanderley
9 Iceland FW Kolbeinn Kárason
11 Iceland MF Brynjar Hlöðversson
14 Iceland MF Tómas Óli Gardarsson
No. Position Player
15 Iceland MF Kristján Páll Jónsson
18 Iceland MF Elvar Páll Sigurdsson
19 Spain FW Arsen Sina
20 Iceland DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
21 Iceland MF Kári Pétursson
22 Iceland GK Eyjólfur Tómasson
23 Iceland FW Árni Elvar Árnason
26 Iceland DF Fridjón Magnússon
27 Iceland DF Aron Heiddal
30 Iceland DF Ingvar Ásbjörn Ingvarsson

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 2007–08
Sigursteinn Gíslason Iceland 2008–2011
Zoran Miljković Serbia 2011
Willum Þór Þórsson Iceland 2011–2012
Davíð Snorri Jónasson and
Freyr Alexandersson
Kristján Guðmundsson Iceland 2015–2016
Kristófer Sigurgeirsson Iceland 2016[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/leikskyrsla/?Leikur=47511
  4. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=28866
  5. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/leikskyrsla/?Leikur=381590
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  7. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=8682
  8. ^ Einarsson, Þórður (17 October 2016). "Kristófer Sigurgeirsson nýr þjálfari Leiknis" [Kitts Sigurgeirsson new training facility] (in Icelandic). Leiknir R. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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