Leiknir Reykjavík

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Leiknir R.
Leiknirlogo.png
Full name Leiknir Reykjavík
Founded 17 May 1973 (1973-05-17)
Ground Leiknisvöllur,
Reykjavík
Ground Capacity 1,025
Chairman Arnar Einarsson
Manager Kristján Guðmundsson
League 1. deild karla
2015 Pepsi League, 11th
Website Club home page

Leiknir is an Icelandic football club that plays in Úrvalsdeild the highest level 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 top league. 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.

History[edit]

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.

Facilities[edit]

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.

Seasons[edit]

Support[edit]

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

Rivalry[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • 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 3 March 2013

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 Þorvaldur Rúnarsson
2 Iceland DF Skúli Bragason
3 Iceland DF Brynjar Óli Guðmundsson
5 Iceland MF Helgi Óttarr Hafsteinsson
6 Iceland FW Ólafur Hrannar Kristjánsson
7 Iceland MF Pétur Örn Svansson
8 Iceland MF Sindri Björnsson
9 Iceland FW Sævar Freyr Alexandersson
11 Iceland MF Brynjar Hlöðversson
14 Iceland MF Birkir Björnsson
15 Iceland MF Frymezim Veselaj
16 Iceland MF Árni Elvar Árnason
16 Iceland MF Árni Elvar Árnason
17 Iceland MF Aron Daníelsson
No. Position Player
17 Iceland MF Aron Daníelsson
18 Iceland MF Ingólfur Örn Kristjánsson
20 Iceland DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
21 Iceland MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
22 Iceland GK Eyjólfur Tómasson
24 Iceland MF Vigfús Arnar Jósepsson
25 Senegal MF Amath Diedhiou (On loan from FH)
25 Iceland DF Steinarr Guðmundsson
28 Iceland DF Gestur Ingi Harðarson
Cameroon DF Charley Fomen
Iceland MF Magnús Már Einarsson
Iceland MF Fannar Arnarsson
Iceland MF Pétur Már Harðarson
Iceland MF Kristján Hermann Þorkelsson

Managerial history[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Pétur Arnþórsson Iceland 1994–96
Magnús Pálsson Iceland 1996–97
Jóhann Gunnarsson Iceland 1999–00
Magnús Einarsson Iceland 2001–03
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2004–06
Óli Halldór Sigurjónsson Iceland 2006–07
Jesper Tollefsen Denmark 2007
Garðar Ásgeirsson Iceland 2007–08
Sigursteinn Gíslason Iceland 2008–11
Zoran Miljković Serbia 2011
Willum Þór Þórsson Iceland 2011–12
Davíð Snorri Jónasson and
Freyr Alexandersson
Iceland
Iceland
2012–15
Kristján Guðmundsson Iceland 2015–

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