Premier League (Iceland)

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Úrvalsdeild karla
Dominosdeildin logo.jpg
Country  Iceland
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1951; 66 years ago (1951)
First season 1951–52
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Meistarakeppni karla
Fyrirtækjabikarinn
Current champions KR Reykjavík (15th title)
Most championships Njarðvík/ÍKF (17 titles)
All-time top scorer Valur Ingimundarson
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport
Website www.kki.is
2016–17 Icelandic Premier League

Úrvalsdeild karla (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla), also known as Domino's deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals series are best-of-three, semifinals and finals series are best-of-five. 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 First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla).

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla) was founded in 1951 and until 1978 it was called 1. division.

From the 2005-06 season to the 2011-12 season, it has been named the Iceland Express League, from its sponsor: Iceland Express airline. Since the 2012-13 season it has been named the Domino's League, from its sponsor: Domino's pizza.

ÍR's dominance[edit]

For the first years, from its foundation in 1951 until the 1963-64 season, the Premier League was dominated by two teams only: ÍKF (with 4 wins) and ÍR (with 8 wins); with the sole exception of the 1958-59 season, in which won the ÍS. From the following season, the 1964-65 season, until the 1974-75, the Premier League was dominated by the ÍR (with 6 more wins) and the KR (with 5 wins). Two years later, the 1976-77 season marked the fifteenth and last victory of the ÍR in the Premier League and an end of an era.

Njarðvík's leadership[edit]

The next two decades, exactly from 1980-81 season to the 1997-98 season, the Njarðvík (known as ÍKF until 1969) [1] [2] lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, the Keflavík won 4 titles and the KR won their eighth title.

Modern era[edit]

From the 2000-01 season, many teams have divided the lead of the Premier League. In the 2005-06 season, the Njarðvík won their thirteenth title. In the following season, the 2006-07 season, the KR won their tenth title and one more year later, in the 2007-08 season, the Keflavík won their ninth title.

International influence[edit]

In the recent years an increasing number of international players have moved directly from playing elsewhere in the world to starring in the Premier League. Below there is a short list of notable foreign players, either currently or formerly active in the league:

Teams[edit]

The Premier League originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. The ÍR have won the most championships with 15 Premier League wins. The second most successful franchise is the Njarðvík, who have won 13 Premier League championships. Following them, there are the KR with 12 Premier League championships and the Keflavík with 9 Premier League championships. The current Premier League teams for the 2012-13 season are:

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Fjölnir Grafarvogur, Reykjavík Dalhús --- yellow/blue Iceland Hjalti Vilhjálmsson
Grindavík Grindavík Grindavík --- blue/gold Iceland Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
ÍR Reykjavík Seljaskóli --- blue/white Iceland Jón Arnar Ingvarsson
Keflavík Reykjanesbær Toyota höllin --- blue/white Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
KR Reykjavík DHL-höllin --- black/white Iceland Helgi Már Magnússon
KFÍ Ísafjörður Ísjakinn --- red/white Iceland Pétur Már Sigurðsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan --- green/white Iceland Einar Jóhannsson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Borgarnes --- green/yellow Iceland Pálmi Þór Sævarsson
Snæfell Stykkishólmur Stykkishólmur --- red/white Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður --- blue/white Iceland Teitur Örlygsson
Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn) Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn --- blue/black Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur --- maroon/white/blue Iceland Bárður Eyþórsson

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Champion's Coach
1951–52 ÍKF --- ---
1952–53 ÍKF (2) --- ---
1953–54 ÍR --- ---
1954–55 ÍR (2) --- ---
1955–56 ÍKF (3) --- ---
1956–57 ÍR (3) --- ---
1957–58 ÍKF (4) --- ---
1958–59 ÍS --- ---
1959–60 ÍR (4) --- ---
1960–61 ÍR (5) --- ---
1961–62 ÍR (6) --- ---
1962–63 ÍR (7) --- Iceland Einar Ólafsson and Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson
1963–64 ÍR (8) --- ---
1964–65 KR --- United States Phil Bensing
1965–66 KR (2) --- ---
1966–67 KR (3) --- Iceland Einar Bollason
1967–68 KR (4) --- Gordon Goffrey
1968–69 ÍR (9) --- ---
1969–70 ÍR (10) --- Iceland Einar Ólason
1970–71 ÍR (11) --- ---
1971–72 ÍR (12) --- ---
1972–73 ÍR (13) --- ---
1973–74 KR (5) --- Iceland Einar Bollason
1974–75 ÍR (14) --- ---
1975–76 Ármann --- Iceland Ingvar Viktorsson
1976–77 ÍR (15) --- Iceland Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson
1977–78 KR (6) --- United States Andrew Piazza
1978–79 KR (7) --- Iceland Gunnar Gunnarsson
1979–80 Valur --- United States Tim Dwyer
1980–81 Njarðvík (5) --- United States Danny Shouse
1981–82 Njarðvík (6) --- Iceland Hilmar Hafsteinsson
1982–83 Valur (2) --- United States Tim Dwyer
1983–84 Njarðvík (7) --- Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1984–85 Njarðvík (8) --- Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1985–86 Njarðvík (9) --- Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1986–87 Njarðvík (10) --- Iceland Valur Ingimundarson
1987–88 Haukar --- Iceland Pálmar Sigurðsson
1988–89 Keflavík --- Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason
1989–90 KR (8) --- Hungary Dr. Lazlo Nemeth
1990–91 Njarðvík (11) --- Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1991–92 Keflavík (2) --- Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason
1992–93 Keflavík (3) --- Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason
1993–94 Njarðvík (12) --- Iceland Valur Ingimundarson
1994–95 Njarðvík (13) --- Iceland Valur Ingimundarson
1995–96 Grindavík --- Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1996–97 Keflavík (4) --- Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
1997–98 Njarðvík (14) --- Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1998–99 Keflavík (5) --- Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
1999–00 KR (9) --- Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2000–01 Njarðvík (15) --- Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson and Iceland Teitur Örlygsson
2001–02 Njarðvík (16) Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson
2002–03 Keflavík (6) --- Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
2003–04 Keflavík (7) Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
2004–05 Keflavík (8) Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
2005–06 Njarðvík (17) Skallagrímur Iceland Einar Árni Jóhannsson
2006–07 KR (10) Njarðvík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson
2007–08 Keflavík (9) Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
2008–09 KR (11) Grindavík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson
2009–10 Snæfell Keflavík Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2010–11 KR (12) Stjarnan Iceland Hrafn Kristjánsson
2011–12 Grindavík (2) Þór Þorl Iceland Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson
2012–13 Grindavík (3) Stjarnan Iceland Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
2013–14 KR (13) Grindavík Iceland Finnur Stefansson
2014–15 KR (14) UMF Tindastóll Iceland Finnur Stefansson
2015–16 KR (15) Haukar Iceland Finnur Stefansson

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
17 Njarðvík / ÍKF
15 ÍR
15 KR
9 Keflavík
3 Grindavík
2 Valur
1 Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS

Awards and honors[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Darrell Lewis Guard United StatesIceland United States/Iceland Grindavík
2004-05 Joshua Helm Forward United States United States KFÍ
2005-06 A.J. Moye Guard United States United States Keflavík
2006-07 Darrell Flake Forward United StatesIceland United States/Iceland Skallagrímur
2007-08 Darrell Flake Forward United StatesIceland United States/Iceland Skallagrímur
2008-09 Jon Stefansson Guard Iceland Iceland KR
2009-10 Hlynur Baeringsson Forward Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Marcus Walker Guard United States United States KR
2011-12 J'Nathan Bullock Forward United States United States Grindavík

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Dondrell Whitmore Guard/Forward United States United States Snæfell
2004-05 Friðrik Erlendur Stefánsson Forward/Center Iceland Iceland Njarðvík
2005-06 Steinar Kaldal Guard/Forward Iceland Iceland KR
2006-07 Justin Shouse Guard United States United States Snæfell
2007-08 Nate Brown Guard United States United States ÍR
2008-09 Brenton Birmingham Guard United States/Iceland United States/Iceland Grindavík
2009-10 Hlynur Bæringsson Forward Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Kelly Biedler Forward United States United States ÍR
2011-12 Junior Hairston Forward United States United States Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn)

Newcomer of the Year[edit]

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Sævar Ingi Haraldsson Guard Iceland Iceland Haukar
2004-05 Brynjar Björnsson Guard Iceland Iceland KR
2005-06 Hörður Vilhjálmsson Guard Iceland Iceland Fjölnir
2006-07 Árni Ragnarsson Guard Iceland Iceland Fjölnir
2007-08 Kjartan Kjartansson Guard Iceland Iceland Stjarnan
2008-09 Vésteinn Sveinsson Guard Iceland Iceland FSu
2009-10 Tómas Tómasson Forward Iceland Iceland Fjölnir
2010-11 Örn Sigurðarson Forward Iceland Iceland Haukar
2011-12 Elvar Friðriksson Guard Iceland Iceland Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Coach Nationality Team
2003-04 Bárður Eyþórsson Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2004-05 Sigurdur Ingimundarson Iceland Iceland Keflavík
2005-06 Bárður Eyþórsson Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2006-07 Benedikt Guðmundsson Iceland Iceland KR
2007-08 Geoff Kotila Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2008-09 Benedikt Guðmundsson Iceland Iceland KR (2)
2009-10 Ingi Þór Steinþórsson Iceland Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Hrafn Kristjánsson Iceland Iceland KR
2011-12 Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson Iceland Iceland Grindavík

References[edit]

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