Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

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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
Relegation to Division I
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Fyrirtækjabikarinn
Supercup Meistarakeppni karla
Current champions KR (16th title)
Most championships Njarðvík/ÍKF (17 titles)
All-time top scorer Valur Ingimundarson
CEO Hannes S. Jónsson
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport
Website www.kki.is
2016–17 Icelandic Premier League

Úrvalsdeild karla; English: Men's Premier League, 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, Njarðvík (known as ÍKF until 1969)[1][2] lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, 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 Úrvalsdeild karla originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. Njarðvík have won the most championships with 17 Úrvalsdeild wins. The second most successful franchise are KR, who have won 16 Úrvalsdeild championships. Following them, there are ÍR with 15 Úrvalsdeild championships and Keflavík with 9 Úrvalsdeild championships. The current Premier League teams for the 2017–18 season are:

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Grindavík Grindavík Mustad Höllin --- yellow/blue Iceland Jóhann Þór Ólafsson
ÍR Reykjavík Hertz Hellirinn --- blue/white Republic of Macedonia Borce Ilievski
Keflavík Keflavík TM Höllin --- blue/white Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
KR Reykjavík DHL Höllin --- black/white Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
Haukar Hafnarfjörður Schenkerhöllin --- red/white Iceland Ívar Ásgrímsson
Höttur Egilsstaðir Egilsstaðir --- red/white Iceland Viðar Örn Hafsteinsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan --- green/white Iceland Daníel Guðmundsson
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður --- blue/white Iceland Hrafn Kristjánsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur --- maroon/white/blue Spain Israel Martín
Valur Reykjavík Valshöllin --- red/white Iceland Ágúst Björgvinsson
Þór Akureyri Akureyri Höllin Ak --- red/white Iceland Hjalti Þór Vilhjálmsson
Þór Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn Icelandic Glacial Höllin --- blue/black Iceland Einar Árni Jóhannsson

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Score Runner-up Champion's coach
1951–52 ÍKF United States Gene Croley and United States Jom Wahl[3]
1952–53 ÍKF (2) ÍR
1953–54 ÍR
1954–55 ÍR (2)
1955–56 ÍKF (3)
1956–57 ÍR (3)
1957–58 ÍKF (4)
1958–59 ÍS ÍR
1959–60 ÍR (4) KFR Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1960–61 ÍR (5) KFR Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[5]
1961–62 ÍR (6) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[6][7]
1962–63 ÍR (7) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[8][9] and Iceland Einar Ólafsson
1963–64 ÍR (8) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[10]
1964–65 KR United States Phil Bensing
1965–66 KR (2) United States Phil Bensing
1966–67 KR (3) Iceland Einar Bollason
1967–68 KR (4) United States Gordon Godfrey
1968–69 ÍR (9) Iceland Einar Ólafson[11]
1969–70 ÍR (10) Iceland Einar Ólafson[12]
1970–71 ÍR (11) Iceland Einar Ólafson[13]
1971–72 ÍR (12) Iceland Einar Ólafson[14]
1972–73 ÍR (13) Iceland Einar Ólafson[15]
1973–74 KR (5) Iceland Einar Bollason
1974–75 ÍR (14) Iceland Einar Ólafson[16]
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 United States Danny Shouse
1981–82 Njarðvík (2) Iceland Hilmar Hafsteinsson
1982–83 Valur (2) United States Tim Dwyer (2)
1983–84 Njarðvík (3) 2–0 Valur Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1984–85 Njarðvík (4) 2–1 Haukar Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson (2)
1985–86 Njarðvík (5) 2–0 Haukar Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson (3)
1986–87 Njarðvík (6) 2–0 Valur Iceland Valur Ingimundarson
1987–88 Haukar 2–1 Njarðvík Iceland Pálmar Sigurðsson
1988–89 Keflavík 2–1 KR Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason
1989–90 KR (8) 3–0 Keflavík Hungary Dr. Laszlo Nemeth
1990–91 Njarðvík (7) 3–2 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1991–92 Keflavík (2) 3–2 Valur Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason (2)
1992–93 Keflavík (3) 3–0 Haukar Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason (3)
1993–94 Njarðvík (8) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Valur Ingimundarson (2)
1994–95 Njarðvík (9) 4–2 Grindavík Iceland Valur Ingimundarson (3)
1995–96 Grindavík 4–2 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (2)
1996–97 Keflavík (4) 3–0 Grindavík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
1997–98 Njarðvík (10) 3–0 KR Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (3)
1998–99 Keflavík (5) 3–2 Njarðvík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (2)
1999–00 KR (9) 3–1 Grindavík Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2000–01 Njarðvík (11) 3–1 Tindastóll Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson and Iceland Teitur Örlygsson
2001–02 Njarðvík (12) 3–0 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson (2)
2002–03 Keflavík (6) 3–0 Grindavík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (3)
2003–04 Keflavík (7) 3–1 Snæfell Iceland Falur Harðarson and Iceland Guðjón Skúlason
2004–05 Keflavík (8) 3–1 Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (4)
2005–06 Njarðvík (13) 3–1 Skallagrímur Iceland Einar Árni Jóhannsson
2006–07 KR (10) 3–1 Njarðvík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson
2007–08 Keflavík (9) 3–0 Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (5)
2008–09 KR (11) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson (2)
2009–10 Snæfell 3–2 Keflavík Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson (2)
2010–11 KR (12) 3–1 Stjarnan Iceland Hrafn Kristjánsson
2011–12 Grindavík (2) 3–1 Þór Þorl Iceland Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson
2012–13 Grindavík (3) 3–2 Stjarnan Iceland Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
2013–14 KR (13) 3–1 Grindavík Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
2014–15 KR (14) 3–1 Tindastóll Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (2)
2015–16 KR (15) 3–1 Haukar Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (3)
2016–17 KR (16) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (4)

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
17 Njarðvík / ÍKF*
16 KR
15 ÍR
9 Keflavík
3 Grindavík
2 Valur
1 Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS
  1. ÍKF merged into Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur in 1969 and became its basketball subdivision. It is today known as Njarðvík. The club won 4 titles under the ÍKF name and added 13 more after the merger

Awards and honors[edit]

Domestic All-First Team[edit]

The Men's Domestic All-First Team is an annual Úrvalsdeild honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every season.

Domestic Player of the Year[edit]

Foreign Player of the Year[edit]

Úrvalsdeild Men's Playoffs MVP[edit]

Úrvalsdeild Playoffs MVP award is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the Úrvalsdeild playoffs.

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Newcomer of the Year[edit]

Coach of the Year[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]