Stjarnan men's football

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Stjarnan
Stjarnan Logo.png
Full nameUngmennafélag Stjarnan
Founded1960; 59 years ago (1960)
GroundSamsung völlurinn
Garðabær, Iceland
Capacity1,298
ChairmanJóhann Ingimundarson
Head CoachRúnar Páll Sigmundsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
2017 Pepsi Deildin, 2nd of 12th
WebsiteClub website

The Stjarnan men's football team is the men's football department of the Ungmennafélagið Stjarnan multi-sport club. It is based in Garðabær, Iceland, and currently plays in the Úrvalsdeild karla, the top-tier men's football league in Iceland.

History[edit]

The association was founded in 1960. The men's division played in 1997 in the first Icelandic League (then Landsbankadeild) and managed the 2006 promotion to the second highest Icelandic league. In 2008 men's reached the summit and thus to play in Úrvalsdeild since 2009.

The club gained worldwide fame when their elaborate goal celebrations, including highly choreographed depictions of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet, a human bicycle, and a Rambo shooting spree, were published widely across the Internet and football television shows.[1]

On October 4, 2014, Stjarnan won their first ever Úrvalsdeild karla title. Stjarnan went through the season unbeaten in the league and equalled the point record of 52 points.[2]

In the 2014–15 Europa League, they reached the play-off rounds after beating Scottish club Motherwell and Polish team Lech Poznań, before Italian giants Inter Milan denied them a place in the group stages.

On 18 April 2019, Stjarnan won the Super Cup for the second time in its history, beating Valur 6-5 in penalites.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 April 2018

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 Haraldur Björnsson
2 Iceland DF Brynjar Gauti Guðjónsson
3 Iceland DF Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson
4 Iceland DF Jóhann Laxdal
6 Iceland MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson
7 Iceland FW Guðjón Baldvinsson
8 Iceland MF Baldur Sigurðsson
9 Iceland DF Daníel Laxdal
10 Iceland MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
11 Iceland FW Þorsteinn Már Ragnarsson
12 Iceland DF Heiðar Ægisson
No. Position Player
13 United States GK Terrance William Dieterich
14 Denmark FW Nimo Gribenco
16 Iceland FW Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson
17 Iceland FW Kristófer Konráðsson
18 Iceland MF Sölvi Snær Guðbjargarson
19 Denmark DF Martin Rauschenberg
20 Iceland MF Eyjólfur Héðinsson
22 Iceland FW Guðmundur Steinn Hafsteinsson
23 Iceland GK Guðjón Orri Sigurjónsson
29 Iceland MF Alex Þór Hauksson
30 Iceland MF Kári Pétursson

Managers[edit]

  • Iceland Olafur Thor Gudbjörnsson (interim) (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
  • Iceland Bjarni Jóhannsson (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2012)
  • Iceland Logi Ólafsson (Jan 1, 2013 – Oct 16, 2013)
  • Iceland Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson (Jan 1, 2014–)

Trophies and achievements[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Wales Bangor City 4–0 4–0 8–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Scotland Motherwell 3–2 (aet) 2–2 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 0–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Italy Inter Milan 0–3 0–6 0–9 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Scotland Celtic 1–4 0–2 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–1 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Estonia Nõmme Kalju 3–0 0–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Denmark Copenhagen 0–2 0–5 0–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Estonia FCI Levadia 2–1 2–3 4–4 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Spain Espanyol
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lorna Blount (28 July 2010). "Is This The Best Goal Celebration Ever?". Sky News.
  2. ^ "Stjarnan Íslandsmeistari í fyrsta sinn". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (18 April 2019). "Stjarnan Mestari meistaranna eftir vítaspyrnukeppni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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