Valur

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Valur
Valur.png
Full name Knattspyrnufélagið Valur
Nickname(s) Valsarar
Founded 11 May 1911; 107 years ago (1911-05-11)
Ground Hlíðarendi
Reykjavík
Iceland
Ground Capacity 1,524
Club Chairman Þorgrímur Þráinsson[1]
Football Chairman Jón Höskuldsson
Manager Ólafur Jóhannesson
League Úrvalsdeild
2017 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Knattspyrnufélagið Valur is an Icelandic athletic club based in Reykjavík, Iceland. The club is situated close to the city centre, in the east side of town, on the former farmland of Hlíðarendi. The club was originally formed as part of the local YMCA to play association football, but later incorporated handball and basketball. The club is the most victorious club in Iceland's history winning over 110 national and cup titles amongst both men and women in the three biggest local ball sports: football, handball and basketball.[2] Valur's handball section reached the EHF Champions League final in 1980. It has won the Icelandic league 22 times, more than any other N1 deildin team.

History[edit]

The club was founded on 11 May 1911, as a subdivision of KFUM, the Icelandic YMCA. Later that year its name was changed to Valur, which is an Icelandic word for gyrfalcon. In 1930 the club won its first national title, and it has been amongst the best football teams in the country ever since. In 1939 Valur bought the farmland of Hlíðarendi which retains its name even today, where they now have a football field and an indoor arena.

Originally Valur played only football, but around 1940 the club got involved in more sports, starting with men's handball. They won their first national handball title in 1940, and reached the final of the EHF Champions League in 1980. In the post-war era (1948), a women's handball division was started at Valur, and in the 1970s a women's football division was added. In 1970, Körfuknattleiksfélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Basketball Club, KFR) joined Valur and became their basketball division.[2]

Valur is the most successful sports club in "ballgame" with 113 titles across football, handball and basketball in both men's and women's Icelandic and Cup championships.

Stadia[edit]

The grounds at Hlíðarendi were completely renovated in the years between 2004 and 2007. Valur currently play their home games at Valsvöllur and the handball games in the Valshöllin, the first section of the new grounds to be utilised. The football pitch was used for the first time in the 2008 season.

In June 2007 the club signed a 5-year sponsorship deal with Vodafone.[3]

Club honours[edit]

Men's football
  • 1965, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2015, 2016
  • 1977, 1979, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018
Women's football
  • 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Men's handball
  • 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2017
  • Cup Champions: 10
  • 1974, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Icelandic Super Cup: 1
  • 2009
  • Final 1980
Women's handball
  • 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Cup Champions: 6
  • 1988, 1993, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014
Men's basketball
  • 1980, 1983
  • 1980, 1981, 1983

European competition[edit]

Valur first competed in Europe at the 1966–67 European Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round, playing to a draw (1–1) in its first match against Standard Liège, ultimately losing on aggregate 9–2. Since then, the club has participated in European competition 20 times, never advancing beyond the second round of any tournament.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Belgium Standard Liège 1–1 1–8 2–9
1967–68 European Cup First round Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 1–1 3–3 4–4(a)
Second Round Hungary Vasas 0–6 1–5 1–11
1968–69 European Cup First round Portugal Benfica 0–0 1–8 1–8
1974–75 UEFA Cup First round Northern Ireland Portadown 0–0 1–2 1–2
1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Scotland Celtic 0–2 0–7 0–9
1977–78 European Cup First round Northern Ireland Glentoran 1–0 0–2 1–2
1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup First round East Germany 1. FC Magdeburg 1–1 0–4 1–5
1979–80 European Cup First round Germany Hamburg 0–3 1–2 1–5
1981–82 European Cup First round England Aston Villa 0–2 0–5 0–7
1985–86 UEFA Cup First round France Nantes 2–1 0–3 2–4
1986–87 European Cup First round Italy Juventus 0–4 0–7 0–11
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round East Germany Wismut Aue 1–1 0–0 1–1(a)
1988–89 European Cup First round France Monaco 1–0 0–2 1–2
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup First round East Germany Dynamo Berlin 1–2 1–2 2–4
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Switzerland Sion 0–1 1–1 1–2
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Portugal Boavista 0–0 0–3 0–3
1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Finland MyPa 3–1 1–0 4–1
First round Scotland Aberdeen 0–3 0–4 0–7
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Denmark Brøndby IF 0–0 1–3 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 0–2 0–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Denmark Brøndby IF 1–4 0–6 1–10
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Latvia Ventspils 1–0 0–0 1–0
Second qualifying round Slovenia Domžale 1–2 2–3 3–5
2018–19 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Norway Rosenborg

UEFA coefficient[edit]

As of 27 February 2018[8]
Rank Country Team Points
383 Latvia FK Spartaks Jūrmala 1.975
384 Latvia FK Liepājas Metalurgs 1.975
385 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur 1.950
386 Iceland Valur 1.925
387 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík 1.925
388 Iceland Fram Reykjavík 1.925
389 Republic of Macedonia FK Renova 1.875

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 April 2018[9]

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 Anton Ari Einarsson
2 Iceland DF Birkir Már Sævarsson
3 Iceland DF Ívar Örn Jónsson
4 Iceland MF Einar Karl Ingvarsson
5 Iceland MF Sindri Björnsson
7 Iceland MF Haukur Páll Sigurðsson (Captain)
8 Iceland FW Kristinn Ingi Halldórsson
9 Denmark FW Patrick Pedersen
10 Iceland MF Guðjón Pétur Lýðsson
12 Iceland MF Sigurður Egill Lárusson
No. Position Player
13 Denmark DF Rasmus Christiansen
14 Iceland DF Arnar Sveinn Geirsson
16 United States MF Dion Acoff
19 Denmark FW Tobias Thomsen
21 Iceland DF Bjarni Ólafur Eiríksson (Vice-captain)
23 Iceland DF Andri Fannar Stefánsson
25 Iceland GK Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson
32 Iceland DF Eiður Aron Sigurbjörnsson
71 Iceland FW Ólafur Karl Finsen
77 Iceland FW Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
24 Iceland DF Aron Elí Sævarsson (at HK until 1 October 2018)
17 Iceland MF Andri Adolphsson (at ÍA until 1 October 2018)

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Þorgrímur Þráinsson kjörinn formaður Vals" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Saga – Knattspyrnufélagið Valur" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Valsmenn kynna ný íþróttamannvirki" (in Icelandic). ruv.is. Retrieved 2009-10-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Knattspyrnudeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Handknattleiksdeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "HSÍ meistaraskrár" (in Icelandic). Handball Association of Iceland. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Körfuknattleiksdeild – Titlar" (in Icelandic). valur.is. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA. 
  9. ^ "Spá Fótbolta.net - 2. sæti: Valur". Fótbolti.net (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 April 2017. 

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