Úrvalsdeild karla (football)

The Úrvalsdeild karla (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈurvalsˌteilt ˈkʰartla], Men's Select Division) is the paramount men's football league in Iceland.[2] It has been played since 1912.[3] Because of the harsh winters in Iceland, it is generally played in the spring and summer (May to September). It is governed by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) and has 12 teams. By end of season 2015–2016, UEFA ranked the league No. 35 in Europe.[4] From 27 April 2009, the league has had an active agreement on the league's name rights with Ölgerðin, the Icelandic franchisee for Pepsi. From the 2019 season onwards, the league is popularly referred to as Pepsi Max deildin (The Pepsi Max League).[5][6]

Úrvalsdeild karla
Founded1912
Country Iceland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to1. deild karla
Domestic cup(s)Bikarkeppni karla
Deildabikar
Icelandic Super Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsKR (27)
(2019)
Most championshipsKR (27)
Top goalscorer Tryggvi Guðmundsson (134 goals)
TV partnersStöð 2 Sport[1]
Websitewww.ksi.is
2019 Season

The league has 12 clubs that play an at home and an away match with each other. Point tallies at each season end determine promotion and relegation: the two teams with the fewest points are relegated to 1. deild karla (First Division) and the two top point teams promote to the higher tier. The winner of the Úrvalsdeild enters the international competition UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round. The second, third and fourth placed teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round.[7]

In the 2008 season, 12 teams competed in the premier division. An effort by KSI to strengthen Icelandic football had only one team relegated in the 2007 season to the First Division and three clubs promoted to premier division.

Championship title counts are: KR with 27, Valur with 22, and ÍA and Fram Reykjavík each with 18. FH has 8 and Víkingur has 5. The 2018 title holder is Valur.[8][9]

Current clubs (2020)

Club Location Position
in 2019
First season in
Úrvalsdeild
Seasons
in
Úrvalsdeild
First season of
current spell in
Úrvalsdeild
Úrvalsdeild
titles
First
Úrvalsdeild
title
Last
Úrvalsdeild
title
Breiðablik Kópavogur 2nd 1971 34 2006 1 2010 2010
FH Hafnarfjörður 3rd 1975 39 2001 8 2004 2016
Fjölnir Reykjavík (Grafarvogur) 1st, 1. deild karla 2008 8 2020 0 - -
Grótta Seltjarnarnes 2nd, 1. deild karla 2020 1 2020 0 - -
ÍA Akranes (Akranes) 10th 1946 - 2019 18 1951 2001
HK Kópavogur 9th 2007 3 2019 0 - -
KA Akureyri 5th 1978 18 2017 1 1989 1989
KR Reykjavík (Vesturbær) 1st (Champions) 1912 106 1979 27 1912 2019
Stjarnan Garðabær 4th 1990 18 2009 1 2014 2014
Valur Reykjavík (Hlíðar/Miðborg) 6th 1915 100 2005 22 1930 2018
Víkingur Reykjavík
(Fossvogur, Háaleiti og Bústaðir)
7th 1918 69 2014 5 1920 1991

Source: [10]

History

Championship history

The Icelandic league title has been won in its over 100 years existence by 11 teams. KR has the most titles, with 26. Stjarnan Garðabær are the last time to join the league, winning their first title in 2014.

The league has been dominated by teams from the Capital Region which contains nearly two thirds of Iceland's population. Only four teams from outside the GRA have ever won the league: (Keflavík, ÍA, ÍBV, and KA). ÍBV and KA have won four titles amongst themselves, are located more than an hour's drive from Reykjavík, and the teams of the longest distance from the capital to title.

Single Round

Double Round

*There was no competition in 1913 and 1914, and Fram Reykjavík was awarded the title.

Champions by number of titles

TeamTitlesFirst titleLast title
KR2719122019
Valur2219302018
ÍA1819512001
Fram1819131990
FH820042016
Víkingur519201991
Keflavík419641973
ÍBV319791998
KA119891989
Breiðablik120102010
Stjarnan120142014

Season by season records

Top scorers of all times

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
2013 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 131 ÍBV, KR, FH, Fylkir
1987 Ingi Björn Albertsson 126 Valur, FH

Top scorers

SEASON TOP SCORER'S NAME GOALS CLUB
1980 Matthias Hallgrimsson 15 Valur
1981 Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Larus Gudmundsson
12 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1982 Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Heimir Karlsson
10 ÍBV
Víkingur R.
1983 Ingi Björn Albertsson 14 Valur
1984 Guðmundur Steinsson 10 Fram
1985 Ómar Torfason 13 Fram
1986 Gudmundur Torfason 19 Fram
1987 Petur Ormslev 12 Fram
1988 Sigurjón Kristjánsson 13 Valur
1989 Hörður Magnússon 12 FH
1990 Hörður Magnússon 13 FH
1991 Hörður Magnússon
Guðmundur Steinsson
13 FH
Víkingur R.
1992 Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1993 Þórður Guðjónsson 19 ÍA
1994 Mihajlo Biberčić 14 ÍA
1995 Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1996 Ríkharður Daðason 14 KR
1997 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 19 ÍBV
1998 Steingrímur Jóhannesson 16 ÍBV
1999 Steingrímur Jóhannesson 12 ÍBV
2000 Guðmundur Steinarsson
Andri Sigþórsson
14 Keflavík
KR
2001 Hjörtur Hjartarson 15 ÍA
2002 Grétar Hjartarson 13 Grindavík
2003 Björgólfur Takefusa 10 Þróttur R.
2004 Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson 12 ÍBV
2005 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 16 FH
2006 Marel Baldvinsson 11 Breiðablik
2007 Jónas Grani Garðarsson 13 Fram
2008 Guðmundur Steinarsson 16 Keflavík
2009 Björgólfur Takefusa 16 KR
2010 Gilles Mbang Ondo 14 Grindavík
2011 Garðar Jóhannsson 15 Stjarnan
2012 Atli Guðnason 12 FH
2013 Atli Viðar Björnsson
Viðar Örn Kjartansson
Gary Martin
13 FH
Fylkir
KR
2014 Gary Martin 13 KR
2015 Patrick Pedersen 13 Valur
2016 Garðar Gunnlaugsson 14 ÍA
2017 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason 19 Grindavík
2018 Patrick Pedersen 17 Valur
2019 Gary Martin 14 Valur/ÍBV

Player of the year

SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLUB
1984 Bjarni Sigurðsson ÍA
1985 Guðmundur Þorbjörnsson Valur
1986 Guðmundur Torfason Fram
1987 Pétur Ormslev Fram
1988 Sigurjón Kristjánsson Valur
1989 Þorvaldur Örlygsson KA
1990 Sævar Jónsson Valur
1991 Guðmundur Steinsson Víkingur R.
1992 Lúkas Kostic ÍA
1993 Sigurður Jónsson ÍA
1994 Sigursteinn Gíslason ÍA
1995 Ólafur Þórðarson ÍA
1996 Gunnar Oddsson Leiftur
1997 Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV
1998 David Winnie KR
1999 Guðmundur Benediktsson KR
2000 Hlynur Stefánsson ÍBV
2001 Gunnlaugur Jónsson ÍA
2002 Finnur Kolbeinsson Fylkir
2003 Allan Borgvardt FH
2004 Heimir Guðjónsson FH
2005 Allan Borgvardt FH
2006 Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson Víkingur R.
2007 Helgi Sigurðsson Valur
2008 Guðmundur Steinarsson Keflavík
2009 Atli Guðnason FH
2010 Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik
2011 Hannes Þór Halldórsson KR
2012 Atli Guðnason FH
2013 Björn Daníel Sverrisson FH
2014 Ingvar Jónsson Stjarnan
2015 Emil Pálsson FH
2016 Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson Valur
2017 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason Grindavík
2018 Patrick Pedersen Valur
2019 Óskar Örn Hauksson KR

Young player of the year

Season Player Club International caps International goals
1984 Guðni Bergsson Valur 80 1
1985 Halldór Áskelsson Þór Akureyri 24 4
1986 Gauti Laxdal Fram 0 0
1987 Rúnar Kristinsson KR 104 3
1988 Arnljótur Davíðsson Fram 3 0
1989 Ólafur Gottskálksson ÍA 9 0
1990 Steinar Guðgeirsson Fram 1 0
1991 Arnar Grétarsson Breiðablik 71 2
1992 Arnar Gunnlaugsson ÍA 32 3
1993 Þórður Guðjónsson ÍA 58 13
1994 Eiður Guðjohnsen Valur 88 26
1995 Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV 42 12
1996 Bjarni Guðjónsson ÍA 23 1
1997 Sigurvin Ólafsson ÍBV 7 0
1998 Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson ÍR 1 0
1999 Grétar Hjartarson Grindavík 1 0
2000 Helgi Valur Daníelsson Fylkir 33 0
2001 Grétar Rafn Steinsson ÍA 46 4
2002 Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson ÍBV 24 5
2003 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason Fylkir 36 1
2004 Emil Hallfreðsson FH 71 1
2005 Hörður Sveinsson Keflavik 0 0
2006 Birkir Sævarsson Valur 90 1
2007 Matthías Vilhjálmsson FH 15 2
2008 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson Breiðablik 75 7
2009 Alfreð Finnbogason Breiðablik 57 16
2010 Kristinn Steindórsson Breiðablik 3 2
2011 Þórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson ÍBV 4 0
2012 Jón Daði Böðvarsson Selfoss 48 3
2013 Arnór Ingvi Traustason Keflavík 33 5
2014 Elías Már Ómarsson Keflavík 9 0
2015 Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson Breiðablik 0 0
2016 Óttar Magnús Karlsson Víkingur R. 7 2
2017 Alex Þór Hauksson Stjarnan 1 0
2018 Willum Þór Willumsson Breiðablik 1 0
2019 Finnur Tómas Pálmason KR 0 0

See also

References

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