Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar

Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (English: Hafnarfjörður Gymnastics Club), commonly referred to as FH, is a professional Icelandic sports club based in Hafnarfjörður. The club competes in football, handball, athletics, and fencing. Its men's football team has been a dominant power since the early 2000s.

Full nameFimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar
Short nameFH
FoundedOctober 15, 1929; 89 years ago
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Capacity6,500 (3,050 seats)
ChairmanValdimar Svavarsson
ManagerMen: Ólafur Kristjánsson
Women: Jakob Lárus­son
LeagueMen: Úrvalsdeild karla
Women: Úrvalsdeild kvenna
2019Men: 3rd
WebsiteClub website


Men's football

Early history

Founded in 1929 as a gymnastics club, FH has since moved into other sports. FH were promoted to the first division in football for the first time in 1979. They avoided relegation by one place and two points in their first season before being relegated in last place in 1981. FH were promoted back to the top-flight in 1984. They spent a single season in the second division in 1988 and were relegated again in 1995.[1]

21st century

After winning the second division in 2000,[2] they came third in the first division in 2001.[3] In 2004 FH won their first national championship, with 37 points to ÍBV's 31.[4]

In the 2004-05 UEFA Cup, FH defeated Haverfordwest County of Wales in the first qualifying round, and then Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic in the second 4–3 on aggregate. With the second leg in injury time and the aggregate score at 3–3, Dunfermline were set to go through on away goals. However, Tommy Nielsen scored in injury time to send the Icelandic part-timers into the first round proper, where they were defeated by Germany's Alemannia Aachen 5–1 on aggregate with all the goals in the first leg in Aachen.

As Icelandic champion of 2004, FH represented the country in the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League, losing to Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan by 2–0[5] in the first leg and by 1–2[6] in the second leg [4–1 on aggregate] of the first qualifying round.

The team won the Icelandic championship for the third year in a row in 2006 after winning the division with 36 points out of 54. Tryggvi Guðmundsson became the team top-scorer with eight goals that season. In summer 2006 three of the club's players played for the national team: Daði Lárusson, Sigurvin Ólafsson and Ármann Smári Björnsson. Ármann Smári also joined Norwegian team Brann after a superb spell for the first 15 rounds. Baldur Bett also left the squad at the end of the season and joined rivals Valur on a free transfer.

The club stadium Kaplakriki underwent a major redevelopment: the southern stand expanded, bringing the seating capacity to 3,500. There are further plans to increase the seating capacity to nearly 6,000 which would make the stadium by far the largest in Iceland, excluding the Laugardalsvöllur stadium. Also to be built are some new club houses, an indoor track and field centre and a roof over the stands.

On 20 October 2006 the club signed the Icelandic twins Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson, who have played for Bolton Wanderers F.C., Stoke City F.C., Feyenoord Rotterdam, 1. FC Nürnberg and Leicester City F.C.. The twins were transferred to their childhood club Íþróttabandalag Akraness in late July 2008. On 1 November 2006 the club signed the 26-year-old Matthías Guðmundsson from Valur.

The 2007 season saw FH finishing second in the premier division behind main rivals Valur, after losing to them in one of the final games of the season. FH won the Icelandic Cup with a 2–1 victory over Fjölnir in the cup final which secured them a place in the UEFA Cup qualification round.

In October 2007, Ólafur Jóhannesson resigned as FH manager to take over the Icelandic national side. In his five years in control of FH, the team won the Premier division three times, were placed second twice, won the league cup three times and the cup once. Heimir Guðjónsson, former assistant-manager and former FH captain, was hired as his replacement.

On 1 August 2008 the club was drawn against F.A. Premier League team Aston Villa in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup. They were beaten 4–1 in the home leg on 14 August, and drew 1–1 in the away tie at Villa Park on 28 August, losing 5–2 on aggregate.

On 27 September 2008 FH won the Icelandic Premier division for the fourth time in 5 years. In one of the most exciting last days of the competition ever, their main rivals Keflavík were odds-on favorites to win the title with a 2-point lead over FH going into the last round. FH had a game against Fylkir while Keflavík played hosts to Fram, who themselves had to win to secure third place and the last spot in the UEFA Cup next season. FH had to win their game by two goals to benefit from a draw in Keflavík. In the event FH beat Fylkir 2–0 for FH with goals from Matthías Vilhjálmsson and Guðmundur Sævarsson, while Keflavík, after being a goal up lost 2–1 to Fram. Captain Davíð Þór Viðarsson lifted the cup to the dismay of the Keflavík fans.

They took part in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League after winning the league in 2009. They then finished second in the league in 2010 and 2011 and won the league in 2012 for the tenth top-two finish in a row. In 2015 and 2016, they won the Icelandic premier division title back to back.

They also have a strong connection with Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone, both sets of fans often meet up and go for a game of football then a pint afterwards


UEFA club competition record

As of August 24, 2017

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 24 5 7 12 20 34 –14
UEFA Cup & UEFA Europa League 34 12 9 13 43 53 –10
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 6 7 –1
Total 62 18 17 27 69 94 –25


Season Competition Round Opponents 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1990-1991 UEFA Cup 1R Dundee United 1–3 2–2 3–5
1994-1995 UEFA Cup PR Linfield 1–0 1–3 2–3
1995-1996 UEFA Cup PR Glenovan 0–0 0–1 0–1
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Cementarnica 55 3–1 1–2 4–3
2R Villareal 0–2 2–2 2–4
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Haverfordwest County 1–0 3–1 4–1
2Q Dunfermline Athletic 2–2 2–1 4–3
1R Alemannia Aachen 1–5 0–0 1–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Neftchi Baku 0–2 1–2 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q FC TVMK 3–2 1–1 4–3
2Q Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–2 0–3
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q HB 4–1 0–0 4–1
2Q BATE 1–3 1–1 2–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Grevenmacher 3–2 5–1 8–3
2Q Aston Villa 1–4 1–1 2–5
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Aktobe 0–4 0–2 0–6
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q BATE 1–5 0–1 1–6
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Nacional 1–1 0–2 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q USV Eschen/Mauren 2–1 1–0 3–1
2Q AIK 1–1 0–1 1–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Ekranas 1–0 2–1 3–1
3Q Austria Wien 0–1 0–0 0–1
UEFA Europa League PO Genk 0–2 2–5 2–7
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Glenavon 3–0 3–2 6–2
2Q Neman Grodno 1–1 2–0 3–1
3Q Elfsborg 1–4 2–1 3–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q SJK 1–0 1–0 2–0
2Q Inter Baku 1–2 2–2 3–4 (a.e.t)
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Dundalk 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q Víkingur Gøta 1–1 2–0 3–1
3Q Maribor 0–1 0–1 0–2
UEFA Europa League PO Braga 1–2 2–3 3–5
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lahti 3–0 0–0 3–0
2Q Hapoel Haifa 1–1 0–1 1–2
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q
  • PR: Preliminary Round
  • 1R: First round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round


Current squad

As of 23 July 2019[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Gunnar Nielsen
3 DF Cédric D'Ulivo
4 DF Pétur Viðarsson
5 DF Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson
6 MF Björn Daníel Sverrisson
7 FW Steven Lennon
8 MF Kristinn Steindórsson
9 MF Jónatan Ingi Jónsson
10 MF Davíð Þór Viðarsson (captain)
11 FW Atli Guðnason
12 GK Vignir Jóhannesson
16 MF Guðmundur Kristjánsson
No. Position Player
18 FW Jákup Thomsen (on loan from Midtjylland)
19 DF Egill Darri Makan Þorvaldsson
21 DF Guðmann Þórisson
22 MF Halldór Orri Björnsson
23 FW Brynjar Ásgeir Guðmundsson
24 GK Daði Freyr Arnarsson
26 MF Baldur Logi Guðlaugsson
27 MF Brandur Olsen
28 DF Leó Kristinn Þórisson
29 MF Þórir Jóhann Helgason
30 MF Arnar Sigthórsson

Women's football


FH's women's football team won the first edition of the national championship in 1972. After losing the title to Ármann in 1973, FH won three successive titles in 1974, 1975 and 1976.[8] The club was promoted from the second-tier 1. deild in 2015, and finished sixth in the 2016 Úrvalsdeild.

Current squad

As of 16 September 2017[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 GK Aníta Dögg Guðmundsdóttir
2 DF Þorbjörg Lilja Sigmarsdóttir
3 MF Lilja Gunnarsdóttir
4 DF Guðný Árnadóttir
5 DF Vicky Bruce
7 DF Erna Guðrún Magnúsdóttir
8 DF Megan Dunnigan
9 FW Rannveig Bjarnadóttir
10 MF Selma Dögg Björgvinsdóttir
12 GK Hafdís Erla Gunnarsdóttir
No. Position Player
13 DF Melkorka Katrín Fl Pétursdóttir
14 DF Maria Selma Haseta
15 FW Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir
16 MF Diljá Ýr Zomers
17 FW Alda Ólafsdóttir
18 MF Caroline Murray
19 MF Helena Ósk Hálfdánardóttir
21 MF Úlfa Dís Kreye Úlfarsdóttir
22 MF Bryndís Hrönn Kristinsdóttir
23 GK Lindsey Harris


  • Úrvalsdeild kvenna (Premier league)
    • Winners (4): 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976
  • 1. deild kvenna (1st division)
    • Winners (1): 2015


Men's handball


1 Won by the reserve FH-b

Women's handball


1 Won by the reserve FH-b


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  2. "Iceland - List of Second Division Champions and Promoted Clubs". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. "Iceland 2001". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. "Iceland 2004". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. Neftchi Baku – FH Hafnarfjordur : 2–0 (Match Report)
  6. FH Hafnarfjordur – Neftchi Baku : 1–2 (Match Report)
  7. "Spá Fó - 1. sæti: FH". Fó (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  8. "Íslandsmeistarar meistaraflokks kvenna" (in Icelandic). Football Association of Iceland. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  9. "FH HAFNARFJÖRÐUR". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
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