Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar

Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar, abbreviated KA, is an Icelandic multi-sport club based in Akureyri in the north of Iceland.[1] The club was founded in 1928. The football team currently plays in Úrvalsdeild and have won the top flight once in 1989.

KA
Full nameKnattspyrnufélag Akureyrar
Short nameKA
Founded1928 (1928)
GroundAkureyrarvöllur,
Akureyri
Capacity2,000
ChairmanHjörvar Maronsson
ManagerÓli Stefán Flóventsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
2019 Pepsi Deildin, 5th of 12th
WebsiteClub website
Departments of
Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar
Football (Men's) Football (Women's) Handball (Men's)
Handball (Women's) Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's)
Tennis Badminton Judo

Club

The club offers various sports including football, handball, judo, volleyball and racket sports. Its main rival is another sports club in Akureyri, Þór Akureyri. The two clubs merged to form ÍB Akureyri from 1928 to 1974. Before the 2006–2007 Icelandic handball season, they merged their handball clubs to form Akureyri Handboltafélag. In 2017, KA left the partnership and reinstated the KA Handball section .

Men's Football

They have once been the Icelandic champions, in 1989 after a tough fight against FH (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar). FH were in the lead until their final match, against already relegated team Fylkir. FH lost and KA obtained the title for the first time in their history.

KA currently play at Akureyrarvöllur and have their training ground at KA-Heimilið.

Current squad

As of 30 August 2019

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 Aron Dagur Birnuson
2 DF Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
3 DF Callum Williams
6 DF Hallgrímur Jónasson (captain)
7 MF Almarr Ormarsson
8 MF Iosu Villar
9 FW Elfar Árni Aðalsteinsson
10 FW Hallgrímur Mar Steingrímsson
11 FW Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson
12 GK Kristijan Jajalo
14 MF Andri Fannar Stefánsson
16 DF Brynjar Ingi Bjarnason
No. Position Player
17 MF Ýmir Már Geirsson
19 DF Birgir Baldvinsson
21 MF David Cuerva
22 DF Hrannar Björn Steingrímsson
23 FW Steinþór Freyr Þorsteinsson
25 DF Torfi Tímoteus Gunnarsson (on loan from Fjölnir)
24 MF Nökkvi Þeyr Þórisson
28 FW Sæþór Olgeirsson
29 DF Alexander Groven
49 DF Ívar Örn Árnason
77 MF Bjarni Aðalsteinsson

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
6 MF Ottó Björn Óðinsson (at Dalvík/Reynir until 16 October 2019)
6 MF Ólafur Aron Pétursson (at Magni until 16 October 2019)
15 FW Þorri Mar Þórisson (at Keflavík until 16 October 2019)
23 GK Aron Elí Gíslason (at Magni until 16 October 2019)

European record

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA European Cup 2 1 0 1 1 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 2 0 2 2

Matches

Season Competition Round Opponents 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1970–1971 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Zürich 1–7 0–7 1–14
1990–1991 UEFA European Cup 1R CSKA Sofia 1–0 0–3 1–3
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R FK Sloboda Tuzla 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (3–2 p)
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary Round
  • 1R: First round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1987 Úrvalsdeild 6 18567 181721 Fourth round
1988 Úrvalsdeild 4 18837 312927 Fourth round
1989 Úrvalsdeild 1 18972 291534 Fourth round
1990 Úrvalsdeild 8 185112 182816 Fourth round European Cup
1991 Úrvalsdeild 6 18747 212325 Fourth round
1992 Úrvalsdeild 10 183411 183313 Final Relegated to the 1.deild
1993 1.deild 4 18927 312229 Fourth round
1994 1.deild 8 185310 263418 Third round
1995 1.deild 3 18765 262527 Second round
1996 1.deild 4 18756 363326 Quarter-finals
1997 1.deild 7 18468 243118 Fourth round
1998 1.deild 7 18747 242825 Third round
1999 1.deild 6 18657 242423 Second round
2000 1.deild 3 181044 382334 Fourth round
2001 1.deild 2 181143 432137 Final Promoted to the Úrvalsdeild
2002 Úrvalsdeild 4 18675 181925 Semi-finals
2003 Úrvalsdeild 8 18648 292722 Semi-finals UEFA Intertoto Cup
2004 Úrvalsdeild 10 184311 133015 Final Relegated to the 1.deild
2005 1. deild 3 181044 402034 Fourth round
2006 1. deild 6 18639 222521 Quarter-finals
2007 1. deild 11 225413 144519 Third round
2008 1. deild 4 22958 312732 Third round
2009 1. deild 5 221057 322435 Fourth round
2010 1. deild 9 226610 294324 Quarter-finals
2011 1. deild 8 229211 324029 Third round
2012 1. deild 4 22967 343033 Fourth round
2013 1. deild 6 22958 383132 Second round
2014 1. deild 8 22877 423331 Third round
2015 1. deild 3 221255 422241 Semi-final
2016 1. deild 1 221633 421651 Third round Promoted to the Úrvalsdeild
2017 Úrvalsdeild 7 22787 373129 Third round
2018 Úrvalsdeild 7 22778 363428 Fourth round
2019 Úrvalsdeild 5 22949 343431 Fourth round

[2]

Trophies and achievements

Notable former players

Player of the Season

Season Name Nationality Position Ref.
2004 Sandor Matus HungaryGoalkeeper
2005 Pálmi Rafn Pálmason IcelandMidfielder
2006 Janez Vrenko SloveniaDefender
2007 Þorvaldur Sveinn Guðbjörnsson IcelandDefender
2008 Arnar Már Guðjónsson IcelandMidfielder
2009 Haukur Heiðar Hauksson IcelandDefender
2010 Sandor Matus (2) HungaryGoalkeeper
2011 Haukur Heiðar Hauksson (2) IcelandDefender
2012 Gunnar Valur Gunnarsson IcelandDefender
2013 Hallgrímur Mar Steingrímsson IcelandMidfielder
2014 Srdjan Rajkovic SerbiaGoalkeeper
2015 Callum Williams EnglandDefender
2016 Guðmann Þórisson IcelandDefender
2017 Hallgrímur Mar Steingrímsson (2) IcelandMidfielder
2018 Callum Williams (2) EnglandDefender
2019 Elfar Árni Aðalsteinsson IcelandForward

Overall most appearances

Rank Nationality Name Years Appearances[3]
1 Sandor Matus 2004–13 231
2 Dean Martin 1995-97, 1999-04, 2008-10 214
3 Hallgrímur M. Steingrímsson 2009-14, 2016- 207
4 Steingrímur Örn Eiðsson 1997-07 168
5 Bjarni Jónsson 1987-97 166
6 Þorvaldur M. Sigbjörnsson 1992-96, 1999-03, 2007 160
7 Davíð Rúnar Bjarnason 2008-2017 152
8 Hreinn Hringsson 2000-06 144
9 Gauti Laxdal 1987-93, 1996 135
10 Hrannar Björn Steingrímsson 2014- 134

Overall top scorers

Rank Nationality Name Years Goals[4]
1 Hreinn Hringsson 2000-06 73
2 Þorvaldur M. Sigbjörnsson 1992-96, 1999-03, 2007 61
3 Hallgrímur M. Steingrímsson 2009-14, 2016- 60
4 Elfar Árni Aðalsteinsson 2015– 51
5 David Disztl 2009–2010, 2012 32
6 Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson 2011–15 28
7 Þorvaldur Örlygsson 1984–89, 2000–03 25
8 Jóhann Helgason 2002–05, 2012, 2014–15 24
9 Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson 2016– 24
10 Höskuldur Þórhallsson 1993–98 21
Dean Martin 1995-97, 1999-04, 2008-10 21
Bjarni Jónsson 1987-97 21

Managerial History

Kit

Period Kit manufacturer
1975–78 Adidas
1979 Hummel
1980-1981 Puma
1982–83 Hummel
1984–98 Adidas
1999-2002 Puma
2003 Henson
2004–2014 Hummel
2015– Diadora

Women's Football

Since 1999, KA has fielded a joint women's team with neighbouring club Þór Akureyri under the name Þór/KA in the top level league Úrvalsdeild. In 2006 the team finished 7th of 8 teams, 8th/9 in 2007, the reaching a good 4th/10 in 2008 and then bettering those results with 3rd/10 in 2009 and a second-place finish in 2010. As Iceland was in the top 8 leagues of UEFA,[5] those second place was enough to qualify for the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League.[6] The team entered in the round of 32 but lost 14–2 on aggregate to German team Turbine Potsdam.

In 2010 the team also went to the semi-finals in the Icelandic cup, losing to the eventual winner Valur.[7] In 1989 and 2013 they lost the cup final.

In 2012 Þór/KA finished first in the Úrvalsdeild and secured its first ever Icelandic championship.[8]

On September 29, 2017, the club secured its second national championship by defeating FH, in the last game of the season, 2–0 with goals from Sandra Jessen and Sandra Stephany Mayor.[9]

Trophies and achievements

  1. As Þór/KA
  2. As KA

Handball

Men's handball

Trophies and achievements

Women's handball

Trophies and achievements

Volleyball

Trophies and achievements

Men's volleyball

  • Icelandic Championships:
    • Gold medal: 1989, 1991, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019
  • Icelandic Cup:
    • Champions: 1991, 1992, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Icelandic League Cup:
    • Champions: 1989, 1991, 1994, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019

Women's volleyball

  • Icelandic Championships:
    • Gold medal: 2019
  • Icelandic Cup:
    • Champions: 2019
  • Icelandic League Cup:
    • Champions: 2019

Club officials

As of 20 December 2018[11]

References

  1. "Lög Knattspyrnufélags Akureyrar". ka.is (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. "Mótalisti". ksi.is (in Icelandic). KSI. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. "Öll mót" (in Icelandic). KSÍ. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. "Öll mót" (in Icelandic). KSÍ. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. UEFA rankings for 2011/12, retrieved 21 October 2010
  6. Thor/KA is champion, own website, retrieved 21 October 2010
  7. women.soccerway.com, 2010 Cup results
  8. "Úrslit – staða – Knattspyrnusamband Íslands". www.ksi.is. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  9. "Þór/KA – FH: Bein lýsing". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. Frá upphafi
  11. ‚ KA.is, 4 January 2018
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