Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur

Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur, commonly referred to as Vikingur and internationally known as Vikingur F.C., is an Icelandic sports club based in Reykjavík. It is one of the oldest sports clubs in Iceland, founded on the 21st of April 1908.
The football club has won five Championship titles, five First Division titles and two Cup titles. Víkingur operates other sports divisions including handball, tennis, table tennis, karate and skiing. All sports include both male and female teams.

Víkingur Reykjavik
Full nameKnattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
Nickname(s)Vikings, Vikes (Víkingar)
Founded21 April 1908 (1908-04-21)
GroundVíkingsvöllur
Capacity1,450[1]
Club ChairmanBjörn Einarsson
FC ChairmanFridrik Magnusson
ManagerArnar Gunnlaugsson
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
20197th
WebsiteClub website

Crest and colours

Club crest

Þorbjörn Þórðarson, who was the chairman of the Vikingur in the period of 1943–44, designed the original Víkingur badge.[2]
In the foreground of Vikingur's original crest is a brownish 19th century leather ball framed with white badges and has red and black stripes in the background.[3]

Team outfit

The Vikings have played in red and black striped outfits since the club's early years.[4]

Home ground

Víkin

Facilities and home ground are located at Víkin since 1984 when a football pitch was first laid there. The club residence followed in 1988 and indoor facilities were built in 1991, significantly improving the overall facilities.[5] Víkin is located in the district of Fossvogur (Háaleiti & Bústaðir), on the east side of Reykjavík.[6]

Víkingsvöllur

The sports venue was constructed in 2004 and completed in 2005. Víkingsvöllur holds around 2000 spectators.

Youth training

The youth training program at Víkin is notable for its contribution to the Iceland national senior and youth teams, providing in recent years players such as:
Kári Árnason, Sölvi Ottesen, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, Aron Elís Þrándarson, Óttar Magnús Karlsson

Club history

The Founding Fathers of Víkingur (1908)

Víkingur Reykjavik was founded on the 21 April 1908 with the purpose of financing a ball purchase for a group of boys in a Reykjavik neighborhood to play football.
The club's inaugural meeting, with 32 boys present, was held in the basement of Túngata 12 in Reykjavik.

The founding fathers of Víkingur Reykjavik Football Club were:

  • Axel Andrésson (12 years old) who initially chaired the board of directors.
  • Emil Thoroddsen (9 years old) who served as a secretary.
  • Davíð Jóhannesson (11 years old) who took on the role of treasurer.
  • Páll Andrésson and Þórður Albertsson.[7]

The Unbeaten Decade (1908–1918)

In the first 10 years of Vikingur's history, the team failed to win in only a single match. In that period Vikingur scored 58 goals and conceded 16.
However, the team did not win a single title in that time due to them not yet having a regular senior side to play in the Icelandic Championship.[8]

First Championship Titles (1918–1947)

The Viking's first match in the Championship took place on 9 June 1918 – when the team ensured a 5–0 victory over their rivals Valur.[9]
Two years later the club won its first Championship title. The second Championship title came in 1924.[10] During the first 40 years of Vikingur's history, the club did not to have any actual club facilities.

Residence at Suðurgata (1947–1950)

Vikingur's first residence was a former "Iglo officers club" in Camp Tripoli at Suðurgata which the club took on lease in the years between 1946–50 by promises of being slotted an area of land south of University of Iceland at Vatnsmýri.
The residence at Camp Tripoli proved to be a true lever for the club for a period of time, since in Víkingur's first decades, meetings were held in various places in Reykjavik and the club did not have any sporting facilities.
Vikingur was later assigned an area of land in conjunction with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur at Vatnsmýri.[11]

Hæðargarður & First Cup Win (1950–1975)

Following the years at Suðurgata, Víkingur continued its search for a suitable club location since the given area at Vatnsmýri was considered too small for the club.

In 1953, building constructions began for a new club house at Hæðargarður in the district of Bústaða- og smáíbúðahverfi Reykjavíkur, which at the time was being organized. However, despite the new club house, the club's working environment was poor as there were no sporting facilities or home pitch. Training continued to take place in various settings in Reykjavik.

Víkingur's first Icelandic Cup title in men's football came in the year 1971, when the team was victorious in the final over rivals UBK Kópavogur, 1–0.[12]

Growth in Fossvogur (since 1976)

It wasn't until the year 1976 that Víkingur got assigned an area of land in Fossvogur and began to build up its residence and sporting facilities.
In general, the main service area of the club is demarcated by Fossvogsdalur, Kringlumýrarbraut, Miklabraut and Reykjanesbraut.

Much work was done to prepare the grounds in Fossvogur during the years of 1981,1982 and 1983 when the Vikingur team clinched the first consecutive football Championship- and Super Cup titles in the club's history. A couple of years later, in 1984, footballers could start training at Víkin. Construction of the indoor facilities were completed in 1991, the same year as Víkingur retained its latest Championship title.[13] Construction began in 2004 on the sports venue at Víkin and was inaugurated in 2005. Víkin seats around 1,200 spectators. In the 2015 season, the men's football team will take part in the UEFA Europa League, having reached the club's highest league position of 4th place since winning the Championship in 1991.

League history

Men's football

2013 Season

After a period of struggle and re-organization at Víkin in the 2012 season, the Víkingur team won promotion to the football Championship.

Aron Elís Þrándarson was chosen both as the 'most promising' and 'best' player in the league.

2014 Season

Having regained their place in the football Championship in 2013, the team finished 4th place, achieving the club's highest league position since 1991.

2015 Season

Víkingur men's team played their first Europa League qualifiers since 1992, and admit a 2–3 defeat on aggregate against Slovenian team FC Koper.

Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson scored both of Víkingur's goals in the away clash against FC Koper. Ólafur Þórðarson parted ways with the club.

2016 Season

Only lacking the temporal difference to challenge for a spot in the Europa League qualification the team's fate was a mid-table finish.

Óttar Magnús Karlsson was the standout player in the team as he was chosen 'most promising player' in the league.

2017 Season

The season turned sharply by Milos Milojevic surprise resignation from the gaffers position early in the season.

This event cued the return to home of the then retired multiple championship winner and fans favourite Logi Ólafsson, who steered them to a safe mid-table finish.

2018 Season

Memorable for lively supporters match day experiences at Víkin, the 2018 early season performance was however highly affected by sloppy pitch conditions.

Acclaimed Iceland International Sölvi Geir Ottesen made his return to Víkin - now alternatively known as the 'Homeground of Happiness'.

At the end of the season Logi Ólafsson moved back into retirement passing the managerial position to his assistant and former International Arnar Gunnlaugsson.

2019 Season

Players

Men's Football - Current Squad

As of 30 July 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 Þórður Ingason
12 GK Emil Andri Auðunsson
3 GK Logi Tómasson
32 FW Fran Marmolejo
4 MF Gunnlaugur Hlynur Birgisson
6 DF Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
7 MF J.C. Mack
8 DF Sölvi Ottesen
9 FW Erlingur Agnarsson
21 FW Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason
10 FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson
No. Position Player
13 FW Viktor Örlygur Andrason
18 FW Örvar Eggertsson
19 FW Þórir Rafn Þórisson
20 MF Júlíus Magnússon
22 MF Ágúst Hlynsson
23 FW Nikolaj Hansen
24 DF Davíð Örn Atlason
26 FW Kolbeinn Theodorsson
27 DF Kári Árnason
77 MF Atli Hrafn Andrason
15 MF Kwame Quee [14]

Men's Football - 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

Managerial history - Men's Football

Notable former players

Following players have represented Víkingur and either made at least 100 league appearances for the club, or made at least 10 appearances for their national team.

Player records

Men's football - Most appearances

In the current squad, Halldór Smári is the most capped player for Víkingur with 301 matches followed by Dofri Snorrason with 186.

David Örn Atlason has 142 matches and Sölvi Geir Ottesen has 84 matches to his name. (May 2019)[15]

Caps Player
351 Magnús Þorvaldsson
314 Jóhannes Bárðarson
300 Halldór Smári Sigurðsson
273 Diðrik Ólafsson
251 Daníel Hjaltason
219 Sigurjón Þorri Ólafsson
212 Egill Atlason
206 Jón Ólafsson
200 Atli Einarsson
193 Björn Bjartmarz
192 Aðalsteinn Aðalsteinsson
192 Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson
192 Ragnar Gíslason
187 Eiríkur Þorsteinsson
187 Hörður Theódórsson
185 Dofri Snorrason
181 Lárus Huldarsson
171 Bjarni Lárus Hall
167 Heimir Karlsson
166 Atli Helgason
166 Jóhann Þorvarðarson
165 Haukur Armin Úlfarsson
160 Ívar Örn Jónsson
160 Kristján Jóhannes Magnússon
159 Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson
154 Ómar Torfason
153 Hafliði Pétursson
153 Þórður Marelsson
151 Milos Glogovac
145 Trausti Ívarsson
142 Kjartan Dige Baldursson
142 Óskar Tómasson
142 Þorvaldur Sveinn Sveinsson
140 Andri Marteinsson
140 Davíð Örn Atlason
134 Sumarliði Árnason
133 Ögmundur Kristinsson
132 Sigurður Egill Lárusson
128 Tómas Guðmundsson
126 Bjarni Gunnarsson
126 Ingvar Þór Kale
126 Stefán Halldórsson
126 Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson
126 Ögmundur Viðar Rúnarsson
124 Marteinn Guðgeirsson
122 Hólmsteinn Jónasson
120 Hörður Sigurjón Bjarnason
119 Höskuldur Eiríksson
119 Valur Adolf Úlfarsson

[16]

European record

Men's football - European Clashes

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Legia Warsaw 0–2 0–9 0–11
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R Bordeaux 0–4 0–4 0–8
1982–83 European Cup 1R Real Sociedad 0–1 2–3 2–4[17]
1983–84 European Cup 1R Rába ETO Győr 0–2 1–2 1–4[18]
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R CSKA Moscow 0–1 2–4 2–5[19]
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Koper 0–1 2–2 2–3[20]
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q ? ?–? ?–? ?–?[21]

Notes:

  • 1R: First Round
  • 1Q: First Qualifying Round

Achievements & club honours

Men's football

League

Cup

Men's handball

League

Cup

Women's handball

League

Cup

Supporters

Club anthem

In celebration of the club's centennial anniversary in 2008, Vikingur supporters club held a competition for a new club anthem to be played at home games.[22]
The winning song, Vikingur – 100 years, or simply: Við viljum sigur í dag Víkingar! was composed and performed by Stefán Magnússon and Freyr Eyjólfsson[23]

Shirt sponsors

YearKit ManufacturerShirt Sponsor
1918–90NANA
1991–93AdidasBahco
1994–01LottoKaupthing
2002–05LottoKaupthing
2006–09ProstarKaupthing
2010–13PumaTVG Zimsen
2014–15NikeTVG Zimsen
2016–MacronTVG Zimsen

Staff & board 2019

Men's football

  • Manager: Arnar Gunnlaugsson
  • Assistant/Strength Coach: Guðjón Örn Ingólfsson
  • Assistant/GK Coach: Hajrudin Čardaklija
  • Coach: Einar Guðnason
  • Physio: Ísak Guðmann
  • Squad Manager: Fannar Helgi Rúnarsson
  • Squad Manager: Þórir Ingvarsson
  • Managing director: Haraldur V. Haraldsson
  • Sports Director: Fannar Helgi Rúnarsson
  • Football Pitch Manager: Örn I. Jóhannsson
    • Chairman: Friðrik Magnusson
    • Vice chairman: Heimir Gunnlaugsson
    • Project Manager: Benedikt Sveinsson
    • Boardmember: Hrannar Már Gunnarsson
    • Gjaldkeri: Valdimar Sigurðsson
    • Boardmember: Tryggvi Björnsson
    • Boardmember: Sverrir Geirdal
    • Head of youth development: Einar Guðnason

References

  1. Stadiums (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  2. Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/formenn-vikings
  3. Víkingur Crest (2015) Wikipedia.file:Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.png
  4. Football clubs (2015) KSÍ.
    http://www.ksi.is/um-ksi/adildarfelog/adildarfelag/?Felag=103
  5. Official website of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur (2015) Sögubrot. Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  6. Stadiums (2015). KSÍ.
    Weblink: http://www.ksi.is/mannvirki/knattspyrnuvellir/?vollur=102
  7. Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur: Skjalaskrá (2009). Borgarskjalasafn.
    Weblink: http://www.borgarskjalasafn.is/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-4323/6668_read-1008/start-k/6630_view-2789/
  8. http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  9. Jónsson, Ágúst Ingi (1983). Áfram Víkingur (1st ed.).
  10. Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  11. Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  12. Sögubrot (2015) Vikingur.is
    http://www.vikingur.is/forsiea/soegubrot/stiklae-a-storu
  13. Stefna Víkings (2015) Víkingur.is
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.is/Media/PDF/Stefna_Vikings_i_barnaogungl_thjalfun_2011.pdf
  14. Atgeirinn (1/2019 p.9-13) Víkingur.is
    https://vikingur.is/images/NYHEIMASIDA2016/2019/knattspyrna/atgeirinn/Atgeirinn_-_12019.pdf
  15. Atgeirinn (1/2019 p.16) Víkingur.is
    https://vikingur.is/images/NYHEIMASIDA2016/2019/knattspyrna/atgeirinn/Atgeirinn_-_12019.pdf
  16. Most Appearances for Víkingur (2016). Víkingur News Letter (p.17): Víkingur.is.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.is/images/frettabref/vifrbr.pdf
  17. Víkingur goals: Jóhann Þorvarðarson & Sverrir Herbertsson.
    Weblink: http://www.sharkscores.com/Comparison/Default.aspx?id=453781
  18. Víkingur goal: Magnús Þorvaldsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.gyor.vikingur-reykjavik.35099.en.html
  19. Víkingur goals: Atli Einarsson & Guðmundur Steinsson.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.vikingur-reykjavik.cska-moscou.34014.en.html
  20. Víkingur goals: Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson x2.
    Weblink: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.fc-koper.vikingur-reykjavik.180819.en.html
  21. Víkingur goals:?
  22. Vikingur's Centennial Club Anthem Competition (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://vikingur.net/web/?page=news_story&id=1425
  23. Vikingur 100 years – winning song (2008). Víkingur's supporters club: Víkingur.net.
    Weblink: http://www.vikingur.net/mp3/vikingslag.mp3
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