Njarðvík men's basketball

The Njarðvík men's basketball team, commonly known as Njarðvík or UMFN, is the men's basketball department of Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur, based in the town of Reykjanesbær in Iceland.[4] It is one of the most successful men's team in Icelandic basketball, winning 17 national championships.[5] The team, then known as ÍKF (Íþróttafélag Keflavíkurflugvallar), was one of the founding members of the Icelandic top league in 1952 and won the first Icelandic men's championship that same year.[6] In 1969 the team merged into Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur and became its basketball department.[7][8][9]

Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur
LeaguesÚrvalsdeild karla
HistoryÍKF
(1952–1969)
UMFN
(1969–present)
ArenaNjarðtaks-gryfjan
LocationReykjanesbær, Iceland
Team colorsgreen, white
         
PresidentKristín Örlygsdóttir[1]
Head coachEinar Árni Jóhannsson
Assistant(s)Halldór Karlsson[2]
Yngvi Gunnlaugsson[3]
Championships17 Icelandic championships
WebsiteUMFN.is

Njarðvík also has a men's reserve team that plays in the amateur level Icelandic 3rd-tier Division II, called Njarðvík-b.[10]

Colours

The original uniform colours of the club were blue and white. In late 1973 the basketball department was in need of new uniforms and due to lack of funds they decided to select a colour that no other team was using, so they wouldn't have to buy two sets of uniforms. There were three colours to choose from but as the three selectors were all Boston Celtics fans they decided to choose green uniforms. The green colour has been in use since then, except for the 1989-90 season when they played in the orange colour of its biggest sponsor, Hagkaup.[11]

Arena

Njarðvík plays its home games at Íþróttahús Njarðvíkur[12], commonly nicknamed Ljónagryfjan (English: The Lion's Den)[13][14][15] since at least 1976.[16] In July 2019, Njarðvík signed a 2-year sponsorship deal with Njarðtak, naming the arena the Njarðtaks-gryfjan (English: The Njarðtak's Den).[17]

Trophies and awards

Trophies

Úrvalsdeild karla

  • Winners (17): 19521, 19531, 19561, 19581, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006

Icelandic Basketball Cup

  • Winners (5): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2005

Icelandic Super Cup

  • Winners (7): 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006

Company Cup

  • Winners (3): 2001, 2003, 2005

Division I

  • Winners (3): 19651, 19691, 1972
  1. As ÍKF

Individual awards

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Coaches

References

  1. Stjórn UMFN
  2. Davíð Eldur (29 May 2018). "Halldór Karlsson ráðinn aðstoðarþjálfari í Ljónagryfjunni". karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. "Yngvi Gunnlaugsson til starfa í Njarðtaks-gryfjunni". umfn.is (in Icelandic). 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  4. Félög - Njarðvík
  5. Úrvalsdeild
  6. Fyrstu Íslandsmót karla og kvenna
  7. Ytri aðstæður og innri efling starfsins
  8. Fram stofnar körfuknattleiksdeild
  9. ÍR og KR í vandræðum
  10. "2. deild karla". KKI.is. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  11. "Stór stund og ólýsanleg stemming í bænum". Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur í 70 ár (in Icelandic). Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur. p. 49. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  12. "Félög - Njarðvík". KKI.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  13. Tómas Þór Þórðarson (7 March 2017). "Ljónagryfjan stóð í ljósum Loga: „Fæ mér árskort í Njarðvík ef hann spilar til 45 ára aldurs"". Vísir.is. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  14. "Góður sigur Hauka á KR-ingum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 7 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  15. Skúli Sigurðsson (21 November 2009). "„Kisukassi" Njarðvíkinga gleymdur og grafinn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  16. "Ármenningar sluppu lifandi úr „ljónagryfjunni"". Tíminn (in Icelandic). 3 February 1976. pp. 18, 23. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  17. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (5 July 2019). "Engin Ljónagryfja á næsta tímabili". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  18. "Lokahóf". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 13 April 1987. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
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