Vestri (football club)

Knattspyrnudeild Vestra, also known as Vestri, is the football department of the Vestri sport club and is based in Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland.[1]

Vestri
Full nameKnattspyrnudeild Vestra
Nickname(s)Djúpmenn
Founded1986 (1986), as Boltafélag Ísafjarðar
1988 (1988), as BÍ'88
2006 (2006)
as BÍ/Bolungarvík
2016 (2016)
as Vestri
GroundOlísvöllurinn, Ísafjörður
Manager(M) Bjarni Jóhannsson
League(M) 1. deild karla
2019(M) 2. deild karla, 2nd of 12

Men's

History

The club was founded in 1986 under the name Boltafélag Ísafjarðar, or BÍ for short. It first participate in the Icelandic tier-4 league, then known as 4. deild karla, that same year and their first coach was former Icelandic international player Björn Helgason. In 1988, Ísafjörður biggest club, Íþróttabandalag Ísafjarðar (ÍBÍ), folded after years of financial difficulties and most of their players moved over to BÍ who took over as the town's major football club. The club took up the name BÍ'88 to mark the new beginning and Jóhann Króknes Torfason was hired as the head coach. They won their group in 4. deild convincingly, scoring 46 goals while conceding only 3, with their biggest win being an 18-0 victory over Höfrungur. In the 4. deild playoff they came out on top and achieved promotion to 3. deild karla where they played the next three years. In 1991 the team achieved promotion to 2. deild karla after finishing as runner-up's in 3. deild. They played there for two years before being relegated back to 3. deild. After the 1996 season, the club withdrew from play do to financial difficulties.

From 2006 to 2016 the team fielded a joint team with Ungmennafélag Bolungarvíkur, called BÍ/Bolungarvík.[2] In 2008 the team was promoted to 2. deild karla[3] and in 2010 to 1. deild karla.[4] In October 2010 the team hired Guðjón Þórðarson as their manager.[5] In 2016 the club merged into Íþróttafélagið Vestri along with Skellur (Volleyball), Sundfélagið Vestri (Swim) and KFÍ (Basketball).[6][7][8]

On 21 September 2019, Vestri won a 7-0 victory against Tindastóll in the last game of the season and secured a promotion to the second-tier Inkasso League.[9]

Current squad

As of 8 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
2 DF Miloš Ivanković
3 DF Friðrik Þórir Hjaltason
4 MF Gunnar Jónas Hauksson (on loan from Grótta)
5 DF Hákon Ingi Einarsson
6 MF Daniel Osafo-Badu (vice-captain)
7 MF Zoran Plazonic
8 MF Daníel Agnar Ásgeirsson
9 FW Pétur Bjarnason (third-captain)
10 MF Páll Sindri Einarsson
No. Position Player
11 FW Aaron Robert Spear
14 FW Þórður Gunnar Hafþórsson
16 DF Hammed Obafemi Lawal
19 MF Joshua Ryan Signey
21 MF Viktor Júlíusson
22 DF Elmar Atli Garðarsson (captain)
23 DF Isaac Freitas da Silva
24 GK Robert Blakala
25 GK Brentton Muhammad

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
GK Þráinn Ágúst Arnaldsson (to Hörður Í.)
DF Ívar Breki Helgason (to Hörður Í.)
MF Birkir Eydal (to KA)
No. Position Player
MF Davíð Hjaltason (to Hörður Í.)
MF Guðmundur Arnar Svavarsson (to Hörður Í.)
MF Helgi Hrannar Guðmundsson (to Hörður Í.)

Player of the year

Year Winner
2006 Sigurgeir Sveinn Gíslason
2007 Pétur Geir Svavarsson
2008 Goran Vujic
2009 Óttar Kristinn Bjarnason
2010 Sigurgeir Sveinn Gíslason
 
Year Winner
2011 Þórður Ingason
2012 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
2013 Hafsteinn Rúnar Helgason
2014 Matthías Króknes Jóhannsson
2015 Loic Cédric Mbang Ondo
 
Year Winner
2016 Ernir Bjarnason
2017 Daði Freyr Arnarsson
2018 Elmar Atli Garðarsson
2019 Zoran Plazonic

Top scorers by season

Season Player Total Goals Domestic League Domestic Cup
2019 Pétur Bjarnason1275
2018 Pétur Bjarnason17143
2017 Pétur Bjarnason660
2016 Sólon Breki Leifsson880
2015 Pape Mamadou Faye550
2014 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason1174
2013 Ben Everson12102
2012 Pétur Georg Markan853
2011 Tomi Ameobi12111
2010 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason22193
2009 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason880
Goran Vujic880
2008 Andri Rúnar Bjarnason14140
2007 Pétur Geir Svavarsson25250
2006 Óttar Kristinn Bjarnason1000
2005 Þröstur Pétursson440
2004 Hálfdán Daðason990
Pétur Georg Markan990
2003 Pétur Georg Markan1073
2002 Pétur Georg Markan440
1993 Djordje Tosic550
Jóhann Þór Ævarsson550
1992 Jóhann Þór Ævarsson761

Players in bold are currently playing for Vestri.

Former notable players

Players who have played for Vestri (Boltafélag Ísafjarðar, BÍ'88 and BÍ/Bolungarvík) and earned international caps at senior level. Correct as of 8 September 2019.

Nat. Player Date of birth Current club Position International career
James Charles Mack (1988-08-10) 10 August 1988 Víkingur Forward 2018–present
Andri Rúnar Bjarnason (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 1. FC Kaiserslautern Forward 2018–present
Loïc Cédric Mbang Ondo (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 Free agent Defender 2017–present
Emil Pálsson (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 Sandefjord Midfielder 2016–present
Brentton Muhammad (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 Vestri Goalkeeper 2014–present
Matthías Vilhjálmsson (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 Vålerenga Forward 2009–present
Gilles Mbang Ondo (1985-10-10) 10 October 1985 Þróttur V. Forward 2007–present
Nigel Quashie (1978-07-20) 20 July 1978 retired Midfielder 2004–06

Managerial history

Dates[2] Name Notes
1986 Björn Helgason
1987 Jakob Ólason
1988 Jóhann Króknes Torfason
1989 Örnólfur Oddsson Player-manager
1990 Jóhann Króknes Torfason
1991–1992 Ámundi Sigmundsson Player-manager
1993 Helgi Helgason
1994 Einar Friðþjófsson
1995 Björn Ingimarsson Fired midway through season
1995 Örnólfur Oddsson Interim player-manager
1996 Ómar Torfason Player-manager
2002–2004 Haukur Benediktsson Player-manager
2005 Örnólfur Oddsson
2006–2007 Jónas Leifur Sigursteinsson
2008 Slobodan Milisic
2009 Dragan Kazic
2010 Alfreð Elías Jóhannsson Player-manager
2011 Guðjón Þórðarson
2012–2014 Jörundur Áki Sveinsson
2015 Jón Hálfdán Pétursson
2016 Ásgeir Guðmundsson
2017 Daniel Osafo-Badu Player-manager
2017– Bjarni Jóhannsson

Honours

Women's

History

After ÍBÍ women's team folded after the 1988 season, a women's team was founded under BÍ's name. They won the then second-tier 2. deild kvenna in 1989 but withdrew from the top-tier 1. deild kvenna prior to the 1990 season and did not field a team again until 1992.[2] The team last played during the 2015 season in the second-tier 1. deild kvenna when it fielded a joint team with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur under the name ÍR/BÍ/Bolungarvík.[10]

Player of the year

Year Winner
2006 Karítas Sigurlaug Ingimarsdóttir
2012 Silja Runólfsdóttir
2013 Hildur Hálfdánardóttir
2014 Hildur Hálfdánardóttir

Former notable players

Players who have played for Vestri (Boltafélag Ísafjarðar, BÍ'88 and BÍ/Bolungarvík) and earned international caps at senior level. Correct as of 20 March 2019.

Nat. Player Date of birth Current club Position International career
Stella Hjaltadóttir (1967-06-23) 23 June 1967 retired Defender 1987


Managerial history

Dates[2] Name Notes
1989 Rúnar Guðmundsson
1992 Björn Helgason
1993 Örnólfur Oddsson
2000 Dögg Lára Sigurgeirsdóttir Player-manager
2006 Tómas Emil Guðmundsson
2007 Sigþór Snorrason
2012–2014 Jónas Leifur Sigursteinsson
2015 Halldór Þorvaldur Halldórsson As ÍR/BÍ/Bolungarvík

Honours

References

  1. "Vestri - Knattspyrnusamband Íslands". www.ksi.is. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. Sigurður Pétursson (2017). Knattspyrnusaga Ísfirðinga. Púkamót, félag. ISBN 978-9935-24-189-4.
  3. "BÍ Bolungarvík tryggði sér sæti í 2. deild". Vísir.is. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  4. "BÍ/Bolungarvík komið upp í 1. deild". Vísir.is. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  5. "Guðjón þjálfar BÍ/Bolungarvík". Vísir.is.
  6. "Vestri ræður ríkjum á Vestfjörðum". mbl.is. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. "/ Fréttir / Íþróttafélagið Vestri". Hsv.is. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  8. "Vestri kemur í stað BÍ/Bolungarvíkur - Knattspyrnusamband Íslands". www.ksi.is. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. Guðmundur Aðalsteinn Ásgeirsson (21 September 2019). "Bjarni Jó: Það verður mikið stuð fyrir vestan". Fótbolti.net (in Icelandic). Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. Magnús Már Einarsson (18 May 2015). "ÍR og BÍ/Bolungarvík með sameiginlegt lið". fotbolti.net (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 July 2018.


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