We are the Champions: Iceland – 2013 Úrvalsdeild – KR Reykjavík
Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur is the most famous, the oldest and the most successful football club in Reykjavík and in Iceland.
KR has won so far Úrvalsdeild, the Icelandic Championship, 26 times, the Icelandic Cup 13 times, the Icelandic League Cup 5 times and the Icelandic Super Cup 2 times.
It was established on 16 February 1899 (named Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur), being the oldest football club in Iceland, but had been the only Icelandic football club for several years and had to wait until 1912 to play the first Icelandic Championship, that won defeating Fram Reykjavík after a play-off game.
KR chose to wear a black-and-white striped kit inspired by the one of Newcastle United.
From 1968 to 1999 KR didn’t win any Icelandic Championship and also played on Second Division (now 1.delid).
KR female team won 6 Icelandic Championships and 12 Icelandic Cup.
It’s situated in Reykjavík, has a capacity of 2,781 (1,541 seated and under a roof).
KR has played several matches in UEFA competitons. They faced teams such as Liverpool FC, Rosenborg, FC Nantes, Olympiakos Piraeus, Feyenoord, QPR, Torino, Everton, AIK Stockholm, FC Basel, Dinamo Tbilisi, Standard Liege and HJK Helsinki. They also managed to eliminate teams like Dinamo Bucarest, Larissa FC (Greece) and Zilina..
He is a former Icelandic footballer, aged 44, who played for Lokeren, Lillestrøm SK and KR Reykjavík and collected 104 caps and 3 goals for Iceland. He has coached KR since 2010 and has won so far 2 Icelandic Championships (2011 and 2013), 2 Icelandic Cups (2011, 2012), 1 Icelandic League Cup (2012) and 1 Icelandic Super Cup (2012).
His son Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, GK born 1995, plays for KR and is a member of U19 and U21 National Team.
Hugi Jóhannesson, 21
Hannes Thór Halldórsson, 29
Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, 18
Dagur Snaer Steingrímsson
Hróar Sigurdsson, 21
Aron Bjarki Jósepsson, 23
Hrannar Einarsson, 19
Grétar Sigfinnur Sigurdarson, 31
jonas Grönner (NOR), 19
Gunnar Thór Gunnarsson, 28
Gudmundur Reynir Gunnarsson, 24
Haukur Heidar Hauksson, 22
Egill Jónsson, 22
Andri Ólafsson, 28 anni
Torfi Karl Ólafsson, 21
Brynjar Gunnarsson, 38
Baldur Sigurdsson, 28
Thorsteinn Már Ragnarsson, 23
Jónas Gudni Saevarsson, 29
Bjarni Gudjónsson, 34
Atli Sigurjónsson, 22
Björn Jónsson, 23 anni
Óskar Örn Hauksson, 29
Gary Martin (ENG), 23
Kjartan Finnbogason, 27
Emil Atlason Atlason, 20
The most famous and/or important players are: captain Bjarni Gudjónsson (35, former Newcastle United, Racing Genk, Stoke City, VfL Bochum and Coventry City midfielder), Brynjar Gunnarsson (former Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Watford, and, most of all, Reading midfielder), Hannes Thór Halldórsson (GK of the Icelandic NT), Gary Martin, the English top scorer (13 goals on 22 app.), grown at Middlesbrough (where he never played), Baldur Sigurdsson, midfielder that scores a lot (8 goals on 20 app.), Jónas Gudni Saevarsson, another midfielder (he had played for three seasons in Allsvenskan, Sverige, where I attended a match where he was playing) and other forwards Óskar Örn Hauksson (7 goals on 22 app.) and Kjartan Finnbogason, who usually starts from the bench (he played for Celtic FC reserve team).
2013 TIPICAL LINEUP