Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur

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Full nameKnattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur
Short nameKR
Founded16 February 1899; 121 years ago (1899-02-16)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Capacity2,781 (1,541 seated)
ChairmanKristinn Kjærnested
ManagerRúnar Kristinsson
Current season

Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Football Club), often shortened to KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandic football club based in the Vesturbær district of the capital, Reykjavík.

KR is the oldest[1] and most successful club in Icelandic football, having won the Úrvalsdeild karla championship 27 times, including the first season in 1912. It is also the most successful club in the Icelandic men's Cup, with 14 titles including the first in 1960 and most recent in 2014. In 1964, KR was also the first Icelandic representative in the European Cup.


Early history[edit]

KR playing Fram in the inaugural Icelandic football season in 1912.

KR was established on 16 February 1899, making it the oldest football club in Iceland. It was founded as Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Football Club), before changing to Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, also meaning Reykjavík Football Club, the change due to "knattspyrna" being considered a more elegant word ("Fótbolti" is literally translated as "football" while "knattspyrna", while translating as "football", is literally "ballkicking"). KR was the only football club in Reykjavík for a decade, but as soon as other clubs were established there were plans for competitions. KR won the inaugural championship in 1912 after a play-off with Fram.


KR won the first title after the Icelandic league was divided into two divisions in 1955, and won again in 1959 when the 1st Division was played on a home-and-away basis for the first time. KR also won the first Icelandic Cup competition in 1960. KR was the first Icelandic club to play in European competition, entering the 1964–65 European Cup. They lost the preliminary round 11–1 on aggregate to Liverpool, who were also playing their first European tie. KR’s women's team was also the first Icelandic contender in Europe, entering the inaugural European Competition in 2001.

KR won their 20th title in 1968. They were relegated for the first time to the Second Division in 1977, but narrowly missed winning the first division in 1990, 1996 and 1998, when KR lost out in the title race on the final day; all of which strengthened the solidarity within the club.[2]

Recent history[edit]

In KR’s centenary year in 1999 the team ended its long quest for another national title. The team had not won the league title for 31 years despite often being viewed as favourites but they looked favourites all season this time. They clinched the title with a 4–0 win over Víkingur in the penultimate round and then beat ÍA 3–1 in the cup final in front of a capacity crowd at the national stadium. The women's team was equally successful, winning the league and the cup, and KR celebrated its centenary year with an unprecedented double-double.[2]

In total, the men's team has won the league title 26 times and the cup 14 times and during the last decade the women's team has won six league titles and twice won the cup. The men's team has four times won the double, in 1961, 1963, 1999 and in 2011.

KR's best European success was in 2009–10 UEFA Europa League when they defeated AE Larissa (2–0, 1–1) in the second qualifying round, but were eliminated in next round by Basel (2–2, 1–3). In 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, KR eliminated ÍF Fuglafjørður in the first qualifying round and achieved a big win against MŠK Žilina in the next round (3–0) in Reykjavík and though losing 2-0 in Zilina advanced through to the next round where they lost to Dinamo Tbilisi (1-6 on aggregate).


KR's home shirt from 2007–09, manufactured by Nike and sponsored by Shell Oil.

KR play in black and white stripes. This is in tribute to the English club Newcastle United who were the current English champions when KR were formed. The current sponsor of KR is the Icelandic medical company Alvogen. Above the club badge on the shirt, although not featured on replica shirts, there are five stars, each representing 5 of KR's 25 league titles. On 20 October 2006, KR introduced a new deal with sport equipment manufacturer Nike and the team will wear products from Nike for the 2007 season.

The KR shorts are black and white and only carry the logo of Eimskip, Nike the KR badge and the squad number of the player. The KR socks are black and white and are without a club badge.

Other sports[edit]

KR won the Icelandic basketball league the 2006–2007 season, their 10th overall title.

Besides football, which is the original sport for which the club was founded, KR today also practices basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, darts, team handball, skiing, Icelandic wrestling and swimming.


KR have been playing at their own ground, KR-völlur (KR Field) in the west end of Reykjavík, since 1984, having previously played at the national stadium (Laugardalsvöllur) and at the old municipal stadium (Melavöllur). KR has had the highest attendances for the last nine years. Only 376 attended the first match at KR-völlur in 1984 but in the centenary year an average crowd of 2,501 saw KR's home matches: about 0.75% of the Icelandic population.


Current squad[edit]

As of 25 July 2019 [3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Iceland GK Beitir Ólafsson
4 Iceland MF Arnþór Ingi Kristinsson
5 Iceland DF Arnór Sveinn Aðalsteinsson
6 Iceland DF Gunnar Þór Gunnarsson
7 Iceland DF Skúli Jón Friðgeirsson
8 Iceland MF Finnur Orri Margeirsson
9 Iceland FW Björgvin Stefánsson
10 Iceland MF Pálmi Rafn Pálmason (vice-captain)
11 Denmark FW Kennie Chopart
12 Iceland GK Ómar Castaldo Einarsson
13 Iceland GK Sindri Snær Jensson
No. Position Player
14 Iceland MF Ægir Jarl Jónasson
16 El Salvador MF Pablo Punyed
17 Iceland MF Alex Freyr Hilmarsson
18 Iceland DF Aron Bjarki Jósepsson
19 Iceland DF Kristinn Jónsson
20 Denmark FW Tobias Thomsen
22 Iceland MF Óskar Örn Hauksson (captain)
23 Iceland MF Atli Sigurjónsson
25 Iceland DF Finnur Tómas Pálmason
27 Iceland MF Valdimar Daði Sævarsson
Iceland FW Kristján Flóki Finnbogason

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Iceland DF Ástbjörn Þórðarson (to Grótta until 1 October 2019)
Iceland DF Bjarki Leósson (to Grótta until 1 October 2019)
Iceland DF Hjalti Sigurðsson (to Leiknir until 1 October 2019)
Iceland DF Samúel Már Kristinsson (to KV until 1 October 2019)
Iceland DF Stefán Árni Geirsson (to Leiknir until 1 October 2019)
Iceland DF Þorsteinn Örn Bernharðsson (to Haukar until 1 October 2019)
No. Position Player
Iceland DF Örlygur Ómarsson (to KV until 1 October 2019)
Tanzania MF Adolf Mtasingwa Bitegeko (to Keflavík until 1 October 2019)
Iceland MF Axel Sigurðarson (to Grótta until 1 October 2019)
Iceland MF Tryggvi Snær Geirsson (to KV until 1 October 2019)
Iceland FW Oddur Ingi Bjarnason (to KV until 1 October 2019)

European cups history[edit]

KR have played a European match against one or more teams from each one of the 21 countries shaded in blue on this map.

As of 13 July 2017


Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup


Season Cup Round Nation Club Result Aggregate
1964–65 European Cup Q England Liverpool 0–5, 1–6 1–11
1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Norway Rosenborg 1–3, 1–3 2–6
1966–67 European Cup 1R France Nantes 2–3, 2–5 4–8
1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Scotland Aberdeen 0–10, 1–4 1–14
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece Olympiacos 0–2, 0–2 0–4
1969–70 European Cup 1R Netherlands Feyenoord 2–12, 0–4 2–16
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R England Queens Park Rangers 0–3, 0–4 0–7
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Torino 0–2, 1–6 1–8
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Hungary MTK Budapest 1–2, 0–0 1–2
1995–96 European Cup Winners' Cup Q Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 2–3, 2–0 4–3
1R England Everton 2–3, 1–3 3–6
1996–97 European Cup Winners' Cup Q Belarus MPKC Mozyr 2–2, 1–0 3–2
1R Sweden AIK Stockholm 0–1, 1–1 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Romania Dinamo Bucharest 2–0, 2–1 4–1
2Q Greece OFI Crete 0–0, 1–3 1–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q Scotland Kilmarnock 1–0, 0–2 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q Malta Birkirkara 2–1, 4–1 6–2
2Q Denmark Brøndby 1–3, 0–0 1–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1Q Albania Vllaznia 2–1, 0–1 2–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Armenia Pyunik 0–1, 1–1 1–2
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 2–2, 0–0 2–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Sweden BK Häcken 1–1, 0–1 1–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Greece Larissa 2–0, 1–1 3–1
3Q Switzerland Basel 2–2, 1–3 3–5
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 3–0, 2–2 5–2
2Q Ukraine Karpaty Lviv 0–3, 2–3 2–6
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands ÍF 3–1, 5–1 8–2
2Q Slovakia MŠK Žilina 3–0, 0–2 3–2
3Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–4, 0–2 1–6
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Finland HJK Helsinki 0–7, 1–2 1–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 0–0, 3–0 3–0
2Q Belgium Standard Liège 1–3, 1–3 2–6
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Scotland Celtic 0–1, 0–4 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–1, 2–1 (aet) 3–2
2Q Norway Rosenborg 0–1, 0–3 0–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Glenavon 2–1, 6–0 8–1
2Q Switzerland Grasshopper 3–3, 1–2 4–5
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Finland SJK Seinäjoki 0–0, 2–0 2–0
2Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3, 0–2 1–5
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Norway Molde 1–7, 0–0 1–7
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1Q

Club honours[edit]

1912, 1919, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1941, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2019
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
1998, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019
1969, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2014



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  2. ^ a b Sigurðsson, Víðir (1999). Íslensk knattspyrna 1999 [Icelandic football 1999] (in Icelandic) (1st ed.).
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