Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

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Úrvalsdeild karla
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Founded 1951; 67 years ago (1951)
First season 1952
Country  Iceland
Confederation FIBA Europe
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Division I
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Supercup Meistarakeppni karla
Current champions KR (17th title)
Most championships Njarðvík/ÍKF, KR (17 titles)
All-time top scorer Valur Ingimundarson
CEO Hannes S. Jónsson
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport
Website www.kki.is
2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla

Úrvalsdeild karla; English: Men's Premier League, also known as Domino's deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's professional basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals series are best-of-three, semifinals and finals series are best-of-five. The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla).

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla) was founded in 1951 and until 1978 it was called 1. division.

From the 2005–06 season to the 2011–12 season, it was named the Iceland Express League, from its sponsor Iceland Express airline. Since the 2012–13 season it has been named the Domino's League, from its sponsor Domino's Pizza.

ÍR's dominance[edit]

For the first years, from its foundation in 1951 until the 1963-64 season, the Premier League was dominated by two teams only: ÍKF (with 4 wins) and ÍR (with 8 wins); with the sole exception of the 1958-59 season, in which won the ÍS. From the following season, the 1964-65 season, until the 1974-75, the Premier League was dominated by the ÍR (with 6 more wins) and the KR (with 5 wins). Two years later, the 1976-77 season marked the fifteenth and last victory of the ÍR in the Premier League and an end of an era.

Njarðvík's leadership[edit]

The next two decades, exactly from 1980-81 season to the 1997-98 season, Njarðvík (known as ÍKF until 1969)[1][2] lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, Keflavík won 4 titles and the KR won their eighth title.

Modern era[edit]

From the 2000-01 season, many teams have divided the lead of the Premier League. In the 2005-06 season, the Njarðvík won their thirteenth title. In the following season, the 2006-07 season, the KR won their tenth title and one more year later, in the 2007-08 season, the Keflavík won their ninth title.

International influence[edit]

In the recent years an increasing number of international players have moved directly from playing elsewhere in the world to starring in the Premier League. Below there is a short list of notable foreign players, either currently or formerly active in the league:

Teams[edit]

The Úrvalsdeild karla originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. Njarðvík and KR have won the most championships with 17 Icelandic championships each. Following them, there are ÍR with 15 championships and Keflavík with 9 championships. The current Úrvalsdeild karla teams for the 2018–19 season are:

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Breiðablik Kópavogur Smárinn 1967 green/white Iceland Pétur Ingvarsson
Grindavík Grindavík Mustad Höllin 1935 yellow/blue Iceland Jóhann Þór Ólafsson
ÍR Reykjavík Hertz Hellirinn 1908 blue/white Republic of Macedonia Borce Ilievski
Keflavík Keflavík TM Höllin 1929 blue/white Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
KR Reykjavík DHL Höllin 1899 black/white Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
Haukar Hafnarfjörður Schenkerhöllin 1931 red/white Iceland Ívar Ásgrímsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan 1952/1969 green/white Iceland Daníel Guðmundsson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Fjósið 1958 green, yellowe Iceland [[ Finnur Jónsson]]
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður 1960 blue/white Iceland Hrafn Kristjánsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur 1907 maroon/white/blue Spain Israel Martín
Valur Reykjavík Valshöllin 1911 red/white Iceland Ágúst Björgvinsson
Þór Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn Icelandic Glacial Höllin 1991 blue/black Iceland Einar Árni Jóhannsson

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Score Runner-up Champion's coach
1952 ÍKF League ÍR United States Gene Croley and United States Jom Wahl[3]
1953 ÍKF (2) ÍR
1954 ÍR ÍKF Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1955 ÍR (2) Gosi Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1956 ÍKF (3) ÍR
1957 ÍR (3) Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[4]
1958 ÍKF (4) ÍS
1959 ÍS[5] ÍR
1960 ÍR (4) KFR Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[6]
1961 ÍR (5) KFR Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[7]
1962 ÍR (6) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[8][9]
1963 ÍR (7) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[10][11] and Iceland Einar Ólafsson
1964 ÍR (8) Ármann Iceland Helgi Jóhannsson[12]
1965 KR United States Phil Bensing
1966 KR (2) United States Phil Bensing
1967 KR (3) Iceland Einar Bollason
1968 KR (4) United States Gordon Godfrey
1969 ÍR (9) 1–0[a] KR Iceland Einar Ólafsson[13]
1970 ÍR (10) 2–0[14] Ármann Iceland Einar Ólafsson[15]
1971 ÍR (11) League Iceland Einar Ólafsson[16]
1972 ÍR (12) Iceland Einar Ólafsson[17]
1972–73 ÍR (13) Iceland Einar Ólafsson[18]
1973–74 KR (5) Iceland Einar Bollason
1974–75 ÍR (14) Iceland Einar Ólafsson[19]
1975–76 Ármann Iceland Ingvar Viktorsson
1976–77 ÍR (15) Iceland Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson
1977–78 KR (6) United States Andrew Piazza
1978–79 KR (7) Iceland Gunnar Gunnarsson
1979–80 Valur United States Tim Dwyer
1980–81 Njarðvík (5)* United States Danny Shouse
1981–82 Njarðvík (6) Iceland Hilmar Hafsteinsson
1982–83 Valur (2) United States Tim Dwyer (2)
1983–84 Njarðvík (7) 2–0 Valur Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson
1984–85 Njarðvík (8) 2–1 Haukar Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson (2)
1985–86 Njarðvík (9) 2–0 Haukar Iceland Gunnar Þorvarðarson (3)
1986–87 Njarðvík (10) 2–0 Valur Iceland Valur Ingimundarson
1987–88 Haukar 2–1 Njarðvík Iceland Pálmar Sigurðsson
1988–89 Keflavík 2–1 KR Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason
1989–90 KR (8) 3–0 Keflavík Hungary Dr. László Németh
1990–91 Njarðvík (11) 3–2 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson
1991–92 Keflavík (2) 3–2 Valur Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason (2)
1992–93 Keflavík (3) 3–0 Haukar Iceland Jón Kr. Gíslason (3)
1993–94 Njarðvík (12) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Valur Ingimundarson (2)
1994–95 Njarðvík (13) 4–2 Grindavík Iceland Valur Ingimundarson (3)
1995–96 Grindavík 4–2 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (2)
1996–97 Keflavík (4) 3–0 Grindavík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson
1997–98 Njarðvík (14) 3–0 KR Iceland Friðrik Ingi Rúnarsson (3)
1998–99 Keflavík (5) 3–2 Njarðvík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (2)
1999–00 KR (9) 3–1 Grindavík Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2000–01 Njarðvík (15) 3–1 Tindastóll Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson and Iceland Teitur Örlygsson
2001–02 Njarðvík (16) 3–0 Keflavík Iceland Friðrik Ragnarsson (2)
2002–03 Keflavík (6) 3–0 Grindavík Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (3)
2003–04 Keflavík (7) 3–1 Snæfell Iceland Falur Harðarson and Iceland Guðjón Skúlason
2004–05 Keflavík (8) 3–1 Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (4)
2005–06 Njarðvík (17) 3–1 Skallagrímur Iceland Einar Árni Jóhannsson
2006–07 KR (10) 3–1 Njarðvík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson
2007–08 Keflavík (9) 3–0 Snæfell Iceland Sigurður Ingimundarson (5)
2008–09 KR (11) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Benedikt Guðmundsson (2)
2009–10 Snæfell 3–2 Keflavík Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson (2)
2010–11 KR (12) 3–1 Stjarnan Iceland Hrafn Kristjánsson
2011–12 Grindavík (2) 3–1 Þór Þorlákshöfn Iceland Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson
2012–13 Grindavík (3) 3–2 Stjarnan Iceland Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
2013–14 KR (13) 3–1 Grindavík Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson
2014–15 KR (14) 3–1 Tindastóll Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (2)
2015–16 KR (15) 3–1 Haukar Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (3)
2016–17 KR (16) 3–2 Grindavík Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (4)
2017–18 KR (17) 3–1 Tindastóll Iceland Finnur Freyr Stefánsson (5)
  1. ^ As ÍR and KR tied at the end of the season, an extra game was played for tiebreaking.

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
17 Njarðvík / ÍKF1, KR
15 ÍR
9 Keflavík
3 Grindavík
2 Valur
1 Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS
  1. ÍKF merged into Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur in 1969 and became its basketball subdivision. It is today known as Njarðvík. The club won 4 titles under the ÍKF name and added 13 more after the merger

Awards and honors[edit]

Domestic All-First Team[edit]

The Men's Domestic All-First Team is an annual Úrvalsdeild honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every season.

Domestic Player of the Year[edit]

Foreign Player of the Year[edit]

Úrvalsdeild Men's Playoffs MVP[edit]

Úrvalsdeild Playoffs MVP award is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the Úrvalsdeild playoffs.

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Newcomer of the Year[edit]

Coach of the Year[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ytri aðstæður og innri efling starfsins
  2. ^ Fram stofnar körfuknattleiksdeild
  3. ^ Íþróttafél. Keflavíkurstarfsmanna vann Íslandsmótið
  4. ^ a b c Ágúst Ásgeirsson (11 March 2007). Heil öld til heilla - Saga ÍR í 100 ár. Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur. p. 569. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Íþróttafélag stúdenta Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik 1959". Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). 17 April 1959. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ Í.R. vann verðskuldaðan sigur
  7. ^ ÍR Íslandsmeistari í körfuknattleik
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ ÍR Íslandsmeistari 1962
  10. ^ ÍR átti mótið
  11. ^ Takmarkið með þátttöku er aðöðlast reynslu í harðri keppni
  12. ^ ÍR í evrópukeppnina í haust
  13. ^ ÍR-ingar endurheimta Íslandsmeistaratitilinn í körfuknattleik
  14. ^ "ÍR hlaut titilinn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 24 March 1970. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  15. ^ ÍR hlaut titilinn
  16. ^ Íslandsmeistarar 1971
  17. ^ Sigurinn blasti við HSK
  18. ^ Átök, en síðan yfirburðasigur
  19. ^ ÍR-ingar urðu íslandsmeistarar í körfubolta

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