1. deild karla (basketball)

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1. deild karla
Country  Iceland
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1964
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Úrvalsdeild
Relegation to Division II
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni KKÍ
Supercup Meistarakeppni karla
Current champions Skallagrímur (4th title)
Most championships Þór Akureyri (6 titles)
CEO Hannes S. Jónsson
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport, RÚV
Website KKÍ.is

1. deild karla (English: Men's 1. Division) or D1 is the second-tier basketball competition among clubs in Iceland. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 18 games, followed by a four-team playoff round. Both semifinals and finals series are best-of-three, the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner are promoted to the Úrvalsdeild karla. The bottom club is relegated, and replaced by the four-team playoff round winner of the third-tier 2. deild karla (English: 2. Division).

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

The First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) was founded in 1964. Up until 1978 it was known as Second Division (Icelandic: 2. deild karla).

ÍS and ÍKF's dominance[edit]

For the first years, from its foundation in 1964 until the 1970–71 season, the First Division was led by the ÍS (with 3 wins) and ÍKF (with 2 wins).

Fram Reykjavík's leadership[edit]

Some years later, from the 1974–75 season, the Fram Reykjavík started their leadership on the First Division and their series of wins, that ended in the 1985-86 season when they won their fourth title.

Danny Shouse[edit]

In 1979, Danny Shouse joined Ármann and took the league by storm, on December 1, 1979, Shouse scored 100 points against Skallagrímur, setting the Icelandic single game scoring record.[1][2] In January 1980 he scored 76 points in an overtime loss against Grindavík [3] and in February he broke the 70 point barrier again, scoring 72 points against Þór Akureyri,[4] his scoring prowess helped Ármann win Division I and achieve promotion to the Úrvalsdeild karla.[2] Even though Shouse played in the nations tier 2 league during his first season, he was widely regarded as one of the best players in the country.[5][6]

The double fall of ÍR[edit]

After their golden years, in which they won 15 Úrvalsdeild karla titles in less than 25 years, the ÍR was relegated to the First Division. In the 1986-87 season they won for their first time the First Division and came back to the Úrvalsdeild karla. Afterwards, the ÍR was relegated again to the First Division; in the 1999-00 season they won their second First Division title and came back to the Úrvalsdeild karla.

Modern era[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, Þór Akureyri won their fifth title; in the following season, the 2007-08 season, also the Breiðablik won their fifth title, becoming the most successful franchise together with the Þór Akureyri. In the 2011–12 season, the KFÍ won their fourth title.[7]

Teams[edit]

The First Division originated in 1964 and, currently, consists of 9 teams. Þór Akureyri have won the most championships with 6 First Division wins.

The current First Division teams for the 2017-18 season are:[8]

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Breiðablik Kópavogur Smárinn 1967 green/white Iceland Lárus Jónsson
Fjölnir Reykjavík Dalhús 1996 blue/yellow Iceland Falur Harðarson
FSu Selfoss Iða 2005 light white/black Spain Eloy Doce Chambrelan
Gnúpverjar Reykjavík 2015 light green/gold Iceland Mate Dalmay
Hamar Hveragerði Hveragerði 1993 light blue/white Iceland Pétur Ingvarsson
ÍA Akranes Vesturgata 1979 gold/black Iceland Jón Þór Þórðarson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Fjósið 1958 green/yellow Iceland Finnur Jónsson
Snæfell Stykkishólmur Stykkishólmur 1964 red/white/blue Iceland Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
Vestri Ísafjörður Ísjakinn 1965 red/white/blue Iceland Yngvi Gunnlaugsson

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Playoff winner Playoff runner-up
1964-65 ÍKF --- ---
1965-66 ÍS --- ---
1966-67 Þór Akureyri --- ---
1967-68 ÍS (2) --- ---
1968-69 ÍKF (2) --- ---
1969-70 HSK --- ---
1970-71 ÍS (3) --- ---
1971-72 Njarðvík --- ---
1972-73 Skallagrímur --- ---
1973-74 Snæfell --- ---
1974-75 Fram Reykjavík --- ---
1975-76 Breiðablik --- ---
1976-77 Þór Akureyri (2) --- ---
1977-78 Snæfell (2) --- ---
1978-79 Fram Reykjavík (2) --- ---
1979-80 Ármann --- ---
1980-81 Fram Reykjavík (3) --- ---
1981-82 Keflavík --- ---
1982-83 Haukar --- ---
1983-84 ÍS (4) --- ---
1984-85 Keflavík (2) --- ---
1985-86 Fram Reykjavík (4) --- ---
1986-87 ÍR --- ---
1987-88 Tindastóll --- ---
1988-89 Reynir Sandgerði --- ---
1989-90 Snæfell (3) --- ---
1990-91 Skallagrímur (2) --- ---
1991-92 Breiðablik (2) --- ---
1992-93 ÍA --- ---
1993-94 Þór Akureyri (3) --- ---
1994-95 Breiðablik (3) --- ---
1995-96 KFÍ --- ---
1996-97 Valur --- ---
1997-98 Snæfell (4) --- ---
1998-99 Hamar --- ---
1999-00 ÍR (2) --- ---
2000-01 Breiðablik (4) --- ---
2001-02 Valur (2) --- ---
2002-03 KFÍ (2) --- ---
2003-04 Skallagrímur (3) --- ---
2004-05 Þór Akureyri (4) --- ---
2005-06 Tindastóll (2) --- ---
2006-07 Þór Akureyri (5) --- ---
2007-08 Breiðablik (5) --- ---
2008-09 Hamar (2) --- ---
2009-10 KFÍ (3) --- ---
2010-11 Þór Þorlákshöfn Valur Þór Akureyri
2011-12 KFÍ (4) Skallagrímur ÍA
2012-13 Haukar (2) Valur Hamar
2013-14 Tindastóll (3) Fjölnir Höttur
2014-15 Höttur FSu Hamar
2015-16 Þór Akureyri (6) Skallagrímur Fjölnir
2016-17 Höttur Valur Hamar
2017-18 Skallagrímur Breiðablik Hamar

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
6 Þór Akureyri
5 Breiðablik
4 KFÍ, Snæfell, Fram Reykjavík, Skallagrímur, ÍS
3 Tindastóll, ÍR
2 ÍKF, Hamar, Keflavík, Haukar, Valur, Höttur
1 Þór Þorlákshöfn, ÍA, Reynir Sandgerði, Ármann, Njarðvík, HSK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ruslakjaftur Ívars Websters lykillinn að 100 stiga leik Danny Shouse". Vísir.is. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-28.  (in Icelandic)
  2. ^ a b "Hverjir ná í Danny Shouse?". Vísir. 26 February 1980. Retrieved 2017-07-28.  (in Icelandic)
  3. ^ "Loksins ósigur hjá Ármenningum". 21 January 1980. Retrieved 2017-07-29.  (in Icelandic)
  4. ^ "Þór vann Ármann". Dagblaðið. 18 February 1980. Retrieved 2017-07-29.  (in Icelandic)
  5. ^ "„Shouse besti Bandaríkjamaðurinn..." Tíminn. 19 December 1979. Retrieved 2017-07-29.  (in Icelandic)
  6. ^ "Fer Ármann í úrvalsdeild?". Vísir. 14 January 1980. Retrieved 2017-07-29.  (in Icelandic)
  7. ^ "KFÍ leikur í úrvalsdeild karla á næstu leiktíð". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "KKÍ.is". kki.is. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 

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