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 Höttur (2nd title)
Most championships Þór Akureyri (6 titles)
TV partners Stöð 2 Sport, RÚV
Website KKÍ.is

First Division or D1 (Icelandic: 1. deild karla) 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 in the Úrvalsdeild. 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 Second Division (Icelandic: 2. deild karla).

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

Titles per club[edit]

Titles Club
6 Þór Akureyri
5 Breiðablik
4 KFÍ, Snæfell, Fram Reykjavík, ÍS
3 Skallagrímur, 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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