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Leiknir Reykjavík

Leiknir R.
Full name Leiknir Reykjavík
Founded 17 May 1973 (1973-05-17)
Ground Leiknisvöllur,
Reykjavík
Ground Capacity 1,025
Chairman Arnar Einarsson
Manager Davíð Snorri Jónasson
Freyr Alexandersson
League Úrvalsdeild
2014 1. deild karla, 1st
Website Club home page

Leiknir is an Icelandic football club that plays in Úrvalsdeild the highest level of Icelandic football. The club was founded in 1973 and is based in Breiðholt, Reykjavík. In 2014 the club placed 1st in the 1. deild karla and won a promotion to the top league. Their home is Leiknisvöllur, where they have played since their early years. The club's motto is "Pride of Breiðholt".

The club runs a youth setup in its district for children aged 6–18. The club is renowned for playing many homegrown players and developing young players. Currently the majority of their players are homegrown. Leiknir also has a basketball and karate division. The basketball team also plays in the lower leagues of the Icelandic basketball ladder, although the club does not run youth programs for basketball.

History

The club was founded in the Reykjavík district of Efra-Breiðholt on May 17, 1973, serving the Berg, Hólar and Fell neighborhoods. The club was founded by parents in the neighborhoods who were unhappy with the options their kids had to participate in sports. From the start the club ran many sport programs. Youth department for Basketball, Handball, track and fields and gymnastics were all part of the club but from the year 2002 the club only had football. In winter 2010 the club opened up a Karate department and it is still in full function even though Leiknir is considered to be a football club.

In February 2013 the club won the Reykjavik Cup (Reykjavíkurmótið) for the first time in its history, defeating KR 3–2 in the final.

Facilities

The whole Leiknir area is newly renovated and is in excellent condition. In 2008 the club opened its new facilities which replaced the old cabin that had served as the club's office and dressing facility since 1987. The current facilities are a 700 sqm club house, artificial turf with heat, main stadium and total of 4 practice grounds. One practice ground is called Þorsteins-völlur, named on 7 September 2012 in memory of 9 year old Þorsteinn Björnsson, a former player of the youth department in Leiknir.

The club has access to a swimming pool and a gymnasium located next to the Leiknir area.

Seasons

Support

The club's anthem is In the Ghetto made famous by Elvis Presley and is played before every home game.

Rivalry

Leiknir's main rivals are their neighbours ÍR. Leiknir and ÍR are the only football clubs in Breiðholt and they represent two different areas of the neighbourhood. Those games tend to be very interesting. The club's record against ÍR in more recent times is very favorable.

Honours

League

Cups

  • Reykjavíkurmótið (Reykjavik Cup)
    • Winners (1): 2013[4]
  • Deildarbikarkeppni KSÍ - B deild (League Cup - B division)
    • Winners (1): 2005[5]

Current squad

As of 18 May, 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Arnar Freyr Ólafsson
2 DF Skúli Bragason
3 DF Eiríkur Ingi Magnússon
4 DF Halldór Kristinn Halldórsson
5 DF Edvard Börkur Óttharsson
6 FW Ólafur Hrannar Kristjánsson
7 MF Atli Arnarson
8 MF Sindri Björnsson
9 FW Kolbeinn Kárason
10 MF Fannar Thór Arnarsson
11 MF Brynjar Hlöðversson
15 MF Kristján Páll Jónsson
No. Position Player
16 MF Frymezim Veselaj
17 FW Amath Diedhiou (on loan from FH)
18 FW Elvar Páll Sigurdsson
20 DF Óttar Bjarni Guðmundsson
21 MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson
22 GK Eyjólfur Tómasson
23 MF Gestur Ingi Hardarson
25 MF Dadi Bæring Halldorsson
26 DF Hrannar Bogi Jónsson
27 MF Magnús Már Einarsson
30 DF Charley Fomen

Managerial history

 
Name Nationality Years
Pétur Arnþórsson 1994–96
Magnús Pálsson 1996–97
Jóhann Gunnarsson 1999–00
Magnús Einarsson 2001–03
Garðar Ásgeirsson 2004–06
Óli Halldór Sigurjónsson 2006–07
Jesper Tollefsen 2007
Garðar Ásgeirsson 2007–08
Sigursteinn Gíslason 2008–11
Zoran Miljkovic 2011
Willum Þór Þórsson 2011–12
Davíð Snorri Jónasson and
Freyr Alexandersson

2012–

References

  1. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=32263
  2. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=8588
  3. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/leikskyrsla/?Leikur=47511
  4. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=28866
  5. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/urslit-stada/?MotNumer=8682

External links

  • Official homepage
  • Videos of architects impression of new facilities
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