Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur history and team.


History and facts about Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur:
KR was established on 16 February 1899, making it the oldest of its kind in Iceland. KR was first given the name Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur or Reykjavik Football club. 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. After winning the title the club chose to wear the colours of the English champions of that year, whoever they might be, and have since then worn the black and white stripes of Newcastle United. They won the first title after the Icelandic league was divided into two division in 1955, and 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, facing Liverpool in 1964 (The game was also Liverpool's first European game). KR’s women's team was also the first Icelandic contender in Europe, entering the inaugural European Competition in 2001. Recent success has made decades of waiting for major trophies look like the distant past. When KR won their twentieth title in 1968, it was regarded as yet another title. No one could have foreseen that the club would have to wait for 31 years until its next success. Relegation to the Second Division in 1977 and heart-breaking near misses in 1990, 1996 and 1998, when KR lost out in the title race on the final day, only seemed to strengthen the solidarity within the club. KR heimilið (The KR home), the housing of KR. In KR’s centenary year in 1999 the men's team ended its long quest for glory in the most spectacular manner. The team had not won the league title for 31 years but nothing could stop them that year. 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. In total, the men's team has won the league title 25 times and the cup 12 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. After the season of 2006, KR introduced their new jerseys for the year of 2007. They will be playing in Nike jerseys. KR's best European success was in UEFA Europa League 2009-2010 when they defeated AE Larissa (2–0,1–1) in the second qualifying round, but were eliminated in next round by FC Basel (2–2,1–3). In UEFA Europa League 2011-12 KR eliminated IF in the first qualifying round and achieved a big win against MSK Zilina in the next round (3–0) in Reykjavik.

Team squad in seazon 2010/2011:
Bjarni Guðjónsson
Skúli Jón Friðgeirsson
Baldur Sigurðsson
Kjartan Henry Finnbogason
Óskar Örn Hauksson
Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson
Guðmundur Reynir Gunnarsson
Guðjón Baldvinsson
Björn Jónsson