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Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, (Icelandic for "Reykjavík Football Club"), for short KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandicmarker athletic club based in the capital, Reykjavíkmarker. KR is the oldest and most successful club in Icelandic football.

History

KR was established on February 16 1899, making it the oldest of its kind in Icelandmarker. KR was first given the name Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur or Reykjavik Football club. KR was the only football club in Reykjavíkmarker 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 24 times and the cup 11 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 three times won the double, in 1961, 1963 and in 1999.

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)

Jersey

KR play, as previously stated, in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United. The current sponsor of KR is the oil company Shell. The company is well known in Iceland. Above the club badge on the shirt, although not featured in sold shirts, there are four stars. Each star represents 5 league titles. KR currently have 24 titles and only need one more title if they want to add one more star above the badge. On October 20 2006, KR introduced a new deal with sport equipment manufacturer Nikemarker and the team will wear products from Nikemarker for the 2007 season.

The KR shorts are black and white and only carry the logo of Shell, Nike and the squad number of the player.

The KR socks are black and white and are without a club badge

Sports played

Besides football , which is the original sport for which the club was founded, KR today also practices basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, darts, team handball, skiing, Icelandic wrestling and swimming.

Grounds

KR has been playing at their own ground, KR-völlur in the west-end of Reykjavík, since 1984, having previously played at the national stadium (Laugardalsvöllurmarker) and the old municipal stadium (Melavöllur). KR has had the highest attendances for the last nine years. Only 376 attended the first match at KR-völlur in 1984 but in the centenary year an average crowd of 2,501 saw KR’s home matches. KR lost the attendance record to FH's stadium, Kaplakrikimarker in the year of 2005 but has retained the record attendance, according to recent attending numbers. These may not be the attendances seen at Old Traffordmarker but not many clubs get close to 1% of the nation to their home matches!

Selected former and current players

Jordao Da Encarnacao T. Diogo

Mens Fixtures 2009

Competition Opponent Stadium Attendance Date Result TV
Pepsi deildin Fjölnir KR-völlurmarker 1.899 May 10 (17:15 pm) 2-1 Yes
Pepsi deildin Grindavík Grindavíkurvöllurmarker 1.102 May 14 (19:15 pm) 4-0
Pepsi deildin Þróttur KR-völlurmarker 1.934 May 17 (19:15 pm) 0-0
Pepsi deildin ÍBV Hásteinsvöllur 798 May 23 (14:00 pm) 1-0
Pepsi deildin FH KR-völlurmarker 2.632 May 28 (20:00 pm) 1-2 Yes
Pepsi deildin Fylkir Fylkisvöllur 2.052 June 1 (20:00 pm) 2-2 Yes
Pepsi deildin Keflavíkmarker KR-völlurmarker 1.923 June 14 (19:15 pm) 4-1
Cup Grótta Gróttuvöllur 1.816 June 19 (19:15 pm) 2-0
Pepsi deildin Fram Laugardalsvöllurmarker 1.372 June 21 (16:00 pm) 0-3
Pepsi deildin Grindavíkmarker KR-völlurmarker 1.243 June 25 (19:15 pm) 2-0
Pepsi deildin Breiðablik KR-völlurmarker 2.013 June 29 (20:00 pm) 3-2 Yes
Pepsi deildin Stjarnan Stjörnuvöllur 1.634 July 2 (19:15 pm) 1-1
Pepsi deildin Valur KR-völlurmarker 3.292 July 11 (16:00 pm) 3-4 Yes
UEFA Europa League Larissa F.C. KR-völlurmarker 1.254 July 16 (19:15 pm) 2-0
Pepsi deildin Fjölnir Fjölnisvöllur 1.719 July 19 (19:15 pm) 2-1
UEFA Europa League Larissa F.C. Alkazarmarker 6.113 July 23 (20:00 pm) 1-1
Pepsi deildin Þróttur Laugardalsvöllurmarker 1.423 July 27 (19:15 pm) 5-1
UEFA Europa League FC Basle KR-völlurmarker 1.500 July 30 (19:15 pm) 2-2
Cup Valur Hlíðarendi marker 2.178 Aug. 2 (18:00 pm) 3-1
UEFA Europa League FC Basel St. Jakob-Parkmarker 14.267 Aug. 6 (19:15 pm) 1-3
Pepsi deildin FH Kaplakrikimarker 2.432 Aug. 9 (19:15 pm) 4-2 Yes
Pepsi deildin Fylkir KR-völlurmarker 2.031 Aug. 17 (19:15 pm) 2-4 Yes
Pepsi deildin ÍBV KR-völlurmarker 1.467 Aug. 19 (19:15 pm) 3-0
Pepsi deildin Keflavík Sparísjóðsvöllurinn 1.765 Aug. 22 (16:00 pm) 2-1
Pepsi deildin Fram KR-völlurmarker 2.034 Aug. 30 (18:00 pm) 3-1
Cup Fram Laugardalsvöllurmarker 2.316 Sept. 12 (16:00 pm) 0-1 Yes
Pepsi deildin Breiðablik Kópavogsvöllurmarker 1.175 Sept. 16 (14:00 pm) 2-0
Pepsi deildin Stjarnan KR-völlurmarker 1.491 Sept. 20 (16:00 pm) 7-3
Pepsi deildin Valur Hlíðarendi marker 842 Sept. 26 (16:00 pm) 5-2 Yes


A blue square equals a KR win while a red square equals a KR loss

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