Thursday, February 16, 2012

16 February 1899 - Iceland's Best Ball Kickers

On this day in 1899, Icelandic club Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur were founded. The country's oldest club, they have since gone on to become the its most successful club as well, with a record 25 league titles.

Known as "KR," they play in black and white striped shirts, reportedly adopted from Newcastle. They won their first title in 1912, then won it again in 1919. A relative dry spell followed before they picked up another title in 1926, but they dominated the league afterward, winning six of the next eight.

KR fell off a bit in the latter half of the twentieth century, failing to win a single title in the Seventies or Eighties, and winning only one--the 1999 championship--in the Nineties. But that sparked another run of success that led to their record 25th title in 2011. It was part of a double that season that also include their record 12th Icelandic Cup.

They originally chose the name "Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur," which apparently translates as "Reykjavik Football Club," but soon exchanged the prefix for Knattspyrnufélag, which (I am told) literally translates as "ball kickers."


  1. Hi from Iceland.
    Knattspyrnufélag is the icelandic word for football club, just as fótboltaféag is.

  2. wtf? my name is not Allen

  3. Thanks for the clarification on the translation. I thought it sounded too good to be true (which is why I qualified it in the post, fortunately), so I appreciate it.

    I have no idea why your name showed up as "Allen." Must be a Google or Blogspot issue. Sorry about that.