Breidablik – History of the Football Division
Breidablik Sports Club was founded in Kopavogur, Iceland in the year 1950. In the beginning Breidablik was a general sports club with no special division between the different activities. In 1957 the football (soccer) division was established. When Breidablik was founded, Kopavogur was a small village at the outskirts of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Inhabitants were only just over 1.500. Now more than 60 years later over 30 thousand people live in Kopavogur and the town is the second largest one in Iceland. And Breidablik has grown from its humble origins to becoming the largest sports club in Iceland, with over 3.500 members of which more than 1.300 are active participants.
The name Breidablik comes from Norse mythology, where it was the home of Baldur. The nickname Blikar is formed from the second part of that name, meaning splendors or twinkles (like a star). The singular form Bliki is also a name for male ducks. The old nickname UBK (Youth Club Breidablik Kopavogur) was dropped more than 15 years ago. The followers of Breidablik like to be called ,,Blikar” !
In the early years Breidablik did not have much success on the football pitch. The club played mostly friendly matches and participated in local and regional tournaments. In 1957 Breidablik entered the Icelandic football league for the first time. After some unsuccessful attempts Breidablik finally won the 2nd division in Iceland and played among the best in 1971. The club went all the way to the Cup final that year but lost the decisive game.
Breidablik managed to hold its seat in the top division for three years but was then relegated. The next three decades were like a roller coaster ride for the team. Breidablik up and down between top and second division not being able to stabilizing themselves among the best the best teams for any length of time Finally in 2006 the team won a seat among the best teams in Iceland and has stayed there since.
2008 - Like other clubs in Iceland Breidablik was hit by the credit crisis in 2008. Activities were toned down. Coaches and players took a pay cut. Many sponsors pulled back and some sponsors never returned. These were challenging but educational times for the club. But Breidablik was able to make a quick turnaround financially when former player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, was sold form Reading to Hoffenheim FC in Germany. Breiðabliks’ financial situation was secure. The club paid all depts. Breiðabliks’ future was bright, both financially and on the pitch.
2009 - In 2009 the club finally won its first major trophy, The Icelandic Cup. Consequently Breidablik competed in a European competition for the first time in 2010, facing Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the Europa League. They lost the first leg 1–0 in Scotland, and lost by the same score line in the return leg, meaning that the team lost 2–0 on aggregate.
2010 - The year 2010 was indeed very exciting for the team. With almost all of its players coming from the youth division and with the average age of its players with less than 22 years Breidablik won the Icelandic Championship for the first time. After the season the top scorer Alfred Finnbogason was selected the best player in the Icelandic top league and his fellow teammate Kristinn Steindorsson the most promising player. This good result of the team was not unnoticed by many European Clubs. Finnbogason was signed by the Belgian club Lokeren and other followed in pursuit.
2011 - The 2011 season was not as joyful for the team and its fans. The pressure on the players and the group around them seemed to too wear them down. In addition 5 players from the team were in the squad in the U-21 National team that played in the European Final in Denmark in June. This seemed to disrupt the concentration of many of the players. Finally Breidablik ended in 6th place which in a historical context was not so bad. But considering that the team was trying to defend a title the result was a disappointment for everybody around the team. During the summer the team also met the experienced Norwegian club Rosenberg in the European Championship Cup. Breidablik lost the first leg in Throndheim 5:0 but came back in the return leg and won 2:0.
2012 - Preparation for the 2012 season was more upbeat than the year before. The team won the so-called "Fotbolti.Net League” which is a pre-season tournament for all teams outside Reykjavík. But again this year Breidablik has been forced to say goodbye to two very important players; the top scorer Kristinn Steindorsson who was signed by the Swedish team Halmstad and the strong midfield national player, Gudmundur Kristjansson, was initially transferred to the Norwegian team Start on a loan deal, but signed a 2 year contact with Start at the end of the year. The team was therefore once again forced to rely mostly on its own young homegrown players. Before the season striker Petar Rnkovic, from a club in Norway, and middle defender Renee Gerard Japp Troost from Holland, were signed. The team had a very slow start due to very poor scoring. After the first 5 games the team had 4 points and 1 goal scored. Next 4 games were 3 wins and 1 draw. Then came a shocking 0-4 loss to Keflavik. The team reacted and signed 2 strikers: Ben Everson, an English footballer, transferred from the 1. Division club Tindastoll and signed a short term contract with Breidablik. Ben later signed on with York City FC in the UK. And Danish striker Nichlas Rohde came to Breidablik on a loan deal from FC Nordsjælland in Denmark. Nichlas scored 6 goals in 10 games. The team began doing much better and won some memorable victories one being a 3-4 win against Valur FC with all 4 goals scored in the last 20 minutes of the match. The 0-4 win against Reykjavik club KR (est. 1899) was for the history books, never before had KR lost that big at home. After struggling in the beginning of the 2012 season Breidablik finished the season in style! The team took 2nd place with 35 points in 22 matches and a spot in the Europa League Qualifying rounds in 2013. This will be the 3rd time in 4 years Breidablik plays qualifying matches in European Championships.
In the 2012 post season two players were signed. Iceland’s National Team goal keeper, Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson, transferred from FH Hafnarfjordur and signed a 3 year contract with the club. Striker Ellert Hreinsson re-signed with Breidablik after several years studying abroad and playing for Stjarnan in Gardabaer.
At the club’s annual meeting in February 2013, Borghildur Sigurdardottir was elected Chairman for Breiðabliks Football Division. Borghildur is the first woman to be elected for that position in the club’s 55 year history.
2013 - Attacking midfielder Gudjon Petur Lydsson transferred from Valur in Reykjavik and signed a 2 year contact with Breidablik. The Duch middle defender, Renee Gerard Japp Troost, re-signed for one year, and so did the Danish striker Nichlas Rohde who to Breidablik for the second time on a loan deal from FC Nordsjælland in Denmark. And in July middle defender, Elfar Freyr Helgason, returned to Breidablik after leaving the club in 2010 to play with clubs in Geece, Norway and Denmark. Elfar signed a 2 year contract. Preparations for the 2013 season were successful. In early February the team won the so-called "Fotbolti.Net League” which is a pre-season tournament for all teams outside Reykjavík. The team also won the main pre-season tournament Deildarbikar KSÍ (Lengjubikarinn) a tournament organized by the Icelandic Football Association. Now, late July of the 2013 season, the team has 23 points only 3 points behind the team in top place. Some say that there is no such thing as luck in sports. But if there was the Breidablik team should have 3+ more points and actually be at the top of the table after 11 games out of 22. The team is still in the FA Cup after 3 games. The team needs to win the next march to get to the final where Breidablik has been twice before; a loss against Vikingur Reykjavik in 1971 and a win in 2009 against Fram Reykjavik. But the team’s participation in the 2013 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds is the big news. In the first round Breidablik beat FC Santa Coloma from Andorra 4-0 at home and drew 0-0 in Andorra. In the second round the team drew 0-0 against Sturm Graz from Austria. Breidablik went on to win the away game in Austria 0 -1. FC Aktobe form Kazakhstan was the nex topponent. Breidablik lost the away game 1-0 when FC Aktobe was awarded a questionable penalty in the 92nd minute. Breidablik won the home game 1-0 at Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, but lost the game in a penalty shootout. The conclusion was a very respectable six goals scored and one penalty goal conceived in 6 UEFA qualifying machetes. Also the team played very important matches in Iceland during the 3 weeks of playing in the UEFA competition. Breidablik won all those games except the game needed to win to advance to the FA Cup Final. The number of matches, the long international air travels and the fact that the team simply did not get the much needed rest before the game, turned out to be major factor in losing this FA Cup semi final match to Fram. Fram went on to win the FA Cup in a penalty shootout against FC Stjarnan from Gardabær.
Players, Coaches, Board and Staff.
With one of the best youth facilities in Iceland, Breidablik almost entirely built on home grown talent. The team has 4 current Iceland internationals with recent call-ups, as well as several current U21, U-19 and U-17 international players. In March 2012 six Breidablik players were selected to play for the U-17 Icelandic National team. Much of this success can be thanked to a dedicated group of volunteers that have worked relentlessly for years for the club. The town authorities in Kopavogur have also supported the work well and have built up world class football facilities in the town. Among them are two indoor sports arenas with full size football pitches and various outdoor football fields both with artificial and natural grass. Kopavogur Sports Arena has new stand with very good view of the football ground. This has also attracted the best coaches to work for the club. Consequently this has led to very many Icelandic titles for both the young boys and girls in Breidablik Football club.
Player Transfers (sold) from Breidablik 2007 - 2012
|Click name for full profile||Club(s):||Year|
|Johann Berg Gudmundsson||AZ Alkmaar||2009|
|Elfar Freyr Helgason||AEK/Stabaek/Randers/Breidablik||2011|
|Steinthor Freyr Thorsteinsson||Ulf Sandnes||2010|
|Gunnlaugur Birgisson||Club Brugge||2012|
|Adam Orn Arnarson||NEC Nijmegen||2012|
|Alexander Sigurdarson||AZ Alkmaar||2013|
|Viktor Karl Einarsson||AZ Alkmaar||2013|
|Sverrir Ingi Ingason||Viking FK||2013|
The Board, Coaches and Staff.
Coach (men): Olafur H. Kristjánsson (2006)
|Jul 7, 2006 - Sep 28, 2013||Games|
|Champions Leauge Qualifying||2|
|Europa Leauge Qualifying||8|
|Champions of the Champions||2|
|Leauge Cup(s) (pre season)||71|
- Coach (women): Hlynur Eiriksson (2012)
- Secretary: Kristin Rut Haraldsdottir
Most Apperances for Breidablik - 100 Games or more.....
Only 3 players in the group of current players have over 100 games with Breidablik:
Arnar Grétarsson 1988 - 2009
Hákon Sverrisson 1990 - 2004
Árni Kristinn Gunnarsson 1998 - 2010
Vignir Baldursson 1975 - 1988
Jón Þórir Jónsson 1985 - 1999
Ólafur Björnsson 1979 - 1989
Kristofer Sigurgeirsson 1991 - 2004
Jóhann Grétarsson 1978 - 1996
Ívar Sigurjónsson 1995 - 2003
Sigurjón Kristjánsson 1980 - 1994
Kristján Óli Sigurðsson 1999 -2007
Einar Þórhallsson 1969 -1980
Arnór S. Aðalsteinsson 2004 - 2011
Hákon Gunnarsson 1978 -1987
Magnús Páll Gunnarsson 1999 - 2008
Þór Hreiðarsson 1971 - 1981
Gudmundur Þ. Gudmundsson 1686 - 1996
Valdimar Valdimarsson 1976 - 1983
Sigurður Grétarsson 1979 -2000
Hreidar Bjarnason 1996 -2004
Hjalti Kristjánsson 1996 -2006
Kjartan Einarsson 1996 -2004
Grétar Steindórsson 1987 - 1994
Benedikt Guðmundsson 1978 - 1988
Kári Ársælsson 2002 - 2011
Ingvaldur Gústafsson 1986 - 1993
Ólafur Friðriksdson 1971 - 1978
Team position from beginning:
2009 - Winners of the Icelandic FA Cup
2010 - Champions!
2012 - Runners-up
2013 - 4th Place
The Womens Team
The women's football team used to be the powerhouse of Icelandic women's football and nearly made a clean sweep in 2005 by winning the championship and cup plus almost all of the younger division titles. In International competitions Breidablik has taken part in The Nordic Open Championship in the years 1995, 1996 and 1997 among teams such as Fortuna Hjørring from Denmark, Trondheims Örn from Norway and HJK from Finland.
Breidablik was the first team in Iceland to offer regular football practices for girls alone. It is also the only team that has participated in Icelandic league from the beginning
Breidablik was the first Icelandic team to earn a seat in The European Women's Cup 2001–2002 but due to financial reasons Breidablik did not participate. The club did however take part in the Women's Cup the following year where they played in group with the Danish Champions Fortuna Hjørring, Belarus Champions FC Babruyshanka and Moldovan Champions FC Codru Anenii Noi. There Breidablik won Iceland's first win in the Women’s Cup against FC Codru Anenii Noi.
In the Women's Cup 2006–2007 Breidablik qualified again and this time won their group with some differences. The team did not conceive a goal and scored 14 in the three matches. Their opponents were SV Neulengbach from Austria, SU 1° Dezembro from Portugal and Newtownabbey Strikers from Northern Ireland. In the second qualifying round Breidablik was very unlucky to have as an opponent the great team from Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt. It turned out the German team was too big for the Icelandic team but they did well and came in second with two wins, against HJK from Finland and Universitet Vitebsk from Belarus and qualified to the quarter finals. In the quarterfinals in 2006–2007 competition Breidablik played home and away matches against the team that later won the competition Arsenal Ladies FC from England. No need to say Arsenal was way better team but Breidablik could still walk strong and hold their head up high.
The third time Breidablik qualified to the European Women's Cup the name of the Competition had been changed to UEFA Women's Champion League and the season was 2010–2011. Breidablik came in as a second Icelandic team to the competition and had to play in the Qualifying round, group 4 along with FCF Juvisy Essonne from France, FC Targu Mures from Romania and FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia. Breidablik came in second in the qualifying round with 7 points like FCF Juvisy and was one of two teams to qualify to the main round of 32 teams.
Most appearances for Breidablik in the National Division only Sigrun Ottarsdottir, 178.
Most goals for Breidablik in the National Division only Asta B. Gunnlaugsdottir, 154.
Biggest win 18-0 against Selfoss in 2nd Division1988.
Biggest loss 1-7 against IBV in 1st Division 2004.
Sources: The homepage of the Football Assocation of Iceland
The Annual Magazine of Breidablik Football Club
The official homepage of Breidablik
Breidablik Football Division