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Premier League (Iceland)

Premier League (Domino's League)
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Sport Basketball
Founded 1951 (as 1. deildin)
CEO Hannes S. Jónsson
Inaugural season 1951-52
No. of teams 12
Country Template:Country data Iceland
Continent 23x15px FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Grindavík
Most titles ÍR (15 titles)
Official website KKÍ.is

Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla), also known as Domino's League, is the highest basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation (Icelandic: Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands - KKÍ). The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals series are best-of-three, semifinals and finals series are best-of-five. The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level First Division (Icelandic: 1. deild karla).

History

Creation

The Premier League (Icelandic: Úrvalsdeild karla) was founded in 1951 and until 1978 it was called 1. division.

From the 2005-06 season to the 2011-12 season, it has been named the Iceland Express League, from its sponsor: Iceland Express airline. Since the 2012-13 season it has been named the Domino's League, from its sponsor: Domino's pizza.

ÍR's dominance

For the first years, from its foundation in 1951 until the 1963-64 season, the Premier League was dominated by two teams only: ÍKF (with 4 wins) and ÍR (with 8 wins); with the sole exception of the 1958-59 season, in which won the ÍS. From the following season, the 1964-65 season, until the 1974-75, the Premier League was dominated by the ÍR (with 6 more wins) and the KR (with 5 wins). Two years later, the 1976-77 season marked the fifteenth and last victory of the ÍR in the Premier League and an end of an era.

Njarðvík's leadership

The next two decades, exactly from 1980-81 season to the 1997-98 season, the Njarðvík lead the Premier League with 10 wins. In the same period, the Keflavík won 4 titles and the KR won their eighth title.

Modern era

From the 2000-01 season, many teams have divided the lead of the Premier League. In the 2005-06 season, the Njarðvík won their thirteenth title. In the following season, the 2006-07 season, the KR won their tenth title and one more year later, in the 2007-08 season, the Keflavík won their ninth title.

International influence

In the recent years an increasing number of international players have moved directly from playing elsewhere in the world to starring in the Premier League. Below there is a short list of notable foreign players, either currently or formerly active in the league:

Teams

The Premier League originated in 1951 and, currently, consists of 12 teams. The ÍR have won the most championships with 15 Premier League wins. The second most successful franchise is the Njarðvík, who have won 13 Premier League championships. Following them, there are the KR with 12 Premier League championships and the Keflavík with 9 Premier League championships. The current Premier League teams for the 2012-13 season are:

Team City, Region Arena Founded Colours Head coach
Fjölnir Grafarvogur, Reykjavík Dalhús --- yellow/blue Template:Country data ISL Hjalti Vilhjálmsson
Grindavík Grindavík Grindavík --- blue/gold Template:Country data ISL Sverrir Þór Sverrisson
ÍR Reykjavík Seljaskóli --- blue/white Template:Country data ISL Jón Arnar Ingvarsson
Keflavík Reykjanesbær Toyota höllin --- blue/white Template:Country data ISL Sigurður Ingimundarson
KR Reykjavík DHL-höllin --- black/white Template:Country data ISL Helgi Már Magnússon
KFÍ Ísafjörður Ísjakinn --- red/white Template:Country data ISL Pétur Már Sigurðsson
Njarðvík Njarðvík Ljónagryfjan --- green/white Template:Country data ISL Einar Jóhannsson
Skallagrímur Borgarnes Borgarnes --- green/yellow Template:Country data ISL Pálmi Þór Sævarsson
Snæfell Sauðárkrókur Stykkishólmur --- red/white Template:Country data ISL Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
Stjarnan Garðabær Ásgarður --- blue/white Template:Country data ISL Teitur Örlygsson
Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn) Þorlákshöfn Þorlákshöfn --- blue/black Template:Country data ISL Benedikt Guðmundsson
Tindastóll Sauðárkrókur Sauðárkrókur --- maroon/white/blue Template:Country data ISL Bárður Eyþórsson

Champions

Season Champion Runner-up Champion's Coach
1951-52 ÍKF --- ---
1952-53 ÍKF (2) --- ---
1953-54 ÍR --- ---
1954-55 ÍR (2) --- ---
1955-56 ÍKF (3) --- ---
1956-57 ÍR (3) --- ---
1957-58 ÍKF (4) --- ---
1958-59 ÍS --- ---
1959-60 ÍR (4) --- ---
1960-61 ÍR (5) --- ---
1961-62 ÍR (6) --- ---
1962-63 ÍR (7) --- ---
1963-64 ÍR (8) --- ---
1964-65 KR --- ---
1965-66 KR (2) --- ---
1966-67 KR (3) --- ---
1967-68 KR (4) --- ---
1968-69 ÍR (9) --- ---
1969-70 ÍR (10) --- ---
1970-71 ÍR (11) --- ---
1971-72 ÍR (12) --- ---
1972-73 ÍR (13) --- ---
1973-74 KR (5) --- ---
1974-75 ÍR (14) --- ---
1975-76 Ármann --- ---
1976-77 ÍR (15) --- ---
1977-78 KR (6) --- ---
1978-79 KR (7) --- ---
1979-80 Valur --- ---
1980-81 Njarðvík --- ---
1981-82 Njarðvík (2) --- ---
1982-83 Valur (2) --- ---
1983-84 Njarðvík (3) --- ---
1984-85 Njarðvík (4) --- ---
1985-86 Njarðvík (5) --- ---
1986-87 Njarðvík (6) --- ---
1987-88 Haukar --- ---
1988-89 Keflavík --- ---
1989-90 KR (8) --- ---
1990-91 Njarðvík (7) --- ---
1991-92 Keflavík (2) --- ---
1992-93 Keflavík (3) --- ---
1993-94 Njarðvík (8) --- ---
1994-95 Njarðvík (9) --- ---
1995-96 Grindavík --- ---
1996-97 Keflavík (4) --- ---
1997-98 Njarðvík (10) --- ---
1998-99 Keflavík (5) --- ---
1999-00 KR (9) --- ---
2000-01 Njarðvík (11) --- ---
2001-02 Njarðvík (12) Keflavík ---
2002-03 Keflavík (6) --- ---
2003-04 Keflavík (7) Snæfell ---
2004-05 Keflavík (8) Snæfell Template:Country data ISL Sigurður Ingimundarson
2005-06 Njarðvík (13) Skallagrímur ---
2006-07 KR (10) Njarðvík Template:Country data ISL Benedikt Guðmundsson
2007-08 Keflavík (9) Snæfell ---
2008-09 KR (11) Grindavík Template:Country data ISL Benedikt Guðmundsson
2009-10 Snæfell Keflavík Template:Country data ISL Ingi Þór Steinþórsson
2010-11 KR (12) Stjarnan Template:Country data ISL Hrafn Kristjánsson
2011-12 Grindavík (2) Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn) Template:Country data ISL Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson
2012–13 Grindavík (3) Stjarnan
2013-14 KR (13) Grindavík Template:Country data ISL Finnur Stefansson

Titles per club

Titles Club
15 ÍR
13 Njarðvík
13 KR
9 Keflavík
4 ÍKF
2 Grindavík, Valur
1 Snæfell, Haukar, Ármann, ÍS

Awards and honors

Player of the Year

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Darrell Lewis Guard 23x15pxTemplate:Country data ISL USA/Iceland Grindavík
2004-05 Joshua Helm Forward 23x15px USA KFÍ
2005-06 A.J. Moye Guard 23x15px USA Keflavík
2006-07 Darrell Flake Forward 23x15pxTemplate:Country data ISL USA/Iceland Skallagrímur
2007-08 Darrell Flake Forward 23x15pxTemplate:Country data ISL USA/Iceland Skallagrímur
2008-09 Jon Stefansson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR
2009-10 Hlynur Baeringsson Forward Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Marcus Walker Guard 23x15px USA KR
2011-12 J'Nathan Bullock Forward 23x15px USA Grindavík

Defensive Player of the Year

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Dondrell Whitmore Guard/Forward 23x15px USA Snæfell
2004-05 Fridrik Stefansson Forward/Center Template:Country data ISL Iceland Njarðvík
2005-06 Steinar Kaldal Guard/Forward Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR
2006-07 Justin Shouse Guard 23x15px USA Snæfell
2007-08 Nate Brown Guard 23x15px USA ÍR
2008-09 Brenton Birmingham Guard 23x15px/Template:Country data ISL USA/Iceland Grindavík
2009-10 Hlynur Baeringsson Forward Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Kelly Biedler Forward 23x15px USA ÍR
2011-12 Junior Hairston Forward 23x15px USA Thor Thorl (Icelandic: Þór Þorlákshöfn)

Newcomer of the Year

Season Player Position Nationality Team
2003-04 Sevar Ingi Haraldsson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland Haukar
2004-05 Brynjar Bjornsson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR
2005-06 Hordur Vilhjalmson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland Fjölnir
2006-07 Arni Ragnarsson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland Fjölnir
2007-08 Kjartan Kjartansson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland Stjarnan
2008-09 Vesteinn Sveinsson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland FSu
2009-10 Tomas Tomasson Forward Template:Country data ISL Iceland Fjölnir
2010-11 Orn Sigurdarson Forward Template:Country data ISL Iceland Haukar
2011-12 Elvar Fridriksson Guard Template:Country data ISL Iceland Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur

Coach of the Year

Season Coach Nationality Team
2003-04 Bárður Eyþórsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2004-05 Sigurdur Ingimundarson Template:Country data ISL Iceland Keflavík
2005-06 Bárður Eyþórsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2006-07 Benedikt Guðmundsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR
2007-08 Geoff Kotila Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2008-09 Benedikt Guðmundsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR (2)
2009-10 Ingi Þór Steinþórsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland Snæfell
2010-11 Hrafn Kristjánsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland KR
2011-12 Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson Template:Country data ISL Iceland Grindavík

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