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Fram Reykjavík

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Knattspyrnufélagið Fram (in English Fram Football Club) is an Icelandic sports club, best known for its soccer team. In European competitions it is known as Fram Reykjavík. It was founded on 1 May 1908 in Reykjavík. Based at Safamýri, located in the Laugardalur district of Reykjavík. They are currently playing in the highest Icelandic league, Úrvalsdeild. The club has 18 national championship titles and 7 national cup titles and are regarded as one of the biggest teams in Iceland. Fram Reykjavik were relegated from Úrvalsdeild in 2005, but after one year in the second tier, they returned to the top flight in 2006. Dominating Icelandic football in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The clubs also have strong team handball teams, and the men's team won the Icelandic championship in 2006. Other sports offered by the club include Tae Kwon Do and Skiing.

Fram play at the Laugardalsvöllur, a stadium just east of the city centre with a capacity of around 15,000.


The First Years (1908–1928)
The football club, was established in spring 1908 in downtown. the ones who started the club were several boys around 13 years old. or almost, living in the area around Tjarnargata. One group member, Peter J. H. Magnusson, had bought a football and football was used providing all the summer. The first football club was almost in this very informal company. No board was appointed, no written laws and the company did not even have a name. From this was added to the first formal meeting, the fifteenth in March 1909. Then came the boys from the football team in town together at a meeting, the words Because the spring was coming soon. Soon it got more serious and the boys started meeting more often and in the end the club Fram or Kári like the first name of the club was, became a real Football club. The first name of the club was Kári, but later on the name was changed to Fram which it has been ever since. The first Icelandic championship was 1912, which KR Reykjavík won Fram Reykjavik was number two that year.

League dominance 1913-1919

From 1913 to 19 Fram Reykjavik was unbeatable. The 1913 season was the second season of Úrvalsdeild. The 1914-19 proved to be even more fruitful, the club won six consecutive league titles from 1913 through to 1919, Fram Reykjavik won 1913 as the only entrant. It was their first ever title. Fram won again 1914. Three teams took part this season with Valur entering for the first time. Fram Reykjavik won the championship. Fram Reykjavik welcomed once again the title after draw against KR Reykjavík in the last match, with the highest amount of points.KR Reykjavík protested a lot against that, and the result was that Fram Reykjavik and KR Reykjavík had to play a final match which Fram Reykjavik eventually won 3-1. In those years Fram Reykjavik was simply unbeatable and it wasn't until 1919 that they lost again. but 1921, 1922, 1923 and, 1925 the club won again. But it was a long wait for the next title. the main striker Friðþjófur Thorsteinsson also moved to Canada and never came back, after the best striker left there was no one to come instead.

Doing good despite WWII, 1939-1948

From 1936 to 1939 Hermann Lindemann had been very successful, but it wasn't enough good for the fans as no title had yet come. So in 1939 the German superstar went home to carry on with his own career in Germany which he protested against because of WWII.
During that time Fram Reykjavik had a fantastic team especially during 1946-1948 having Ríkharður Jónsson in the team. Shortly after the world war stopped play, but in 1939 four teams contested and Fram won the League. Despite having one -1 goal in score they were still number one on the table.

In 1942, after beating Víkingur R at Melavöllur 2-1 in a match that was played in unusually cold summer weather, Fram came second after Valur by losing in extra time. Ríkharður Jónsson was then studying in Reykjavík and during that time Icelands most talented soccer player ever played for Fram. The team lineup for this year was the best in Fram Reykjavik's history. The 1950s were nothing compared with 1939-1948.

ups and downs during 1960s

team handball team of Fram got one of Europe biggest handball club as did the national team. Meanwhile the football had done much better and although Fram remained as top 3 club in Iceland. The titles had still been more before. 1962 was different, then Fram managed to win the league and 62-64 the club fought about every single title existing, but it seem like something bad has happened from 1965-1967 because it wasn't until then that Fram was number two in the league and showed they were back among the best and the 1970s and 1980s was to be more successful. Still the team was told to have played very entertaining football . The next years the club went into working more with Youth club in 1970s and 1980s maybe Fram Reykjavik Golden Age.

successful 1970s

1970 Fram was no doubt back on the top, they had Kristinn Jörundsson which did 10 goals and Fram ended second after ÍA four points behind but got into UEFA cup by finishing number two.
In 1972 Fram won its first title in ten years since 1962. In 1970, 1973 and 1979 Fram Reykjavik managed to win VISA-bikar. In the two last times by scoring a goal in the final seconds
and 1975 the club was very unlucky not to win the league again at that time they also had a lot of players in the national football team being a top team that summer Real Madrid C.F with players like Günter Netzer came to Reykjavík and won very easily against Fram Reykjavik. And young player that later would become a big name in Scotland playing for St. Mirren F.C called Guðmundur Torfason coming out of the youth team in the late 1970s becoming wikt:success in the 1980s.

1986-91 The best Icelandic team ever

1983The club hired a new coach from Poland Andrzej Strejlau Fram Reykjavik was relegated to 1. deild karla. but in one year, the club got straight back to Úrvalsdeild Andrzej was the coach until 1985, when he went to Greece to coach first the Greece Footballs Clubs Associations (Five Division) club Larissa but later on also Poland national football team. Many still today consider his work with the club a big part in making the team of 1986-1991 so successful . That same year Fram brought in a new coach who was about to make history. His name was Ásgeir Elíasson. The following years turned out to be the most successful times of the club since the glorious 1913-19 seasons.
In 1986 Fram beat Irish Football League Glentoran in the first round of the European Cup and advanced to the second round where the club came up against the Austrian Football Bundesliga team Rapid Vienna. After losing the away match 3-0 in Vienna, Fram made Icelandic footballing history by winning the home match 2-1, thus becoming the first Icelandic football club in history to win a match in a latter stage than the first round.
In 1985 Fram won the Icelandic cup and then in 1986 Fram won their first Icelandic championship since 1972. The next year the club was second in the league but managed to win the cup VISA-bikar again. In 1988 the team won the league in a dominating fashion, drawing only once and losing one game and winning with a record 49 points. The record was never to be broken in a league of 10 clubs, although it was levelled on a couple of occasions, and since the number of clubs in Iceland's top flight has now been increased to 12, this record will remain unbeaten in the future. The titles kept coming in and in 1989 Fram won the VISA-bikar cup. The football summer of 1990 was known for the two horse race between KR and Fram Reykjavik which Fram Reykjavik eventually won in a dramatic manner by beating Valur Reykjavik 3-2 in the must-win last game of the season, after trailing 0-2 at half-time. The year 1990 was also a successful year in the Cup Winners' Cup for Fram. The club beat the Swedish Champions (football) Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, with a 3-0 home victory in Reykjavik and a 1-1 draw in Sweden. The club played against Spanish giants Barcelona FC in the second round. Fram lost the home game 1-2 with the winning goal coming at the last minutes. Barcelona's winning goal was considered somewhat of a controversy, as Fram had had strong appeals for a penalty just seconds before the goal. But as the referee waved play on, Barcelona kicked the ball forward and scored the winning goal, although the Icelandic defenders appealed for an offside. Barcelona then went on to win 3-0 at Nou Camp and managed to reach all the way to the final where they lost to Manchester United. Although Fram lost the tie 5-1 on aggregate, the results are widely and arguably regarded as an Icelandic football club's best ever success in European competition.

1992-2005 Fram worst years ever

Bad years for Fram 1993 Ásgeir Sigurvinsson was hired as coach to build the club again but that failed badly and the club just got worse. 1998-2004 Fram Reykjavik were always among the lowest in Úrvalsdeild and saved themselves on the last second from relegation, the club was relegated twice, in 1995 and 2005. Many coaches tried their best to put Fram Reykjavik back among the best Ólafur Þórðarson (footballer) Pétur OrmslevGuðmundur Torfason, but it wasn't until 2005, when good old Ásgeir Elíasson was hired that the wheels started turning again. He won division one very easily and brought the club back among the best before he quit. Only one year later he died, and Þorvaldur Örlygsson was hired as the new coach with new ideas .

2007-2010 Stable Years

Fram Reykjavik won the second-tier championship of 1. deild karla in 2006 of 1. deild karla and finished 7th in the Landsbankadeild (the then name for the premier division) in Landsbankadeild 2007. Bought the Swedish striker Patrik Redo that they later had to sell to Keflavík Football Club. In 2008 Fram played their best season in many years when they finished 3rd in the Landsbankadeild. In 2009 the club was number 4, and played against Breiðablik UBK in the Icelandic Cup Final but lost in penalty shootout, but still won the silver medal. Now it seems as if Fram Reykjavik is back among the best again Fram Reykjavik woes continued in the spring of 2006. 2008 things changed a lot though a new manager came that had been playing for Fram Reykjavik in the famous 86-91 team Þorvaldur Örlygsson. He started with buying Auðun Helgason, a former Iceland national football team football player Assistant manager For the third time in three years, a new coach would take the helm and most of the time it seemed as none could lead Fram out of the dark. This time, however, it was a complete success. Fram won four straight games, gobbling up KR Reykjavík lead as team number 3 in the table (which is very important because the team that gets the third place goes to UEFA Cup), and finally overtaking them. Fram against FH Hafnarfjörður where they won away which was for the first time in many years, the team that was supposed to be unbeatable they managed to win. The following weekend, Fram won Keflavík Football Club, securing the club's 3rd position in the league the first time since 1992 Fram Reykjavik was back in European competition the team that almost did draw at Nou Camp 18 years ago was back and there were more good news to come, Þorvaldur Örlygsson accepted a new offer to be the manager. The summer of 2009 came out to be not as good as expected in Úrvalsdeild Fram Reykjavik finished 4th, which was an obvious disappointment. And in VISA-bikar 2009 Fram made it to the finals but lost in penalty kickout against Breiðablik UBK where Paul McShane missed the last penally for Fram, in UEFA Cup 2009 Fram won The New Saints F.C easily in the first round but in the second round Fram Reykjavik traveled to Czech Republic to play Sigma Olomouc the first match went 1-1 where Sigma scored a goal almost in the last second of the match. The second match Sigma Olomouc won but Fram was told to have played maybe their best matches of the summer there and they showed that on a good day they could play like the big teams in Europe. Before the 2009 season Þorvaldur Örlygsson brought several new players to Fram, one of them being Jón Gunnar Eysteinsson who Þorvaldur Örlygsson knew well from Fjarðabyggð, he was supposed to come instead of Auðun Helgason that went to Ungmennafélag Grindavíkur and Some other players like the English brothers which both started their career playing for Chelsea F.C.Joe Tillen and Sam Tillen the team of 2010 was one of the youngest teams ever in Icelandic football, the oldest player was 25 years old. Still it was a summer of disappointment finishing 5th.

Club honours

Football championship titles


- Landsbankadeild: 18
- - 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1939, 1946, 1947, 1962, 1972, 1986, 1990,

- VISA-bikar: 7
- - 1970, 1973, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1989,
(runner-up: 1984, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2009)

- 1. deild karla : 4
- - 1966, 1983, 1996,2006


Fram Reykjavik has significant rivalries which date back to 1920s, mainly with two clubs, intercity club KR Reykjavík and Valur. Their most high-profile rivalry is with Valur, another big Úrvalsdeild club also located in Reykjavík city center. The rivalries subsided when Fram Reykjavik was relegated, and have intensified since the later part of the 1990s, reaching its highest levels with the return of Fram Reykjavik to the Úrvalsdeild. Notably the three sides (Valur, Fram Reykjavik and KR Reykjavík) are the most supported clubs in Reykjavík. There are also rivalries with Breiðablik UBK, FH Hafnarfjörður and Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.Fram Reykjavik and Valur Reykjavik had much rivalries when Fram Reykjavik bought the Danish people Bo Henriksen from Valur, a year later Valur did the same thing and bought Helgi Sigurdsson from Fram Reykjavik since the there has been big rivalries between those two neighbour clubs.


Fram play their home games at Laugardalsvöllur, Iceland's national football stadium. Laugardalsvöllur also houses the, Icelandic national team when they play. And notably hosted the match between Iceland and France 1999 when they did 1-1 draw where Ríkharður Daðason Fram Reykjavik player scored for Iceland. It is used for many derbies between Reykjavík clubs. It also hosts the headquarters of the Iceland national football team, and stages 75% of the home matches of the national football team each year .

Fram Supporters

Often called "Geiramenn" and Framherjar, FramTV
Before the foundation of Fram the dominant club in the Reykjavík area was KR, which was considered a middle class club, and in later years an upper class club, like most clubs of that time. Fram became popular amongst the working class, creating a fierce rivalry based upon both local pride and social class In the early 20th century, supporters were supposed to act as gentlemen, applauding and supporting both their own team, and the opponents. However, this proved a hard task for supporters of the Reykjavík teams. Local patriotism and class differences .
After the First World War, the rivalry calmed, and Fram supporters became known as friendly and sportsmanlike. However, this only applied to the behaviour on home ground, as KR Reykjavík supporters continued to behave arrogant and called them self "Stórveldið!, which means empire. Only Some supporters of KR Reykjavík still behave like that but of course not all. Fram side has fans all over Iceland.
Demand for Fram Reykjavik tickets in occasional home games held away from Reykjavík is high; suggesting that Fram Reykjavik have strong supports in other parts of the country.Fram is widely and especially popular throughout country side of Iceland for example Akureyri where Þorvaldur Örlygsson comes from and also in Fjarðabyggð where many of the players come from, leading the team to have good followings in its away matches in Northern and Eastern parts of Iceland sometimes not less than in Reykjavík itself.

Famous supporters

Einar Kárason, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ómar Ragnarsson, Þorfinnur Ómarsson, Hannes Smárason, Hallgrímur Helgason, Björgvin Páll Gústavsson, Arnór Atlason, Þorsteinn J,Egill Ólafsson

Youth Program

The Fram youth set-up has been recognized as one of the best in Iceland for producing young talents. While not all graduates made it to the first team, many have enjoyed successful careers in the Icelandic top flight. Under long-time coach Ásgeir Elíasson, the Fram youth squad enjoyed one of its successful periods, winning all age-group competitions, especially in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The youth system is also notable for its contribution to the Iceland national senior and youth teams, providing such players as Ríkharður Daðason, Pétur Marteinsson and Marteinn Geirsson, Eggert Jónsson Helgi Sigurðsson, Guðmundur Torfason, Birkir Kristinsson, Gunnar Þor Gunnarsson, Stefán Logi Magnússon, Pétur Ormslev, Valur Fannar Gíslason, which they had to sell to Arsenal F.C, Matthías Vilhjálmsson, Guðmundur Steinarsson, Heiðar Geir Júlíusson, Hjálmar Þórarinsson, Jón Guðni Fjóluson

Colours of shirt and shorts

Fram Reykjavik has for almoust 100 years played in Blue and White. During the first decades of their history, Fram have played in several different kit colors. The team originally played in white. For much of Frams's history, their home colours have been blue shirts, with white shorts and blue socks, though white socks are sometimes worn . For the first two years of the club's existence Fram Reykjavik continued to wear shirt, which included white shirt, white shorts and blue socks; this was changed to the more familiar Blue kit in The new colours were adopted because many clubs in the same division as Ithrottafelag Reykjavikur played also in white. Conversely, Fram's change or away colours have been very inconsistent, there is no set in stone standard and the club changes the away colours often, but most commonly it has been a shade of yellow (since the 1990s) or white.69, depending on the season; a yellow and white away kit even appeared . Other common change colours have been grey, all white and all yellow.69
The first club badge which Fram wore on their shirts was old football and blue spells on white with Fram written with old letters, that still today is the badge.
Fram play now in Erreà shirts, but the most famous one is the Adidas shirt they played in the 1980s which had slightly brighter version of blue color, but in 2000-2004 the played in Fila (company). since 2004 they have played in Erreà

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

Fram crest: 1908—

From 1908 to now Fram Reykjavik has kept its good old crest which contains Football from early 1900s and old spells over it .
From 1908 The current design is blue and white with brownish football under the name, the football on the crest is very similar to the football that where used in Europe before 1900s, echoing the club's home color of Blue in the background of it. The three stars were added above the convex and concave sections of Fram emblem to denote the 18 championship titles they have won.

Notable former players

Following players have represented Fram and either made at least 100 league appearances for the club, or made at least 10 appearances for their national team.

- Pétur Ormslev
- Jón Guðni Fjóluson
- Birkir Kristinsson
- Guðmundur Torfason
- Marcel Oerlemans
- Guðmundur Steinsson
- Ríkharður Daðason
- Pétur Marteinsson
- Valur Fannar Gíslason
- Patrik Redo

- Janus Guðlaugsson
- Ágúst Gylfason
- Auðun Helgason
- Ríkharður Jónsson
- Heiðar Geir Júlíusson
- Joe Tillen
- Marteinn Geirsson
- Stefán Logi Magnússon
- Henry Nwosu Kanu
- Ragnar Margeirsson

- Oleg Titov
- Bo Henriksen
- Arnar Gunnlaugsson
- Helgi Sigurðsson
- Guðmundur Steinarsson
- Guðmundur Torfason
- Fróði Benjaminsen
- Friðþjófur Thorsteinsson
- Ómar Torfason
- Tommy Rutter

Notable Managers

- Hermann Lindemann (1936–39)
- James McCrae (footballer) (1946–48)
- Andrzej Strejlau (1982–83)
- Ásgeir Elíasson (1985–91)
- Anatoli Fedyukin (footballer)
- Ásgeir Sigurvinsson (1993)
- Ásgeir Elíasson (1996–99)
- Guðmundur Torfason (2000)
- Ion Geolgău (2004)
- Ásgeir Elíasson (2006)
- Þorvaldur Örlygsson (2008–)

European adventures

Fram Reykjavik has a long tradition of playing in both UEFA Cup and European Champions League. Still today Fram Reykjavik remains the only Icelandic team ever to play against both Real Madrid C.F and Barça in European competitions. The first one was in the year of 1971 against Hibernians F.C from Malta the first match was played in Malta which Fram won 2-0, but lost at home 3-0. In the 1971/2 season, the Finns striker Jukka Paarma achieved fame in Iceland with Fram when, in a European Cup Qualifying game, he scored the winning goal in the form of a skillful overhead kick in the 84th minute against a strong Ferencvárosi TC side. In 1973 FC Basel came to Iceland and won very easily in both matches against Fram Reykjavik. 1974 Fram traveled to madrid in UEFA Champions League to play against Real Madrid C.F on Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Real won 6-0 but at Laugardalsvöllur it looked almoust the whole match as it would end up in draw until on 74th minute when Real did a goal and again in the last seconds of the match. In 1976 Fram Reykjavik lost against ŠK Slovan Bratislava. In 1985 Ireland was Fram next stop when Fram Reykjavik won an easy victory against Glentoran F.Cin round two same the Austrian Bundesliga giant Rapid Vienna which Fram lost overall with only one goal which has to be one of the best performance of Icelandic team ever. In 1986 Fram traveled to Poland to play against Kattowitz in a very even duel Fram eventually lost.Sparta Prague came to Reykjavík 1987 to play against Fram Reykjavik at Laugardalsvöllur stadium. They were simply too big for Icelandic team and won 8-0 over all. In 1988 Barça came and unexpected the match in iceland was very even and it wasn't until the end of the match that Barcelona FC secured they're win. 1990 is the year when Fram Reykjavik won the Allsvenskan champions Djurgårdens IF Fotboll badly in both away and home matches over all the next round Barcelona FC came to iceland again and this time Fram Reykjavik did the first goal and most of the match it looked as Fram Reykjavik would win the match 1-0 but in the end Barça proved why they are so good and did two goals in the last ten minutes.

European Cups statistics

As of July 29, 2011

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