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Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur
Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur logo
LeaguesÚrvalsdeild karla
Founded1950
HistoryÍR
1950–present
ArenaHertz-Hellirinn
LocationReykjavík, Iceland
Team colorsBlue, White
   
Championships15 Úrvalsdeild karla

The Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur men's basketball team, commonly known as ÍR, is the men's basketball department of Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur. It is based in Reykjavík, Iceland and currently plays in Úrvalsdeild karla. ÍR was one of the pioneers of basketball in Iceland[1] and one of the founding members of the men's Úrvalsdeild.[2] From 1954 to 1977, the team won fifteen national championships.[3] In 1964, it became the first Icelandic team to compete in a continental competition when it defeated the Collegians from Belfast, 71-17, in the first round of the 1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague).[4]

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Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop (a basket 18 inches in diameter mounted 10 feet high to a backboard at each end of the court, while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one, two or three one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated.

Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur

Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur

Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur or ÍR is an Icelandic multi-sport club, based in the suburb of Breiðholt in Reykjavík. It has teams in football, handball, basketball, athletics, tenpin bowling, skiing, karate, taekwondo and judo.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of around 131,136, it is the centre of Iceland's cultural, economic, and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the Arctic Ocean. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the biggest part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate.

Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

Úrvalsdeild karla, also known as Subway deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's professional basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation . The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals, 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.

Collegians (Belfast)

Collegians (Belfast)

Collegians was a sports club for former pupils of Methodist College Belfast. In the 109-year history of the club, it had rugby union, cricket, hockey, basketball, and athletics sections. The cricket section merged with Cooke Cricket Club in 1998 to form Cooke Collegians, and the remainder of the club is now called Belfast Harlequins after a merger with the North of Ireland Football Club in 1999.

Belfast

Belfast

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest in Ireland. It had a population of 345,418 in 2021.

1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup

1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup

The 1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup was the eighth season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup. It was won by Real Madrid, for the second straight time. Real defeated CSKA Moscow in the two-legged EuroLeague Finals, after losing the first game in Moscow, 88–81, and winning the second game at Madrid, 62–76.

EuroLeague

EuroLeague

The EuroLeague, known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for sponsorship reasons, is a European professional basketball club competition. The league is widely recognised as the top-tier league in Europe. The league consists of 18 teams, of which 16 are given long-term licences and wild cards, making the league a semi-closed league. The league was first organized by FIBA in 1958 and by Euroleague Basketball after its formation in 2000.

History

ÍR's men's basketball department was founded in 1949 and its first chairman was Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson. From 1960 to 1965 the team won 47 games in a row in the national tournament and the Reykjavík Tournament.[5]

Return to the playoffs: The Borce Ilievski era.

In November 2015, ÍR fired Bjarni Magnússon after a bad start and replaced him with assistant coach Borce Ilievski.[6] With Ilievski, the teams fortune did not change at first and the team finished 4-12 the rest of the way, finishing 10th and missing out of the playoffs. The following season, the team fared better and won 11 out of 22 games, good for a seventh place finish and a trip to the playoffs for the first time in six years. In the playoffs, ÍR lost to second seeded Stjarnan in three games.[7]

Before the 2017–18 season, ÍR signed former Marshall University center, Ryan Taylor.[8] Taylor's performances alongside point guard Matthías Orri Sigurðarson got ÍR into second place in the league after the regular season. In the playoffs ÍR faced seventh seeded Stjarnan in the first round. Following the third game of the series, which ÍR won, Taylor was suspended for three games[9] for having hit Stjarnan's center Hlynur Bæringsson, in the back of the head.[10] Despite this, ÍR won the series 3-1. Taylor missed the first two games of the second round series against eventual finalists Tindastóll. Tindastóll dispatched of ÍR in four games, 3-1.

Despite the heartbreaking loss in the previous year there was optimism in ÍR for the 2018–19 season. Taylor had left and was replaced by Americans Gerald Robinson and Justin Martin. The season did not go as well as the previous year. Martin was released from his contract in January, despite having had a 50 point game a couple weeks earlier. Former Westchester Knick, Kevin Capers, was signed to replace him.

ÍR scraped into the playoffs as a 7th seed and was due to face second seeded Njarðvík in the first round. ÍR lost the first game away from home as Capers was ejected for having slapped an opposing player in the head.[11] Capers was suspended for the second game as ÍR found themselves in a 0-2 hole in a best of five series.

Capers returned in a away victory in game three. The victory sparked hope in the ÍR team which eventually came back and won the series 3-2 to set up a meeting with rivals and league champions Stjarnan. ÍR and Stjarnan had faced off in the Icelandic Cup semi-finals a few months earlier, won by Stjarnan but the game was most remembered for the fight that ensued between the teams supporter groups. Ghetto Hooligans and Silfurskeiðin.

Stjarnan totally obliterated ÍR in the first game in Ásgarður. Brandon Rozzell dominated the game and many counted ÍR out of the series after the first game. Things would not get so simple for Stjarnan as ÍR won two games in a row and was suddenly in position to defeat Stjarnan in game four at home. Stjarnan won in Seljaskóli to set up ÍR's second game five of the post-season.

The winner of the series would go on and face five-time champion powerhouse KR which had had a disappointing regular season and finished as the fifth seed. ÍR won game five and got into the finals for the first time since the playoff format was introduced in 1983.[12]

In game one at KR the atmosphere was electric as Matthías Sigurðarson, formerly of KR, scored two free throws at the end of the fourth quarter to get into over time. In OT ÍR dominated and captain Sigurkarl Jóhannesson dunked as time expired as commentator Henry Gunnarsson yelled,: "The giant (KR) has been knocked out. The giant has been knocked out."

The star studded, title winning KR team took game two in Hertz-hellirinn in four quarters. In game three KR took control and lead for most of the game. ÍR's loud fanbase was silenced as shot after shot went down for KR, but a performance long remembered by the fans by Kevin Capers kept ÍR in the game and eventually secured another overtime in a dramatic fashion.

The tense situation continued in overtime and as the game was tied in the dying seconds KR thought they had stolen the ball and would have an opportunity to score the game winner. A foul was called which allowed ÍR the chance to win in DHL-höllin for the second time in a row, in overtime in the finals and take a 2-1 series lead against the five-time consecutive champions.

Kevin Capers waited as the shot clock ran down, made his move. Three seconds left and the ball was tossed to veteran forward Trausti Eiríksson who found 21-year old captain Sigurkarl Jóhannesson open in the corner. Jóhannesson's three hit the net as time expired and ÍR had the chance to win the championship at home in game four.

With the Íslandsmeistarabikar in a crowded Hertz-hellir for game four ÍR started strong and lead by 15 in the third quarter but the experienced KR team found a way to get back and took game four and set up ÍR's third game five in three series. The loss was a heartbreak for ÍR but the bigger shock would come the day after. After having been fouled hard by Jón Arnór Stefánsson, former Dallas Maverick, KR-legend and widely regarded as the greatest Icelandic player ever, Kevin Capers had broken his hand and was out for the final game of the season, the title clincher.

Missing their best scorer ÍR faltered and after a first quarter shooting clinic by KR point guard Mike DiNunno and KR eventually won their sixth title in a row.[13]

On 22 October, the Borce Ilievski era came to an end when he resigned from ÍR following a 0–3 start to the 2021–22 season.[14]

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Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson

Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson

Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson was an Icelandic multi-sport athlete who competed in sprinting in the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson is an Icelandic basketball player for 2. deild karla club KR and a former member of the Icelandic men's national basketball team.

Borce Ilievski

Borce Ilievski

Borce Ilievski is a Macedonian-Icelandic professional basketball coach. In 2019 he was named the Úrvalsdeild karla Coach of the Year after guiding ÍR to the Úrvalsdeild finals.

Marshall University

Marshall University

Marshall University is a public research university in Huntington, West Virginia. It was founded in 1837 and is named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.

Hlynur Bæringsson

Hlynur Bæringsson

Hlynur Elías Bæringsson is an Icelandic professional basketball player for Stjarnan of the Úrvalsdeild karla and a member of the Icelandic national basketball team. He won the Icelandic championship in 2010 as a member of Snæfell and the Swedish championship in 2011 as a member of Sundsvall Dragons.

2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

The 2018–19 Úrvalsdeild karla was the 68th season of the Úrvalsdeild karla, the top tier men's basketball league in Iceland. The season started on 4 October 2018 and ended on 4 May 2019. KR won its sixth title in a row by defeating ÍR 3–2 in the Finals.

Gerald Robinson (basketball, born 1984)

Gerald Robinson (basketball, born 1984)

Gerald Robinson is an American-Dutch professional basketball player, who has played for multiple professional teams in Europe. The 230 lb, 6 ft 9 power forward attended University of Tennessee at Martin, and started his career in the Spanish LEB Bronze league with Oviedo CB and later Cantabria Baloncesto. Later on Robinson played for teams in Iceland, the Netherlands and Cyprus. Robinson also played for the Dutch National team.

Kevin Capers

Kevin Capers

Kevin Jerome Capers is an American professional basketball player for Atomerőmű SE of the Hungarian League. He played college basketball for Florida Southern College before playing professionally in the NBA G League, Mexico, Romania, Iceland and Israel.

Njarðvík men's basketball

Njarðvík men's basketball

The Njarðvík men's basketball team, commonly known as Njarðvík or UMFN, is the men's basketball department of Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur, based in the town of Reykjanesbær in Iceland. It is one of the most successful men's team in Icelandic basketball, winning 17 national championships. The team, then known as Íþróttafélag Keflavíkurflugvallar (ÍKF), was one of the founding members of the Icelandic top league in 1952 and won the first Icelandic men's championship that same year. In 1969 the team merged into Ungmennafélag Njarðvíkur and became its basketball department.

Brandon Rozzell

Brandon Rozzell

Brandon Rozzell is an American professional basketball player. In 2017 he won the Swedish championship with Luleå where he was named the Finals MVP. In 2016 he was named the Basketligaen Most Valuable Player.

Mike DiNunno

Mike DiNunno

Michele Christopher Di Nunno is an American-Italian professional basketball player, playing the point guard position. Born in Maywood, Illinois, he played high school basketball at Lake Park and Von Steuben. Initially, he committed to Northern Illinois to play college basketball, where he received MAC All-Freshman team honors. After two seasons, he transferred to Eastern Kentucky. DiNunno was named in the OVC All-Newcomer team in his junior season and first team all-OVC in his senior season at Eastern Kentucky. Following his graduation, he has played professionally in several leagues in Europe. In 2019 he won the Icelandic championship as a member of KR.

2021–22 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

2021–22 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

The 2021–22 Úrvalsdeild karla was the 71st season of the Úrvalsdeild karla, the top tier men's basketball league in Iceland. The season started on 7 October 2021 and ended on 18 May 2022. Valur won its third title, and its first in 39 years, by defeating Tindastóll 3–2 in the Finals.

Arena

ÍR plays its home games at the TM-Hellirinn.

European record

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup 1Q Republic of Ireland Collegians 71–17 63–47 134–64 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q France ASVEL 42–74 18–84 61–158 Symbol delete vote.svg
1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup 1Q Spain Real Madrid 67–117 37–93 102-210 Symbol delete vote.svg

In September 1975 ÍR was drawn from a pool of teams to face Real Madrid in the 1975–76 FIBA European Champions Cup. While they were eligible as the national champions to do so, the team never intended to participate in the tournament due to high costs involved and thus didn't register for it nor pay the participation fees. A letter by the Icelandic Basketball Association which informed FIBA on which Icelandic teams where eligible to participate in official FIBA tournaments was mistakenly taken as a confirmation of their participation.[15][16] Due to the mistake, Real Madrid went through with a walkover.

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1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup

1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup

The 1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup was the eighth season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup. It was won by Real Madrid, for the second straight time. Real defeated CSKA Moscow in the two-legged EuroLeague Finals, after losing the first game in Moscow, 88–81, and winning the second game at Madrid, 62–76.

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe consisting of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, on the eastern side of the island. Around 2.1 million of the country's population of 5.13 million people resides in the Greater Dublin Area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann; an upper house, Seanad Éireann; and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Collegians (Belfast)

Collegians (Belfast)

Collegians was a sports club for former pupils of Methodist College Belfast. In the 109-year history of the club, it had rugby union, cricket, hockey, basketball, and athletics sections. The cricket section merged with Cooke Cricket Club in 1998 to form Cooke Collegians, and the remainder of the club is now called Belfast Harlequins after a merger with the North of Ireland Football Club in 1999.

France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a transcontinental country predominantly located in Western Europe and spanning overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Due to its several coastal territories, France has the largest exclusive economic zone in the world. France borders Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Andorra, and Spain in continental Europe, as well as the Netherlands, Suriname, and Brazil in the Americas via its overseas territories in French Guiana and Saint Martin. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain close to 68 million people. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre; other major urban areas include Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, and Nice.

ASVEL Basket

ASVEL Basket

ASVEL Basket, commonly known as ASVEL or sometimes as ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, and also known as LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons, is a French professional basketball team that is located in the city of Villeurbanne, which is a suburb of Lyon, France. The club, which is the basketball section of the ASVEL multi-sports club, competes in the top-tier level French Pro A League. The club's home games are played at L'Astroballe, which seats 5,556 people.

1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup

1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup

The 1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 16th installment of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup. The Final was held at the Country Hall du Sart Tilman, in Liège, Belgium, on March 22, 1973. It was won by Ignis Varese for the second time in a row. They defeated CSKA Moscow in the finals, by a result of 71–66.

Spain

Spain

Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country primarily located in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla in Africa. The country's mainland is bordered to the south by Gibraltar; to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. With an area of 505,990 km2 (195,360 sq mi), Spain is the second-largest country in the European Union (EU) and, with a population exceeding 47.4 million, the fourth-most populous EU member state. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid; other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Málaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Bilbao.

Real Madrid Baloncesto

Real Madrid Baloncesto

Real Madrid Baloncesto is a Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid CF multi sports club. They play domestically in the Liga ACB, and internationally in the EuroLeague.

1975–76 FIBA European Champions Cup

1975–76 FIBA European Champions Cup

The 1975–76 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 19th edition of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup. The Final was held at the Patinoire des Vernets, in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 1, 1976. In a third consecutive final for these two teams, Mobilgirgi Varese defeated Real Madrid, by a result of 81–74.

Icelandic Basketball Association

Icelandic Basketball Association

The Icelandic Basketball Association is the national governing body of basketball in Iceland and is a member of the continental association FIBA Europe and the global International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It directs and oversees all of the national basketball teams of Iceland, including both the junior and senior national teams of both men and women.

Trophies and awards

Trophies

Awards

Úrvalsdeild Men's Domestic Player of the Year

Úrvalsdeild Men's Domestic All-First Team

Úrvalsdeild Men's Young Player of the Year

Úrvalsdeild Men's Coach of the Year

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1955 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

1955 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

The 1955 Icelandic Basketball Tournament was the 4th season of the top tier men's basketball league in Iceland. The season started on 18 March 1955 and ended on 25 March 1955. ÍR won its second title by posting the best record in the league.

1970 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

1970 Úrvalsdeild karla (basketball)

The 1970 Úrvalsdeild karla was the 19th season of the top tier men's basketball league on Iceland, then known as 1. deild karla. The season started on January 4, 1970 and ended on March 21, 1970.

Icelandic Men's Basketball Cup

Icelandic Men's Basketball Cup

The Icelandic Men's Basketball Cup, also known as VÍS bikarinn for sponsorship reasons, is an annual professional basketball competition between clubs in Iceland. It is Iceland's first-tier cup competition, and is not to be confused with Iceland's former second-tier cup competition, the Company Cup.

1. deild karla (basketball)

1. deild karla (basketball)

1. deild karla or D1 is the second-tier basketball competition among clubs in Iceland. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation . The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 18 games, followed by a four-team playoff round. Both semifinals and finals series are best-of-three. The top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner are promoted to the Úrvalsdeild karla. The bottom club is relegated, and replaced by the four-team playoff round winner of the third-tier 2. deild karla.

Birgir Jakobsson

Birgir Jakobsson

Birgir Jakobsson is an Icelandic doctor and former basketball player. He was a member of the Icelandic national basketball team from 1966 to 1976. Following a 20-year stay as a doctor and later director at the Karolinska University Hospital, he was the Director of Health of Iceland from 2015 to 2018.

Herbert Arnarson

Herbert Arnarson

Herbert Svavar Arnarson is an Icelandic former basketball player and a former member of Icelandic national team. In 1995, he was the second player to be named both the Úrvalsdeild karla Domestic Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year in the same season. In 1998 he helped Racing Antwerpen to the Belgian Basketball League finals where it lost to Spirou Charleroi.

Kristinn Jörundsson

Kristinn Jörundsson

Kristinn Jörundsson is an Icelandic former basketball and football player who played for both the Icelandic national basketball team and the Icelandic national football team. He won seven national basketball championships as a member of Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur and one national football championships as a member of Knattspyrnufélagið Fram.

Pétur Guðmundsson (basketball)

Pétur Guðmundsson (basketball)

Pétur Karl Guðmundsson is an Icelandic former professional basketball player and coach from Reykjavík. Standing 2.18 m (7'2"), weighing 118 kg (260 lb) and playing the center position, Pétur was the first Icelander and one of the first European players ever to play in National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a member of the Icelandic national basketball team from 1978 to 1992 but missed several years due to FIBA rules banning professional players from playing for national teams. In 2001, he was named the Icelandic Player of the 20th century by the Icelandic Basketball Association.

Eiríkur Önundarson

Eiríkur Önundarson

Eiríkur Sverrir Önundarson is an Icelandic former basketball player and a former member of the Icelandic men's national basketball team. He spent 19 of his 21 seasons with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur where he won the Icelandic Cup in 2001 and 2007.

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson

Matthías Orri Sigurðarson is an Icelandic basketball player for 2. deild karla club KR and a former member of the Icelandic men's national basketball team.

Sigurður Þorsteinsson

Sigurður Þorsteinsson

Sigurður Gunnar Þorsteinsson is an Icelandic professional basketball player who plays for Úrvalsdeild karla club Tindastóll and the Icelandic national basketball team. Nicknamed Ísafjarðartröllið, he has won the Icelandic championship three times, in 2008, 2012 and 2013. Outside of Iceland, Sigurður has played professionally in Greece and Sweden.

Sveinbjörn Claessen

Sveinbjörn Claessen

Sveinbjörn Claessen is an Icelandic basketball coach and a former member of the Icelandic men's national basketball team. Nicknamed Mr. ÍR, he has spent his entire career with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur, winning the Icelandic Cup with the club in 2007.

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

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FIBA

FIBA

The International Basketball Federation is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur, in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym.

National Basketball Association

National Basketball Association

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league in North America. The league is composed of 30 teams and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the Arctic Ocean. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the biggest part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate.

Birgir Jakobsson

Birgir Jakobsson

Birgir Jakobsson is an Icelandic doctor and former basketball player. He was a member of the Icelandic national basketball team from 1966 to 1976. Following a 20-year stay as a doctor and later director at the Karolinska University Hospital, he was the Director of Health of Iceland from 2015 to 2018.

Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson

Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson

Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson is an Icelandic businessman, basketball coach and former player. He played several seasons in the Icelandic top-tier Úrvalsdeild karla and was a member of the Icelandic national team. Following his basketball career, he founded the company Sideline Sports which designed coaching software used by the Premier League, NBA and the NFL. A controversial figure in Iceland, he has been scrutinized for his coaching methods and fight with the Icelandic Basketball Association to let his junior women's team compete in boys tournaments. In February 2021, the documentary Raise the bar which follows him and his girls teams, premiered in Iceland.

Collin Pryor

Collin Pryor

Collin Anthony Pryor is an American-Icelandic professional basketball player for ÍR of the Úrvalsdeild karla, and a member of the Icelandic national basketball team. In 2019, he won the Icelandic Cup as a member of Stjarnan.

Danero Thomas

Danero Thomas

Danero Axel Thomas is an American-Icelandic basketball player who currently plays for Breiðablik in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild karla. A naturalized Icelandic citizen, he debuted with the Icelandic national basketball team in 2018.

Einar Bollason

Einar Bollason

Einar Gunnar Bollason is an Icelandic former basketball player, coach and TV analyst. As a player, he won the Icelandic championship six times with KR. In 2001, he was named to the Icelandic basketball team of the 20th century and the coach of the 20th century by the Icelandic Basketball Association. In 2020, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon from the president of Iceland.

Eiríkur Önundarson

Eiríkur Önundarson

Eiríkur Sverrir Önundarson is an Icelandic former basketball player and a former member of the Icelandic men's national basketball team. He spent 19 of his 21 seasons with Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur where he won the Icelandic Cup in 2001 and 2007.

Coaches

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the Arctic Ocean. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the biggest part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate.

Evald Mikson

Evald Mikson

Evald Mikson, was a goalkeeper in the Estonian national football team, winning seven caps between 1934 and 1938. Mikson played a controversial role as a collaborator during his service in the police during the 1941–1944 Nazi German occupation of Estonia, and he has been accused of committing war crimes against Jews during World War II.

Helgi Jóhannsson

Helgi Jóhannsson

Helgi Jóhannsson was an Icelandic basketball coach and player. He was one of the main pioneers of modern basketball in Iceland and was a founding member of Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur's basketball department. As a coach, Helgi won a record 8 men's national championships from 1954 to 1964. He played with ÍR in the 1964–65 FIBA European Champions Cup, the first time an Icelandic team competed in a continental competition. He was the head coach of the Icelandic men's national basketball team on three occasions, from 1961–1967, in 1970 and in 1978.

Einar Ólafsson (basketball)

Einar Ólafsson (basketball)

Einar Ólafsson is an Icelandic former basketball player and coach. He was one of the main pioneers of modern basketball in Iceland and was one of the inaugural members of Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur's basketball department. He played for ÍR in the 1950's before turning to coaching. He coached both ÍR men's and women's teams, winning several national championships.

Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson

Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson

Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson is an Icelandic former basketball player. Nicknamed Doddi, he won the Icelandic championship nine times and the Danish championship four times during his career.

Scotland

Scotland

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Paul Stewart (basketball)

Paul Stewart (basketball)

Paul Stewart is a Scottish-American former professional basketball player and a former member of the Scottish national basketball team.

Einar Bollason

Einar Bollason

Einar Gunnar Bollason is an Icelandic former basketball player, coach and TV analyst. As a player, he won the Icelandic championship six times with KR. In 2001, he was named to the Icelandic basketball team of the 20th century and the coach of the 20th century by the Icelandic Basketball Association. In 2020, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon from the president of Iceland.

United States

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John Rhodes (basketball)

John Rhodes (basketball)

John Kevin Rhodes is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player.

Canada

Canada

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Reserve team

In 2019, ÍR-b lost to Breiðablik in the 3. deild karla finals. It nonetheless achieved promotion to the 2. deild karla.[20]

Titles

Division III

  • Runner-up: 2019

Source: "ÍR men's basketball", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ÍR_men's_basketball.

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References
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