Hasteinsvollur in Iceland lies next to a volcano
Home to IBV
IBV of the Urvalsdeild karla, Iceland's top division, play their home matches under the watch of the Eldfell volcano, last in action in January 1973. Due to the nation's weather the football season in Iceland is played from May to October, with IBV finishing third in the 2012 season and earning a place in the Europa League qualifying stages for the third year in a row.
Seven of this year's 12 top flight clubs play in capital city Reykjavik but IBV are based in Vestmannaeyjar, an archipelago of only six square miles to the south of the mainland. They are three times Icelandic champions, two of which came in consecutive years in the late 1990s, in a league that has only had ten different winners in 101 years of continuous competition. For their 2013 campaign they will be coached by Hermann Hreidarsson.
Most of the goals scored by Iceland's all-time domestic top goalscorer Tryggvi Gudmundsson came in an IBV shirt, either side of an unsuccessful trial at Stoke City in 2005, while the side's only two previous European adventures came in the autumns of 2011 and 2012. Both times they were eliminated in the first qualifying round of the Europa League by Republic of Ireland's St Patrick's Athletic. Vestmannaeyjar was the home of Keiko the whale, of Free Willy fame, from 1998 until his death in 2003.
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