Breidablik imperious in Iceland

Club history: The only founder members of the Icelandic league still in the top division, Breidablik took their title tally to 15 last season.

With the second qualifying round of the UEFA Women's Cup starting in mid-September, uefa.com is taking a detailed look at each of the 16 clubs looking to progress to the quarter-finals and beyond. Today, the fourth of the Group A contenders, Breidablik.

Founded in 1950, Breidablik sports club was always quick to give women opportunities to participate in sport and they are the only female side who survive from the first Icelandic league campaign of 1972, although they did not win the title until 1977.

Local success
To date, the club have won 15 championships in the 34-year history of the league making them the most successful side in Iceland. They have also won nine Icelandic Cups. Meanwhile, the last 25 years has seen the club host the island's biggest tournament for girls, now called the Simamotid, which sees thousands of local girls given the chance to compete.

Nordic rivals
Having established their credentials at home, Breidablik competed in the Nordic Championships between 1995 and 1997 along with the champions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and a guest side. Playing against the likes of Fortuna Hjörring and SK Trondheims-Örn gave the Icelanders valuable experience.

Forced withdrawal
Although they qualified for the first edition of the UEFA Women's Cup in 2001/02, Breidablik were forced to withdraw with most of their best players attending universities in the United States. Nonetheless, they chose to compete with an inexperienced side in the second edition of the competition.

Maiden victory
That first appearance saw them earn their first European victory - a 2-0 success against Moldovan side FC Codru Anenii Noi. However, they have had to wait until 2006/07 for another taste of European competition after winning an Icelandic league and cup double in 2005.

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