Ármann Smári Björnsson

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Ármann Björnsson
Personal information
Full name Ármann Smári Björnsson[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-07) 7 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Höfn, Iceland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre back
Striker
Youth career
Sindri
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Sindri 61 (45)
2000 Lillestrøm (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2003 Valur 45 (7)
2002 Brann (loan) 7 (3[2])
2004–2006 FH 36 (7)
2006–2009 Brann 34 (4[2])
2009–2011 Hartlepool United 18 (3)
2012- Íþróttabandalag Akraness 41 (3)
National team
1999 Iceland U-19 2 (0)
2001–2003 Iceland U-21 7 (0)
2006–2009 Iceland 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2013

Ármann Smári Björnsson (born 7 January 1981 in Höfn) is an Icelandic footballer currently playing for Íþróttabandalag Akraness.

Club career[edit]

Born in Höfn, southeast Iceland, he started his club career at local outfit UMF Sindri in 1996, when he was 15 years old. In 1998 he was top scorer in the D-division with 32 goals. In 2001 he joined Valur and in 2002 he was loaned to SK Brann, and showed himself to be the club's most effective striker. But over-prizing from his club Valur, and the hiring of a new manager in Brann, spoiled a permanent transfer to Norway for Björnsson. He returned to Iceland, where he won the Icelandic Premier League in three consecutive years with FH Hafnarfjarðar.

On 21 August 2006, SK Brann confirmed that Björnsson was ready for his 2nd spell in the Norwegian club. He signed a 3-year contract with the Norwegian club after they agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to FH for his services. He was one match short of receiving the Premiership-silver medal.

In 2007, he won the Norwegian league with SK Brann, and scored 9 times in 26 league, cup and UEFA cup matches.

In August 2009 he was sold to Hartlepool United and made his debut coming on as sub in the 1-1 home draw against Wycombe Wanderers. He is infamously remembered by Hartlepool fans for when he missed from less than 2 yards in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

In May 2011 he was not offered a new contract by the club, along with nine other players from the 2010/11 squad.[3]

International career[edit]

After a string of impressive displays in the 2006 season, Björnsson earned his first international cap for Iceland when he came on as a substitute against Spain in a friendly in Reykjavík on 15 August 2006. His second cap was also against Spain as a substitute, this time in the qualifying for the Euro 2008 on 8 September 2007. In the third game he started against Northern Ireland and scored after six minutes, Iceland won 2-1.

Honours[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Norway[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b Sportsklubben Brann - Ekte lidenskap har et navn
  3. ^ "Ten players shown door by Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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