Ásgeir Sigurvinsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Ásgeir.
Ásgeir Sigurvinsson
Personal information
Full name Ásgeir Sigurvinsson
Date of birth (1955-05-08) 8 May 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
1973–1981 Standard Liège 249 (57)
1981–1982 Bayern Munich 17 (1)
1982–1990 VfB Stuttgart 194 (38)
National team
1972–1989 Iceland 45 (5)
Teams managed
1993 Fram
2003–2005 Iceland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ásgeir "Sigi" Sigurvinsson (born 8 May 1955 in Vestmannaeyjar) is an Icelandic football coach and a former player.

The attacking midfielder was one of the first, and certainly one of the most celebrated, Icelandic professional football players. He went from Iceland to Belgium but spent the latter half of his career in Germany.

Club career[edit]

After playing a trial match in the colours of Rangers reserves against Dumbarton Reserves in November 1972, Ásgeir moved to Belgian club Standard Liège in 1973, and stayed there for eight seasons, amassing more than 300 appearances overall, and helping the club to the 1981 Belgian Cup. Immediately after, he was bought by European powerhouse FC Bayern Munich, but was used mainly as a substitute and lasted only one year on the bench.

Ásgeir then joined fellow Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart, where he figured prominently until his retirement, at 35. In his second year, he netted a career-best – in Germany – 12 goals, being instrumental in a league conquest after a 32-year wait. During his penultimate season, Ásgeir scored thrice in 28 matches as the club finished fifth, still adding all 12 matches (10 complete) in Stuttgart's UEFA Cup runner-up run. In total, he played 211 German first division matches, scoring 39 goals, and more than 500 overall as a professional.

After retiring in 1990, Ásgeir worked at Stuttgart for another three years, as a scout. Between April and November 1993, he had his first coaching experience, with native Knattspyrnufélagið Fram.[1]

International career[edit]

Ásgeir, who got 45 caps, with five goals, for the national team,[2] acted as technical director at the Football Association of Iceland, for six years, and later coached the national team, from 2003 until late 2005.[3]

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's 50 anniversary, the Icelandic FA selected Ásgeir as its Golden Player, the most outstanding Icelandic player of the last 50 years.[4]

Honours[edit]

IBV
Standard Liège
Bayern Munich
Stuttgart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Þjálfaratal Fram". Um tilgangsleysi allra hluta (in Icelandic). 19 September 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Iceland – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sigurvinsson follows his beliefs". UEFA.com. 19 August 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA.com. 29 November 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 

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