Ólafur Ingi Skúlason

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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 Ólafur.
Ólafur Skúlason
Personal information
Full name Ólafur Ingi Skúlason
Date of birth (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zulte Waregem
Number 16
Youth career
Fylkir
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Fylkir 20 (0)
2001–2005 Arsenal 1 (0)
2003 Fylkir (loan) 14 (1)
2005–2007 Brentford 16 (1)
2007–2009 Helsingborgs IF 37 (0)
2010–2011 SønderjyskE 41 (3)
2011– Zulte Waregem 64 (6)
National team
1999 Iceland U-17 9 (1)
2000–2001 Iceland U-19 9 (0)
2002–2005 Iceland U-21 12 (0)
2003– Iceland 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Ólafur Ingi Skúlason (born 1 April 1983) is an Icelandic footballer and a midfielder, currently playing for Belgian club S.V. Zulte Waregem.[1]

Club career[edit]

Ólafur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland and, before playing for Arsenal F.C., played for Icelandic soccer team Fylkir. After the Icelandic season had come to a close, he was looking for new employment, and found it with Arsenal on 1 July 2001. Ólafur was loaned back to Fylkir over a part of the 2003 season, and was voted the best young player in the Icelandic league 2003.

A defensive midfielder, his Arsenal debut came on 2 December 2003 in a 5–1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., replacing Justin Hoyte after 55 minutes of the match. Ólafur was released by Arsenal on 28 May 2005. He signed for Brentford on 22 June 2005.

Upon his arrival at Brentford, the club's website quoted him as saying: "I look at this as a very important move for my career, knowing that manager Martin Allen had been interested in signing me for a while was a huge compliment for me."

Ólafur missed the 2005/6 season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury resulting from a tackle with Chesterfield's Derek Niven. He was passed fit for the start of the 2006/7 season and completed his comeback by scoring the winner in a 1–0 win over Blackpool,[2] the first game of the season. He signed for Helsingborgs IF on 21 February 2007. After three successful years in Helsingborg, Ólafur denied a new contract offer and signed for Danish team SønderjyskE on 1 January 2010.

International career[edit]

Ólafur earned his first cap for Iceland in a friendly against Mexico on 20 November 2003 as a substitute, replacing Veigar Páll Gunnarsson. He has also captained their U21 team.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iceland Sölvi Ottesen
SønderjyskE captain
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Denmark Henrik Hansen