Þóra Björg Helgadóttir
Before Iceland's Euro 2013 play-off against Ukraine in October 2012
|Full name||Þóra Björg Helgadóttir|
|Date of birth||5 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||FC Rosengård|
|2000–2003||Duke Blue Devils|
|2007||LdB FC Malmö|
|2012–2013||→ Western Sydney Wanderers (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Þóra Björg Helgadóttir (born 5 May 1981), commonly Anglicised as Thóra Helgadóttir, is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Damallsvenskan club FC Rosengård and the Icelandic national team. She represented her country in the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship. Þóra is the younger sister of Ásthildur Helgadóttir, former captain of the women's national team.
Þóra had already spent the 2004 season in Norway as Bente Nordby's understudy at Kolbotn, when in January 2007 the opportunity to move to Belgium came up through her career outside football. In August 2007 she left Anderlecht to join sister Ásthildur in Sweden at Malmö, who needed a goalkeeper due to Caroline Jönsson's anterior cruciate ligament injury.
At UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Þóra played in two matches as Iceland were eliminated in the first round.
National team coach Siggi Eyjólfsson selected Þóra in the Iceland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013, although she was recovering from a hamstring injury. Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir took the goalkeeping position at the final tournament, playing in the three group matches and the 4–0 quarter-final defeat to hosts Sweden.
Celebrity goldfish Sigurwin, the mascot of the Iceland women's national football team, was released into Þóra's care after UEFA Women's Euro 2013. Sigurwin came to prominence during the tournament when Ludvig Lindström of Global Happiness Organization (GHO) publicly criticised the players for keeping him in a jar and making jokes about flushing him down the toilet.
Sport person of Kópavogur 2005 and 2006.
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