Alfreð Finnbogason

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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 Alfreð.
Alfreð Finnbogason
Personal information
Full name Alfreð Finnbogason
Date of birth (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Grindavík, Iceland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 7
Youth career
1995–1999 Fjölnir
1999–2001 Hutchison Vale
2001–2005 Fjölnir
2005–2007 Breiðablik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Breiðablik 43 (28)
2007 → Augnablik (loan) 2 (2)
2011–2012 Lokeren 22 (4)
2012 Helsingborg (loan) 17 (12)
2012–2014 SC Heerenveen 65 (53)
2014– Real Sociedad 0 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Iceland U21 11 (5)
2010– Iceland 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Alfreð Finnbogason (born (1989-02-01)1 February 1989) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for Real Sociedad. He made his debut for the Icelandic national team against the Faroe Islands in 2010, and has made 21 caps to date, scoring 4 goals.

He was the Eredivisie top scorer in the 2013-14[1] season with 29 goals, a tally topped only by Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in Europe's top leagues that season.[2]

Alfreð is a life-long Manchester United supporter and dreams of joining the club one day, although he admits the Serie A and the Bundesliga might suit his style-of-play better.[3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Grindavík, Alfreð played for Grindavík youth teams while also spending two years of his childhood in the Scottish capital Edinburgh while his father studied in the city.[4] Alfreð played for boys' club Hutchison Vale and became a fan of Hibernian.[4]

Breiðablik[edit]

Alfreð joined Breiðablik in 2005, featuring in the club's highly successful youth team alongside future internationals and/or expatriates Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aron Jóhannsson, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Elfar Freyr Helgason, Guðmundur Kristjánsson, Kristinn Steindórsson and Kristinn Jónsson.[5][6]

He made his senior debut for Breiðablik in 2008. In the 2009 Úrvalsdeild season he scored 13 goals in 18 league games for Breiðablik. At the end of the season he was voted Young player of the year by fellow players.[7] Breiðablik also won their first title ever, the Icelandic Cup.[8]

After the 2009 season he had a trial with Tippeligaen side Viking, English Championship side Blackpool[9] and Belgian club Genk.

In 2010, Alfreð was joint league top goalscorer with 14 goals, and voted player of the year by fellow players as Breiðablik won their first league title and participated for the first time in the UEFA Europa League when they played against Scottish club Motherwell.[10][11][12]

Lokeren[edit]

On 3 November 2010, Breiðablik confirmed that an offer for Alfreð from Belgian side Lokeren had been accepted.[13] After completing a medical, Alfreð signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club on 20 November 2010.[14]

Helsingborgs IF (loan)[edit]

On 6 March 2012, Alfreð joined Swedish champions Helsingborgs IF on a six-month loan deal, ending on 15 August 2012.[15]

Alfreð scored one goal and made five assists in a 6-1 aggregate win against Polish champions Śląsk Wrocław in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round.[16] At the end of the loan period, Alfreð was Helsingborg IF's top scorer of 2012 with 12 goals in 17 all competitions matches.[17][18]

SC Heerenveen[edit]

On 16 August 2012, Alfreð signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club Heerenveen, after the club reached an agreement for his transfer from Lokeren.[19] He made a promising start for his new club, scoring two goals in his home debut against top side Ajax in a 2-2 draw and later scoring all four goals away to third division side Kozakken Boys in the Dutch cup.[20][21] Alfreð ended the season as the third highest goalscorer of the Eredivisie, scoring in total 24 of Heereveen's 50 league goals.[22]

Real Sociedad[edit]

On 2 July 2014 Finnbogason signed for Real Sociedad.[23] [24]

International career[edit]

Alfreð has 11 caps and five goals for Iceland at under-21 level. His first goal came on 8 September 2009 in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Group 5 qualifier 6-2 win over Northern Ireland under-21s at The Showgrounds, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.[25]

Alfreð won his first cap for the Icelandic national team in 2010, coming on as a substitute in a friendly match against the Faroe Islands.[26][27] Alfreð scored on his full debut for the Icelandic national team against Israel in a 3-2 loss at Bloomfield Statium in Tel Aviv.[26][28] As of 15 November 2013, Alfreð has 19 caps and four goals for the senior national team.[26]

International goals[edit]

As of 14 August 2013[26]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2010 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 1–3 2–3 Friendly
2 29 February 2012 Stadion Pod Goricom, Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 1–1 1–2 Friendly
3 7 September 2012 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Norway 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7 June 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Slovenia 2–1 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[29]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League Icelandic Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007 Augnablik (loan) 3. deild 2 2 - - - - - - 2 2
2008 Breiðablik Úrvalsdeild 4 1 1 0 3 0 - - 8 1
2009 Breiðablik Úrvalsdeild 18 13 4 2 4 0 - - 26 15
2010 Breiðablik Úrvalsdeild 21 14 1 0 6 5 2 0 30 19
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Lokeren Belgian Pro League 15 3 - - - - - - 15 3
2011–12 Lokeren Belgian Pro League 7 1 3 2 - - - - 10 3
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2012 Helsingborgs IF Allsvenskan 17 12 1 0 - - 4 1 22 13
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Heerenveen Eredivisie 331 24 2 4 - - - - 35 28
2013–14 Heerenveen Eredivisie 32 29 3 2 - - - - 35 31
Career Total 149 99 15 10 13 5 6 1 183 115

1Includes two Europe play-off matches.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Breiðablik

Individual[edit]

Breiðablik
SC Heerenveen

Other[edit]

In 2007, Alfreð spent five months as an exchange student in Sardinia, Italy, playing for Sassari Torres during the stay where he managed to score in a win against the Italy U-17 national team.[32]

On 19 April 2013, Alfreð set a record for the most goals scored in a season by an Icelandic footballer playing in a top division in any country as he scored his 24th goal of the season (which also proved to be his last of the season). The previous record-holder had also played in the Netherlands, Pétur Pétursson scored 23 goals in 33 matches for Feyenoord in the 1979–80 Eredivisie.[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ronaldo and Suárez share Golden Shoe accolade". Uefa.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Alfreð: Óraunhæft að fara beint frá Heerenveen til Man Utd". fotbolti.net. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Friel, David (7 October 2010). "Icelandic Hibernian fan Alfreð Finnbogason cannot wait to face former homeland". The Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Félag: Breiðablik, Mót: Íslandsmót - 3. flokkur karla A deild" (in Icelandic). ksi.is. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Enska liðið Blackpool vill fá að skoða Alfreð" (in Icelandic). visir.is. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Dóra María og Alfreð kosin best" (in Icelandic). ksi.is. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Alfreð tók bronsskóinn í Hollandi" (in Icelandic). 433.is. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  23. ^ Finnbogason naar Real Sociedad sc-heerenveen.nl 2 July 2014 (Dutch)
  24. ^ Agreement with SC Heerenveen for the transfer of Alfred Finnbogason Realsociedad.com 2 July 2014
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