Birkir Bjarnason

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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 Birkir.
Birkir Bjarnason
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Bjarnason playing for Iceland in 2014
Personal information
Full name Birkir Bjarnason
Date of birth (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Akureyri, Iceland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pescara
Number TBD
Youth career
- KA Akureyri
- Austrått
- Figgjo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Viking 100 (16)
2008 Bodø/Glimt (loan) 22 (5)
2012–2013 Standard Liège 16 (0)
2012–2013 Pescara (loan) 24 (2)
2013 Pescara 1 (0)
2013–2014 Sampdoria 11 (0)
2014- Pescara 0 (0)
National team
2004 Iceland U-17 7 (2)
2005–2007 Iceland U-19 14 (3)
2006–2011 Iceland U-21 25 (3)
2010– Iceland 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2014

Birkir Bjarnason (born 27 May 1988 in Akureyri) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian Serie B club Pescara.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Viking FK[edit]

Birkir started playing football with local clubs in his hometown of Akureyri, Iceland. He joined Viking in summer of 2005 from Figgjo. In the 2006 season he scored his first goal for Viking against Hamarkameratene. Since then, he has been a constant starter for Viking, helping them avoid relegation and even manage a third place finish in 2007. In 2008, he had a successful loan spell at newly promoted Tippeligaen side Bodø/Glimt,[2] playing a big part in them finishing fourth in the league. His impressive performances brought the attention of bigger clubs such as Serie A club Reggina in January 2008, but the Icelander stayed at Viking until 2012.

Standard Liège[edit]

On 12 January 2012, it was announced that Birkir would sign for Belgian side Standard Liège on a five year deal.[3][4]

Pescara[edit]

After the end of the 2011–12 season, in July 2012, he joined the newly promoted Serie A side Pescara on a season-long loan deal. He scored his first goal for Pescara in a 5–1 away defeat at Napoli. Birkir stated after the 2012-13 season that he wasn't interested to go down to Serie B with Pescara and, with two years remaining of his Standard Liege contract, he was unsure where he'd be playing in the 2013-14 season. [5] Pescara bought Birkir from Standard Liege in mid-June 2013 for a previously agreed fee, [6] with the aim of selling him for a higher amount that summer with interest from clubs in the top leagues in England, Italy and Germany. [7]

Sampdoria[edit]

On 2 September 2013 it was confirmed that Sampdoria had signed Birkir on a co-ownership deal.[8]

Pescara[edit]

On 20 June 2014 it was announced that Bjarnason would sign again for Pescara on 1 Jule 2014, after the club won the co-ownership bidding for the player. [9]

International[edit]

International Goals[edit]

Current as of 10 September 2013.

Score and result lists Icelands goal first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2012 Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France  France 1–0 2–3 Friendly
2 12 October 2012 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 7 June 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Slovenia 1–1 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 10 September 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Albania 1–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006 Viking Tippeligaen 16 1 2 0 1 0 19 1
2007 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2008 Bodø/Glimt 22 5 4 0 0 0 26 5
2009 Viking 30 7 3 0 0 0 33 7
2010 25 8 5 2 0 0 30 10
2011 23 0 5 1 0 0 28 1
2011–12 Standard Liège Jupiler Pro League 16 0 0 0 3 0 19 0
2012–13 Pescara Serie A 24 2 1 0 0 0 24 2
2013–14 Pescara Serie B 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14 Sampdoria Serie A 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career Total 174 23 22 3 4 0 200 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birkir Bjarnason". KSI. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birkir Bjarnason leigður frá Viking til Bodö/Glimt (Staðfest)". Fotbolti.net. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Birkir BJARNASON". http://standard.sudpresse.be. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Birkir samdi við Standard Liege". MBL. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ég er opinn fyrir öllu". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pescara keypti Birki af Standard". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Félög í Englandi, Ítalíu og Þýskalandi vilja Birki". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sampdoria complete signing of Pescara midfielder". forzaitalianfootball. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Buste, Bjarnason torna al Pescara". Gianluca Di Marzio. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

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