Bjarni Viðarsson

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Bjarni Viðarsson
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Personal information
Full name Bjarni Þór Viðarsson
Date of birth (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Silkeborg IF
Number 8
Youth career
FH
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Everton 0 (0)
2007 Bournemouth (loan) 6 (1)
2008 Twente (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2009 Twente 0 (0)
2009–2010 Roeselare 24 (6)
2010–2012 Mechelen 16 (0)
2012– Silkeborg IF 12 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Iceland U17 16 (2)
2005–2007 Iceland U19 16 (8)
2005–2011 Iceland U21 26 (6)
2008– Iceland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2011

Bjarni Þór Viðarsson (born 5 March 1988) is an Icelandic footballer playing for Danish club Silkeborg IF as a midfielder.

He has represented his country at under 16, 17, 18, 19 and 21 levels, and recently received his first full international call up.

Club career[edit]

Viðarsson joined Everton from Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjörður in the summer of 2004. He has spent the majority of his time with the academy side and the reserves, before training with the first team. He was an unused substitute in the 2–0 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James' Park in late February 2006. One month later he signed his first professional contract at Everton, signing a two-year deal.

On 5 February 2007 he joined Bournemouth on loan for a month. Viðarsson was deployed not in his natural center midfield position, by manager Kevin Bond, but on the left of midfield. He scored one goal against Oldham Athletic[1] in his spell with Bournemouth before he was recalled by Everton because of an injury to Tim Cahill.

Viðarsson made his senior debut for Everton on 20 December 2007 as a substitute in the UEFA Cup, away to AZ.[2]

On 29 January 2008, it was announced that Viðarsson would join Dutch side FC Twente on loan.[3]

On 14 May 2008, he signed for Twente on a permanent basis.

In the summer of 2009, Vidarsson signed a four-year deal to sign for Belgium Jupiler League Team Roeselare, making his debut in a 5–1 defeat to Gent.

He once again transferred, this time to KV Mechelen in Summer 2010.

On 3 August 2012, Viðarsson signed a four-year deal with the Danish club, Silkeborg IF.

International[edit]

Viðarsson made his international debut for the Iceland U17's in July 2003 and progressed through the youth setup. At only eighteen years of age, he played for the U21's in several qualifiers for the 2007 European Championships. He became a regular during qualification for the 2009 edition and now captains the U21's. He made his senior debut in a 2–0 win over Russia a month prior to his twentieth birthday.

Personal life[edit]

Bjarni Viðarsson is from a footballing family; his brothers Arnar and David have both represented Iceland internationally. Their father, Viðar Halldorsson was also a professional footballer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oldham 1-2 Bournemouth". BBC. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "AZ Alkmaar v Everton". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bjarni: TWENTE IN FOR BJARNI". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 

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