Emil Hallfreðsson (in blue) in a 2014 match against Austria
|Full name||Emil Hallfreðsson|
|Date of birth||29 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Hafnarfjörður, Iceland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Left winger|
|2006||→ Malmö FF (loan)||19||(5)|
|2009–2010||→ Barnsley (loan)||27||(3)|
|2010–2011||→ Verona (loan)||30||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Primarily a left sided midfielder, Emil was brought to Tottenham Hotspur by then Sporting Director Frank Arnesen in December 2004, having spent his formative years at FH Hafnarfjarðar of the Úrvalsdeild in Iceland. Tottenham had been looking for players who could solve their problems on the left, and the purchases of the likes of Andy Reid, Emil and Reto Ziegler in 2005 were all done to create more competition for this position. With Emil's departure from White Hart Lane in 2007, they have all left the club.
Emil became a regular starter for the Tottenham Hotspur Reserves, and played a key part in the Spurs' 2005–06 Premier League Southern Reserve title win. He was then loaned out to Swedish side Malmö FF,. He enjoyed some success with Malmö, starting for a majority of the games in the 2006 season, with a total of 24 appearances and eight goals. He then returned to England in the fall, after Malmö unsuccessfully tried to convince him to stay.
His aim had then been to make the Spurs' first team, but in his remaining months at the club he was not selected for a single game. In July 2007, he was sold to the Norwegian club Lyn, where he was slated to stay until 2010. His first match for the club was a friendly against Ham-Kam, followed by a 20-minute substitution in a league game away against Sandefjord. His first and only 90-minute appearance was against Bodø/Glimt in the Norwegian Cup, in which he delivered a fine cross to Dylan Macallister for the 1–0 goal and the win. Three days later, the club surprisingly announced that Emil would be leaving for Italy and Reggina.
Emil played his first Serie A match on 26 August 2007 a 1–1 draw with Atalanta. In his first season, he played a regular role in Reggina's team, but in the second season he played less. In April 2009 he did, however, score a spectacular winning goal against Juventus.
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Having not been selected to play for Reggina 1st match of the 2009–10 season at Coppa Italia, he completed a one year loan to Football League Championship side Barnsley on 14 August 2009. He scored his first goal for Barnsley against Plymouth Argyle on 28 November 2009. However, the game was later abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. His first goal did come two weeks later however, in the home game with Newcastle United, slamming home a Daniel Bogdanovic cross from 6 yards. Emil's goal made it 1–1 in an eventual 2–2 draw.
On 31 August 2010 Reggina loaned him to Verona. His first season with Verona he was a regular starter and a decisive player in achieving promotion to Serie B. At the end of the season, Emil won the Mastino del Bentegodi award as the team's player of the year. Looking ahead to the upcoming Serie B season, on 22 June 2011, three days after winning the First Division play-off, Verona outbid Reggina to purchase his contract.
Emil has been capped numerous times for the Icelandic under-21 national football team, and made his debut for the Icelandic A-team in 2005, against Italy. In 2007, he was selected for the national squad for their UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
- "Tottenham clinch double transfer". BBC. 2004-12-20. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Hallfredsson joins Malmo on loan". BBC. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Striker Hallfredsson leaves Spurs". BBC. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Emil Hallfredsson solgt til Serie A" (in Norwegian). FC Lyn Oslo. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2009-08-14.[dead link]
- La Gazzetta dello Sport 2007–08 Profile (Italian)
- "Reggina-Arezzo 3–0" (in Italian). AC Arezzo. 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2009-08-14.[dead link]
- "ICEMAN SIGNS ON AT OAKWELL". Barnsley FC. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Plymouth A-A Barnsley". BBC. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- Halfreðsson Mastino del Bentegodi hellasverona.it
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- Profile with the KSÍ