Gylfi Sigurðsson

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Gylfi Sigurðsson
Goteborg Gamla Ullevi SWE-ICE 26 Gylfi Sigurdsson.jpg
Sigurðsson playing for Iceland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson
Date of birth (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 23
Youth career
2002 FH
2003–2005 Breiðablik
2005–2008 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Reading 42 (19)
2008 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 12 (1)
2009 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 15 (3)
2010–2012 1899 Hoffenheim 36 (9)
2012 Swansea City (loan) 18 (7)
2012–2014 Tottenham Hotspur 58 (8)
2014– Swansea City 1 (1)
National team
2005 Iceland U17 3 (2)
2006 Iceland U18 3 (1)
2006–2007 Iceland U19 12 (7)
2007–2011 Iceland U21 14 (6)
2010– Iceland 23 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:18, 16 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (born 8 September 1989) is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays for Swansea City as a midfielder. He is a specialist on set-pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ability. He was voted player of the season for two consecutive seasons for Reading in 2009–10 season and for Hoffenheim in 2010–11.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, Gylfi played for hometown side FH before joining Breiðablik and was an Icelandic under-17 international. He had spent time on trial with Preston North End before signing for Reading on an Academy scholarship on 1 October 2005.[4] He spent three years playing for the youth and reserve teams. Prior to the 2007–08 season, he and five other youngsters were given professional contracts.[5]

2008–09[edit]

Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Gylfi was assigned the number 34 shirt for Reading, and he was an unused substitute in the club's 2–1 away win at Dagenham & Redbridge in August 2008.[6] Two weeks later, he made his debut in Reading's League Cup match against Luton Town, coming on as a 59th minute substitute.[7] He scored a penalty in Reading's penalty shoot-out against Stoke City in the League Cup, after coming on as a substitute.[8] In order to gain first-team experience, Gylfi signed for Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan spell,[9] and he scored on his league debut against Bournemouth in October 2008.[10] He made a total of six appearances during his time at Shrewsbury, scoring one goal. He returned to his parent club and featured in Reading's 2–0 loss to Cardiff City in the FA Cup.[11] In February 2009, Gylfi joined Crewe Alexandra on an emergency loan move,[12] and he made his debut two days later against Brighton away, scoring in the 89th minute in Crewe's 4–0 win.[13] In March 2009, Gylfi's loan was extended until the end of the season.[14] He scored two further goals for Crewe, against Milton Keynes Dons and Cheltenham Town respectively,[15][16] but could not prevent the club's relegation to League Two.[17]

2009–10[edit]

Gylfi scored his first Reading goal against Burton Albion from 35 yards out in the first round League Cup tie at home on 11 August 2009.[18] He scored his first league goal for Reading in a 3–2 defeat at Peterborough United on 19 September 2009.[19] Gylfi was a huge contributor in Reading's extraordinary 2009–10 FA Cup run which included wins over Premier League sides Liverpool and Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. Perhaps his biggest goal to date came against Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup on 13 January 2010, when he scored a penalty in injury time to make the score 1–1 and force extra time. Reading went on to win the game 2–1.[20] He scored the winning goal in the 87th minute against Burnley in the fourth round.[21] In the fifth round, he scored the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion for a 3–2 victory in extra time.[22] In April 2010, Gylfi won the Championship Player of the Month Award for March, beating Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United, Graham Dorrans of West Brom and Adel Taarabt of QPR, scoring five goals in six games in that month.[23] Gylfi scored against Preston North End in the final game of the season.[24] Before the match, Gylfi was named as the 2009–10 Reading Player of the Season beating Jimmy Kébé and Ryan Bertrand, who finished second and third respectively.

Gylfi finished the season with a fruitful 21 goals in 44 matches in all competitions.[25] His performances and his young age prompted several Premier League clubs to enquire over his availability, but he committed his future to Reading when he signed a three-year deal in May 2010.[26]

2010–11[edit]

Gylfi scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in the first match of the season when he "skipped past two players before smashing in a 25-yard equaliser" against Scunthorpe in a 2–1 home loss.[27] He followed this up on 28 August with a short range chip in the 22nd minute away at Leicester. The evening after the game the Icelandic media reported that Gylfi was to travel to Germany the following Monday to have a medical at 1899 Hoffenheim.[28] Gylfi joined 1899 Hoffenheim on 31 August 2010. Reading reported that the fee exceeded their previous club record sale of £6.5 million recouped from the sale of Kevin Doyle.[29]

1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

Gylfi made his debut for 1899 Hoffenheim on 10 September 2010, coming on with 10 minutes to go in a 2–0 win over Schalke. A week later, he scored his first goal for Hoffenheim in a 2–2 draw with Kaiserslautern after coming on as a 77th minute substitute. He scored with his first touch, a 20 yard free kick that levelled the game.[30] His second goal for the club was another free kick, from 25 yards, against Mainz in a 4–2 away defeat.[31] He added another two goals to his tally in Hoffenheim's home win against Hannover 96, one of which was from the penalty spot.

On 25 May 2011, Gylfi was voted as 1899 Hoffenheim's fans' player of the season, despite only starting 13 games. He finished the season with ten goals and two assists. During the first half of the 2011–12 season, he fell down the pecking order, making just seven league appearances and was linked with a move away from the club.

Swansea City loan[edit]

On 1 January 2012, it was announced that Gylfi would join Premier League club Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season.[32] He made his Premier League debut for Swansea on 15 January, coming on at half-time and setting up the winning goal in a 3–2 win over Arsenal.[33] On 4 February, Gylfi scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win against West Brom.[34] He also created Swansea's other goal game for Danny Graham, taking his tally to three assists in four games. On 3 March, he scored two goals in a 2–0 victory away at Wigan, his second being a free kick.[35] Two weeks later, he scored another brace in a 3–0 away win against Fulham.[36] He scored his next goal at White Hart Lane in his team's 3–1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on 1 April.[37]

As a result of his fine form, Gylfi was named the Premier League Player of the Month for March, the first Icelander to win the award. His next goal came in a 3–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers that put the club on 42 points for the season.[38]

On 28 May, Swansea agreed a £6.8 million fee with Hoffenheim for the permanent transfer of the player, subject to him passing a medical, however, following Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool, the deal collapsed despite Huw Jenkins keeping hope in the deal alight.[39] In 18 Premier League games during his loan spell for Swansea, Sigurðsson scored seven goals and added four assists.[40]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Sigurðsson playing against Cardiff City on 22 September 2013.

On 4 July 2012, it was confirmed that Gylfi had joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £8.8 million.[41] He was the first signing for newly appointed Head Coach, André Villas-Boas. He scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against Stevenage, after coming on as a second half substitute. On 31 July, Gylfi scored the winning goal in a friendly against New York Red Bulls. On 26 September, Gylfi scored his first goal for the club in a third round League Cup tie away against Carlisle, closing the scoring in a 3–0 win.

Brian McDermott confirmed that Reading made three unsuccessful bids to bring Gylfi back to his former club during the January 2013 transfer window, including a club record offer on deadline day thought by BBC Sport to be around £10 million.[42] On 25 February, Gylfi scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham which was the second goal in a 3–2 win against West Ham United. In the following game, a 2–1 win against Arsenal, he provided the assist for Gareth Bale.[43]

In the 2013–14 season, he scored a brace in 2–0 win against Norwich City on September 14, 2013. This win took Spurs up to second in the table. Sigurðsson's momentum in Tottenham's team continued on 28 September 2013, as he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Chelsea.[44]

Return to Swansea[edit]

In July of 2014, Tottenham announced that a deal had been reached with Swansea City for Sigurðsson to re-join his former club, while Swansea left-back, Ben Davies would join Spurs.[45] On the move Sigurðsson said, "I really enjoyed my time here last time. I know the club, I know the manager, I know the players and I obviously know the fans and the city as well, so that wasn't that difficult for me."[46] In the opening match of the 2014-15 Premier League season, he scored the winning goal as Swansea defeated Manchester United 2–1 at Old Trafford, making this the first time Manchester United have lost their opening home game since 1972.[47]

International career[edit]

Gylfi took part in the 2008 U19 European Championship qualifying, scoring twice in qualification and twice in the elite round, but Iceland lost out to group winners Bulgaria by three points and missed out on the finals. In November 2007, Gylfi made his U21s debut for Iceland, playing half an hour against Germany.[48] He made his first appearance in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship qualifying four days later, coming as an extra-time substitute, and played in the remaining matches. In Iceland's last match, he scored the opener against Slovakia but Miroslav Stoch equalised to make it 1–1.[49] Iceland failed to qualify for the play-offs but made a bright start to the 2011 campaign. He made his campaign debut in October against San Marino and made an immediate impact, scoring a brace within 16 minutes in a 6–0 thrashing.[50] In May 2010, Gylfi made his full Iceland debut in the convincing 4–0 win over Andorra and provided the assist for the second goal from a free kick. Gylfi also helped Iceland's U21 side reach the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, playing in both play-off legs against Scotland U21s as Iceland won 4–2 on aggregate.[51][52] In the second leg, Gylfi scored two "stunning" second-half goals to ensure Iceland won the match 2–1.[52]

Business interests[edit]

Despite claiming to be "not into fishing",[53] Gylfi became the chairman of a fishing company in Flateyri called 'Lotna ehf' in 2011.[54] Lotna ehf's boats catch lumpfish, cod, wolffish and plaice and Gylfi's chairmanship makes him a prominent member of the Icelandic fishing industry.[55]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2014.[56][57]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2008–09 Reading Championship 0 0 1 0 2 0 - - 3 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) League Two 5 1 - - 1 0 6 1
Crewe Alexandra (loan) League One 15 3 - 15 3
2009–10 Reading Championship 38 17 5 3 1 1 44 21
2010–11 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal - Europe Other Total
2010–11 1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga 29 9 3 1 - - - 32 10
2011–12 7 0 0 0 7 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2011–12 Swansea City (loan) Premier League 18 7 1 0 0 0 - - 19 7
2012–13 Tottenham Hotspur 33 3 3 0 2 1 12 3 50 7
2013–14 25 5 0 0 2 1 8 0 35 6
2014–15 Swansea City 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals England 138 39 10 3 7 3 20 3 1 0 176 48
Germany 36 9 3 1 - - - - - - 39 10
Career totals 175 48 13 4 7 3 20 3 1 0 216 58

* Other – Football League Trophy

International career[edit]

[58]

Iceland national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 3 0
2011 3 1
2012 8 1
2013 8 3
2014 1 0
Total 23 5

International goals[edit]

[59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 October 2011 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Portugal 5 – 3 5–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2. 12 October 2012 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1 – 2 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 22 March 2013 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia
1 – 1
1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 1 – 2
5. 11 October 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Cyprus 2 – 0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Aron Pálmarsson
Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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