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Sigurðsson playing for Iceland in 2012
|Full name||Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson|
|Date of birth||8 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Hafnarfjörður, Iceland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Current club||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2008||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||12||(1)|
|2009||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||15||(3)|
|2012||→ Swansea City (loan)||18||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (born 8 September 1989) is an Icelandic footballer, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur 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 in 2010-11 for Hoffenheim respectively.
Club career 
Early life 
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 and Arsenal before signing for Reading on an Academy scholarship on 1 October 2005. 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.
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. Two weeks later, he made his debut in Reading's League Cup match against Luton Town, coming on as a 59th minute substitute. He scored a penalty in Reading's penalty shoot-out against Stoke City in the League Cup, after coming on as a substitute. In order to gain first-team experience, Gylfi signed for Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan spell, and he scored on his league debut against Bournemouth in October 2008. 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. In February 2009, Gylfi joined Crewe Alexandra on an emergency loan move, and he made his debut two days later against Brighton away, scoring in the 89th minute in Crewe's 4–0 win. In March 2009, Gylfi's loan was extended until the end of the season. He scored two further goals for Crewe, against Milton Keynes Dons and Cheltenham Town respectively, but could not prevent the club's relegation to League Two.
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. He scored his first league goal for Reading in a 3–2 defeat at Peterborough United on 19 September 2009. 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. He scored the winning goal in the 87th minute against Burnley in the fourth round. In the fifth round, he scored the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion for a 3–2 victory in extra time. 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. Gylfi scored against Preston North End in the final game of the season. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
1899 Hoffenheim 
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. His second goal for the club was another free kick, from 25 yards, against Mainz in a 4–2 away defeat. 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 
On 1 January 2012, it was announced that Gylfi would join Premier League club Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season. 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. On 4 February, Gylfi scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win against West Brom. 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. Two weeks later, he scored another brace in a 3-0 away win against Fulham. He scored his next goal at White Hart Lane in his team's 3–1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on 1 April.
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.
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. In 18 Premier League games during his loan spell for Swansea, Sigurðsson scored seven goals and added four assists.
Tottenham Hotspur 
On 4 July 2012, it was confirmed that Sigurðsson had joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £8.8 million. He became 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, Sigurðsson scored the eventual winning goal in a friendly against New York Red Bulls. On 26 September, Sigurðsson scored his first goal for the club in a third round League Cup tie at Brunton Park against Carlisle United closing the scoring in a 3–0 win.
Brian McDermott confirmed that Reading made three unsuccessful bids to bring Sigurðsson 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. On 25 February, Sigurðsson scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham in a 3-2 win against West Ham United scoring the second goal. In the following game against Arsenal he provided the assist for Gareth Bale, in a game that ended 2-1 to Tottenham. Having started to find form towards the end of February and carrying this form into March. Sigurðsson commented that he regarded his decision to reject the advances of Liverpool in favour of Spurs as the right one. He stated that although the possibility of playing under his former manager Brendan Rodgers was a tempting one, he believed Spurs were "a great club with fantastic players" and that the squad at Tottenham was more appealing than "any of the history of Liverpool".
International career 
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. 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. 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. 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. In the second leg, Gylfi scored two "stunning" second-half goals to ensure Iceland won the match 2–1.
Business interests 
Despite claiming to be "not into fishing", Gylfi became the chairman of a fishing company in Flateyri called 'Lotna ehf' in 2011. Lotna ehf's boats catch lumpfish, cod, wolffish and plaice and Gylfi's chairmanship makes him a prominent member of the Icelandic fishing industry.
Career statistics 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Shrewsbury Town (loan)||League Two||5||1||-||-||1||0||6||1|
|Crewe Alexandra (loan)||League One||15||3||-||15||3|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2011–12||Swansea City (loan)||Premier League||18||7||1||0||0||0||-||-||19||7|
* Other - Football League Trophy
International career 
|Iceland national team|
International goals 
|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 – 2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||1 – 2|
- Premier League Player of the Month: March 2012
- Football League Championship Player of the Month: March 2010
- Reading Player of the Season: 2009–10
- Hoffenheim Player of the Season: 2010–11
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