Sigþórsson (right) playing against Denmark in 2011
|Date of birth||14 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (born 14 March 1990) is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a striker for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Icelandic national team. Before being signed by Ajax for a fee of €4.5 million in the summer of 2011, Kolbeinn played for HK Kópavogs in his home country and AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands. Before making his debut for the Icelandic national team, Kolbeinn played at U17, U19 and U21 levels.
Kolbeinn began his career in Iceland with Víkingur, before moving to HK Kópavogur's youth team in March 2006 three days before he turned 16, making his senior debut in the 2006 season. He would go on to play 5 league matches for the club, scoring one goal. He soon attracted the interest from top European clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal, having two trials with the London-based club, before finally deciding to move to AZ.
After joining AZ in March 2007, he initially played in various youth teams before finally joining the first team squad in July 2010, after struggling with injuries. He made his professional debut for AZ on 5 August 2010 in a UEFA Europa League qualification match against IFK Göteborg. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August 2010 in a match against Excelsior. On 29 January 2011 he scored a hattrick in the first half in a match against VVV-Venlo, going on to score 5 goals in the match. As he kept scoring goals in subsequent matches, AZ tried to extend the player's contract, but the player was not interested. After courting interest from Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United, Dutch giants Ajax moved in for the player with a 2 million euros bid. The player soon agreed personal terms with Ajax, but the clubs couldn't agree a fee for several weeks.
On 4 July 2011 it was announced that the clubs had agreed a fee of €4.5 million and the player signed a contract with the AFC Ajax. In an interview, Kolbeinn stated that it was a dream come true to work with Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer. He scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brøndby IF, scoring with a header in the 38th minute. On 30 July 2011 he made his first appearance in a competitive match for Ajax, as the team lost the Johan Cruijff Shield 1–2 to Twente. On 14 August 2011, Kolbeinn scored his first league goal for Ajax in a 5–1 victory over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena. He scored another goal against VVV Venlo the following week, and two more goals against Vitesse, taking his tally to 4 goals in 4 league matches. In October 2011, Kolbeinn fractured his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the season. However, on 12 March 2012, he trained for the first time in about 5 months without complications. He made his return to the Ajax side on 1 April 2012, coming of the bench to score the last goal in a 6–0 win over Heracles Almelo.
After representing Iceland on various youth levels, Kolbeinn made his debut for the Icelandic national team in a friendly against the Faroe Islands on 21 March 2010 scoring the second goal in the '37 minute of the 2–0 home win. His first appearance in a competitive match for Iceland came on 7 September 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Denmark losing to the opposition in a 1–0 away match. His first goal in a competitive match came on 6 September 2011 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Cyprus, finding the back of the net at the '5 minute mark, scoring the only goal in the 1–0 home win. On 27 May he scored the second goal giving Iceland a 0-2 advantage over France but Iceland then lost the game 3-2. Kolbeinn captained the side on 6 February 2013 in a friendly against Russia, held in Marbella, Spain, where Iceland lost with 2 goals to 0. After the match national coach Lars Lagerbäck said Kolbeinn would likely be named as vice-captain to Aron Einar Gunnarsson. That held true when Kolbeinn captained the side after Aron was carried off injured in a World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia in June 2013.
|2006||HK||1. deild karla||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
- Statistics accurate as of match played on 6 February 2014.
2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield matches.
Statistics accurate as of match played on 15 November 2013
|Iceland national team|
International goals and appearances
Sigþórsson (third from right) with Ajax
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