Magnús Bergs

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Magnús Bergs
Personal information
Full name Magnús Helgi Bergs
Date of birth (1956-08-27) 27 August 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Iceland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 Valur 86 (17)
1980–1982 Borussia Dortmund 2 (0)
1982–1983 K.S.K. Tongeren 37 (5)
1983–1984 Racing de Santander 18 (6)
1984–1985 Eintracht Braunschweig 6 (0)
1988 Þróttur 11 (0)
1990 Stjarnan 14 (1)
National team
1974 Iceland U19 2 (0)
1980–1985 Iceland 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Magnús Helgi Bergs (born 27 August 1956) is an Icelandic former international footballer who played as a midfielder. He won 16 caps and scored two goals for the Iceland national football team between 1980 and 1985. During his career he played for clubs in Iceland, Germany, Belgium and Spain.

Club career[edit]

Bergs started his senior career with Reykjavík-based club Valur in 1974. He spent six years there before moving to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund. However, he made only two league appearances in two seasons and subsequently joined Belgian side K.S.K. Tongeren in 1982. The following summer, Bergs switched countries again; he signed for Spanish club Racing de Santander, where he spent a single season. In 1984 he returned to German football with Eintracht Braunschweig, but was again with the club for only one year, and played just six matches for them. Bergs then returned to Iceland, where he had spells with Þróttur and Stjarnan before retiring in 1990.[1]

International career[edit]

While playing for Valur, Bergs was called up to the Iceland national under-19 side in 1974 and won two caps for the team.[2]

Bergs made his debut for the senior national team on 25 June 1980 in the 1–1 draw with Finland at the Laugardalsvöllur. On 27 May 1981, he scored his first international goal in the 6–1 defeat away to Czechoslovakia in a qualifying match for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Despite winning a further five caps that year, he then spent almost three years out of the Iceland team. Upon his return to the national side in September 1984, he scored the only goal of the game in the 1–0 home win against Wales. Bergs went on to win a total of 16 caps for his country. His final game for Iceland came on 12 June 1985, in the 2–1 loss to Spain.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnús Bergs". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Leikmenn Íslands" [Iceland players] (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnusamband Íslands (KSÍ). Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Magnús Helgi Bergs - Landsleikir" [Caps] (in Icelandic). KSÍ. Retrieved 17 May 2011.