Ólafur Þórðarson (footballer)

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Ólafur.
Ólafur Þórðarson
Personal information
Full name Ólafur Þórðarson
Date of birth (1965-08-22) 22 August 1965 (age 48)
Place of birth Iceland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983-1988 IA Akranes 89 (9)
1989-1990 S.K. Brann 40 (6)
1991-1992 Lyn 28 (2)
1993-1997 IA Akranes 84 (19)
1998-1999 Fylkir 32 (6)
2000-2002 IA Akranes 13 (0)
Total 286 (42)
National team
1984-1996 Iceland 72 (5)
Teams managed
1997-1999 Fylkir
1999-2006 IA Akranes
2007 Fram Reykjavik
2008-2011 Fylkir
2011- Víkingur R.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ólafur Þórðarson (born 22 August 1965) is a former Icelandic footballer, who played as a midfielder. He is currently manager of Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur.

He is the younger brother of Teitur Thordarson, who was manager of Estonia when Ólafur played against them with Iceland in April 1996.

Club career[edit]

Ólafur started his career at IA Akranes before moving abroad to play in the Norwegian League. He returned to Iceland after four seasons to captain the IA side again and participated in IA Akranes glory years when they won the championship title five consecutive times from 1992-1996. After the 1997 season he was hired as player/manager at Fylkir and got them promoted in 1999. In the autumn same year he was appointed as manager of IA Akranes which he managed until mid season 2006 when he was sacked because the team were battling in the relegation zone. Ólafur also played briefly with the team but his last game in football was 2002. Under his management IA Akranes won the championship surprisingly 2001 and snatched up the VISA-bikar twice 2000 and 2003.

In 2007, Ólafur took charge of Fram and guided them into 7th place. After the season he quit and was without a team in the 2008 season. But in start of October 2008 he was announced as new manager of Fylkir and returned to the club where he started his coaching career.

International career[edit]

Ólafur made his debut for Iceland in 1984 and went on to collect 72 caps, scoring 5 goals.[1] He played his last international match in a November 1996 World Cup qualifying match against Ireland.


  • 1995 Iceland Players' Player of the year


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