Ívar playing for Reading in 2008
|Date of birth||20 August 1977|
|Place of birth||Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1999||→ Torquay United (loan)||4||(1)|
|2003||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||15||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ívar Ingimarsson (born 20 August 1977), is an Icelandic former professional footballer. He began his career in Iceland with Valur and ÍBV before moving to England where, after an initial loan spell with Torquay United, he joined Brentford, making over 100 appearances. He moved to Reading in 2003, spending the next eight years with club and amassing 281 appearances before ending his career with a short spell at Ipswich Town.
At international level Ívar represented Iceland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level before making his senior debut in 1998. After thirty appearances he retired from international football in 2007.
Born in Stöðvarfjörður, Ívar began his career with his local side Súlan and played very young for a merged side Súlan participated in, but then joined Valur, making 44 league appearances and scoring five goals. In March 1998, he signed for fellow Icelandic side ÍBV, making a further 36 appearances in the Úrvalsdeild, and scoring five goals, winning the double (Icelandic Premier Division and the Icelandic Cup) in 1998.
Ívar joined Torquay United on loan from ÍBV in October 1999, scoring on his debut in a 2–1 victory at league leaders Barnet on 23 October 1999. Rumours were rife that a deal had already been done to take Ívar elsewhere at the end of his loan spell, and, after four league games for the Gulls, he duly signed for Brentford in November 1999 for £200,000, confirming the fears of Torquay fans that he would never be a permanent fixture at Plainmoor.
While at Brentford, the band The Bluetones named one of their instrumental B-sides Ingimarsson in his honour; Adam Devlin, the guitarist, being a Bees fan. He was released by Brentford in June 2002, the Bees unable to pay his wages. He signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers the following month, but was unable to establish himself at Molineux, resulting in a loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion in February 2003.
In October 2003, Ívar was linked with a move to Crystal Palace, but snubbed them in favour of a move to Reading, whom he joined in a £175,000 deal on 23 October 2003 as Steve Coppell's first signing as Reading manager.
At Reading, he held a key place in the first team playing alongside Ibrahima Sonko. Together they formed one of the best defences in the English Football League. On occasions he came up with the odd goal and proved vital in some games. He helped Reading to promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and played in Reading's first ever game in the top flight of English League football, a 3–2 win at home against Middlesbrough on 19 August 2006. On 13 November 2006, Ívar signed a contract extension to keep him at Reading until June 2009, and on 5 May 2007 it was announced that he had been voted the 2006–07 Player of the Season by Reading fans.
Ívar played in all of Reading's FA Cup matches in the 2009/10 campaign including their famous 2–1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. He asked the new manager, Brian McDermott, to be rested for one game because he had played continuously since returning from injury in September. However, he was rested for two matches which were against Blackpool (which Reading lost 2–0) and for the match against Crystal Palace (which Reading won 3–1). Whilst playing in the 1–1 draw against Middlesbrough in March, Ívar had to come off in injury time at the end of the match due to a hamstring injury. As a result, this injury would keep Ívar out of action for the rest of the season.
Ívar was then offered a new one-year contract at the end of the 2009–10 season which he signed on 14 May 2010. It was announced that, after eight years and 282 appearances for the Royals, Ívar had been released from Reading. Former Reading captain Ady Williams stated that "Ivar will go down as a Reading legend".
On 13 June 2011, it was announced that Ívar had joined Ipswich Town on a free transfer, following his release from Reading. Manager Paul Jewell announced the deal, with Ívar handed a one-year contract. Following a disappointing first half to the 2011–12 season, after six starts and two substitute appearances, on 7 January 2012 it was announced that Ívar's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.
Ívar represented Iceland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, making 16, 11 and 14 appearances respectively. He made his senior debut for Iceland in a June 1998 friendly match against South Africa. He opted to retire from international football for a period of just under two years because of arguments with the former joint-managers Ásgeir Sigurvinsson and Logi Ólafsson. He became available again once the pair were replaced by Eyjólfur Sverrisson, and made several further appearances before retiring again in 2007.
|Torquay United (loan)||1999–2000||Third Division||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2002–03||First Division||13||2||0||0||2||0||0||0||15||2|
|Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||2002–03||15||0||0||0||0||0||—||15||0|
- Football League Championship: 2005–06 Football League Championship
- Reading F.C. Player of the Season: 2006–07
After retiring from football Ívar returned to Iceland and moved into the tourist industry. His cousin is professional footballer Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson who spent the second half of the 2009–10 season on loan at Reading.
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- 1998 European appearances sourced individually to match reports:
"FK Obilik 2–0 ÍBV". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
"ÍBV 1–2 FK Oblinik". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- 1999 European appearances sourced individually to match reports:
"ÍBV 1–0 Tirana". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
"Tirana 1–2 ÍBV". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
"ÍBV 0–2 MTK". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
"MTK 3–1 ÍBV". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
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- Profile at the Football Association of Iceland (Icelandic)
- Ívar Ingimarsson career statistics at Soccerbase