Ólafur Örn Bjarnason

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Ólafur Örn Bjarnason
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-05-15) 15 May 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Grindavík, Iceland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position centre back
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1994 Grindavík
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Grindavík 63 (2)
1998–2000 Malmö FF 23 (2)
2000–2003 Grindavík 72 (16)
2004–2010 Brann 151 (11)
2010–2012 Grindavík 51 (1)
2013– Fram 13 (0)
National team
1996–1997 Iceland U-21 4 (1)
1998–2007 Iceland 27 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Grindavík
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2013.

Ólafur Örn Bjarnason (born 15 May 1975) is an Icelandic football defender, currently playing for Fram.[1]

Club career[edit]

He started his career in Grindavík, and returned there after two years in Swedish club Malmö FF. In 2004, he moved from Grindavík to SK Brann in Bergen, Norway. His first season was successful, and he played every league match. In 2006, he formed one of Norway's strongest centre back duo with his countryman, Kristján Örn Sigurðsson, together named Örneredet (en: eagles nest).[2]

He returned to Grindavík in August 2010 in a player/manager role. With 213 official matches for Brann, he's the most capped foreign player, and 11th most capped player in the club's history. Before the 2013 season he signed for Fram.[3]

International career[edit]

Bjarnason has been capped 27 times for Iceland.[4] He made his début in a friendly match in June 1998 against South Africa as a substitute for Sverrir Sverrisson.

Coaching career[edit]

On 24 June 2010 returned to Grindavík and was named as their new head coach, he replaced Milan Stefán Jankovic.[5] After the 2011 season he quit as manager, but decided nonetheless to play for them in the 2012 season.[6]