Ólafur Ingi Skúlason
|Full name||Ólafur Ingi Skúlason|
|Date of birth||1 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2003||→ Fylkir (loan)||14||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 November 2017
Ólafur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland where he played for Fylkir. After the Icelandic season had come to a close, he was looking for new employment, and found it with Arsenal on 1 July 2001. Ólafur was loaned back to Fylkir over a part of the 2003 season, and was voted the best young player in the Icelandic league 2003.
A defensive midfielder, his Arsenal debut came on 2 December 2003 in a 5–1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., replacing Justin Hoyte after 55 minutes of the match. Ólafur was released by Arsenal on 28 May 2005. He signed for Brentford on 22 June 2005. Upon his arrival at Brentford, the club's website quoted him as saying: "I look at this as a very important move for my career, knowing that manager Martin Allen had been interested in signing me for a while was a huge compliment for me."
In the second game of the 2005/6 season, Ólafur suffered a cruciate and medial ligament injury resulting from a tackle with Chesterfield's Derek Niven, which ruled him out for the rest of the season. He was passed fit for the start of the 2006/7 season and completed his comeback by scoring the winner in a 1–0 win over Blackpool, the first game of the season. He signed for Helsingborgs IF on 21 February 2007. After three successful years in Helsingborg, Ólafur turned down a new contract offer and signed for Danish team SønderjyskE on 6 December 2009.
Although playing almost 30 international games for over ten years, Ólafur never quite managed to become a regular first team member of the Icelandic team. He was, however, a useful squad member and played three games as a substitute in Iceland's successful qualification for Euro 2016, including Iceland's famous win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He was not selected for Iceland's Euro 2016 team.
- Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first..
|1.||9 September 2009||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland||Georgia||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
- Ólafur Ingi Skúlason kominn til Karabükspor, ruv.is, 18 August 2016
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- Helsingborgs profile
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- Ólafur Ingi Skúlason at Soccerbase