Ólafur Ingi Skúlason

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Ólafur Skúlason
Personal information
Full name Ólafur Ingi Skúlason
Date of birth (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Karabükspor
Number 16
Youth career
Fylkir
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Fylkir 20 (0)
2001–2005 Arsenal 0 (0)
2003 Fylkir (loan) 14 (1)
2005–2007 Brentford 16 (1)
2007–2009 Helsingborgs IF 37 (0)
2010–2011 SønderjyskE 41 (3)
2011–2015 Zulte Waregem 99 (6)
2015–2016 Gençlerbirliği 25 (0)
2016– Karabükspor 25 (2)
National team
1999 Iceland U-17 9 (1)
2000–2001 Iceland U-19 9 (0)
2002–2005 Iceland U-21 12 (0)
2003– Iceland 32 (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 Ingi Skúlason (born 1 April 1983) is an Icelandic footballer and a midfielder who plays for Karabükspor.[1]

Club career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] Ólafur was released by Arsenal on 28 May 2005.[5] He signed for Brentford on 22 June 2005.[6] 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."[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] He signed for Helsingborgs IF on 21 February 2007.[9] After three successful years in Helsingborg, Ólafur turned down a new contract offer and signed for Danish team SønderjyskE on 6 December 2009.[10]

A year later Ólafur signed for Zulte Waregem in Belgium and stayed there for four years. He then plied his trade in Turkey for a year.[11][12]

International career[edit]

Ólafur earned his first cap for Iceland in a friendly against Mexico on 20 November 2003 as a substitute, replacing Veigar Páll Gunnarsson.[13] He has also captained their U21 team.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] He was not selected for Iceland's Euro 2016 team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first..[17]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 September 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland  Georgia 2–0 3–1 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ólafur Ingi Skúlason kominn til Karabükspor, ruv.is, 18 August 2016
  2. ^ "Olafur-Ingi Skulason | Arsenal.com". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Skulason's rise to prominence". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Games played by Ólafur Ingi Skúlason in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Arsenal release five youngsters". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Bees bring in midfielder Skulason". BBC. 2005-06-22. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  7. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 146. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  8. ^ "Brentford 1–0 Blackpool". BBC. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Skulason är klar för Helsingborg". Expressen. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Olafur-Ingi Skulason". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  11. ^ http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/voetbal/Jupiler_Pro_League/1.2395780
  12. ^ http://www.visir.is/olafur-ingi-yfirgefur-genclerbirligi/article/2016160819023
  13. ^ "Olafur Ingi Skulason". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Brentford sign Skulason - Brentford FC - BeesMad". www.brentford-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  15. ^ http://www.ksi.is/mot/motalisti/felagsmadur/?pLeikmadurNr=81653&pListi=4
  16. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/sep/03/holland-iceland-euro-2016-qualifying-match-report
  17. ^ "Iceland – Ó. Skúlason – Profile with news, career statistics and history". soccerway.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iceland Sölvi Ottesen
SønderjyskE captain
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Denmark Henrik Hansen