Þóra Björg Helgadóttir

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is referred to by the given name Þóra.
Þóra B. Helgadóttir
Þóra Björg Helgadóttir.jpg
Before Iceland's Euro 2013 play-off against Ukraine in October 2012
Personal information
Full name Þóra Björg Helgadóttir
Date of birth (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Fylkir (Assistant Manager)
Youth career
2000–2003 Duke Blue Devils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Breiðablik 6 (0)
1997 KR 1 (0)
1997–2001 Breiðablik 54 (0)
2002–2003 KR 20 (1)
2004 Kolbotn
2005–2006 Breiðablik 28 (1)
2007 Oud-Heverlee Leuven
2007–2009 R.S.C. Anderlecht
2007 FC Rosengård
2009 Kolbotn 22 (0)
2010–2014 Malmö 94 (0)
2012–2013 Western Sydney Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2014–2015 Fylkir 11 (0)
National team
1995–1998 Iceland U-17 14 (0)
1997–1999 Iceland U-19 3 (0)
1997–2004 Iceland U-21 27 (0)
1998–2014 Iceland 108 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:52, 28 June 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:52, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Þóra Björg Helgadóttir (born 5 May 1981), commonly Anglicised as Thora Helgadottir, is an Icelandic retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Trained at university level in the United States, she formerly played for four seasons with Duke University's women's soccer team. She most recently played for Damallsvenskan club Malmö (FC Rosengård) and had previously represented clubs in Iceland, Belgium, Norway and Australia.

Since making her debut for the Iceland women's national football team in 1998, Þóra has accrued over a century of caps. She was named in Iceland's squad for the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship. Þóra is the younger sister of Ásthildur Helgadóttir, former captain of the women's national team.

In May 2014 Þóra announced via Twitter that she was leaving FC Rosengård and returning to Iceland.[1]

Club career[edit]

Þóra made her debut in the domestic Úrvalsdeild league as a 14-year-old. Playing with Breiðablik and later with KR, she went on to win eight league titles and six Icelandic Women's Cups.[2]

From 2000 until 2003 Þóra attended Duke University, where she studied mathematics and history, and played varsity soccer.

Þóra had already spent the 2004 season in Norway as Bente Nordby's understudy at Kolbotn, when in January 2007 the opportunity to move to Belgium came up through her career outside football.[3] In August 2007 she left Anderlecht to join sister Ásthildur in Sweden at Malmö, who needed a goalkeeper due to Caroline Jönsson's anterior cruciate ligament injury.[4]

In 2009 Þóra played for Kolbotn and was named Toppserien Player of the Year. She signed a three-year contract with Malmö in November 2009.[5] Malmö secured their first Damallsvenskan championship since 1994 in the 2010 season.[6]

In the 2012–13 winter season, Þóra played on loan for Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League.[7]

Þóra was named Damallsvenskan goalkeeper of the year in 2012 and 2013 after keeping 14 "clean sheets" as Malmö recaptured the league title from rivals Tyresö FF.[8] She announced that her final game for Malmö, who became FC Rosengård for 2014, would be against Piteå IF on 2 July 2014. She agreed to join Fylkir of the Úrvalsdeild upon her return to Iceland.[9]

Þóra retired after the season with Fylkir in 2015 and is now assistant manager at Fylkir.

International career[edit]

Five days after turning 17, Þóra made her senior international debut for Iceland in a 1–0 friendly defeat to the United States on 10 May 1998.

Playing an international friendly against Sweden at Myresjöhus Arena in Växjö, 6 April 2013

At UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Þóra played in two matches as Iceland were eliminated in the first round.

National team coach Siggi Eyjólfsson selected Þóra in the Iceland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013,[10] although she was recovering from a hamstring injury.[11] Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir took the goalkeeping position at the final tournament, playing in the three group matches and the 4–0 quarter-final defeat to hosts Sweden.

Iceland beat Norway 2–1 at the 2014 Algarve Cup, as Þóra made her 100th national team appearance.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Celebrity goldfish Sigurwin, the mascot of the Iceland women's national football team, was released into Þóra's care after UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[13] Sigurwin came to prominence during the tournament when Ludvig Lindström of Global Happiness Organization (GHO) publicly criticised the players for keeping him in a jar and making jokes about flushing him down the toilet.[14][15]

Honours[edit]

Sport person of Kópavogur 2005 and 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] 'It's official I'm moving to Iceland after some great years in Malmö - it's difficult but feels right #fcrosengård'
  2. ^ "Thóra Helgadóttir". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Þóra Björg Helgadóttir á leiðinni til Belgíu". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "EXTRA: Isländsk landslagsmålvakt ersätter "Carre"" (in Swedish). Damfotboll.com. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Årets spiller til Malmö" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Liljedahl, Carl-Johan (2 September 2010). "Sjögran nära sitt stora mål" (in Swedish). Kristianstadsbladet. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "No Chance of a Meltdown for this Cool Icelander". Football Federation Australia. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Hasselgren, Fredrik (5 November 2013). "THORA HELGADOTTIR - ÅRETS MÅLVAKT". Damfotboll.com (in Swedish). Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Wiman, Max (11 June 2014). "Ny klubb klar för FCR:s Thora Helgadottir" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Stefánsson, Stefán (24 June 2013). "Familiar squad for Iceland". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Helgadóttir: Iceland want more". UEFA.com. UEFA. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Thora Helgadottir firade 100 med seger över Norge". Damfotboll.com (in Swedish). 7 March 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sigurwin í góðum málum hjá Þóru". RUV.is (in Icelandic). RÚV. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Þeim væri nær að æfa sig betur í fótbolta en að vera að kvelja dýr". DV.is (in Icelandic). DV. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Karlsson, Kristopher (22 July 2013). "Islands landslag anmäls för djurplågeri" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

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