Alfreð Finnbogason

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Alfreð Finnbogason
Alfreð Finnbogason 2018 (cropped).jpg
Alfreð playing for Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Alfreð Finnbogason[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Grindavík, Iceland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Augsburg
Number 27
Youth career
1995–1999 Grindavík
1999–2001 Hutchison Vale
2002–2005 Fjölnir
2005–2007 Breiðablik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Breiðablik 43 (28)
2007Augnablik (loan) 2 (2)
2011–2012 Lokeren 22 (4)
2012Helsingborg (loan) 17 (12)
2012–2014 Heerenveen 65 (53)
2014–2016 Real Sociedad 23 (2)
2015–2016Olympiacos (loan) 7 (1)
2016FC Augsburg (loan) 14 (7)
2016– FC Augsburg 41 (22)
National team
2009–2011 Iceland U21 11 (5)
2010– Iceland 52 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2018

Alfreð Finnbogason (born 1 February 1989) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for German club FC Augsburg and the Iceland national team.

With Heerenveen, Alfreð was the Dutch Eredivisie's top scorer in the 2013–14[2] season with 29 goals, a tally topped only by Luis Suárez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jonathan Soriano in Europe's top leagues that season.[3]

Alfreð made his debut for the Icelandic national team against the Faroe Islands in 2010. He has earned 51 caps to date, scoring 14 goals. He was part of their squad at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he became the first Icelander to score a goal in the FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Grindavík, Alfreð played for Ungmennafélag Grindavíkur's youth teams while also spending two years of his childhood in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.[4] Alfreð played for boys' club Hutchison Vale, and became a fan of Hibernian, while his father studied in the city.[4]

Breiðablik[edit]

Alfreð joined Breiðablik in 2005, featuring in the club's highly successful youth team alongside future internationals and/or expatriates Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aron Jóhannsson, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Elfar Freyr Helgason, Guðmundur Kristjánsson, Kristinn Steindórsson and Kristinn Jónsson.[5][6]

He made his senior debut for Breiðablik in 2008. In the 2009 Úrvalsdeild season, he scored 13 goals in 18 league games for Breiðablik. At the end of the campaign, he was voted Young Player of the Year by his fellow players.[7] Breiðablik also won their first title ever, the Icelandic Cup.[8]

After the 2009 season, he had a trial with Tippeligaen side Viking and English Championship side Blackpool.[9]

In 2010, Alfreð was joint league top goalscorer with 14 goals, and voted player of the year by fellow players as Breiðablik won their first league title and participated for the first time in the UEFA Europa League when they played against Scottish side Motherwell.[10][11][12]

Lokeren[edit]

On 3 November 2010, Breiðablik confirmed that an offer for Alfreð from Belgian side Lokeren had been accepted.[13] After completing a medical, Alfreð signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club on 20 November 2010.[14]

Helsingborgs IF (loan)[edit]

On 6 March 2012, Alfreð joined Swedish champions Helsingborgs IF on a six-month loan deal, ending on 15 August 2012.[15]

Alfreð scored one goal and made five assists in a 6–1 aggregate win against Polish champions Śląsk Wrocław in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round.[16] At the end of the loan period, Alfreð was Helsingborg's top scorer of 2012 with 12 goals in 17 all competitions matches.[17][18]

Heerenveen[edit]

On 16 August 2012, Alfreð signed a three-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Heerenveen.[19] He made a promising start for his new club, scoring two goals in his home debut against top side Ajax in a 2–2 draw and later scoring all four goals away to third division side Kozakken Boys in the KNVB Cup.[20][21] Alfreð ended the season as the third-highest goalscorer of the Eredivisie, scoring 24 of Heereveen's 50 league goals.[22]

Real Sociedad[edit]

On 2 July 2014, Alfreð signed for Spanish La Liga club Real Sociedad for a €7.5 million transfer fee, rising to €10 million with add-ons.[23][24][25] He made his debut for the club later that month, starting in a 2–0 home win against Aberdeen for the season's UEFA Europa League.[26]

Olympiacos (loan)[edit]

Greek champions Olympiacos had previously tried to sign the 26-year-old Icelandic, but failed to reach an agreement with his former club, Heerenveen.[27] Despite the rival interest of PAOK, on 26 July 2015, Olympiacos officially announced that they had signed him on loan from Real Sociedad. He scored his first goal in a friendly game against Beşiktaş on 9 August 2015.[28] Alfreð scored his first competitive and the winning goal for Olympiacos against Arsenal on 29 September 2015, in their Champions League Group F clash, earning Olympiacos their first ever win on English soil, in a 3–2 win at Emirates Stadium.

On 5 December 2015, he scored his first goal with a penalty kick in the Superleague in a 4–3 away win against Panthrakikos.[29]

FC Augsburg[edit]

He was loaned to FC Augsburg on 1 February 2016.[30] He made his debut as a substitute against Ingolstadt five days later in a 2–1 defeat. He scored his first goal in his third appearance on 28 February, helping Augsburg to a 2–2 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He would go on to score seven goals in fourteen appearances, and the loan was made permanent on 1 July 2016. On 9 September 2017, he scored a hat-trick in a Bundesliga game against FC Köln, in which Augsburg won by 3–0. On 16 December 2017, he scored another hat-trick in a 3–3 draw against SC Freiburg.

International career[edit]

Alfreð earned 11 caps and scored five goals for Iceland at under-21 level. His first goal came on 8 September 2009 in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Group 5 qualifier 6–2 win against Northern Ireland under-21s at The Showgrounds, Coleraine.[31]

Alfreð won his first cap for the Icelandic national team in 2010, coming on as a substitute in a friendly match against the Faroe Islands.[32][33] Alfreð scored on his full debut for Iceland against Israel in a 3–2 loss at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.[32][34] As of 26 June 2018, Alfreð has 50 caps and 14 goals for the senior team.[32]

He was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.[35]

In May 2018 he was named in Iceland’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[36] In their first match at the tournament, Alfreð scored the equalising goal as Iceland drew 1–1 with Argentina.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 November 2018[38]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League Icelandic Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007 Augnablik (loan) 3. deild 2 2 - - - - - - 2 2
2008 Breiðablik Úrvalsdeild 4 1 1 0 3 0 - - 8 1
2009 18 13 4 2 4 0 - - 26 15
2010 21 14 1 0 6 5 2 0 30 19
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Lokeren Belgian Pro League 15 3 - - - - - - 15 3
2011–12 7 1 3 2 - - - - 10 3
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2012 Helsingborgs IF Allsvenskan 17 12 1 0 - - 4 1 22 13
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Heerenveen Eredivisie 331 24 2 4 - - - - 35 28
2013–14 32 29 3 2 - - - - 35 31
Spain League Copa del Rey League Cup Europe Total
2014–15 Real Sociedad La Liga 23 2 2 2 - - 2 0 27 4
Greece League Greek Football Cup Europe Total
2015–16 Olympiacos Superleague 7 1 3 0 3 1 13 2
Germany Bundesliga DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2015–16 FC Augsburg Bundesliga 14 7 0 0 0 0 14 7
2016–17 13 3 1 0 0 0 14 3
2017–18 22 12 1 0 0 0 23 12
2018–19 6 7 1 0 0 0 7 7
Career Total 234 131 23 12 13 5 11 2 281 150

1Includes two Europe play-off matches.

International[edit]

As of 15 October 2018[32]
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland
2010 2 1
2011 4 0
2012 6 2
2013 8 1
2014 3 1
2015 7 2
2016 10 4
2017 5 0
2018 7 4
Total 52 15

International goals[edit]

As of match played 15 October 2018. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Alfreð goal.[32][39]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2010 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel 2  Israel 1–3 2–3 Friendly
2. 29 February 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 7  Montenegro 1–1 1–2
3. 7 September 2012 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 9  Norway 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 7 June 2013 15  Slovenia 2–1 2–4
5. 12 November 2014 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 23  Belgium 1–1 1–3 Friendly
6. 13 November 2015 National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland 29  Poland 2–2 2–4
7. 17 November 2015 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia 30  Slovakia 1–0 1–3
8. 6 June 2016 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 34  Liechtenstein 3–0 4–0
9. 5 September 2016 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine 38  Ukraine 1–0 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 6 October 2016 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 39  Finland 2–2 3–2
11. 9 October 2016 40  Turkey 2–0 2–0
12. 2 June 2018 46  Norway 1–1 2–3 Friendly
13. 7 June 2018 47  Ghana 2–0 2–2
14. 16 June 2018 Otkritie Arena, Moscow, Russia 48  Argentina 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup
15. 15 October 2018 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 52   Switzerland 1–2 1–2 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Breiðablik

Olympiacos

Individual

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Alfreð spent five months as an exchange student in Sardinia, Italy, playing for Sassari Torres during the stay, where he managed to score in a win against the Italy U-17 national team.[42]

On 19 April 2013, Alfreð set a record for the most goals scored in a season by an Icelandic footballer playing in a top division in any country after he scored his 24th goal of the season, and also his last of the season. The previous record-holder had also played in the Netherlands, Pétur Pétursson, who scored 23 goals in 33 matches for Feyenoord in the 1979–80 Eredivisie.[43]

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