Atli Eðvaldsson

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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 Atli.
Atli Eðvaldsson
Personal information
Full name Atli Eðvaldsson
Date of birth (1957-03-03) 3 March 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 Valur 93 (31)
1980–1981 Borussia Dortmund 30 (11)
1981–1985 Fortuna Düsseldorf 122 (38)
1985–1988 KFC Uerdingen 05 72 (10)
1988–1989 TuRU Düsseldorf 23 (6)
1989–1990 Gençlerbirliği 23 (4)
1990–1993 KR Reykjavík 48 (16)
1993 HK Kópavogur 11 (1)
Total 422 (117)
National team
1974 Iceland U19 2 (0)
1978 Iceland U21 1 (0)
1976–1991 Iceland 70 (8)
Teams managed
1995–1996 ÍBV
1997 Fylkir
1998–1999 KR Reykjavík
1999–2003 Iceland
2005–2006 Þróttur Reykjavík
2009 Valur
2013 Reynir Sandgerði
2014 Afturelding
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Atli Eðvaldsson (born 3 March 1957) is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential players to come from Iceland. After retiring, he became a well-known manager.

He is the younger brother of former international player Jóhannes Eðvaldsson. His father, Evald Mikson (Icelandic: Eðvald Hinriksson), was a goalkeeper in the Estonian national football team between 1934 and 1938. Mikson was the Tallinn chief of police during the German occupation of Estonia.

Atli's daughter Sif Atladóttir is a member of the women's national football team.

Club career[edit]

Atli started at Valur and later became very successful in the German Bundesliga with Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer Uerdingen. On 6 June 1983, he became the first Icelandic player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga, when he scored five goals for Fortuna Düsseldorf against Eintracht Frankfurt. After a year in Turkey, he finished his playing career back in Iceland, where he became player-manager.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iceland in 1976 and went on to win 70 caps, scoring eight goals[1] and captaining the team 31 times. At the time of his retirement he was Iceland's record cap. He played his last international match in a September 1991 friendly game against Denmark.

Manager years[edit]

After his playing days ended, Atli went on to manage three Icelandic club teams before taking the helm at the national team in 1999. He lasted four years there. On 4 July 2009, Atli was appointed manager of Premier Division club Valur until the end of the season.

Roger Hollis case[edit]

Chapman Pincher alleges that Atli is the owner of certain documents that might add further weight to the case against Roger Hollis, that Hollis was a Russian spy at the head of MI-5 in the UK.[2] As Pincher, in his 90s, states "I have been unable to extract a copy of the interrogation report from Atli", p. 603. The interrogation report is alleged by Pincher to have been written by his father, Evald Mikson, who is now deceased.


  1. ^ "Iceland - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Pincher, Chapman (2009). Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain. 

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