Atli Helgason

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Atli Helgason
Personal information
Full name Atli Guðjón Helgason
Date of birth (1967-03-07) 7 March 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Iceland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Þróttur Reykjavík 45 (9)
1988–1993 Vikingur Reykjavík 106 (12)
1994 Valur 16 (0)
1995 Fram 16 (0)
1996 Víkingur Reykjavík 18 (0)
1997 Valur 15 (0)
National team
1983 Iceland U17 3 (1)
1985 Iceland U19 2 (1)
1991–1992 Iceland 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Atli Guðjón Helgason (born 7 March 1967) is an Icelandic lawyer and former footballer who played three games for the Iceland national football team. In 2001 he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the murder of his business partner.[1]

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Atli played for 14 seasons in the Icelandic leagues. He was the captain of the Víkingur Reykjavík team that won the national championship in 1991.[2]

National team career[edit]

He won three caps and scored one goal for the Iceland national football team between 1991 and 1992.

Murder of Einar Örn Birgisson[edit]

On November 8, 2000, 27 year old former footballer Einar Örn Birgisson went missing. Einar, the son of former basketball star Birgir Örn Birgis[3], was Atli's business partner and former teammate. A week later, Atli confessed to his murder, having beaten Einar four times in his head with a hammer in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík and hiding his body near Grindavík. On 29 May 2001 he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the murder.[4] He was released from prison in 2010.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mér er engin vorkunn". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 29 May 2004. pp. 1, 24, 25. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Verðmæti hurfu úr dánarbúi Agnars". Dagblaðið Vísir. 17 November 2000. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ Snærós Sindradóttir (19 January 2016). "Faðir Einars Arnar: Uppreist æru Atla sem blaut tuska í andlitið". Vísir.is. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  4. ^ "Dómur í máli ákæruvaldsins gegn Atla Helgasyni". Mbl.is. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Samúel Karl Ólason (18 January 2016). "Atli Helgason búinn að fá uppreist æru". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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