Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson

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Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson
Personal information
Full name Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Akranes, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Molde
Number 10[2]
Youth career
ÍA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 ÍA 30 (6)
2009–2012 Lillestrøm 70 (17)
2012–2016 Wolverhampton Wanderers 69 (7)
2014 Molde (loan) 15 (3)
2015 Copenhagen (loan) 14 (1)
2016– Molde - (-)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U-17 5 (0)
2007–2008 Iceland U-19 7 (2)
2010–2012 Iceland U-21 7 (4)
2011 Iceland 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 February 2013

Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson (born 26 February 1991) is an Icelandic international footballer who plays as a forward for Tippeligaen club Molde.[3]

He began his career with ÍA in his native Iceland before a three-year spell at Norwegian side Lillestrøm, during which time he made his international debut. In July 2012 he moved to English side Wolves for a reported £2.4m fee.[4] His contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers expired in June 2016 without renewal.[5]

On 12 July 2016 Björn joined Norwegian club Molde on a free transfer.[3]

Club career[edit]

ÍA[edit]

Björn made his debut for his hometown club ÍA in the 2007 Úrvalsdeild. He was mostly employed as a substitute in his first season, but became a regular first team player during the next season. However, ÍA suffered relegation to the second level.

He did not remain at ÍA after their relegation though, and instead signed a three-year contract with Norwegian club Lillestrøm SK in January 2009.[6]

Lillestrøm[edit]

After making his club debut on 22 March 2009 against Viking,[7] Björn's first season in the Tippeliga was troubled by numerous lower back injuries. He did manage to make 12 appearances, scoring once (against Bodø/Glimt on 20 September).[8]

In the 2010 season he became regular player for the club, a position he has held ever since. In Autumn 2011 his contract was extended further to run until 2014, though this news was not made public.[9]

In the 2012 season Björn scored seven times in the 11 first league games, as well as four goals in two cup ties.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 18 June 2012, Björn's club officially announced that they had accepted an undisclosed bid for him from English side Wolverhampton Wanderers, believed to be in the region of £2.4 million.[10][11] After passing to a medical and agreeing to personal terms for a four-year contract, the deal was finalised on 17 July 2012.[12]

The Icelandic striker made his Wolves debut as a substitute in an opening day defeat at Leeds United.[13] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win at Peterborough in late September,[14] the first of five goals during a campaign that ended in relegation to League One.

In the 2013–14 season, under his third different manager during his time at Wolves, Björn failed to hold down a regular place in Wolves' team and on 31 January 2014 he was loaned to Norwegian side Molde for the remainder of 2014 in order to complete the Norwegian league season.[15] During this loan spell he won the league and cup double with Molde.

On 1 January 2016, he came on as a 67th-minute substitute for James Henry in a 1–0 Championship win at Brighton & Hove Albion, his first Wolves appearance for over two years.[16] Björn went on to often be used during the second half of the season, frequently as a loan forward, but failed to score during these 15 appearances, meaning his final goal for Wolves had come almost three years prior, in August 2013.

At the conclusion of the season Wolves announced they would not be renewing his contract.[5] He had made 75 appearances in total for the club, scoring 7 times.

Molde FK[edit]

On 12 July 2016 Björn joined Norwegian club Molde on a free transfer.[3]

International career[edit]

Björn has represented Iceland at numerous youth levels, most recently playing for their Under-21 team in the qualifying competition for the 2013 European Under-21 Championship. He played two matches in the 2011 European Under-21 Championship Finals in Denmark.

He has one senior cap for the full Icelandic national team, having made his debut as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Cyprus during Euro 2012 qualification on 6 September 2011.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Björn has three half-brothers, Bjarni Guðjónsson, Þórður Guðjónsson, and Joey Guðjónsson, who have all been professional footballers as well as playing for the Icelandic national team. Joey also played for Wolves.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 July 2016
Season Club League League Cup Other cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007 ÍA Úrvalsdeild 11 2 1 1 7 2 19 5
2008 19 4 1 0 3 1 23 5
ÍA Total 30 6 2 1 10 3 42 10
2009 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 12 1 - - - - 12 1
2010 25 4 - - - - 26 4
2011 20 5 1 2 - - 23 8
2012 13 7 4 5 - - 17 12
Lillestrøm Total 70 17 8 8 - - 75 24
2012–13 Wolves Championship 37 5 0 0 2 0 39 5
2013–14 League One 18 2 1 0 2 0 21 2
2014 Molde (loan) Tippeligaen 15 3 2 0 0 0 17 3
2014–15 Copenhagen (loan) Superligaen 14 1 3 1 0 0 17 2
2015–16 Wolves Championship 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Wolves Total 69 7 2 0 4 0 75 7
2016 Molde Tippeligaen - - - - - - - -
Molde Total 15 3 2 0 0 0 17 3
Career total 198 34 15 10 14 3 227 47

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Copenhagen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 6. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "A-laget spillere". Molde FK. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bekreftet: Sigurdarson har skrevet under kontrakt for Molde". dagbladet.no. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Wolves' bid for Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdsson accepted". Express & Star. 18 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Contract decisions revealed". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 9 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson til Lilleström staðfest" (in Icelandic). Fotbolti.net. 20 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Lillestrøm 1–1 Viking" (in Norwegian). Altomfotball. 22 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lillestrøm 2–2 Bodø/Glimt" (in Norwegian). Altomfotball. 20 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Signerte i all hemmelighet" (in Norwegian). Romerikes Blad. 24 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wolves' bid for Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdsson accepted". Express & Star. 18 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Deal agreed for Sigurdarson". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 19 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wolves confirm Sigurdarson deal". Sky Sports. 17 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Leeds 1–0 Wolves". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Peterborough 0–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 22 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Molde sign Bjorn Sigurdarson from Wolves". BBC Sport. 31 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Brighton 0-1 Wolves". BBC Sport. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Iceland beat Cyprus to break Group H duck". UEFA. 6 September 2011. 

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