Emil Hallfreðsson

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Emil Hallfreðsson
Iceland national football team World Cup 2018 (cropped).jpg
Hallfreðsson with Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Emil Hallfreðsson[1]
Date of birth (1984-06-29) 29 June 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder / Left winger
Club information
Current team
Frosinone
Number 20
Youth career
FH
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 FH 29 (7)
2005–2007 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2006Malmö FF (loan) 19 (5)
2007 Lyn Oslo 1 (0)
2007–2011 Reggina 34 (1)
2009–2010Barnsley (loan) 27 (3)
2010–2011Verona (loan) 34 (4)
2011–2016 Verona 150 (12)
2016–2018 Udinese 58 (0)
2018– Frosinone 0 (0)
National team
2000 Iceland U17 7 (2)
2002 Iceland U19 3 (0)
2004–2006 Iceland U21 14 (3)
2005– Iceland 66 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018

Emil Hallfreðsson (born 29 June 1984) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a central midfielder or left winger for Frosinone and the Iceland national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Primarily a left-sided midfielder, Emil was brought to Tottenham Hotspur by then Sporting Director Frank Arnesen in December 2004,[2] having spent his formative years at FH Hafnarfjarðar of the Úrvalsdeild in Iceland. Tottenham had been looking for players who could solve their problems on the left, and the purchases of the likes of Andy Reid, Emil and Reto Ziegler in 2005 were all done to create more competition for this position. With Emil's departure from White Hart Lane in 2007, they have all left the club.

Emil became a regular starter for the Tottenham Hotspur Reserves, and played a key part in the Spurs' 2005–06 Premier League Southern Reserve title win. He was then loaned out to Swedish side Malmö FF,.[3] He enjoyed some success with Malmö, starting for a majority of the games in the 2006 season, with a total of 24 appearances and eight goals. He then returned to England in the fall, after Malmö unsuccessfully tried to convince him to stay.

His aim had then been to make the Spurs' first team, but in his remaining months at the club he was not selected for a single game. In July 2007, he was sold to the Norwegian club Lyn,[4] where he was slated to stay until 2010. His first match for the club was a friendly against Ham-Kam, followed by a 20-minute substitution in a league game away against Sandefjord. His first and only 90-minute appearance was against Bodø/Glimt in the Norwegian Cup, in which he delivered a fine cross to Dylan Macallister for the 1–0 goal and the win. Three days later, the club surprisingly announced that Emil would be leaving for Italy and Reggina.[5]

Reggina[edit]

Emil played his first Serie A match on 26 August 2007 a 1–1 draw with Atalanta.[6] In his first season, he played a regular role in Reggina's team, but in the second season he played less. In April 2009 he did, however, score a spectacular goal against Juventus; he scored the 2–1 goal for his team but the match ended 2–2.[7]

Barnsley[edit]

Having not been selected to play for Reggina first match of the 2009–10 season at Coppa Italia,[8] he completed a one-year loan to Football League Championship side Barnsley on 14 August 2009.[9] He scored his first goal for Barnsley against Plymouth Argyle on 28 November 2009. However, the game was later abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. His first goal did come two weeks later however, in the home game with Newcastle United, slamming home a Daniel Bogdanovic cross from 6 yards. Emil's goal made it 1–1 in an eventual 2–2 draw.[10]

Verona[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Reggina loaned him to Verona. His first season with Verona he was a regular starter and a decisive player in achieving promotion to Serie B. At the end of the season, Emil won the Mastino del Bentegodi award as the team's player of the year.[11] Looking ahead to the upcoming Serie B season, on 22 June 2011, three days after winning the First Division play-off, Verona outbid Reggina to purchase his contract.

He has been important for Verona also in Serie A, because he helped a lot the team to reach the promotion to Serie A.

Udinese[edit]

On 30 January 2016, Emil joined Udinese, signing a contract until June 2018.[12]

Frosinone[edit]

On 31 July 2018, Emil signed with Serie A side Frosinone.[13]

International career[edit]

He was selected for EURO 2016.[14]

In May 2018 he was named in Iceland’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 26 June 2018.[16]
Iceland
Year Apps Goals
2005 1 0
2006 3 0
2007 9 1
2008 8 0
2009 7 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 5 0
2013 5 0
2014 7 0
2015 4 0
2016 6 0
2017 5 0
2018 5 0
Total 66 1

International goals[edit]

As of 8 September 2007[17]
Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland  Spain 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Iceland" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Tottenham clinch double transfer". BBC. 20 December 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Hallfredsson joins Malmo on loan". BBC. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Striker Hallfredsson leaves Spurs". BBC. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Emil Hallfredsson solgt til Serie A" (in Norwegian). FC Lyn Oslo. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ La Gazzetta dello Sport 2007–08 Profile (in Italian)
  7. ^ Juventus Memories (22 November 2015), Reggina - Juventus (2-2) 26.4.2009, retrieved 1 April 2018 
  8. ^ "Reggina-Arezzo 3–0" (in Italian). AC Arezzo. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "ICEMAN SIGNS ON AT OAKWELL". Barnsley FC. 14 August 2009. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Plymouth A-A Barnsley". BBC. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  11. ^ Halfreðsson Mastino del Bentegodi hellasverona.it
  12. ^ "Official: Udinese sign Hallfredsson". 30 January 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Emil signed with Frosinone". Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "A karla – Lokahópur fyrir EM 2016" (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. 9 May 2016. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  15. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/amp/news/world-cup-squad-injured-gylfi-sigurdsson/17guw991qjit61qqhhfn9lyhon
  16. ^ "Emil Hallfreðsson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  17. ^ "Iceland – E. Hallfređsson – Profile with news, career statistics and history". soccerway.com. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 

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