Eyjólfur Sverrisson

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Personal information
Full name Eyjólfur Gjafar Sverrisson
Date of birth (1968-08-03) 3 August 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Sauðárkrókur, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 UMF Tindastóll 79 (66)
1989–1994 VfB Stuttgart 110 (21)
1994–1995 Beşiktaş J.K. 33 (9)
1995–2003 Hertha BSC 197 (13)
Total 419 (109)
National team
1990–2001 Iceland 66 (10)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Iceland
2009– Iceland U-21
2011 VfL Wolfsburg (assistant)
Basketball career
Career information
Playing career 1983–1989
Position Shooting Guard
Number 7
Career history
1983–1989 Tindastóll
Career highlights and awards
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eyjólfur Gjafar Sverrisson (born 3 August 1968) is an Icelandic former footballer and former coach of the Iceland national football team.

He is the father of Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, who plays for Maccabi Haifa F.C. in Israel.


Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Eyjólfur started his career as a striker at local team UMF Tindastóll and moved to VfB Stuttgart in 1989. From 1989 to 1994 he played for VfB Stuttgart, where he became German champion in 1992. After five seasons, he moved to play in midfield for Beşiktaş J.K. in Turkey and became Turkish champion with the team in 1995. He left them at the end of that season and changed to Hertha BSC, where he helped securing promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997 and won the DFB-Ligapokal in 2001 and 2002. In his last couple of seasons he played as a defender.

During his Bundesliga career, Eyjólfur played 251 matches and scored 30 goals.

International career[edit]

He was capped 66 times[1] for Iceland, making his debut in a Euro 1992 qualifying match in May 1991 against Albania. During the 1990s he was one of the stars of the national team and also skippered them. His last international came in October 2001, in a World cup qualifier against Denmark which Iceland lost 0–6 away.

Coaching career[edit]

In October 2005 he was appointed the coach of the Iceland national football team, where he has struggled, only winning two of his first 14 competitive games. Eyjólfur was sacked on the 27 October 2007.

While managing the Iceland U21 men's football team, he signed a short-term contract as assistant with VfL Wolfsburg on 10 February 2011.[2]

Coaching career statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Iceland national football team 2005 2007 14 2 4 8 14.29
Total 14 2 4 8 14.29


Club career[edit]

Eyjólfur started his basketball career with Tindastóll and was a key member of the team that won the Icelandic Division II in 1986.[3][4] He had a stellar first season in the Icelandic Division I with Tindastóll and averaged a league leading 26,4 points in 20 games.[5] The next season Eyjólfur upped his average to 32,8 points per game, again leading the league in scoring,[6] and helped the club win the Icelandic Division I and achieving promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.[7] Eyjólfur was the second leading scorer of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild for the 1988-1989 season while playing for Tindastóll.[8] It was his final full season in basketball as the next season he moved to VfB Stuttgart to fully focus on his football career.

International career[edit]

Eyjólfur played 10 games for the Icelandic junior national teams.[9]


  1. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando; Nygård, Jostein (29 February 2012). "Iceland – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sverrisson wird Co-Trainer beim VfL" [Sverrison becomes assistant manager at VfL] (in German). DFL. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Tindastóll upp í fyrstu deild
  4. ^ [http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=386952&pageId=6552921&lang=is Tindastóll á þröskuldi fyrstu deildar]
  5. ^ 1986-87 statistics
  6. ^ Frábær árangur Eyjólfs Sverrissonar
  7. ^ Tindastóll 1987-88 statistics
  8. ^ 1988-1989 Úrvalsdeild statistics
  9. ^ Unglinga- og drengjalandslið Íslands

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