Gylfi playing for Swansea City in 2015
|Full name||Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson|
|Date of birth||8 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2008||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||5||(1)|
|2009||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||22||(3)|
|2012||→ Swansea City (loan)||18||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 20 August 2016 (UTC).
Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈcɪlvɪ ˈθou:r̥ ˈsɪ:ɣʏrðsɔn]; born 8 September 1989) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City. He is a specialist on set-pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ability.
He began his professional career with Reading in the Championship, and in 2010 was sold to Hoffenheim in Reading's biggest sale. He was voted player of the season for two consecutive seasons for Reading in 2009–10 season and for Hoffenheim in 2010–11. After a season back in English football with Swansea he joined Tottenham Hotspur for £8.8 million, and in 2014 moved back to Swansea as part of an exchange for Ben Davies.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Reykjavík, Gylfi played for hometown side FH before joining Breiðablik and was an Icelandic under-17 international. He had spent time on trial with Preston North End before signing for Reading on an Academy scholarship on 1 October 2005. He spent three years playing for the youth and reserve teams. Prior to the 2007–08 season, he and five other youngsters were given professional contracts.
Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Gylfi was assigned the number 34 shirt for Reading, and he was an unused substitute in the club's 2–1 away win at Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round of the League Cup on 12 August. Two weeks later, he made his debut in the next round against Luton Town, coming on as a 59th-minute substitute for James Harper in a 5–1 win at the Madejski Stadium. He scored in Reading's penalty shoot-out win away to Stoke City in the third round, after coming on as a substitute.
In order to gain first-team experience, Gylfi signed for Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan spell on 16 October, and he scored on his league debut against Bournemouth two days later in a 4–1 win at the New Meadow. He made a total of six appearances during his time at Shrewsbury, scoring one goal. He returned to his parent club and featured in Reading's 2–0 loss to Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round on 3 January 2009. On 27 February, he joined Crewe Alexandra on an emergency loan move, and he made his debut two days later against Brighton away, scoring in the 89th minute in a 4–0 win. On 24 March, his loan was extended until the end of the season. He scored two further goals for Crewe, against Milton Keynes Dons and Cheltenham Town respectively, but could not prevent the club's relegation to League Two.
Gylfi scored his first Reading goal against Burton Albion from 35 yards out in the first round League Cup tie at home on 11 August 2009. He scored his first league goal for Reading in a 3–2 defeat at Peterborough United on 19 September 2009. Gylfi was a huge contributor in Reading's extraordinary 2009–10 FA Cup run which included wins over Premier League sides Liverpool and Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. On 13 January 2010, and in the third round of the FA Cup, he scored a penalty in injury time to make the score 1–1 and force extra time. Reading went on to win the game 2–1. He scored the winning goal in the 87th minute against Burnley in the fourth round. In the fifth round, he scored the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion for a 3–2 victory in extra time. In April 2010, Gylfi won the Championship Player of the Month Award for March, beating Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United, Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion and Adel Taarabt of QPR, scoring five goals in six games in that month. Gylfi scored against Preston North End in the final game of the season. Before the match, Gylfi was named as the 2009–10 Reading Player of the Season beating Jimmy Kébé and Ryan Bertrand, who finished second and third respectively.
Gylfi finished the season with a fruitful 21 goals in 44 matches in all competitions. His performances and his young age prompted several Premier League clubs to enquire over his availability, but he committed his future to Reading when he signed a three-year deal in May 2010.
Gylfi scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in the first match of the season when he "skipped past two players before smashing in a 25-yard equaliser" against Scunthorpe in a 2–1 home loss. He followed this up on 28 August with a short range chip in the 22nd minute away at Leicester. The evening after the game the Icelandic media reported that Gylfi was to travel to Germany the following Monday to have a medical at 1899 Hoffenheim. Gylfi joined 1899 Hoffenheim on 31 August 2010. Reading reported that the fee exceeded their previous club record sale of £6.5 million recouped from the sale of Kevin Doyle.
Gylfi made his debut for 1899 Hoffenheim on 10 September 2010, coming on with 10 minutes to go in a 2–0 win over Schalke. A week later, he scored his first goal for Hoffenheim in a 2–2 draw with Kaiserslautern after coming on as a 77th-minute substitute. He scored with his first touch, a 20-yard free kick that levelled the game. His second goal for the club was another free kick, from 25 yards, against Mainz in a 4–2 away defeat. He added another two goals to his tally in Hoffenheim's home win against Hannover 96, one of which was from the penalty spot.
On 25 May 2011, Gylfi was voted as 1899 Hoffenheim's fans' player of the season, despite only starting 13 games. He finished the season with ten goals and two assists. During the first half of the 2011–12 season, he fell down the pecking order, making just seven league appearances and was linked with a move away from the club.
Swansea City (loan)
On 1 January 2012, it was announced that Gylfi would join Premier League club Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season. He made his Premier League debut for Swansea on 15 January, coming on at half-time and setting up the winning goal in a 3–2 win over Arsenal. On 4 February, Gylfi scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win against West Bromwich Albion. He also created Swansea's other goal game for Danny Graham, taking his tally to three assists in four games. On 3 March, he scored two goals in a 2–0 victory away at Wigan, his second being a free kick. Two weeks later, he scored another brace in a 3–0 away win against Fulham. He scored his next goal at White Hart Lane in his team's 3–1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on 1 April.
As a result of his fine form, Gylfi was named the Premier League Player of the Month for March, the first Icelander to win the award. His next goal came in a 3–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers that put the club on 42 points for the season.
On 28 May, Swansea agreed a £6.8 million fee with Hoffenheim for the permanent transfer of the player, subject to him passing a medical, however, following Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool, the deal collapsed despite Huw Jenkins keeping hope in the deal alight. In 18 Premier League games during his loan spell for Swansea, Gylfi scored seven goals and added four assists.
On 4 July 2012, Gylfi joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £8.8 million. He was the first signing for newly appointed Head Coach, André Villas-Boas. He scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against Stevenage, after coming on as a second-half substitute. On 31 July, Gylfi scored the winning goal in a friendly against New York Red Bulls. On 26 September, Gylfi scored his first competitive goal for the club in a third round League Cup tie away against Carlisle, closing the scoring in a 3–0 win.
Brian McDermott confirmed that Reading made three unsuccessful bids to bring Gylfi back to his former club during the January 2013 transfer window, including a club record offer on deadline day thought by BBC Sport to be around £10 million. On 25 February, Gylfi scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham which was the second goal in a 3–2 win against West Ham United. In the following game, a 2–1 win against Arsenal, he provided the assist for Gareth Bale.
In the 2013–14 season, he scored a brace in 2–0 win against Norwich City on 14 September 2013. This win took Spurs up to second in the table. Gylfi's momentum in Tottenham's team continued on 28 September 2013, as he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Chelsea.
Return to Swansea
In July 2014, Tottenham announced that a deal had been reached with Swansea City for Gylfi to re-join his former club, while Swansea left-back Ben Davies would join Spurs. On the move, Gylfi said, "I really enjoyed my time here last time. I know the club, I know the manager, I know the players and I obviously know the fans and the city as well, so that wasn't that difficult for me." In the opening match of the 2014-15 Premier League season, he set up the opener and scored the winning goal as Swansea defeated Manchester United 2–1 at Old Trafford, making this the first time the Red Devils have lost their opening home game since 1972. Gylfi continued his good start to his Swansea return with another 3 assists in his next 2 games. In a home game against Arsenal on 9 November 2014, Gylfi curled a free kick over the wall and into the corner of the net from 25 yards to equalise in a 2–1 win. Gylfi scored in a 4–1 away defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on 29 December.
On 17 January 2015, a wayward pass by Gylfi allowed Chelsea's Oscar to score after 50 seconds in an eventual 0–5 home defeat for Swansea. A week later, he was sent off in added time at the end of a 1–3 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round, with Swansea already having been down to ten men after the earlier dismissal of Kyle Bartley.
Amidst rumours of a £25 million move to Everton, he signed a new four-year deal on 2 August 2016.
Gylfi took part in the 2008 U19 European Championship qualifying, scoring twice in qualification and twice in the elite round, but Iceland lost out to group winners Bulgaria by three points and missed out on the finals. In November 2007, Gylfi made his U21s debut for Iceland, playing half an hour against Germany. He made his first appearance in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship qualifying four days later, coming as an extra-time substitute, and played in the remaining matches. In Iceland's last match, he scored the opener against Slovakia but Miroslav Stoch equalised to make it 1–1. Iceland failed to qualify for the play-offs but made a bright start to the 2011 campaign. He made his campaign debut in October against San Marino, scoring a brace within 16 minutes in a 6–0 thrashing.
In May 2010, Gylfi made his full Iceland debut in the convincing 4–0 win over Andorra and provided the assist for the second goal from a free kick. Gylfi also helped Iceland's U21 side reach the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, playing in both play-off legs against Scotland U21s as Iceland won 4–2 on aggregate. In the second leg, Gylfi scored two second-half goals to ensure Iceland won the match 2–1.
On 13 October 2014, he scored both goals, one of which was a penalty, as Iceland defeated the Netherlands in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match. In the reverse fixture the following 3 September at the Amsterdam Arena, he converted another spot-kick for the only goal of the game, after Gregory van der Wiel had fouled Birkir Bjarnason.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Shrewsbury Town (loan)||League Two||5||1||-||-||1||0||6||1|
|Crewe Alexandra (loan)||League One||15||3||-||15||3|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2011–12||Swansea City (loan)||Premier League||18||7||1||0||0||0||-||-||19||7|
* Other – Football League Trophy
- As of 18 June 2016
|Iceland national team|
- As of match played 18 June 2016. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Gylfi goal.
|1||7 October 2011||Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal||6||Portugal||3–5||3–5||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|2||12 October 2012||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania||13||Albania||2–1||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||22 March 2013||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||16||Slovenia||1–1||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||11 October 2013||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||19||Cyprus||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||9 September 2014||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||25||Turkey||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|7||10 October 2014||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||26||Latvia||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|8||13 October 2014||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||27||Netherlands||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|10||3 September 2015||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands||31||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|11||10 October 2015||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||33||Latvia||2–0||2–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|12||13 November 2015||National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||35||Poland||1–0||2–4||Friendly|
|13||1 June 2016||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||38||Norway||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
|14||18 June 2016||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||41||Hungary||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2016|
- Premier League Player of the Month: March 2012
- Football League Championship Player of the Month: March 2010
- Reading Player of the Season: 2009–10
- Hoffenheim Player of the Season: 2010–11
- Icelandic Footballer of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year: 2013
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- ESPN Soccernet Profile
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