Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson

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Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
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Personal information
Full name Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
Date of birth (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Sauðárkrókur, Iceland[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Haifa F.C.
Number 15
Youth career
1995–1997 Tindastóll
1997–2007 HK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 HK 19 (0)
2008–2011 West Ham United 0 (0)
2009 Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Roeselare (loan) 9 (0)
2011–2013 VfL Bochum II 9 (0)
2011–2014 VfL Bochum 45 (1)
2014–2017 Rosenborg 65 (3)
2017– Maccabi Haifa 2 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U17 12 (0)
2007–2008 Iceland U19 8 (0)
2007–2012 Iceland U21 27 (2)
2012– Iceland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2017

Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (born 6 August 1990) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a defender for Maccabi Haifa F.C. in the Israeli Premier League.[3] He is the son of Eyjólfur Sverrisson, former Iceland international and manager.[4][5][6][7]

Club career[edit]

Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs[edit]

Born in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, Hólmar moved to Stuttgart, German when his father played for Stuttgart and stayed there for three years and spoke a little German.[8][9] Hólmar began his career at HK since joining them when he was ten and began taking football seriously. Hólmar was at FC Tindastóll when he was seven before moving to HK.[10]

After progressing through the ranks at the club, Hólmar finally made his HK debut on 13 May 2007, in the opening game of the season, in a 0-0 draw against Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur, where he played the whole game, as well as, making his first start of his career.[11] Hólmar went on to finish his first season, making twelve appearance and helped the club finished ninth place, just two points away from relegation.

The following season, Hólmar continued to established himself in the first team and made seven appearance. His last appearance for the club came on 23 June 2008 against Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, which saw HK lost 3-0.[12] Hólmar's performance earned him a linked to German side Bayern Munich, who invited him a trial.[13]

West Ham United[edit]

Hólmar signed for West Ham United on 6 July 2008 from Icelandic team HK, where he previously made 19 first team appearances.[14]

Despite being praises in the pre-season at West Ham United,[15] Hólmar, however, never played a single match throughout the season and mostly spent the season on the reserve side and scored once during the season.[16]

On 1 October 2009, Hólmar signed on loan for Cheltenham Town[17] making his full debut on 3 October 2009 in the 1–1 home draw against Notts County.[18] He returned to West Ham in November 2009 having made four appearances for Cheltenham.[19] Following his return to West Ham United, Hólmar played in the reserve side[20] and once captained the side.[21]

On 9 January 2010, Hólmar joined Belgian Roeselare, on loan, until the end of the season.[22] Hólmar made his Roeselare debut on 16 January 2010, where he made his first start and played the whole game, in a 2-1 loss against Mechelen.[23] Then, on 9 May 2010, he provided an assist for Nikita Rukavytsya, in a 2-1 win over K.V.S.K. United.[24] He played 16 games for Roeselare but was unable to prevent the club's relegation to the Belgian Second Division.[25] He then left West Ham in May 2011 when his contract ran out without having played a first-team game for them.[26]

VfL Bochum[edit]

Hólmar signed for German 2. Bundesliga team, Bochum, on 27 June 2011, signing a three-year contract, keeping him until 2014.[27] Upon joining the club, the club's sports director Jens Todt commented on his move, quoting: "Holmar is a tough teamplayer who wants to get through like his father in Germany".[28]

However, weeks after joining the club, Eyjólfsson suffered an injury that kept him out for two months after undergoing surgery.[29] After returning from injury around September, Eyjólfsson spent the most of the rest of 2011 on the substitute bench and played three times on the reserve side. It wasn't until on 4 December 2011 when he made his Bochum debut, where he came on as a substitute for Marcel Maltritz as the late-substitute, in a 6-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue.[30] In a match against Hansa Rostock on 5 February 2012, Eyjólfsson set up one of the goals, in a 2-1 win.[31] As the 2011-12 season progressed, Eyjólfsson was then given a handful of first team appearances[32] and despite spending the most of the season on the substitute bench, he finished his first season, making eleven appearances in all competitions.

In the 2012-13 season, Eyjólfsson continued to remain in the first team despite being in the reserve on three occasions.[33] However, in a match against Dynamo Dresden on 8 December 2012, he was sent-off after a straight red card in the 35th minutes, in a 3-0 win.[34] At one point, with his first team at the club became increasingly limited, he was expected to be loaned out for the rest of the season, but stayed.[33] Two months later, on 15 February 2013, he made his return from suspension against 1860 Munich, but was sent-off again in the 17th minutes for a straight red card, in a 1-0 win.[35] Shortly after, he had his suspension overturned[36][37] and despite this, Eyjólfsson finished his second season at the club, making nineteen appearance in all competitions.

In the 2013-14 season, Eyjólfsson struggled to regained his first team and spent the most of the season on the substitute bench, due to facing new competitions.[38] Nevertheless, he regained his first team place, due to defensive crisis and by the end of September, he played seven times.[39] Despite on the substitute bench for the most of the season, Eyjólfsson played a role in a match against St. Pauli on 15 February 2014 when he scored the only goal of the game, in a 1-0 win[40] and played in the last game of the season, where he played the whole game, in a 1-0 win over Karlsruher SC. The win resulted the club being promoted to Bundesliga next season.[41] At the end of the 2013-14 season, Eyjólfsson made nineteen appearance and scoring once in all competitions. Following this, Eyjólfsson was released by the club after three years spell there.[42]

Rosenborg[edit]

On 11 August 2014, Eyjólfsson joined Norwegian side Rosenborg, signing a one-year contract with the club, with an option of extending for two years.[43] Eyjólfsson was previously linked with a move to Swedish side Helsingborgs,[44] before having a medical at Rosenberg.[45]

Eyjólfsson made his Rosenberg debut on 24 August 2014, where he came on as a late substitute, in a 2-0 win over Sarpsborg 08.[46] Eyjólfsson then scored his first goal for the club on 28 September 2014, in a 3-0 win over Aalesunds.[47] As the club finished second place at the end of the season, Eyjólfsson finished the season, making ten appearance and scoring once in all competitions.

Ahead of the 2015 season, Eyjólfsson signed a three-year contract with the club.[48] Despite suffering an injury at the start of the season,[49] Eyjólfsson continued to established himself in the first team and after playing 25 minutes in the opening game of the season against Aalesunds.[50] Two weeks later, on 18 April 2015, he set up a goal for Tobias Mikkelsen, in a 1-1 draw against Strømsgodset.[51] After setting two goals against Lillestrøm on 2 August 2015,[52] he scored his first goal of the season, seven days later on 16 August 2015, against Vålerenga.[53] After helping the club win the league[54] and Norwegian Football Cup in his full season at the club,[55] Eyjólfsson went on to make forty-eight appearance and scoring once in all competitions.

In the 2016 season, Eyjólfsson continued to established himself in the first team for the first five league matches despite being absent for one match at the start of the season.[56] After his return from absent Eyjólfsson then scored his first goal for the club on 24 April 2016, in a 4-0 win over Viking.[57] After helping the club win the league,[58] Eyjólfsson scored his second goal of the season, in a 2-0 win over Bodø/Glimt on the last game of the season, which saw them relegated[59] and played the whole game against Kongsvinger in the final of the Norwegian Football Cup, which Rosenberg win 4-0 to win the Cup for the second time, just as it was in the league.[60] In his second full season at the club, Eyjólfsson went on to make thirty-five appearance and scoring two times in all competitions and at the end of the season, Eyjólfsson became a subject of a transfer bid from Maccabi Haifa.[61]

Maccabi Haifa F.C.[edit]

Hólmar Signed a 4.5 years contract for Israeli Premier League team, Maccabi Haifa on 23 December 2016.[62] Upon joining the club, he was joined by his fellow Icelandic Viðar Örn Kjartansson, who is at Maccabi Tel Aviv.[63] Upon joining the club, Hólmar was given a number fifteen shirt.[64]

International career[edit]

Capped previously at U-16 and U-17 level, Hólmar was a key player at the 2007 European U-17 Championship and, although Iceland failed to make it beyond the group stage, was named by UEFA as one of the tournament's players to watch in future.[65] Those finals in Belgium also saw him show his versatility as he played in a holding midfield role, although he prefers to play at the back.

After being called by Iceland U21 for the first time on 6 November 2007,[66] Hólmar made his U21 debut on 16 November 2007 while still in the U19's and had an instant impact, helping Iceland to their first win of the 2009 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 2–1 victory in Belgium.[67] He was in the starting line-up for the next three games. Though Iceland failed to make the play-offs, he became a regular starter in the U21 team and was chosen for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad, where he played three times.[68] After captaining the U21 side for the first time on 6 October 2011 against England U21,[69] He scored his first international goal in a 9 October 2011 in the 2011 European Championship qualifier, which Iceland won 8–0 against San Marino.

Hólmar received his first call-up to the Iceland national team in May 2012 in a friendly against Sweden.[70] Shortly after, he made his senior debut on 30 May 2012, where he came on as a substitute for Kári Árnason in the 83rd minutes, in a 3-2 loss.[71] Four years on, Hólmar was called up by the national team for the UEFA Euro 2016 squad, but was on the stand-by instead.[72]

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 31 January 2017[2][5][7]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League VISA-bikar Europe Total
2007 HK Úrvalsdeild 12 0 1 0 13 0
2008 7 0 1 0 8 0
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2008–09 West Ham United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Cheltenham Town League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2009–10 K.S.V. Roeselare Pro League 9 0 3 0 12 0
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2010–11 West Ham United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2011–12 VfL Bochum II Regionalliga West 3 0 3 0
2012–13 3 0 3 0
2013–14 3 0 3 0
2011–12 VfL Bochum 2. Bundesliga 11 0 0 0 11 0
2012–13 16 0 3 0 19 0
2013–14 18 1 1 0 19 1
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2014 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
2015 28 1 7 0 13 0 48 1
2016 27 1 2 0 6 1 35 2
Israel League Israel State Cup Europe Total
2016–17 Maccabi Haifa Israel Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Iceland 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
England 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Belgium 9 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
Germany 54 1 4 0 0 0 58 1
Norway 65 3 9 0 19 1 93 4
Israel 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 153 4 18 0 19 1 188 5

Personal life[edit]

In November 2015, Hólmar became a father when his partner, Jona, gave birth to a baby girl.[73][74]

Honours[edit]

Rosenborg

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