Hannes Þór Halldórsson

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Hannes Þór Halldórsson
Hannes Þór Halldórsson 2018 (cropped).jpg
Halldórsson with Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hannes Þór Halldórsson[1]
Date of birth (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Qarabağ
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Leiknir R. 3 (0)
2005 Afturelding 18 (0)
2006 Stjarnan 18 (0)
2007–2010 Fram 84 (0)
2011–2013 KR 63 (0)
2012Brann (loan) 1 (0)
2014–2015 Sandnes Ulf 45 (0)
2015–2016 NEC 8 (0)
2016Bodø/Glimt (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2018 Randers 65 (0)
2018– Qarabağ 0 (0)
National team
2011– Iceland 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:16, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2018

Hannes Þór Halldórsson (born 27 April 1984) is an Icelandic filmmaker[2] and professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Azerbaijan Premier League side Qarabağ and the Iceland national team.

Club career[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Hannes played club football in Iceland for Leiknir, Afturelding, Stjarnan, Fram and KR.[3] Hannes started his career at Leiknir at a time when the team was in the Icelandic fourth- and third tier of the Icelandic football league system.[4][5] Hannes was let go from Leiknir in 2004 after making a number of serious mistakes in an important game that revolved around progressing to the second tier.[4] During his time at Leiknir, Hannes sought to join Númi, which played in the Icelandic bottom tier, after struggling to get into the Leiknir first team, but the team rejected him.[6][5] After leaving Leiknir, Hannes joined Afturelding, which played in the third tier.[7]

Early in his career, Hannes struggled with shoulder injuries.[5] Hannes was known for poor kicking during his early career.[8]

In 2006, Hannes joined Stjarnan, which played in the second tier.[5]

He joined Fram, a first tier team, in 2007.[6]

Hannes said that at the time, he set a goal of becoming a goalkeeper for a team in the first tier in three years' time, and hoped to play abroad after that.[7]

He joined KR in 2011, winning the double with the team in his first season.[5]

Europe[edit]

On 28 March 2012, he joined Norwegian club SK Brann on a short-term loan, as a cover for injured goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski.[9]

In December 2013, Hannes joined Norwegian club Sandnes Ulf, having trained with the club in October 2013 as preparation for Iceland's World Cup playoff game against Croatia.[10]

On 6 July 2015, Dutch Eredivisie club NEC announced they had signed Hannes on a two-year contract.[11]

On 15 July 2016, Danish club Randers FC signed Hannes on a three-year contract.[12]

On 3 July 2018, Halldórsson signed a two-year contract with Qarabağ FK.[13][14][15]

International career[edit]

Hannes Halldórsson saving a penalty at the FIFA World Cup 2018

Hannes made his international debut for Iceland in 2011, keeping a clean sheet in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus.[16]

Hannes is considered the main goalkeeper of the national team,[17] after appearing in all twelve 2014 World Cup qualifiers for Iceland.[18][19]

Hannes was selected for Euro 2016 in Iceland's first ever appearance in a major tournament.[20] He made his first UEFA European Championship appearance in matchday 1 of Group F versus Portugal which ended in a 1–1 draw.[21] Iceland eventually reached the knockout phase after finishing runner-up behind Hungary.[22]

In May 2018, he was named in Iceland’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[23] On 16 June 2018 Hannes saved a penalty kick from Argentina's Lionel Messi in Iceland's first World Cup match, which ended in a 1–1 draw and Halldórsson being named man of the match.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 September 2018.[26]
Iceland
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 8 0
2013 9 0
2014 7 0
2015 6 0
2016 10 0
2017 7 0
2018 6 0
Total 54 0

Personal life[edit]

Hannes has found some work as a film director when not playing football. He directed amongst other things Iceland's video for their entry to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.[27] His employer before leaving to Norway to become a fully professional footballer, Sagafilm, has promised him his job back when he returns to Iceland after his expatriate footballing career.[28]

Hannes directed a 2018 World Cup advertisement for Coca Cola.[29]

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. ^ Sharma, Anmol (17 June 2018). "Goalkeeper who saved Messi's penalty is also a film director". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hannes Þór Halldórsson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  4. ^ a b "Söguupprifjun: Hannes látinn fara". RÚV. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e ehf., Torg (2018-06-14). "Fréttablaðið – Fékk ekki samning hjá Núma en mætir nú Messi". Fréttablaðið. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Þegar Númi hafnaði Hannesi" (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Að snúa nánast tapaðri stöðu". www.synumkarakter.is. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Stoltasti pabbi í heimi brast í grát þegar Hannes varði vítið frá Messi - Vísir". visir.is. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  9. ^ Torfi Kristján Stefánsson: (28 March 2012). "Hannes Þór gengur til liðs við Brann". Mbl.is. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hannes samdi viц╟ Sandnes Ulf | Rц V". Ruv.is. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "NEC staðfestir komu Hannesar". Mbl.is. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Islandsk EM-Helt til Randers FC". randersfc.dk. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  13. ^ ""Qarabağ"ımızdan növbəti transfer". qarabagh.com (in Azerbaijani). Qarabağ FK. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "HANNES HALLDÓRSSON SOLGT TIL QARABAG FK". randersfc.dk (in Danish). Randers FC. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Hannes Halldorsson à Qarabag". lequipe.fr (in French). Lequipe. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 - History - Iceland-Cyprus Statistics –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Hannes: Stefni á að spila erlendis - Vísir". Visir.is. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  18. ^ Hannes Þór HalldórssonFIFA competition record
  19. ^ Hannes Þór Halldórsson at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  20. ^ "A karla – Lokahópur fyrir EM 2016" (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  21. ^ Chris Burke (14 June 2016). "Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point". UEFA.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  22. ^ Jim Wirth (22 June 2016). "Austria win extends Iceland's mission impossible". UEFA.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  23. ^ "Injured Sigurdsson in Iceland's World Cup squad". Goal.com. 11 May 2018. 
  24. ^ "Halldórsson squashes an atomic flea". FIFA. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  25. ^ "Sat 16 Jun 2018: World Cup - Group D: Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland". BBC Sport. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  26. ^ "Hannes Þór Halldórsson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  27. ^ "Sjáðu Eurovision-myndband Gretu og Jónsa - DV". Dv.is. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  28. ^ "Fótbolti.net". Fotbolti.net. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Nærmynd dagsins: Hannes Þór Halldórsson". RÚV. 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 

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