Jón Daði Böðvarsson

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Jón Daði Böðvarsson
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Böðvarsson training with Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Personal information
Full name Jón Daði Böðvarsson[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Selfoss, Iceland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Right winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2009 Selfoss
2011Aarhus U19 (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Selfoss 80 (18)
2013–2015 Viking 81 (15)
2016 Kaiserslautern 15 (2)
2016–2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 (3)
2017– Reading 42 (13)
National team
2009–2010 Iceland U19 7 (1)
2011–2014 Iceland U21 12 (2)
2012– Iceland 41 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2018

Jón Daði Böðvarsson (born 25 May 1992) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a right winger or a striker for English club Reading and the Iceland national team.

Club career[edit]

Jón Daði began his senior career during the 2009 season in the Icelandic second tier with Selfoss, scoring 20 as their side were promoted to the Icelandic top flight. After being loaned to the youth ranks of the Danish club Aarhus for four months in 2011, he returned to Selfoss, who had been relegated in the meantime. They scored seventy times during the 2011 season as the club were promoted back to the top flight.

After netting a further seventy goals back in the top division, Jón Daði moved to the Norwegian side Viking in November 2012.[3] During three seasons in the Norwegian top flight, he scored 15 times before leaving for German second division side Kaiserslautern in January 2016, with whom he had already signed a pre-contract in June 2015 for a three-year deal.[4] He made his Kaiserslautern debut on 5 February 2016 against Union Berlin and scored the first of two goals for the team on 4 March 2016 in a 1–2 defeat at Nürnberg.[5]

On 2 August 2016, Jón Daði signed for English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.[6] He scored his first goal on his debut for the club on 6 August 2016 in a 2–2 draw against Rotherham.[7] His debut simultaneously meant he became the 1,000th player to appear in a league game for the club.[8] Jón Daði scored his second goal for Wolves on 20 August, scoring the final goal in Wolves' 3–1 win against Birmingham City. His third and final goal for Wolves was in a 3-1 defeat to Bristol City in April 2017.

Despite being a fan favourite at Wolves, on 14 July 2017, he moved to fellow English Championship side Reading in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[9] He scored his first goal for Reading in a 2-0 win at Birmingham City on 26 August 2017.[10] His first hatrick for Reading was on 16/01/18 in the 3rd round of the FA cup.

International career[edit]

Having already played for Iceland at under-19 and under-21 level, Jón Daði made his full international debut on 14 November 2012 as a substitute in a friendly against Andorra. He scored his first international goal on 9 September 2014 in a 3–0 victory over Turkey during Euro 2016 qualifying.

He was selected for UEFA Euro 2016, the first international tournament for which Iceland had ever qualified. Jón Daði started all five matches at the tournament in France and scored in the final group game against Austria which ensured the Icelanders' progress from the group phase.

On 27 June 2016, Jón Daði played against England in the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 at the Stade de Nice, as Iceland upset England with a 2–1 victory to advance to the quarter-finals.[11]

Böðvarsson was called up to Icelands 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 11 May 2018.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of Matches played 30 September 2018[13][14][15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Selfoss 2008 1. deild karla 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009 1. deild karla 16 1 2 0 5 0 23 1
2010 Úrvalsdeild 21 3 1 0 7 2 29 5
2011 1. deild karla 21 7 2 0 0 0 23 7
2012 Úrvalsdeild 22 7 3 1 7 0 32 8
Total 80 18 9 1 19 2 108 21
Viking 2013 Tippeligaen 23 1 0 0 23 1
2014 Tippeligaen 29 5 3 1 32 6
2015 Tippeligaen 29 9 4 2 33 11
Total 81 15 7 3 88 18
Kaiserslautern 2015–16 2. Bundesliga 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 15 2 0 0 15 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2016–17 Championship 42 3 3 0 3 0 48 3
Total 42 3 3 0 3 0 48 3
Reading 2017–18 Championship 33 7 2 3 1 0 36 10
2018–19 Championship 9 6 0 0 0 0 9 6
Total 42 13 2 3 1 0 45 16
Career total 260 51 21 7 23 2 304 60

International[edit]

As of matches played 11 September 2018[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland 2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 7 1
2015 10 0
2016 12 1
2017 6 0
2018 5 0
Total 41 2

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 9 September 2014 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Turkey 1–0 3–0 2016 UEFA Euro qualification [17]
2. 22 June 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Austria 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Club list of registered players" (PDF). English Football League. 20 May 2017. p. 41. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Iceland" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Böðvarsson første signering" (in Norwegian). Viking Fotboll. 30 November 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ "FCK verpflichtet Jón Daði Böðvarsson" (in German). Kaiserslautern. 17 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Jón Daði Böðvarsson" (in German). Fussballdaten.de.
  6. ^ "Bodvarsson signs for Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 2 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Rotherham 2 Wolves 2 – Report and Pictures". 6 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Players Refused To Lose". 6 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Jón Daði Böðvarsson is a Royal!". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Birmingham 0-2 Reading". BBC. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. ^ "England 1 Iceland 2: Fairytale continues as Hodgson's men crash out". FourFourTwo. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  12. ^ "A karla - Hópurinn sem fer á HM í Rússlandi". ksi.is (in Icelandic). Football Association of Iceland. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Böðvarsson, Jón". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  14. ^ "J. Böðvarsson". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Jón Daði Böðvarsson". KSÍ. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Jón Böðvarsson". eu-football. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  17. ^ Sigthórsson and Lagerbäck on "perfect" Iceland at UEFA.com
  18. ^ Iceland v Austria: Euro 2016 Live at guardian.co.uk

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