Kjartan Finnbogason

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Kjartan Finnbogason
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Personal information
Full name Kjartan Henry Finnbogason
Date of birth (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
AC Horsens
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 KR Reykjavik 16 (2)
2005–2008 Celtic 0 (0)
2006 Queen's Park (loan) 0 (0)
2007 Åtvidabergs FF (loan) 6 (1)
2008–2010 Sandefjord 22 (10)
2009–2010 Falkirk (loan) 7 (1)
2010–2014 KR Reykjavik 114 (54)
2014– AC Horsens 107 (49)
National team
2011– Iceland 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Kjartan Henry Finnbogason (born 9 July 1986 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic international football player currently the captain for AC Horsens in Denmark.

Club career[edit]

Kjartan was signed by Celtic in December 2004.[1] Although signing for the club as a member of their youth academy, he was loaned to Queen's Park in the 2005/06 season to gain first team experience, but he suffered a broken foot and soon returned to Celtic Park. Despite scoring 28 goals in 20 reserve appearances for the Glasgow club, he failed to make a single first team appearance and left after less than two years. It was reported in the Scottish press that Kjartan was unhappy with the way he was treated.[citation needed] Sources claimed he was disenchanted with the lack of first team opportunities given to him by manager Gordon Strachan.[citation needed] Celtic were initially going to offer him a contract, but due to notable disagreements Kjartan handed in a transfer request.[citation needed]

He had several trial offers from English clubs and he made public his intention to play in the Premier League. Kjartan accepted a trial from Bristol City at the start of the 2007-08 season and went on the clubs Latvian tour against Skonto FC and FK Žalgiris Vilnius, but did not impress sufficiently and was released after the tour.[2]

He made a good impression at Falkirk after scoring in the 2–1 defeat of Livingston on 05/08/09 as a trialist attacker in a friendly. In August 2009, Kjartan signed a six-month loan deal at Falkirk, with an option of a permanent deal. He scored on his debut, against Dundee United on 29 August 2009.[3]

He signed for Sandefjord Fotball in January 2010. Kjartan then signed for KR Reykjavik in 2010 making a two-year contract. Playing in shirt number 6 he scored 9 goals in all competitions. During the 2011 season, Kjartan played in shirt number 10. After 18 league games, KR Reykjavik was at the top of the table and Kjartan had scored 12 goals in the league. Kjartan broke a club record for KR Reykjavik scoring his seventh goal against MŠK Žilina in nine UEFA Cup appearances in 2011, making him the highest goal scorer in the clubs UEFA Cup history.

International career[edit]

Kjartan scored his first ever international goal against China in a friendly match in China.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first.[4]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 January 2017 Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning, China  China PR 1–0 2–0 2017 China Cup
2. 8 November 2017 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Czech Republic 1–1 1–2 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "O'Neill hails Icelandic signings". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City reject Icelandic ace". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Finnbogason, Kjartan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 

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