Kolbeinn playing against Austria in 2014
|Full name||Kolbeinn Sigþórsson|
|Date of birth||14 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2015||→ Jong Ajax||1||(0)|
|2016||→ Galatasaray (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 29 December 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2016
Before being signed by Ajax for a fee of €4.5 million in the summer of 2011, Kolbeinn came through Víkingur Reykjavik's youth program. He then had a brief spell with HK Kópavogs in his home country and moved on to AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.
Kolbeinn began his career in Iceland with Víkingur, where he came through the academy, before deciding to move over to HK's youth team for a brief spell in March 2006 three days before he turned 16. He made his senior debut in the 2006 season. He would go on to play 5 league matches for the club, scoring one goal. He soon attracted the interest from top European clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal, having two trials with the London-based club, before finally deciding to move to AZ.
After joining AZ in March 2007, he initially played in various youth teams before finally joining the first team squad in July 2010, after struggling with injuries. He made his professional debut for AZ on 5 August 2010 in a UEFA Europa League qualification match against IFK Göteborg. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August 2010 in a match against Excelsior. On 29 January 2011 he scored a hat-trick in the first half in a match against VVV-Venlo, going on to score 5 goals in the match. As he kept scoring goals in subsequent matches, AZ tried to extend the player's contract, but the player was not interested. After courting interest from Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United, Dutch giants Ajax moved in for the player with a 2 million euros bid. The player soon agreed personal terms with Ajax, but the clubs couldn't agree a fee for several weeks.
On 4 July 2011 it was announced that the clubs had agreed a fee of €4.5 million and the player signed a contract with the AFC Ajax. In an interview, Kolbeinn stated that it was a dream come true to work with Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer. He scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brøndby IF, scoring with a header in the 38th minute. On 30 July 2011 he made his first appearance in a competitive match for Ajax, as the team lost the Johan Cruijff Shield 1–2 to Twente. On 14 August 2011, Kolbeinn scored his first league goal for Ajax in a 5–1 victory over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena. He scored another goal against VVV Venlo the following week, and two more goals against Vitesse, taking his tally to 4 goals in 4 league matches. In October 2011, Kolbeinn fractured his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the season. However, on 12 March 2012, he trained for the first time in about 5 months without complications. He made his return to the Ajax side on 1 April 2012, coming of the bench to score the last goal in a 6–0 win over Heracles Almelo.
On 2 July 2015 it was announced that Kolbeinn had signed a five-year contract with French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes, with Ajax receiving a €3.5 million transfer fee in the deal. He was presented by his new club the same day, and given the number 9 shirt for the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season.
He sustained a knee injury while on international duty on September 2016. An MRI scan has identified damage to the medial meniscus of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's left knee and on 5 September 2016 he underwent a surgical procedure in Turkey but unfortunately he could not return to football activity due to recurring pain. He has gone to Barcelona where he met experts who have tried various ways to prevent him from returning to surgery but on 22 June 2017 he underwent a 2nd surgery in Sweden (doctor Jon Karlsson) and in October 2017 he is expected to make his comeback with Nantes FC for the 2017–2018 season.
After representing Iceland on various youth levels, Kolbeinn made his debut for the Icelandic national team in a friendly against the Faroe Islands on 21 March 2010 scoring the second goal in the 37th minute of the 2–0 home win. His first appearance in a competitive match for Iceland came on 7 September 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Denmark losing to the opposition in a 1–0 away match. His first goal in a competitive match came on 6 September 2011 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Cyprus, finding the back of the net in the fifth minute for the only goal in the 1–0 home win. On 27 May, he scored the second goal giving Iceland a 0–2 advantage over France but Iceland went on to lose the match 3–2. Kolbeinn captained the side on 6 February 2013 in a friendly against Russia, held in Marbella, Spain, where Iceland lost with 2 goals to 0. After the match national coach Lars Lagerbäck said Kolbeinn would likely be named as vice-captain to Aron Gunnarsson. That held true when Kolbeinn captained the side after Aron was carried off injured in a World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia in June 2013.
UEFA Euro 2016
Kolbeinn scored in Iceland's opening UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, a 3–0 victory over Turkey in Reykjavík. On 12 June 2015, he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over the Czech Republic to give Iceland a two-point lead at the top of Group A.
He was called up for the 23-man squad managed by Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck for Euro 2016. On 27 June 2016, Kolbeinn scored Iceland's second goal against England in the round of 16 at the Stade de Nice, which proved to be the decisive goal as Iceland upset England with a 2–1 victory to advance to the quarter-finals. Kolbeinn scored from a Gylfi Sigurðsson cross in the second half of Iceland's quarter-final against France on 3 July, however it was to no avail as Iceland eventually lost 5–2.
- As of 23 May 2016
|2006||HK||1. deild karla||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Other2||Total|
- Statistics accurate as of match played on 10 May 2015.
- Reserves performance
|2014–15||Jong Ajax||Eerste Divisie||1||0||1||0|
- As of 3 July 2016
- As of match played 3 July 2016. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kolbeinn goal.
|1||21 March 2010||Kórinn, Kópavogur, Iceland||1||Faroe Islands||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||29 May 2010||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||3||Andorra||4–0||4–0|
|3||17 November 2010||Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel||5||Israel||2–3||2–3|
|4||6 September 2011||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||8||Cyprus||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5||27 May 2012||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France||9||France||2–0||2–3||Friendly|
|6||30 May 2012||Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||10||Sweden||1–2||2–3|
|7||15 August 2012||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||11||Faroe Islands||1–0||2–0|
|9||14 August 2013||15||1–0||1–0|
|10||6 September 2013||Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland||16||Switzerland||2–4||4–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||10 September 2013||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||17||Albania||2–1||2–1|
|12||11 October 2013||18||Cyprus||1–0||2–0|
|13||15 October 2013||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||19||Norway||1–0||1–1|
|14||30 May 2014||Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria||22||Austria||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|15||4 June 2014||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||23||Estonia||1–0||1–0|
|16||9 September 2014||24||Turkey||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|17||12 June 2015||29||Czech Republic||2–1||2–1|
|18||10 October 2015||32||Latvia||1–0||2–2|
|19||29 March 2016||Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece||37||Greece||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|20||6 June 2016||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||39||Liechtenstein||1–0||4–0|
|21||27 June 2016||Stade de Nice, Nice, France||43||England||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2016|
|22||3 July 2016||Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France||44||France||1–4||2–5|
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