Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Kolbeinn.
Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
2014-05-30 Austria - Iceland football match, Ragnar Sigurðsson 0488.jpg
Kolbeinn playing against Austria in 2014
Personal information
Full name Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
Date of birth (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Nantes
Number 9
Youth career
1996–2006 Víkingur
2006–2007 HK
2007–2010 AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 HK 5 (1)
2010–2011 AZ 32 (15)
2011–2015 Ajax 80 (31)
2015 Jong Ajax 1 (0)
2015– Nantes 26 (3)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U17 12 (7)
2009 Iceland U19 2 (0)
2007–2011 Iceland U21 16 (4)
2010– Iceland 44 (22)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:27, 8 June 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2016

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (born 14 March 1990[2]) is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club FC Nantes and the Icelandic national team.

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.

Before making his debut for the Icelandic national team, Kolbeinn played at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. With 22 goals, he is their second top goalscorer of all-time.

Club career[edit]

HK[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[3][5]

AZ[edit]

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.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August 2010 in a match against Excelsior.[7] On 29 January 2011 he scored a hattrick in the first half in a match against VVV-Venlo, going on to score 5 goals in the match.[8][9] 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.[10] The player soon agreed personal terms with Ajax, but the clubs couldn't agree a fee for several weeks.

Ajax[edit]

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.[11] In an interview, Kolbeinn stated that it was a dream come true to work with Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer.[12] He scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brøndby IF, scoring with a header in the 38th minute.[13] 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.[14] On 14 August 2011, Kolbeinn scored his first league goal for Ajax in a 5–1 victory over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena.[15] 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.[16][17] 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.

Nantes[edit]

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.[18]

International career[edit]

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 game 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.[19] After the match national coach Lars Lagerbäck said Kolbeinn would likely be named as vice-captain to Aron Einar Gunnarsson.[20] 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.[21]

UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

Kolbeinn scored in Iceland's opening UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, a 3–0 victory over Turkey in Reykjavík.[22] 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.[23]

He was called up for the 23-man squad managed by Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck for Euro 2016.[24] 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.[25] Sigþórsson 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.

International goals[edit]

As of match played 3 July 2016. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kolbeinn goal.[26]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
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
8 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

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 23 May 2016[27]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League Icelandic Cup Europe1 Other Total
2006 HK 1. deild karla 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Netherlands League KNVB Beker Europe Other2 Total
2010–11 AZ Eredivisie 32 15 2 0 9 3 0 0 43 18
2011–12 Ajax 14 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 17 7
2012–13 15 7 2 2 2 0 1 0 20 9
2013–14 30 10 4 1 7 0 1 1 42 12
2014–15 21 7 0 0 4 0 1 0 26 7
France League Coupe de France Europe Other2 Total
2015–16 Nantes Ligue 1 26 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 29 4
Totals Iceland 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Netherlands 112 46 8 3 24 3 4 1 148 53
France 26 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 29 4
Career totals 143 50 11 4 24 3 4 1 182 58
Statistics accurate as of match played on 10 May 2015.

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield and Coupe de la Ligue matches.

Reserves performance
Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League Total
2014–15 Jong Ajax Eerste Divisie 1 0 1 0
Total Netherlands 1 0 1 0
Career total 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

As of 3 July 2016[28]
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland
2010 5 3
2011 3 1
2012 3 4
2013 9 5
2014 7 3
2015 8 2
2016 9 4
Total 44 22

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax[29]

References[edit]

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