Kristján Örn Sigurðsson

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Kristján Örn Sigurðsson
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-10-07) 7 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Akureyri, Iceland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1995 Þór A.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Völsungur 15 (0)
1997 KA 15 (0)
1997–2001 Stoke City 0 (0)
2001–2002 KA 34 (3)
2003–2004 KR 33 (1)
2005–2010 Brann[1] 120 (10)
2010–2015 Hønefoss 135 (11)
2017- Þór 0 (0)
National team
1996–1997 Iceland U-17 9 (0)
1998 Iceland U-19 6 (0)
2003–2011 Iceland 53 (4)
Teams managed
2017- Þór (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2017.

Kristján Örn Sigurðsson (often spelled Sigurdsson) (born 7 October 1980 in Akureyri) is an Icelandic footballer who is a player-assistant manager for Þór.

Club career[edit]

He started his career at his local club ÍF Völsungur Húsavik, and moved to Stoke City in England as a teenager. Failing to grab a place on the first team, he returned to Iceland to play for KR. After the 2004 season he moved to SK Brann in Bergen, Norway where he plays as a defender. He showed acceptable defensive skills, but clear weaknesses in his passing game and general offensive play from his right back position. Before the 2006 season, Kristján was moved into the central defence, after both Ragnvald Soma and Paul Scharner were sold after the 2005 season.

Kristján showed that he is a supreme centre back with his great speed - he was tested to be the fastest Brann player on 40 metres relay before the 2006 season. He is also considered to have great strength in the air, even though he is shorter than most players who play in his position. Some commentators have compared Kristján's style of play to that of Argentine centre back Roberto Ayala, although both players differ greatly in quality. Kristján and his teammate Ólafur Örn Bjarnason started the season excellently and were nicknamed Ørneredet which means Eagle's nest (both players have Örn as their middle name, and Örn/Ørn is the Norwegian and Icelandic word for eagle). After several years in Bergen including the 2007 season which ended at the top position in the Norwegian Premier League, his contract with Brann ended after the 2009 season.[2]

Kristján retired after 2014 season. However, he came out of his retirement in 2017 after his brother, Lárus Sigurðsson, took over as manager of Þór.[3]

International career[edit]

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Kristján made his debut for Iceland in 2003 and went on to earn 53 caps. On February 9, 2012 he announced his retirement from international football.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 November 2014
Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005 Brann Tippeligaen 24 0 5 0 29 0
2006 24 3 4 1 28 4
2007 25 4 3 0 28 4
2008 19 1 1 0 20 1
2009 28 2 4 0 32 2
2010 Hønefoss 27 0 1 0 28 0
2011 Adeccoligaen 28 6 4 0 32 6
2012 Tippeligaen 28 3 2 0 30 3
2013 25 1 0 0 25 1
2014 1. Divisjon 27 1 0 0 27 1
Career Total 255 21 24 1 279 22

Honours[edit]

Norway[edit]

Iceland[edit]

References[edit]

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