Lárus Sigurðsson

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Lárus Sigurðsson
Personal information
Full name Lárus Orri Sigurðsson[1]
Date of birth (1973-06-04) 4 June 1973 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Akureyri, Iceland[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Þór Akureyri 79 (6)
1994–1999 Stoke City 200 (7)
1999–2004 West Bromwich Albion 116 (1)
2005–2009 Þór Akureyri 52 (4)
2010 ÍA 2 (0)
Total 449 (18)
National team
1995–2003 Iceland 42 (2)
Teams managed
2006–2010 Þór Akureyri
2011–2013 KF
2017- Þór Akureyri
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lárus Orri Sigurðsson (born 4 June 1973), known in English as Larus Sigurdsson, is an Icelandic former professional footballer, who played most notably for Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion in England. He is currently the manager of Icelandic team Þór Akureyri.[1]

Club career[edit]

Sigurðsson was born in Akureyri and played with Þór Akureyri along with his father Sigurdur Larusson who later became the manager.[1] His cousin Þorvaldur Örlygsson who was playing in England for Stoke City recommend him to manager Lou Macari and he joined Stoke on trial.[1] Lárus impressed Macari so much that he played him against Portsmouth before he had signed him.[1] He played 23 times in 1994–95 and his performances were so good he won the player of the year award. He was an ever present in 1995–96 as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Leicester City.[1] He missed just one match in 1996–97 in what was the club's final season at the Victoria Ground.[1] He played in all but three matches in 1997–98 as Stoke suffered relegation to the third tier.[1] he played 43 times in 1998–99 as Stoke failed to gain promotion and he was sold to West Bromwich Albion in August 1999 for a fee of £350,000 after making 228 appearances for Stoke.[1]

He scored once for Albion, his goal coming in a 5–0 win over Portsmouth on 23 February 2002.[2] After his professional career in England, Sigurðsson went home to his old club, Þór, and played 15 games for them in 2005. In summer 2006, he was appointed player-manager at Þór, a position he held until 31 May 2010 when he resigned after conflict with the board. On 20 July 2010, he joined ÍA, the club he played in as a youngster. His first senior appearance for ÍA came in a 4–2 win over Fjarðarbyggð. At the start of the 2011 season Lárus was appointed as the manager of KF, retiring as a player.

International career[edit]

Sigurðsson won 42 caps, scoring two goals for Iceland.[3] He made his debut for Iceland in a July 1995 friendly against Faroe Islands, coming on as a substitute for Izudin Dervic.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Þór Akureyri 1990 Úrvalsdeild 13 1 13 1
1991 1. deild karla 16 2 16 2
1992 Úrvalsdeild 18 1 18 1
1993 Úrvalsdeild 17 0 17 0
1994 Úrvalsdeild 15 2 15 2
Total 79 6 79 6
Stoke City 1994–95 First Division 23 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
1995–96 First Division 46 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 55 0
1996–97 First Division 45 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 50 0
1997–98 First Division 43 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 49 1
1998–99 Second Division 38 4 2 0 1 0 2 0 43 4
1999–2000 Second Division 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 1
Total 200 7 7 0 15 0 6 0 228 7
West Bromwich Albion 1999–2000 First Division 27 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2000–01 First Division 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2001–02 First Division 43 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 50 1
2002–03 Premier League 29 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2003–04 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 116 1 7 0 4 0 1 0 128 1
Þór Akureyri 2005 1. deild karla 15 1 15 1
2006 1. deild karla 11 1 11 1
2007 1. deild karla 13 2 13 2
2008 1. deild karla 8 0 8 0
2009 1. deild karla 5 0 5 0
Total 52 4 52 4
ÍA 2010 1. deild karla 2 0 2 0
Career Total 449 18 14 0 19 0 7 0 489 18
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 May 1998 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes, France  Saudi Arabia 1–1 Draw Friendly
2. 31 March 1999 Olimpiysky NSC, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–1 Draw Euro 2000 qualifying
Correct as of 22 November 2016[4]

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  2. ^ "West Brom 5–0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 February 2002. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin; Jostein Nygård. "Iceland – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Football PLAYER: Lárus Sigurðsson

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