Rakel Hönnudóttir

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Rakel Hönnudóttir
Rakel Hönnudóttir (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Iceland
Playing position Striker and Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Breiðablik
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Þór/KA/KS 21 (29)
2006–2011 Þór/KA 99 (76)
2009 Brøndby IF (loan)
2012– Breiðablik 32 (19)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U-19 7 (2)
2008– Iceland 55 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:51, 7 December 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:51, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Rakel Hönnudóttir (born 30 December 1988) is an Icelandic footballer and a musician who plays as a striker and as a midfielder for Úrvalsdeild club Breiðablik and Iceland's national team. She represented her country at the UEFA Women's Championship in 2009 and 2013. She played in the Champions League with Þór/KA.[1] Despite being a striker she has seldom played as one for the national team, even featuring at right back.

Club career[edit]

Rakel grew up in Akureyri, a city in North Iceland. Throughout her youth club career she played for Þór up until 2006 when the two biggest football teams in Akureyri decided to join their women's teams and call them Þór/KA. In January 2009 Rakel went on loan to Brøndby IF of the Danish Elitedivisionen. She became the first foreign player at Brøndby's female section, who were the reigning national champions. She returned to Iceland in April and continued playing for Þór/KA in the Icelandic Premier league.[2] In November 2011 Rakel signed with Breiðablik where she still plays. Since joining Breiðablik Rakel has scored a total of 31 goals for the team. 13 goals in 2012, 12 goals in 2013 and 6 goals so far in 2014.

Rakel Hönnudóttir playing an international friendly against Sweden at Myresjöhus Arena in Växjö, 6 April 2013

International career[edit]

Rakel made her senior international debut for Iceland at the 2008 Algarve Cup; in a 2–0 win over Poland. At UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Rakel featured in all three matches as Iceland were eliminated in the first round.[3] Four years later, national team coach Siggi Eyjólfsson selected Rakel in the Iceland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[4] As an outside midfielder, Rakel has scored 3 goals so far for the Iceland in 64 official games.

Honors and awards[edit]

Rakel was selected the most promising player of the year in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild in 2007 where the coaches and captains of the teams got to cast in their vote. In 2008 Rakel was named the player of the year by Þór/KA women's team. That same year she was named the best female soccer player of the year by Þór and Akureyri's athlete of the year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile in UEFA's website
  2. ^ "Rakel samdi við Brøndby". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rakel Hönnudóttir". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Stefánsson, Stefán (24 June 2013). "Familiar squad for Iceland". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 22 September 2013.