Sölvi Ottesen

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Sölvi Ottesen
2014-05-30 Austria - Iceland football match, Sölvi Ottesen 0321.jpg
Sölvi Ottesen at an Austria–Iceland match in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Sölvi Geir Ottesen Jónsson
Date of birth (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 5
Youth career
2000 Víkingur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Víkingur 36 (0)
2004–2008 Djurgården 35 (2)
2008–2010 SønderjyskE 54 (6)
2010–2013 Copenhagen 43 (8)
2013–2015 Ural 33 (0)
2015 Jiangsu Sainty 26 (3)
2016 Wuhan Zall 24 (3)
2017 Buriram United 12 (1)
2017– Guangzhou R&F 5 (1)
National team
2004–2006 Iceland U21 11 (0)
2005–2014 Iceland 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2016

Sölvi Geir Ottesen Jónsson (born 18 February 1984) is an Icelandic footballer, whose position is centre-back. who plays for Guangzhou R&F.

Club career[edit]

Ottesen playing for Ural.

Early career[edit]

Born in Reykjavík, Sölvi started his career at Vikingur, where he came through the academy. He made 32 appearances for Vikingur between 2001 and 2004.


Sölvi signed for Swedish side Djurgården in 2004. He made 35 appearances, scoring twice.[1][2]

Career in Denmark[edit]

Sölvi then signed a three-year contract with SønderjyskE of the Danish Superliga.[3] On 18 June 2009 it was reported that he would be going on a trial with Glasgow Celtic in Scotland. Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið stated that he had been invited to train with Celtic during pre-season with a view to a deal subject to permission from his Danish club, SönderjyskE. The deal failed to materialize, and in June 2010 he signed a three-year contract with defending Superliga champions F.C. Copenhagen instead.[4]

Sölvi scored a vital goal in the UEFA Champions League Play-Off Round against Rosenborg BK securing F.C. Copenhagen a place in the group stage for the second time in the club's history.[5]

Ural and Jiangsu Sainty[edit]

On 1 August 2013 he moved on a two-year contract to Ural in Russia.[6] On 14 February 2015, Sölvi transferred to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty.[7]

Wuhan Zall[edit]

On 4 February 2016, he transferred to China League One club Wuhan Zall.[8]

Buriram United[edit]

On 6 February 2017, Thai League side Buriram United have completed the signing of Iceland defender Solvi Ottesen from Chinese League One club Wuhan Zall.[9]

International career[edit]

Ottesen (blue) played for Iceland national football team in 2014

He has been capped twenty-eight times for Iceland but has not figured in the national squad since 2014 and was therefore not selected for Iceland's 2016 UEFA European Championship squad.






  1. ^ "Sölvi Ottesen". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sölvi Ottesen". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Jonas Riedel (13 June 2008). "Sölvi Ottesen till Sönderjyske" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ F.C. København henter Sölvi Ottesen
  5. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000117/match=2002392/postmatch/report/index.html#ottesen+sends+fck+through
  7. ^ 舜天官宣冰岛国脚正式加盟 at sports.sina.com 14 February 2015 Retrieved 15 February 2015
  8. ^ 卓尔官宣签约奥特森 at sports.sohu.com 4 February 2016 Retrieved 4 February 2016
  9. ^ Buriram United sign Iceland international Solvi Ottesen at http://football-tribe.com 6 February 2017 Retrieved 6 February 2017

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denmark Jacob Stolberg
SønderjyskE captain
Succeeded by
Iceland Ólafur Ingi Skúlason