Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir

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Sara B. Gunnarsdóttir
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Sara Björk in October 2017
Personal information
Full name Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir
Date of birth (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Iceland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Haukar 22 (18)
2008–2010 Breiðablik 41 (17)
2011–2016 FC Rosengård 110 (34)
2016– VfL Wolfsburg 48 (6)
National team
2007 Iceland U-17 4 (0)
2007–2008 Iceland U-19 13 (4)
2007– Iceland 126 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (born 29 September 1990) is an Icelandic footballer who plays for VfL Wolfsburg of the German Frauen-Bundesliga. She previously played for Swedish Damallsvenskan club FC Rosengård. Sara Björk has been part of Iceland's national team since 2007 and represented her country at the 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship. In December 2018, she was named the Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year.[1]

Club career[edit]

Sara Björk joined local team Haukar at the age of six and remained until she was 18. After three subsequent seasons with Breiðablik, she left Iceland in 2011, to sign a three-year professional contract with Swedish club LdB FC Malmö.[2] She was an immediate success in Sweden, contributing 12 goals as Malmö won the Damallsvenskan title.[3] In August 2013 she announced the extension of her Malmö contract for another two and a half seasons via Twitter.[4]

In May 2016, Sara Björk announced that she would not extend her contract with Malmö (now known as FC Rosengård) and planned to leave Sweden after winning four Damallsvenskan titles in five years. At that stage she did not confirm speculation that she was heading for German club VfL Wolfsburg.[5] Shortly afterwards the transfer to Wolfsburg was made official, ahead of their 2016–17 season.[6]

International career[edit]

Sara Björk was included in Iceland's senior national squad in August 2007, aged 16. She had recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury after having to delay surgery because she was too young and her bones were not yet fused.[7]

Still a month short of her 17th birthday, she made her national team debut in a UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying match versus Slovenia in Dravograd. Sara Björk substituted in for Katrín Ómarsdóttir on 87 minutes.

Sara Björk playing an international friendly against Sweden at Myresjöhus Arena in Växjö, 6 April 2013

Sara Björk scored twice in Iceland's 3–1 win over Norway at the 2009 Algarve Cup and was selected in the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 finals in Finland.[8] She played in all three group matches as Iceland were eliminated in the first round.

National team coach Siggi Eyjólfsson selected Sara Björk in the Iceland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013,[9] where she played in all four matches including the 4–0 quarter-final defeat to hosts Sweden.

With Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir on maternity leave, incoming national coach Freyr Alexandersson appointed Sara Björk as Iceland's new team captain in 2014.[10]

Sara Björk limped out of the 2018 UEFA Women's Champions League Final with an injury. She was ruled out of Iceland's match with Slovenia in June 2018, which was the first national team fixture she had missed since 2009.[11]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valur Páll Eiríksson (29 December 2018). "Sara Björk er íþróttamaður ársins 2018". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ Sigurdsson, Albert (27 March 2011). "Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir to LdB Malmö". Wsoccernews.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. ^ Steinarsson, Vilhjálmur (15 January 2012). "Lífið í atvinnumennskunni: Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir" (in Icelandic). Pressan.is. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Sara Björk framlengir við Malmö". Visir.is (in Icelandic). 365 (media corporation). 13 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ Þórðarson, Tómas Þór (2 May 2016). "Sara Björk segir ekkert um Wolfsburg". Visir.is (in Icelandic). 365 (media corporation). Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Der perfekte Schritt für mich" (in German). VfL Wolfsburg. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Tek strætó í skólann". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir". UEFA.com. UEFA. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ Stefánsson, Stefán (24 June 2013). "Familiar squad for Iceland". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Freyr Alexandersson í viðtali" (in Icelandic). Leiknir.com. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ Ýr Eggertsdóttir, Ástrós (30 August 2018). "Sara Björk er hundrað prósent tilbúin: "Skiptir engu máli hvað var, það snýst allt um laugardaginn"" (in Icelandic). Vísir.is. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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