Stefán Gíslason

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Stefán Gíslason
Stefan Gislason 2006-05-21.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Fjarðabyggð, Iceland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
Umf. Austri
0000–1997 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 KR 12 (0)
1999–2001 Strømsgodset 65 (1)
2001–2003 Grazer AK 5 (0)
2003–2004 Keflavík 34 (3)
2005–2007 Lyn 62 (8)
2007–2011 Brøndby 70 (6)
2010 Viking (loan) 12 (1)
2011 Lillestrøm 15 (2)
2012–2014 OH Leuven 61 (4)
2014 Breiðablik 13 (1)
National team
1994–1996 Iceland U-17 14 (2)
1995–1998 Iceland U-19 21 (2)
1999–2001 Iceland U-21 11 (0)
2002–2009 Iceland 26 (0)
Teams managed
2017- Haukar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2012

Stefán Gíslason (born 15 March 1980 in Fjarðabyggð) is an Icelandic retired footballer who last played for Breiðablik in the Icelandic Premier League as a defensive midfielder. Gíslason was renowned for coupling physical power with great technique and is the younger brother of fellow international player Valur Gíslason. He is currently the manager of Haukar.

Club career[edit]

As a youngster he was on the roster of English giants Arsenal, but limited playing time saw him returning to KR Reykjavík on a loan deal. He later played for Strømsgodset, Grazer AK and Keflavík before joining Lyn in 2005. Stefán immediately made an impression, and was eventually made vice captain. While at Lyn he played 62 league games out of a possible 65, scoring eight goals.

He was sold to Brøndby in July 2007 and in February 2008 replaced Per Nielsen as captain. On 3 July 2009 Stefán was informed that he would no longer captain the side and that he would be free to leave the club at the end of the season. In recent time, Stefán has been linked to the Norwegian club Viking FK, were the former Norwegian national team coach Åge Hareide is coaching. He played on loan for Viking in early 2010.[2]

His situation in Brøndby had not become better, resulting in Stefán wishing to leave the club in the next transfer season.[3] On 4 February 2011, Brøndby and Stefán agreed to cancel his contract with the club with immediate effect.[4] The timing of that release effectively leaves Stefán in limbo because other clubs are unable to sign him until the summer of 2011 due to the transfer window rules.[4] Aberdeen manager Craig Brown stated on 21 February that he had been interested in signing Stefán until it was discovered he was ineligible to sign.[4] On 16 March 2011, Stefán was presented as the main event at the seasonal kick-off of Lillestrøm SK, signing a contract expiring on 1 August. However, after enduring a terrible run of five goalless losses, Lillestrøm decided to bring him back 29 September for the remainder of the 2011 season.[5] On 10 January 2012, he signed for Belgian team Oud-Heverlee Leuven.[6]

In February 2014, Stefán signed a 3-year contract with Icelandic club Breiðablik. However, on 13 February 2015 he announced his riterement from professional football.[7]

Managerial career[edit]

In 2017, Stefán was appointed the manager of Haukar

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1998 KR Úrvalsdeild 12 0 0 0 12 0
1999 Strømsgodset Tippeligaen 18 0 0 0 18 0
2000 Adeccoligaen 25 0 0 0 25 0
2001 Tippeligaen 22 1 2 0 24 1
2001–02 Grazer AK Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
2002–03 2 0 0 0 2 0
2003 Keflavík 1. deild karla 18 2 2 0 20 2
2004 Úrvalsdeild 16 2 3 0 19 2
2005 Lyn Tippeligaen 25 1 3 1 28 2
2006 25 3 1 0 26 3
2007 12 4 3 3 15 7
2007–08 Brøndby Superliga 29 5 0 0 29 5
2008–09 29 1 0 0 29 1
2009–10 12 0 0 0 12 0
2010 Viking Tippeligaen 12 1 2 0 14 1
2011 Lillestrøm 15 2 2 0 17 2
2011-12 OH Leuven Belgian Pro League 11 0 0 0 11 0
2012-13 25 2 0 0 25 2
2013-14 10 0 2 0 12 0
2014 Breiðablik Úrvalsdeild 13 1 2 0 15 1
Career Total 336 25 20 4 356 29

International career[edit]

Gíslason made his debut for Iceland in a January 2002 friendly match against Kuwait as a substitute for Helgi Sigurðsson. He has in total been capped 32 times for the Icelandic national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefan Gislason". Tipsbladet. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Stefan Gislason skifter til Viking". Tipsbladet. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gislason: Jeg vil væk til vinter". Tipsbladet. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Brondby error scuppers Dons midfielder move". STV. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stefan Gislason er tilbake". LSK.no. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "OH Leuven signs experienced Icelandic defender" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Stefán Gíslason ends career" (in Danish). tipsbladet.dk. 2015-02-13. 

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