Theódór Elmar Bjarnason

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Theódór Elmar Bjarnason
Theodor Bjarnason 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Theodór Elmar Bjarnason
Date of birth (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gazişehir Gaziantep
Number 87
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 KR Reykjavík 10 (0)
2004–2008 Celtic 1 (0)
2008–2009 Lyn 40 (3)
2009–2012 IFK Göteborg 60 (4)
2012–2015 Randers FC 75 (3)
2015–2017 AGF 53 (2)
2017–2018 Elazığspor 39 (0)
2019– Gazişehir Gaziantep 13 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Iceland U17 8 (1)
2004–2005 Iceland U19 9 (3)
2005–2008 Iceland U21 10 (1)
2007– Iceland 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2018

Theódór Elmar "Teddy" Bjarnason (born 4 March 1987) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Gazişehir Gaziantep.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Theódor played for KR Reykjavík in Iceland. He also played one season for the reserve team of the Norwegian club IK Start as a 16-year-old, but rejected an offer of a professional contract with them and moved back to Iceland.


Theódór joined Celtic in 2004. He made his domestic debut for Celtic against Hibernian in the last game of the 2006–07 season and played the full 90 minutes[3] in a match in which he was named man of the match by the Celtic website. He was also on the bench for the 1–0 win over Dunfermline in the 2007 Scottish Cup Final.[4]

On 21 May 2007, Theódór announced he would put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with Celtic to tie him to the club until the summer of 2009 and on 13 June, he signed a new three-year contract.[5]

Lyn Oslo[edit]

On 15 January 2008, Theódór signed for Lyn Oslo,[6] in a bid to play regular first team football again.

IFK Göteborg[edit]

Following severe financial difficulties in the running of Lyn, Theódór moved to IFK Göteborg on 22 July 2009.[7]

Randers FC[edit]

In the start of 2012, Theódór signed a new contract with the Danish side Randers FC. However, he got injured in the start-up and was not able to play for six months.


In June 2015 he signed a two-year contract with the Danish club AGF. He left the club after two years.[8]

Gazişehir Gaziantep[edit]

On 5 January 2019, Bjarnason signed with Turkish club Gazişehir Gaziantep for one and a half years.[9]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Icelandic Euro 2016 squad, contributing one assist.[10]

Personal life[edit]

His grandfather, Theódór Jakob Guðmundsson, played for KR Reykjavík in the golden years of that club and competed against Liverpool in 1964 in the first European game for both of these clubs.


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  2. ^ Elmar Bjarnason rykker til Tyrkiet‚, 18 July 2017
  3. ^ "Hibernian 2-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Celtic 1-0 Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Bjarnason agrees Celtic extension". BBC Sport. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
  6. ^ Teddy Bjarnason moves to Norway Archived 18 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Celtic FC, 15 January 2008
  7. ^ "Theodór Elmar til Gautaborgar". RÚV. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  8. ^ AGF siger farvel til fem spillere‚, 31 May 2017
  9. ^ Gazişehir Gaziantep, Bjarnason'u transfer etti,, 5 January 2019
  10. ^ "A karla – Lokahópur fyrir EM 2016" (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.

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