Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson (born 3 July 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a former Icelandic handball player who, for many years was the captain of the Iceland national handball team but announced his international retirement after the 2012 London Olympics. His position was right back. At his peak he was considered to be one of the very best handball players in the world.
|Full name||Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson|
|Date of birth||3 July 1973|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|2003–2009||BM Ciudad Real||-||(-)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
As a player for his national team, his goal tally of 1570 is third only to the Hungarian Péter Kovács and Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson. He is also one of the most enduring handball players of all times, being a senior field player since 1992.
He was voted Sports Personality of the Year in Iceland in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Career in clubsEdit
Ólafur's career started with the Reykjavík based sports club Valur. With Valur, Ólafur became Icelandic champion 5 times. After Valur, he transferred to the Bundesliga, playing with LTV Wuppertal, then coached by Icelandic coach Viggó Sigurðsson. Later the joined another Icelandic coach, Alfreð Gíslason in SC Magdeburg. In 2003, Ólafur was transferred to top Spanish club BM Ciudad Real. At the pinnacle of his career, Ólafur Stefánsson enjoyed massive success with Ciudad, winning both the Champions League and the Spanish title multiple times. In 2009 he went back to Germany to play with Rhein-Neckar Löwen, then coached by Icelandic national team coach, Guðmundur Guðmundsson. On 1 July 2011 he signed for AG København, but after the club filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2012 he was without a club for the remainder of the year. On December 7 his agent announced he had signed for the Lekhwiya Handball Team in Doha, Qatar.
Ólafur now lives in Reykjavík and coaches his boyhood team Valur.
Career on the national teamEdit
In 1995, he was selected to play on the Iceland national handball team to take part in the world championships, which were held in Iceland.
- Icelandic champion: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Icelandic cup: 1993
- Bundesliga: 2001
- DHB-Supercup: 2001
- Champions League: 2002
- EHF Cup: 1999, 2001
- EHF Men's Champions Trophy: 2001, 2002
BM Ciudad RealEdit
- Liga ASOBAL : 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Copa ASOBAL: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Supercopa ASOBAL: 2005, 2008
- EHF Champions League: 2006, 2008, 2009
- EHF Men's Champions Trophy: 2005, 2006
- Danish Handball League : 2012
- National Cup of Denmark: 2011
- 5th place at 1997 World Championship
- 4th place at 2002 European Championship
- 2nd at 2008 Olympic Games
- 3rd place at 2010 European Championship
- Icelandic Sports Personality of the Year: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009
- Top Scorer at 2002 European Championship
- Top Scorer in Magdeburg's history
- Top Scorer in 2007-08 EHF Champions League
- Top Scorer at BM Ciudad Real in 2002-03 season
- Selected in 2002 European Championship All Star Team
- Selected in 2004 Olympic Games All Star Team
- Selected in 2008 Olympic Games All Star Team
- Selected in 2010 European Championship All Star Team
Orders and special awardsEdit
- Order of the Falcon - Knight Grand Cross in 2008
- Ólafur Stefánssons profile at rhein-neckar-loewen.de