Ólafur Stefánsson

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 men's 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.

Ólafur Stefánsson
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Personal information
Full name Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson
Date of birth (1973-07-03) 3 July 1973 (age 49)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Position(s) Right Back
Club information
Current team
HC Erlangen (assistant coach)
Youth career
1984–1992 Valur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Valur - (-)
1996–1998 LTV Wuppertal 28 (139)
1998–2003 SC Magdeburg 164 (897)
2003–2009 BM Ciudad Real - (-)
2009–2011 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 65 (209)
2011–2012 AG København 21 (49)
2012–2013 Lekhwiya
2015 KIF Kolding[1]
International career
1992–2013 Iceland 318 (1511)
Managerial career
2013 Valur
2015–2016 Iceland (assistant)
2022– Erlangen (assistant)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Ólafur Stefánsson

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 Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. He won silver with the Icelandic handball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as bronze at the 2010 European Championship.

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.[2]

Since March 2022 Ólafur works as assistant coach at Erlangen .

Career on the national teamEdit

In 1995, he was selected to play on the Iceland men's national handball team to take part in the world championships, which were held in Iceland.

He was captain for the national handball team on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (where Iceland won the silver medal), and again at the 2010 European Championship where Iceland finished third.


He is the brother of Icelandic basketball player Jón Arnór Stefánsson][3] and former footballer Eggert Stefánsson who played with Fram in Úrvalsdeild karla.[4]


Valur ReykjavíkEdit

  • Icelandic champion: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Icelandic cup: 1993

SC MagdeburgEdit

BM Ciudad RealEdit

AG KøbenhavnEdit



Orders and special awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "OLAFUR IS BACK! Stefansson plays against PPD Zagreb". 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Ólafur Stefánsson samdi við lið í Katar - Vísir".
  3. ^ Jón Arnór spilar með KR í kvöld
  4. ^ Eggert aftur í slaginn og æfir með FH-ingum

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