Jóhannes Harðarson

Jóhannes "Joey" Harðarson (born 28 July 1976) is an Icelandic football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach in Norwegian Eliteserien club Start.

Jóhannes Harðarson
Personal information
Full name Jóhannes Þór Harðarson
Date of birth (1976-07-28) 28 July 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Iceland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position(s) midfielder
Club information
Current team
Start (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 ÍA Akranes 73 (5)
2000–2001 MVV Maastricht 16 (0)
2001–2002 FC Groningen 3 (0)
2002–2003BV Veendam (loan) 12 (1)
2003–2004 FC Groningen 2 (0)
2004–2008 IK Start 47 (2)
2008–2013 Flekkerøy IL
National team
2005 Iceland 2 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Flekkerøy IL
2015 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
2017–2019 Start (assistant)
2019– Start
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2007

Club careerEdit

Before the 2004 season, he moved to Norwegian club IK Start and helped secure their promotion. His previous clubs include IA Akranes and the Dutch team FC Groningen. When leaving Start, he joined the smaller local club Flekkerøy IL.

Coaching careerEdit

Harðarson became interim head coach at IK Start, after Kjetil Rekdal left the position in April 2019.[1] On 10 July 2019, Start announced that Harðarson would coach the team for the rest of the season.[2] On 23 October 2019, Start announced that Joey Harðarson had agreed to a contract as head coach on permanent basis till the end of the 2021 season.[3] Start finished the 2019 season in third place and qualified for promotion play-offs. Harðarson's Start won promotion to Eliteserien on the away goals rule after a 5–5 draw on aggregate against Lillestrøm in the play-off final.

International careerEdit

Harðarson has been capped twice for Iceland.


  1. ^ "Pressemelding: Oppretter personalsak mot Kjetil Rekdal". www.ikstart.no (in Norwegian). IK Start. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Hardarson blir Start-trener ut sesongen". aftenposten.no (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Hardarson forlenger med Start". abcnyheter.no (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

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