Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈkʰɔlpei̯tn̥ ˈsɪxθou̯r̥sɔn]; born 14 March 1990[2]) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg[3] and the Iceland national team.

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
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Kolbeinn playing for Iceland in 2014
Personal information
Full name Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
Date of birth (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
IFK Göteborg
Number 11
Youth career
1996–2006 Víkingur
2006–2007 HK
2007–2010 AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 HK 5 (1)
2010–2011 AZ 32 (15)
2011–2015 Ajax 80 (31)
2015Jong Ajax 1 (0)
2015–2019 Nantes 30 (3)
2016Galatasaray (loan) 0 (0)
2018Nantes B 2 (2)
2019–2020 AIK 35 (3)
2021– IFK Göteborg 17 (4)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U17 12 (7)
2009 Iceland U19 2 (0)
2007–2011 Iceland U21 16 (4)
2010– Iceland 64 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:37, 5 September 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:19, 29 July 2021 (UTC)

Before being signed by Ajax for a fee of €4.5 million in the summer of 2011, Kolbeinn came through Víkingur Reykjavik's youth program. He then had a brief spell with HK Kópavogur in his home country and moved on to AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

Before making his debut for the Icelandic national team, Kolbeinn played at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. With 26 goals, he is their joint top goalscorer of all-time.

Club careerEdit

VíkingurEdit

Kolbeinn began his career in Iceland with Víkingur, where he came through the academy, before deciding to move over to HK's youth team for a brief spell in March 2006 three days before he turned 16. He made his senior debut in the 2006 season.[4][5] He would go on to play 5 league matches for the club, scoring one goal. He soon attracted the interest from top European clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal, having two trials with the London-based club, before finally deciding to move to AZ.[4][6]

AZEdit

After joining AZ in March 2007, he initially played in various youth teams before finally joining the first team squad in July 2010, after struggling with injuries. He made his professional debut for AZ on 5 August 2010 in a UEFA Europa League qualification match against IFK Göteborg.[7] He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August 2010 in a match against Excelsior.[8] On 29 January 2011 he scored a hat-trick in the first half in a match against VVV-Venlo, going on to score 5 goals in the match.[9][10] As he kept scoring goals in subsequent matches, AZ tried to extend the player's contract, but the player was not interested. After courting interest from Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United, Dutch giants Ajax moved in for the player with a 2 million euros bid.[11] The player soon agreed on personal terms with Ajax, but the clubs could not agree on a fee for several weeks.

AjaxEdit

On 4 July 2011 it was announced that the clubs had agreed a fee of €4.5 million and the player signed a contract with the AFC Ajax.[12] In an interview, Kolbeinn stated that it was a dream come true to work with Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer.[13] He scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brøndby IF, scoring with a header in the 38th minute.[14] On 30 July 2011 he made his first appearance in a competitive match for Ajax, as the team lost the Johan Cruyff Shield 1–2 to Twente.[15] On 14 August 2011, Kolbeinn scored his first league goal for Ajax in a 5–1 victory over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena.[16] He scored another goal against VVV Venlo the following week, and two more goals against Vitesse, taking his tally to 4 goals in 4 league matches.[17][18] In October 2011, Kolbeinn fractured his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the season. However, on 12 March 2012, he trained for the first time in about 5 months without complications. He made his return to the Ajax side on 1 April 2012, coming of the bench to score the last goal in a 6–0 win over Heracles Almelo. That season, he also suffered a dislocated shoulder.[19]

NantesEdit

On 2 July 2015 it was announced that Kolbeinn had signed a five-year contract with French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes, with Ajax receiving a €3.5 million transfer fee in the deal. He was presented by his new club the same day, and given the number 9 shirt for the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season.[20]

Galatasaray (loan)Edit

On 30 August 2016, Kolbeinn joined Galatasaray on season-long loan deal, with a €3.8 million clause to buy him on a permanent basis.[21][22] On 29 December 2016, Galatasaray cancelled his loan.[23]

Return to NantesEdit

Kolbeinn declined a move to IFK Gothenburg in the 2018 January transfer window over fears the artificial pitches in Sweden could cause more impact damage to his knee.[24]

He made his playing comeback for the FC Nantes reserves in March 2018.[25]

FC Nantes announced on March 8th 2019 that Kolbeinn's contract had been terminated.[26]

AIKEdit

On 31 March 2019 Kolbeinn joined Swedish club AIK, signing a contract valid until 31 December 2021.[27]

IFK GöteborgEdit

On January 27th, 2021 it was announced that Sigþórsson had signed with IFK Göteborg, remaining in the Swedish competition.[28]

International careerEdit

After representing Iceland on various youth levels, Kolbeinn made his debut for the Icelandic national team in a friendly against the Faroe Islands on 21 March 2010 scoring the second goal in the 37th minute of the 2–0 home win. His first appearance in a competitive match for Iceland came on 7 September 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Denmark losing to the opposition in a 1–0 away match. His first goal in a competitive match came on 6 September 2011 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Cyprus, finding the back of the net in the fifth minute for the only goal in the 1–0 home win. On 27 May, he scored the second goal giving Iceland a 0–2 advantage over France but Iceland went on to lose the match 3–2. Kolbeinn captained the side on 6 February 2013 in a friendly against Russia, held in Marbella, Spain, where Iceland lost with 2 goals to 0.[29] After the match national coach Lars Lagerbäck said Kolbeinn would likely be named as vice-captain to Aron Gunnarsson.[30] That held true when Kolbeinn captained the side after Aron was carried off injured in a World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia in June 2013.[31]

UEFA Euro 2016Edit

Kolbeinn scored in Iceland's opening UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, a 3–0 victory over Turkey in Reykjavík.[32] On 12 June 2015, he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over the Czech Republic to give Iceland a two-point lead at the top of Group A.[33]

He was called up for the 23-man squad managed by Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck for Euro 2016.[34] On 27 June 2016, Kolbeinn scored Iceland's second goal against England in the round of 16 at the Stade de Nice, which proved to be the decisive goal as Iceland upset England with a 2–1 victory to advance to the quarter-finals.[35] Kolbeinn also scored from a Gylfi Sigurðsson cross in the second half of Iceland's quarter-final against France on 3 July, however it was to no avail as Iceland eventually lost 5–2.

World Cup 2018Edit

In May 2018 he was named on the standby list for Iceland’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[36]

Expelled 2021Edit

In August 2021 Kolbeinn was selected for three 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. On August 27 a young woman appeared on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service news and related how an Icelandic international football player had abused her and another young woman in 2017.[37][38] Two days later, Guðni Bergsson the chairman of the Icelandic Football Association, resigned and Kolbeinn was expelled from the national team.[39][40]

Personal lifeEdit

His brother Andri Sigþórsson was also a professional footballer who now acts as his agent.[41]

ScandalsEdit

2019 ArrestEdit

In October, Kolbeinn was arrested by the Stockholm Police at a nightclub for a drunken brawl. Kolbeinn violently resisted the club's security guard at closing time when he was asked to leave. AIK's chairman was interviewed by Expressen after the incident and claimed that Kolbeinn's behaviour had violated the club's values. The happening had no further consequences for Kolbeinn and he continued playing for AIK.[42]

2021 Sexual assault scandalEdit

In August 2021, Þórhildur Gyða Arnarsdóttir, an Icelandic woman in her mid-twenties, revealed that she had suffered a sexual assault by Kolbeinn in 2017. According to Arnarsdóttir description, the assault took place in a Reykjavík nightclub and included an attempted strangling. Another woman, who was unnamed at first, suffered a similar assault by Kolbeinn that same night.[43] Arnarsdóttir reported the assault to the Reykjavík police the following day. Six months later, when the police had still taken no action in Kolbeinn's case, Arnarsdóttir's father realised that her daughter's perpetrator had been recruited on the Icelandic National Team for an upcoming match. He contacted Guðni Bergsson, president of the Football Association of Iceland, and described the assault. Bergsson temporarily removed Kolbeinn from the team, but he was recruited again soon after without further consequences. During the process, Arnarsdóttir's father even contacted Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland, who has long been a proud supporter of the National Team and is normally present at their international matches. Jóhannesson replied the query and deplored the incident, but maintained that the case was not in his sphere of authority.[44]

Following the arrest of Gylfi Sigurðsson in July 2021, some disturbance took place in the Icelandic social media where unconfirmed cases of other sexual assaults were reported.[45] On August 26, Guðni Bergsson was interviewed by RÚV, Iceland's national TV, and asked about these alleged sexual crimes by members of the National Icelandic Team. Bergsson claimed that no formal notifications of sexual violence had ever been received by the Football Association of Iceland.[46] His statement was contradicted the following day when Arnarsdóttir exposed her case in a TV interview. She even added that the Football Association had hired a lawyer who offered her a compensation and asked her to sign a confidentiality agreement to cover up Kolbeinn's case.[47] Heavy protest arose in the Icelandic media following the interview, resulting in the resignation of Bergsson and the entire board of the Football Association.[48][49]

Following Bergsson's resignation, Arnar Viðarsson, head coach of Iceland, announced that Kolbeinn would not play in upcoming matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.[50] Håkan Mild, club director of IFK, consequently announced that he condemned Kolbeinn's behaviour.[51] Henrik Jurelius, director of sports at AIK, claimed that neither he nor Björn Wesström, his precursor, had received any information on Kolbeinn's case when he joined the club in 2019. The Football Association of Iceland had failed to inform the club of the accusations reported to them a year earlier.[52]

On September 1 2021, Kolbeinn issued a statement deploring his own behaviour four years earlier. However, he denied accusations of violence and harassment and described his acts simply as "inappropriate conduct."[53] [54] Kolbeinn's statement prompted his other victim, Jóhanna Helga Jensdóttir, to step forward. Jensdóttir was disappointed by Kolbeinn's account and understood it as a nullification of their former settlement. Both of Kolbeinn's victims had received injury notes after his treatment. After charging the assault in 2017, Arnarsdóttir and Jensdóttir were contacted by Kolbeinn's lawyer who offered them a compensation of 300.000 ISK each (approx. 3.000 USD) and signing an NDA. They both refused and received a second offer of 1,5 million ISK each (approx. 15.000 USD). An agreement was reached when Kolbeinn had consented to Arnarsdóttir's and Jensdóttir's offer of duplicating the payment and giving half of it to Stígamót, a center for survivors of sexual violence.[55]

On September 2, members of Ultras Göteborg, IFK's supporter group, put up ribbons at Kamratgården stadium, demanding that the club would annul Kolbeinn's contract.[56]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 2 July 2020[57]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other12 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
HK 2006 1. deild karla 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
AZ 2010–11 Eredivisie 32 15 2 0 9 3 0 0 43 18
Ajax 2011–12 Eredivisie 14 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 17 7
2012–13 Eredivisie 15 7 2 2 2 0 1 0 20 9
2013–14 Eredivisie 30 10 4 1 7 0 1 1 42 12
2014–15 Eredivisie 21 7 0 0 4 0 1 0 26 7
Total 80 31 6 3 15 0 4 1 105 35
Jong Ajax 2014–15 Eerste Divisie 1 0 0 0 1 0
Nantes 2015–16 Ligue 1 26 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 29 4
2016–17 Ligue 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18 Ligue 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2018–19 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 30 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 33 4
AIK 2019 Allsvenskan 17 3 1 0 7 1 0 0 25 4
2020 Allsvenskan 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 35 3 2 0 7 1 0 0 44 4
Career total 183 53 13 4 31 4 4 1 231 62

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruyff Shield and Coupe de la Ligue matches.

InternationalEdit

As of 4 June 2021[58]
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland
2010 5 3
2011 3 1
2012 3 4
2013 9 5
2014 7 3
2015 8 2
2016 9 4
2017 0 0
2018 4 1
2019 8 3
2020 4 0
2021 4 0
Total 64 26

International goals

As of match played 14 October 2019. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kolbeinn goal.[59]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 March 2010 Kórinn, Kópavogur, Iceland 1   Faroe Islands 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 29 May 2010 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 3   Andorra 4–0 4–0 Friendly
3 17 November 2010 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel 5   Israel 2–3 2–3 Friendly
4 6 September 2011 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 8   Cyprus 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
5 27 May 2012 Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France 9   France 2–0 2–3 Friendly
6 30 May 2012 Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden 10   Sweden 1–2 2–3 Friendly
7 15 August 2012 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 11   Faroe Islands 1–0 2–0 Friendly
8 2–0
9 14 August 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 15   Faroe Islands 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10 6 September 2013 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland 16    Switzerland 2–4 4–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 10 September 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 17   Albania 2–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 11 October 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 18   Cyprus 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 15 October 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway 19   Norway 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 30 May 2014 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria 22   Austria 1–1 1–1 Friendly
15 4 June 2014 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 23   Estonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
16 9 September 2014 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 24   Turkey 3–0 3–0 Friendly
17 12 June 2015 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 29   Czech Republic 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
18 10 October 2015 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 32   Latvia 1–0 2–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
19 29 March 2016 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 37   Greece 3–2 3–2 Friendly
20 6 June 2016 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 39   Liechtenstein 1–0 4–0 Friendly
21 27 June 2016 Stade de Nice, Nice, France 43   England 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
22 3 July 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 44   France 1–4 2–5 UEFA Euro 2016
23 19 November 2018 Kehrwegstadion, Eupen, Belgium 48   Qatar 2–1 2–2 Friendly
24 7 September 2019 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 51   Moldova 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
25 10 September 2019 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania 52   Albania 2–2 2–4 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
26 14 October 2019 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 54   Andorra 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

Ajax[60]

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