Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈkʰɔlpei̯tn̥ ˈsɪxθou̯r̥sɔn]; born 14 March 1990) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg and the Iceland national team.
|Full name||Kolbeinn Sigþórsson|
|Date of birth||14 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2015||→ Jong Ajax||1||(0)|
|2016||→ Galatasaray (loan)||0||(0)|
|2018||→ Nantes B||2||(2)|
* 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.
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. 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.
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. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August 2010 in a match against Excelsior. 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. 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. The player soon agreed on personal terms with Ajax, but the clubs could not agree on a fee for several weeks.
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. In an interview, Kolbeinn stated that it was a dream come true to work with Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer. He scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brøndby IF, scoring with a header in the 38th minute. 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. On 14 August 2011, Kolbeinn scored his first league goal for Ajax in a 5–1 victory over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena. 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. 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.
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.
Return to NantesEdit
He made his playing comeback for the FC Nantes reserves in March 2018.
FC Nantes announced on March 8th 2019 that Kolbeinn's contract had been terminated.
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. After the match national coach Lars Lagerbäck said Kolbeinn would likely be named as vice-captain to Aron Gunnarsson. 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.
UEFA Euro 2016Edit
Kolbeinn scored in Iceland's opening UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, a 3–0 victory over Turkey in Reykjavík. 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.
He was called up for the 23-man squad managed by Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck for Euro 2016. 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. 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 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. Two days later, Guðni Bergsson the chairman of the Icelandic Football Association, resigned and Kolbeinn was expelled from the national team.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Heavy protest arose in the Icelandic media following the interview, resulting in the resignation of Bergsson and the entire board of the Football Association.
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. Håkan Mild, club director of IFK, consequently announced that he condemned Kolbeinn's behaviour. 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.
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."  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.
- As of 2 July 2020
|HK||2006||1. deild karla||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
|Jong Ajax||2014–15||Eerste Divisie||1||0||–||–||0||0||1||0|
- As of 4 June 2021
- As of match played 14 October 2019. Iceland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kolbeinn goal.
|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|
|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|
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