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Viðar Örn Kjartansson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈvɪːðar œrtn̥ ˈcʰar̥tansɔn]; born 11 March 1990) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a striker in Russia for Rubin Kazan, on loan from FC Rostov.

Viðar Örn Kjartansson
Viðar Örn Kjartansson 2019.jpg
Viðar playing for FC Rubin Kazan in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Selfoss, Iceland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rubin Kazan
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2006 UMF Selfoss
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 UMF Selfoss 45 (12)
2009 ÍBV 17 (2)
2010–2012 UMF Selfoss 55 (26)
2013 Fylkir 22 (13)
2014 Vålerenga 29 (25)
2015 Jiangsu Sainty 28 (10)
2016 Malmö FF 20 (14)
2016–2018 Maccabi Tel Aviv 63 (32)
2018– FC Rostov 8 (0)
2019Hammarby IF (loan) 15 (7)
2019–Rubin Kazan (loan) 10 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Iceland U17 8 (4)
2008 Iceland U19 2 (0)
2014– Iceland 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Club careerEdit

Viðar made his debut for Selfoss in 2006, aged 16. He joined Icelandic top division club ÍBV in 2009 but rejoined Selfoss after a short stint with ÍBV.

He joined Icelandic club Fylkir in 2013 and after a very prolific goalscoring season in the Icelandic top flight, he joined Norwegian club Vålerenga in December 2013.[2] Viðar scored his first goal for Vålerenga in a 3-1 home win over Bodø/Glimt on 6. April 2014.

After his first year in Norway, Viðar ended up as the top scorer in the Norwegian top league with 25 goals scored in 29 games.

On 22 January 2015, Viðar transferred to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty.[3] Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty signed him for €3.5 million. On 7 March 2015, he made his debut and scored his first goal for Jiangsu in the first league match of the 2015 season which Jiangsu Sainty lost to Shanghai SIPG 2–1.[4]

Viðar played a vital part in the Chinese FA cup, and was the club's top goalscorer in the cup with 4 goals, which helped Jiangsu to win their first trophy in history of the club.[citation needed]

On 27 January 2016, he signed for Swedish club Malmö FF.[5][6]

On 30 August 2016, he transferred to Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv. He signed a four-year deal with the club. On 26 October 2016 Viðar won the Swedish championship as Malmö FF sealed the title in his absence.

On 31 August 2018, he signed a four-year contract with the Russian Premier League club FC Rostov, joining his compatriots Ragnar Sigurðsson, Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson and Sverrir Ingi Ingason at the club.[7] He scored his first two goals for the club on 26 September 2018 in a Russian Cup 4–0 victory over a third-tier club FC Syzran-2003.[8]

On 18 March 2019, Viðar signed a five-month loan deal with Hammarby IF in Allsvenskan.[9]

On 20 July 2019, he joined Russian club FC Rubin Kazan on loan for the 2019–20 season.[10]

International careerEdit

Viðar made his senior international debut for Iceland in 2014, starting as a centre forward in a friendly against Austria.[11] He scored his first international goal in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in January 2016.[12] Despite a strong run for his club team Malmö FF, Viðar was overlooked for a spot in Iceland's Euro 2016 squad and instead put on the team's standby list.[13] His second international goal came in a friendly against Qatar in November 2017.[14] Viðar once again missed out on playing in an international championship, when he was left out of Iceland's World Cup 2018 squad, serving as a non-squad reserve.[15]

Viðar announced his retirement from international duty in October 2018 at the age of 28, having won 19 caps and scored 2 goals.[16]

In March 2019, Viðar reversed his decision to retire from the national team and was called up to represent Iceland in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying games against Andorra and France.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Viðar playing for Iceland in 2014

ClubEdit

As of 15 July 2019[18][19]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League Icelandic Cup League Cup UEFA Total
2006 Selfoss 2. deild 7 2 4 2 11 4
2007 16 2 2 0 5 2 23 4
2008 1. deild 22 8 1 2 5 1 28 11
2009 ÍBV Úrvalsdeild 17 2 2 1 5 3 24 6
2010 Selfoss 12 3 12 3
2011 1. deild 22 16 2 1 7 4 31 21
2012 Úrvalsdeild 21 7 3 1 3 3 27 11
2013 Fylkir 22 13 3 5 5 5 30 23
Norway League Norwegian Cup UEFA Total
2014 Vålerenga Tippeligaen 29 25 4 6 33 31
China League Chinese FA Cup AFC Total
2015 Jiangsu Sainty Chinese Super League 28 9 7 4 35 13
Sweden League Svenska Cupen UEFA Total
2016 Malmö FF Allsvenskan 20 14 6 3 26 17
Israel League Israeli Cup Toto Cup UEFA Total
2016–17 Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League 33 19 4 4 2 0 5 1 44 24
2017–18 30 13 0 0 3 4 9 4 39 20
Russia League Russian Cup UEFA Total
2018–19 FC Rostov Russian Premier League 8 0 3 2 11 2
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Total
2019 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 15 7 0 0 15 7
Career Total 287 137 37 29 39 24 12 5 377 195

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first.[20]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 January 2016 Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–2 Friendly
2. 14 November 2017 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar 1–0 1–1
3. 22 March 2019 Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella, Andorra   Andorra 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vidar Kjartansson". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Vålerenga signerer Vidar Ørn Kjartansson". Vålerenga Fotbal (in Norwegian). 20 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  3. ^ 江苏舜天官方宣布签挪超金靴 at sports.sohu.com 22 January 2015 Retrieved 22 January 2015
  4. ^ 中超-孔卡爆发策动两球 于海首球上港2-1舜天 at sports.sina.com 7 March 2015 Retrieved 11 March 2015
  5. ^ "Islänning klar för MFF".
  6. ^ "Välkommen till Malmö FF, Vidar Örn Kjartansson - Malmö FF". www.mff.se.
  7. ^ "Видар Кьяртанссон — игрок "Ростова"!" [Vidar Kjartansson is a Rostov player!] (in Russian). FC Rostov. 31 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Syzran-2003 - Rostov game report" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 26 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Hammarby stärker anfallet – Vidar Örn Kjartansson lånas in" (in Sweden). Hammarby Fotboll. 18 March 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  10. ^ "ВИДАР КЬЯРТАНССОН – В «РУБИНЕ»" [Viðar Kjartansson in Rubin] (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 20 July 2019.
  11. ^ http://www.espn.com/soccer/match?gameId=392328
  12. ^ https://www.thenational.ae/sport/uae/uae-warm-up-for-world-cup-qualifiers-with-friendly-win-over-iceland-1.173578?videoId=5766484581001
  13. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/news/veteran-gudjohnsen-earns-iceland-place-for-euro-2016/8mf0k97ym9ei1et4gb6diavjz
  14. ^ https://www.skysports.com/football/qatar-vs-iceland/385549
  15. ^ https://www.goal.com/en-us/news/world-cup-squad-injured-gylfi-sigurdsson/17guw991qjit61qqhhfn9lyhon
  16. ^ https://www.frettabladid.is/sport/vi%C3%B0ar-%C3%B6rn-h%C3%A6ttur-me%C3%B0-landsli%C3%B0inu
  17. ^ https://www.frettabladid.is/sport/viar-oern-kallaur-inn-i-landslii
  18. ^ "Vidar Kjartansson - Football Stats - Maccabi Tel Aviv - Age 28 - Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com.
  19. ^ "Leikmaður - Viðar Örn Kjartansson". www.ksi.is.
  20. ^ "Iceland – V. Kjartansson – Profile with news, career statistics and history". soccerway.com. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  21. ^ "足协杯-萨米尔加时绝杀 舜天客场1-0申花首夺冠". Sports.sina.com.cn. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  22. ^ "בפעם החמישית: מכבי ת"א זכתה בגביע הטוטו". One.co.il. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  23. ^ "וידאר קיארטנסון הוא שחקן השבוע של צבר ספורט". One.co.il. Retrieved 22 July 2018.

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