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Veigar Páll Gunnarsson

Veigar Páll Gunnarsson
Personal information
Full name Veigar Páll Gunnarsson
Date of birth (1980-03-21) 21 March 1980
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Stjarnan
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Stjarnan 59 (14)
2001 Strømsgodset 15 (2)
2002–2003 KR Reykjavík 30 (14)
2004–2008 Stabæk 120 (60)
2009 Nancy 5 (0)
2009–2011 Stabæk 40 (19)
2011–2012 Vålerenga 20 (3)
2012 Stabæk 10 (2)
2013– Stjarnan 48 (10)
National team
1998 Iceland U-19 7 (3)
2000–2001 Iceland U-21 11 (3)
2001–2011 Iceland 34 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:37, 10 August 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Veigar Páll Gunnarsson (born 21 March 1980) is an Icelandic football striker who plays for Stjarnan.

His transfer in 2011 led to football clubs Stabæk and Vålerenga being nominated for fines of Norwegian kroner 500,000 and 350,000 respectively, by a committee (påtalenemd) of Football Association of Norway — and a police investigation that saw two persons arrested.[1]

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Club 1.1
      • Early years 1.1.1
      • Stabæk 1.1.2
      • Nancy 1.1.3
      • Return to Stabæk 1.1.4
      • Vålerenga 1.1.5
    • National team 1.2
  • Career statistics 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Club

Early years

Veigar Páll made his debut for Stjarnan in the 1996 season, in which he only managed one=1 game as a substitute. He established himself as a regular in the side and started scoring goals, catching the eye of foreign teams. He then went abroad to Norway, where he played for Strømsgodset. He failed to establish himself in the first team so he returned to Iceland to play for KR Reykjavík. He quickly became popular with the fans and was the star player of the KR team that won the Icelandic Premier League in 2002 and 2003. In September 2003 he had a trial with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League.[2]

Stabæk

Veigar joined Stabæk in 2004 in the season they got relegated, after being placed 3rd in the league the previous year. He flourished under new coach Jan Jönsson in 2005, with new signing Daniel Nannskog. Veigar was leading the attack with Nannskog, a partnership which was the most feared duo in the league, according to statistics (goals and assist). In the 2006 season, Nannskog became top scorer in the Norwegian Premier League with 19 goals, with Veigar finishing one goal behind.

In 2007, Stabæk finished second, just behind winners Brann. Veigar played well, and was the seasons assist leader with 17, and fourth on the scoring chart with 15.[3]

The following season he made another big contribution to the club, helping them winning the league. Again he was the seasons assist leader with 14, in addition to 10 goals.

Nancy

In December 2008, he signed a contract with the French club AS Nancy of Ligue 1.

Return to Stabæk

On 30 November 2009, Stabæk confirmed that Veigar had signed a contract with his former club. Veigar himself stated that he felt that Nancy had destroyed his career by not letting him play, but that he was looking forward to returning "home" to Stabæk.

Vålerenga

On 30 July 2011, Stabæk and Vålerenga reached an agreement, which later led to controversies. Veigar Páll Gunnarsson signed a contract with Vålerenga until the end of 2014.

After a spell at Stabæk, Gunnarsson returned to his youth-club Stjarnan in 2013, and signed a four-year contract with the club.[4]

National team

He made his debut for Iceland in a January 2001 friendly match against Uruguay at the Millennium Super Soccer Cup in India. He has been capped 33 times since and has scored six goals.

Career statistics

As of 19 July 2015
Season Club League League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1996 Stjarnan Úrvalsdeild 1 0 1 0
1997 11 0 11 0
1998 1. deild karla 14 4 14 4
1999 17 7 17 7
2000 Úrvalsdeild 16 3 16 3
2001 Strømsgodset Tippeligaen 15 2 2 1 0 0 17 3
2002 KR Reykjavík Úrvalsdeild 17 7 17 7
2003 13 7 13 7
2004 Stabæk Tippeligaen 16 2 4 2 2 1 22 5
2005 1. Divisjon 28 13 5 4 0 0 33 17
2006 Tippeligaen 25 18 3 2 0 0 28 20
2007 25 15 5 4 0 0 30 19
2008 26 12 7 7 2 0 35 19
2008–09 Nancy Ligue 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2010 Stabæk Tippeligaen 24 10 2 2 0 0 26 12
2011 16 9 3 0 0 0 19 9
2011 Vålerenga 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
2012 7 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
2012 Stabæk 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2013 Stjarnan Úrvalsdeild 19 4 4 2 23 6
2014 17 6 2 0 19 6
2015 10 0 2 0 12 0
Career total 345 124 42 24 1 0 4 1 392 149

Honours

Club

KR
Stabæk

References

  1. ^ http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/1.7852599
  2. ^
  3. ^ http://fotball.vg.no/bors/assist.php?sesong_id=383
  4. ^

External links

  • Veigar Páll Gunnarsson at National-Football-Teams.com
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