Birkir Bjarnason

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Bjarnason with Iceland in 2014.

Birkir Bjarnason (born on 27 May 1988 in Akureyri, Iceland) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. He currently plays for the Swiss club of FC Basel and the Iceland national team.[1] In his homeland he is nicknamed Thor.[2]

He has also played for Viking FK, FK Bodø/Glimt, Standard Liège, Delfino Pescara 1936 and Sampdoria. He won the Swiss Super League with Basel in 2016.[3]

He was included in Iceland's squad for the UEFA Euro 2016. On 14 June 2016, he scored Iceland's first goal at a major tournament.[4] It was against Portugal, and the game ended in a draw.[5]

Statistics[change | change source]

International goals[change | change source]

As of 3 July 2016[6]
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1
27 May 2012 Valenciennes, France  France
1–0
2–3
Friendly
2
12 October 2012 Tirana, Albania  Albania
1–0
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3
7 June 2013 Reykjavík, Iceland  Slovenia
1–1
2–4
4
10 September 2013 Reykjavík, Iceland  Albania
1–1
2–1
5
28 March 2015 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan
2–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6
3–0
7
14 June 2016 Saint-Étienne, France  Portugal
1–1
1–1
UEFA Euro 2016
8
3 July 2016 Saint-Denis, France  France
2–5
2–5

References[change | change source]

  1. "Birkir Bjarnason". KSI. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  2. "Five things to know about Birkir Bjarnason - the Thor of football". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. "Saison-Archiv". Swiss Football League. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. "More than 8 percent of Iceland's population at Euro 2016". USA Today. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  5. "Portugal 1-1 Iceland: Cristiano Ronaldo and Co held to shock draw by minnows". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. "KSI profile". KSI. Retrieved 14 June 2016.

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