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Iceland star Finnbogason heads for Lokeren

Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 17.00CET
Iceland's 2010 Player of the Season Alfred Finnbogason has left Breidablik to join Belgian side KSC Lokeren OV, hoping to thrive at a club where a host of his countrymen have prospered.
Iceland star Finnbogason heads for Lokeren
Alfred Finnbogason (left) celebrates winning the 2010 Icelandic title with Breidablik ©Breidablik
Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 17.00CET

Iceland star Finnbogason heads for Lokeren

Iceland's 2010 Player of the Season Alfred Finnbogason has left Breidablik to join Belgian side KSC Lokeren OV, hoping to thrive at a club where a host of his countrymen have prospered.

Iceland's 2010 Player of the Season Alfred Finnbogason has decided to leave Breidablik to seek success with Belgium's KSC Lokeren OV, with the forward following in the footsteps of some notable countrymen.

The 21-year-old has spent the last three seasons with Breidablik, winning the Icelandic Cup in 2009 and being named as the league's most promising young player. That potential was fulfilled this time out as Finnbogason topped the domestic league scorers table with 14 goals in 21 games, helped the club win their first championship and was named as his nation's Player of the Season.

Finnbogason has been capped once at senior level and made a major impact with the national Under-21 side, helping them reach next summer's UEFA European U21 Championship final tournament in Denmark. "I decided a year ago to move abroad and I think it was the right decision to play one more year in Iceland," he explained. "I also wanted to choose the right club and I think I have done so."

Lokeren has been a popular port of call for Icelandic players in the past. Arnór Gudjohnsen, father of Iceland striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, represented them from 1978 to 1983, as did current international midfielder Arnar Vidarsson (1997-2006) as well as Rúnar Kristinsson (2000-07), Arnar Grétarsson (2000-06), Audun Helgason (2000-03), Marel Baldvinsson (2002-06) and Davíd Vidarsson (2005/06).

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