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KR's Halldórsson recognised as Iceland's best

Published: Friday 21 October 2011, 14.20CET
Goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson is celebrating being named Iceland's footballer of the year by his colleagues following his role in KR Reykjavík's double winning campaign.
KR's Halldórsson recognised as Iceland's best
Hannes Halldórsson made his senior international debut last month ©KSÍ
Published: Friday 21 October 2011, 14.20CET

KR's Halldórsson recognised as Iceland's best

Goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson is celebrating being named Iceland's footballer of the year by his colleagues following his role in KR Reykjavík's double winning campaign.

KR Reykjavík goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson has been named Iceland's footballer of the year by his top-flight peers in the Úrvalsdeild.

The 27-year-old helped the capital side to a league and cup double in his first season at the club following a move from city rivals Fram Reykjavík. Halldórsson was ever-present with 22 appearances as KR won the Premier League title by three points from FH Hafnarfjördur; he also kept a clean sheet on his international debut as Iceland beat Cyprus 1-0 in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier last month.

"I didn't expect this," said Halldórsson. "Looking at the big picture this is very much a surprise because a short while ago I wouldn't have dared dream about it, not even in mid-season – never mind when I joined KR."

KR boss Rúnar Kristinsson collected the coach of the year accolade, while Icelandic Under-21 international Thórarinn Valdimarsson was recognised as the most promising player. The midfielder scored five goals in 21 games for third-placed ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar.

"I didn't expect this honour because there are many good players," said Valdimarsson. "I am not even in contention for the national team. First I have to play professionally abroad, but I am calm and if I keep improving that will hopefully open the way. If the opportunity comes, I will look at it carefully and see if it's right for me."

Last updated: 03/12/12 20.03CET

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