Queens Park Rangers FC forward Heidar Helguson has been named Icelandic player of the year by a panel of more than 100 Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) officials, former national players and coaches, who also honoured Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir as best women's footballer of 2011.
Helguson was QPR's second-highest scorer as the west London club won promotion to the Premier League last season and has contributed another six strikes in nine top-flight outings this term. The 34-year-old pipped AFC Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthórsson and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to the award, after seizing his opportunity in what is his 15th season abroad.
"I knew I would sit out the first few games so I waited patiently for my chance, but of course it's no fun not playing," said the Iceland marksman and former Watford FC, Fulham FC and Bolton Wanderers FC player, who has 12 goals in 55 games for his country. "
When I got a break, I was determined to make the most of it and try to stay in the team. Now the plan is to play as many games as I can for as long as I can – the motivation is there. I'm in good shape and long may that continue."
Vidarsdóttir, meanwhile, finished ahead of FC Malmö duo Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir and Thóra Helgadóttir in the women's vote after topping the Swedish Women's National League scoring charts along with Dutch international Manon Melis last term. Both players registered 16 times and that earned striker Vidarsdóttir, who has 63 goals in 77 Iceland appearances, a move from Kristianstads DFF to two-time European champions 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in October.
The 25-year-old has yet to feature for the German side because of injury but is keen to make her mark next year. "
I've been building up to playing again after a long and difficult time out with injury, but I'm in good shape now," she said. "Hopefully I can stay free of injuries and be ready by the end of February."
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