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Ólafur Jóhannesson

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 16.56CET
Ólafur Jóhannesson
Iceland coach Ólafur Jóhannesson ©
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 16.56CET

Ólafur Jóhannesson


Date of birth: 30 June 1957
Nationality: Icelandic
Playing career: Haukar
Coaching career: Skallagrímur (three times), FH Hafnarjördur (three times), Thróttur Reykjavík, Haukar, Selfoss, ÍR Reykjavík, Iceland

• Turned from playing to coaching at age of 24; led a low-key existence while simultaneously working as a carpenter for 20 years until taking charge of FH for third time in 2003.

• Guided FH to their highest-ever placing in Icelandic League – second – in his debut campaign before a maiden title on the club's 75th anniversary in 2004.

• Maintained success by leading FH to further championships – in runaway fashion – in 2005 and 2006. Although the sequence ended when the team finished second in 2007, one point behind Valur Reykjavík, they found consolation in a first Icelandic Cup triumph.

• Left FH to take charge of Iceland in October 2007, replacing Eyjólfur Sverrisson after he had overseen a disappointing end to UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying campaign with successive defeats by Latvia and Liechtenstein.

• Guided Iceland to promising 2-2 draw away to Norway in opening 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier but unable to consolidate as team won only once in eight games – at home to FYR Macedonia – and finished bottom of five-team group.

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