Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjolfsson

  • Date of birth : 01/12/1973
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Iceland Iceland
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Siggi Eyjólfsson

Siggi Eyjólfsson

Date of birth: 1 December 1973

Playing career: KR Reykjavík, ÍA Akranes, UNC Greensboro Spartans, Walsall FC, Chester City FC, KRC Harelbeke

Coaching career: Iceland

The first man to lead an Iceland team to a senior final tournament in either men's or women's football, Eyjólfsson had a cosmpolitan playing career before moving into coaching.

Entering the youth ranks of KR Reykjavík at a young age, he graduated to the first team and helped them win the 1994 Icelandic Cup. In 1995, he moved to the United States for a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science and then a master's in exercise and sports psychology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Returning home with ÍA Akranes in 1998, the following year he joined English club Walsall FC, scoring in a 3-1 win against Oldham Athletic FC that secured promotion to the second tier.

He was loaned to Chester City FC for the first three months of 2000, before leaving Walsall for KRC Harelbeke of Belgium that November. Six months later, Eyjólfsson was back at KR, winning two league titles in as many years, and he ended his career in 2005 at ÍA. In 2002, he also began working at the Football Association of Iceland as technical director, and in that time he studied for UEFA's coaching qualifications. He earned the UEFA Pro Licence in 2007 in England, making him one of just two people from Iceland to hold the qualification at the time.

In January 2007, Eyjólfsson was appointed to the helm of the Iceland women's team, taking a particular interest in the psychological side of coaching as befitting his academic speciality. Success in UEFA Women's EURO 2009 qualifiying was immediate, with his charges beating France 1-0 that June. Although Les Bleues ultimately pipped them to first place in the group, Iceland defeated the Republic of Ireland 4-1 in the play-offs. They lost all three games in Finland, but are back again, missing out in their group in similar style to four years ago, this time behind Norway, but then defeating Ukraine.

Last updated: 07/07/13 14.20CET

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General info

  • Name: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson
  • Date of birth: 01/12/1973
  • Country: Iceland

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA Women's EURO 2011/13

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: Women's EURO (Qualifying round)
    31/05/07: Greece 0-3 Iceland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPWDL
Iceland WOCO281738
Total281738
Last updated: 22/07/2013 01:15 CET
 
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