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Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Previous clubs: KR Reykjavík.

National team: Iceland

Honours won: Icelandic Women's Premier Division (1), Icelandic Women's Cup (2).

Which player most inspired you and why? Thormodur Egilsson – a KR player when I was growing up. He was such a leader in his team and never gave up. He was a defender and I loved him even before I started to play in defence.

Which coach most inspired you? Thorlákur Árnason. He puts everything he's got into the sport and has such a passion for it. He wants to win every game and I like that kind of thinking.

What was the best advice they gave you? Thorlákur gets the best out of his players and is very honest and I think that is very important. I have made big progress mentally and physically as a player since he started to coach me. The best advice he has given? To be me, not to get ahead of myself and always be focused. He says I should always ask myself: "What could happen if we lose the ball?"

Best player you've played with? Olga Færseth, Edda Gardarsdóttir, and Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir – all at KR.

Toughest opponent? Kristianstad, a team we played in a friendly in 2012.

What are your memories of your first club as a child? When I was growing up I was in a good team. We were often competing at the top but did not win many cups. I learned to never give up and always keep my head high.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? To practise more than everyone. You do the same things in practice as everybody else so the extra training is what will make the difference between you and the others. Also always come to practice thinking that you're going to learn something and improve.

Last updated: 05/09/12 15.46CET

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