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Icelandic Goalkeeper Named Norway’s Best Footballer

Icelandic national team goalkeeper in women’s football Thóra B. Helgadóttir, who plays with Kolbotn in Norway, was named woman footballer of the year and the best player of the Norwegian premiere league on Sunday.

“It is unbelievable, to tell you the truth,” Helgadóttir told visir.is. “I didn’t expect this at all. Maybe to be named best in the league but not Norway’s woman football player of the year. There are great footballers here and Norway has a fantastic national team that performed well in the Europe Cup. Besides, local girls usually win.”

Helgadóttir was so surprised by her being named that she didn’t know what to say when she accepted the awards. “I must have given the decade’s worst thank-you speech. Up on stage I was so nervous that I suddenly forgot how to speak Norwegian. So I switched to English and nothing sounded right. It wasn’t a gigantic scandal, though,” the goalkeeper added laughing.

In spite of her success in Norway, Helgadóttir has signed a three-year agreement with Swedish team Ldb Malmö. “The Swedish league is more exciting. The Norwegian league isn’t worse as such, but the environment is different and better in Sweden. Malmö also has great facilities and it is one of the coolest clubs in Europe.”

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