Footballer, Sports Commentator Bjarni Felixson Passes Away

Bjarni Felixson

Veteran sports journalist and former Icelandic national footballer Bjarni Felixson passed away at the age of 86 yesterday, RÚV reports. Known as “the Red Lion,” Bjarni Felixson had a storied career in football before transitioning to journalism, where he became a household name.

“The Red Lion”

Veteran sports journalist and former Icelandic national footballer Bjarni Felixson passed away yesterday at the age of 86. As noted by RÚV, Bjarni was in Denmark to attend the funeral of longtime friend Finn Heiner. The duo originally met during their respective careers at RÚV and DR, Iceland and Denmark’s national broadcasters, forming a lifelong friendship.

Survived by his wife Álfheiður Gísladóttir, four children, and a combined 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bjarni was born in Reykjavík on December 27, 1936. He gained prominence as a left-fback for the dominant KR team of the 1950s and ’60s, amassing five Icelandic championships and seven cup titles while earning six caps for the national team.

Known affectionately as “the Red Lion,” a moniker coined by his teammates, Bjarni Felixson came from a footballing family; both of his brothers also donned the national jersey. In 1963, all three of them played against England in an international match.

Colourful commentary

Bjarni Felixson transitioned into journalism in 1968, joining the National Broadcaster (RÚV), where he served for 42 years. He became a household name for his coverage of national and international sports, notably English football. Bjarni was known for his colourful commentary, once stating that a football team had “conceded a corner kick in a dangerous area.”

Bjarni witnessed the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, later recounting the emotional toll of reporting the event where 96 fans lost their lives.

Throughout his illustrious career, Bjarni received numerous accolades, including the gold medal of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) on his sixtieth birthday and an honorary plaque from the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ). Last year, he was conferred the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon by President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson for his contributions to sports, social affairs, and communication.

Bjarni’s legacy extends beyond journalism and football; two Reykjavík establishments, the Red Lion and Bjarni Fel Sportbar, were named in his honour.

Gylfi Sigurðsson to Join Danish Football Club Lyngby

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Footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson will undergo a medical examination at the Danish football club Lyngby today and subsequently sign a one-year contract with the club, B.T. reports. The head of youth development at Lyngby has suggested that “many things must fall into place” for the contract to be finalised, however, given the player’s lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Necessary to assess Gylfi’s physical condition

Yesterday, the Danish news outlet B.T. reported that Icelandic footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson had reached a verbal agreement to join the Danish football club Lyngby.

In an interview with B.T., head of youth development at the club, Nicas Kjeldsen, stated: “We have been in dialogue with Gylfi for almost 14 days, and in that process, we have found a common interest in Gylfi becoming a Lyngby player. We have a verbal agreement and a plan at the moment, but many things still need to fall into place.”

Chief among these concerns is evaluating Sigurðsson’s condition after a significant spell without competitive football or structured training. “So it will still be some time before everything is possibly in place,” Kjeldsen remarked. Kjeldsen had previously stated that Gylfi’s primary focus was rekindling his career rather than prioritizing his financial package.

Joining four compatriots at Lyngby

As noted by Vísir, Gylfi will join four Icelanders at Lyngby: head coach Freyr Alexandersson and players Sævar Atli Magnússon, Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen, and Kolbeinn Finnsson.

Gylfi has been without a club since his contract with the English Premier League club Everton expired in the summer of 2022. He has not played a football match since May 2021 after being arrested later that summer on suspicion of an offence against a minor.

He was cleared of all charges in April of this year after an investigation team collaborating with the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the available evidence did “not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Lyngby is in 9th place in the Danish Premier League with seven points after six games. The team’s next game is against FC Nordsjælland on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurðsson Will Not Sue for Damages, Attorney Says

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Footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson has decided not to sue for damages against the British authorities in connection with a prolonged criminal investigation that was eventually dropped last April. This was revealed by attorney Róbert Spanó in a written response to an inquiry from Mbl.is.

No suit for damages, all things being equal

Icelandic footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson has chosen not to pursue legal action against British authorities after a 637-day investigation by the Manchester police into allegations of sexual offenses, Mbl.is reports.

“After careful consideration, Gylfi has decided to look ahead. All things being equal, he intends to refrain from claiming damages,” Róbert Spanó, Gylfi’s attorney, stated in a written response to an inquiry from Mbl.is.

As previously reported by IR, Gylfi was arrested in July 2021. He was released on bail shortly after his arrest but has not played a professional football match since then. The charges were dropped in April of this year after an investigation team collaborating with the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the available evidence did “not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Mbl.is reports that Gylfi, who was under contract with the English Premier League team Everton, suffered considerable financial losses as a result of the investigation. “His football career has also suffered a considerable setback,” Mbl.is notes.

Attorney Róbert Spanó had previously told Mbl.is that Gylfi was considering a lawsuit. “In my opinion, it is clear that the handling of the case in the UK took far too long in light of the circumstances. It has caused significant damage to Gylfi and his family, as well as enormous harm. In the coming days, Gylfi will receive legal advice on whether there is a reason to seek justice in the British courts,” Róbert told Mbl.is in April.

Mbl.is notes that the English Premier League team Everton intends to seek compensation for the case and demands 10 million pounds or what amounts to about ISK 1.7 billion.

Glódís Perla Among Top 10 Footballers in Europe

Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir

Icelander Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir has been ranked the tenth-best footballer in Europe by football news outlet goal.com. The ranking described her as an “absolute rock” and an “integral part” of her team Bayern Munich’s defence, which only conceded seven goals in the entire 2022-2023 season. RÚV reported first.

In the early years of her career, Glódís, now 27, played youth football in Denmark. Her first senior club was Iceland’s HK/Víkingur. She made her national Icelandic team debut more than a decade ago, in 2012 and has played more than 100 matches with the national team.

Glódís played professionally in both Denmark and Sweden before signing with FC Bayern Munich in July 2021. She is not the only Icelander on the team, which also includes forward Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir and goalkeeper Cecilia Rán Rúnarsdóttir.

Other Icelanders that have seen success in European women’s football leagues in recent years include Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir, a 21-year-old forward currently playing for VfL Wolfsburg, and former national team captain and European champion Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, a midfielder currently at Juventus F.C. Women.

Charges Dropped Against Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson

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Icelandic footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson will not be charged with a criminal offence and has been cleared of all charges, the football website fotbolti.net reports. An investigation team collaborating with the Crown Prosecution Service has concluded that the available evidence does “not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Charges dropped after a near two-year investigation

A statement from the police in Manchester, published in an article on Fotbolti.net today, reveals that the former Everton midfielder and captain of the Icelandic football team Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson will face “no further action.” Gylfi was arrested in July 2021 on suspicion of sexual offences against a minor. He was released on bail shortly after his arrest but has not played a professional football match since then.

The investigation into the case was finally completed last January, which was when the police handed over the results of its investigation to the Office of the Crown Prosecutor in the UK. As previously noted, it was up to the prosecutor’s office to determine the next steps, i.e. whether charges would be filed in the case or whether they would be dropped. The decision has now been made to drop the case after almost two years. Iceland Review received a copy of the original statement from fotbolti.net:

“The 33-year-old man who was arrested in connection with an investigation opened in June 2021 will face no further action. The investigation team and Crown Prosecution Service have been working together and reached the decision that the evidence available at this time does not reach the threshold set out on (sic) the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Greater Manchester Police is committed to investigating allegations to secure the best possible outcomes for all involved and will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure individuals are supported throughout investigations and beyond.”

Gylfi Þór was removed from the active roster for the Premier League team Everton and his contract was not renewed when it expired last summer. Gylfi has not played with the Icelandic Men’s National Team since his arrest. He has also been subject to a travel ban, which has prevented him from leaving the UK since his arrest.

This article will be updated.