Gylfi Sigurðsson Disappointed Over National Team Snub

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Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, recently signed by Valur, has reportedly not been selected for Iceland’s national team for the upcoming playoff against Israel. In an interview with DV yesterday, Gylfi described the decision as “a huge disappointment,” insisting that he is in better physical condition now than in previous selections.

“A huge disappointment”

Yesterday, it was revealed that footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson – recently signed with the Icelandic football team Valur – would not be among those players selected for the national football squad ahead of a crucial playoff match against Israel on March 21. Iceland needs to win two matches in the playoffs to secure a spot in the UEFA Euro 2024 finals in Germany this summer. The squad is expected to be announced today.

Gylfi expressed his feelings about Hareide’s decision in an interview with DV yesterday:

“It’s a huge disappointment. It’s one of the main reasons why I have continued playing. I have always enjoyed myself most with the national team and playing for Iceland … I tried to be ready for these games over the past few months – to no avail; unfortunately, I’m not in the squad,” Gylfi observed, adding that he is in better condition now than last autumn when Hareide selected him.

Gylfi has been struggling with an injury over the past few months.

“I would have trusted myself to do so. Despite minor injuries, I feel I’m in better condition now than against Liechtenstein last autumn. I feel better physically. My legs are stronger, and unlike the last time when I was selected, I have not gone a long time without playing football. I would have more than trusted myself to play with the national team,” Gylfi remarked.

Gylfi Sigurðsson Returns to National Football Team

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Åge Hareide has announced the squad for Iceland’s upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches, with Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson returning after a nearly three-year absence, Vísir reports. Iceland will face Luxembourg on October 13 and Liechtenstein on October 16.

Gylfi Þór returns, Jóhann Berg absent

Åge Hareide, the head coach of the Icelandic men’s national football team, has unveiled the squad for the upcoming matches in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, which includes two home fixtures against Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, Vísir reports.

The former captain, Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, now playing with Lyngby in the Danish Superliga, makes his return to the national team after a near three-year absence; Gylfi’s last appearance for Iceland was on November 15, 2020, in a match against Denmark at Parken.

In an interview with Vísir today, Hareide stated: “I have spoken with him a few times. Gylfi is one of Iceland’s best players from the beginning. He got injured recently but is already feeling much better. I want to have him around us; he is very important to us. I want to integrate him into our plans with the national team. He will have a very good and strong impact on us.”

The roster also sees the inclusion of Aron Einar Gunnarsson, despite a hiatus from football in recent months, and Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen, who earned a recall to the national team following commendable performances with Lyngby. Conversely, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, a player for the English Premier League club Burnley, missed out on selection, likely due to injury concerns.

Iceland is set to kick off their campaign against Luxembourg at Laugardalsvöllur on October 13, followed by a clash with Liechtenstein three days later. Iceland currently sits in fourth place in the J group with six points after six rounds have been played. Their most recent outings concluded with a 3-1 defeat to Luxembourg on foreign soil and a 1-0 triumph over Bosnia & Herzegovina at home.

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.

Gylfi Sigurðsson “Welcome to Train” at Old Stomping Ground

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Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is “welcome to train” at his old stomping ground at the football club FH, the club’s Head of Football Affairs told Fótbolti.net yesterday. Gylfi Þór arrived in Iceland last week, having been cleared of all charges following a nearly two-year detention in the UK.

“Always welcome”

Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, who was recently cleared of all charges in the UK after a nearly two-year detention in England, arrived in Iceland last week.

Gylfi was raised at the sports club FH in Hafnarfjörður (near Reykjavík), and in an interview with fotbolti.net, Davíð Þór Viðarsson, the Head of Football Affairs at FH, was asked about the possible return of Gylfi to his home club.

“We haven’t spoken to him or anything like that, but, of course, he’d always be welcome to train with us. It goes without saying that he’s one of the very best footballers in Iceland. If he wants to train in Iceland, he’s certainly welcome to come train with us. And I think he knows that,” Davíð Þór remarked.

As noted by fotbolti.net, Gylfi will celebrate his 34th birthday in September. He last played a professional football match with Everton in the spring of 2021, more than two years ago.

No Deadline for Decision on Whether Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson Will Be Prosecuted in UK

The Office of the Crown Prosecutor in the UK is currently reviewing evidence against Icelandic footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson and deciding whether it will pursue prosecution against the former Everton midfielder or drop the matter entirely, RÚV reports. Gylfi Þór has been accused of “multiple sexual offenses” and has been subject to a travel ban that has prevented him from leaving the UK since being arrested at his home in Manchester in July 2021.

Responding to an inquiry from RÚV, Nazia Dewji, a spokesperson for the Office of the Crown Prosecutor, said that there was no set deadline by which a decision on the matter must be made. Dewji said that the evidence from the police investigation had been received by the prosecutor at the end of January.

Gylfi Þór was released on bail shortly after his arrest, but has not played in a professional football match since then. He was taken off the active roster for the Premier League team Everton and his contract was not renewed when it ran out last summer. He has not played with the Icelandic Men’s National Team since then either.

In October 2022, Gylfi Þór’s father Sigurður Aðalsteinsson, gave an interview in which he called on the Icelandic government to come to his son’s assistance. The case had been dragged on for far longer than legally reasonable, he argued. “If someone is detained in some [other] country for some hypothetical offense, you can’t just let him languish there for a year, year and a half just endlessly waiting,” he said. At the time, the footballer’s family hoped to change Gylfi Þór’s legal domicile to Iceland so as to make it harder for the British judiciary to extend his travel ban. It was the first time that anyone close to Gylfi Þór had confirmed that any such travel ban existed.

Update April 14, 2023: Charges Dropped Against Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson

Gylfi Scores Twice For Everton

Gylfi Sigurðsson more than made up for a missed second half penalty in Everton’s Saturday Premier League match at Goodison Park against Fulham, Vísir reports. The midfielder, who has played for Everton since 2017, hit the crossbar in his penalty shot but then scored two goals.

The match was scoreless at half time. Gylfi scored in the 56th minute, and his teammate, substitute Cenk Tosun, followed with another goal ten minutes later. Gylfi’s second goal came right at the end of regulation time, in the 89th minute.

This is the first time that Everton has won at Goodison Park, having lost there 23 times—the last 22 in a row—and drawing in their four other matches there. Everton is currently ranked 11th in the Premier League, Fulham in 16th.