Gylfi Sigurðsson Likely to Return to International Football Tonight

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Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is set to play his first international match in three years. In an interview with Vísir, the footballer confessed that he had been uncertain whether he would return to football, and by extension, the national team.

Exciting times ahead

Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is likely to play his first international match in three years tonight. In an interview with Vísir yesterday, he expressed his excitement about playing for the national team again

“It’s quite enjoyable. Fantastic. It’s fun to be in this routine with the guys at the hotel. To have meetings and practice. Just being around the team. There’s a great atmosphere around the group and exciting times ahead for the team,” Gylfi Þór said in a conversation with Guðmundur Benediktsson.

As noted by Vísir, the past years have been tough for Gylfi; the Office of the Crown Prosecutor in the UK dropped charges against the footballer in April after he had been the subject of a police investigation since July, 2021. When asked if he expected to play for the national team again, Gylfi replied thusly:

“Yes and no. No, because I wasn’t sure if I would continue to play football. Therefore, I didn’t expect to play for Iceland again. But yes, after I decided to continue in football and give it another shot, I totally expected it.”

Aiming for the national goalscoring record

It’s been some time since Gylfi scored his last goal for the team. Over the course of his career, he has netted 25 goals, one shy of the national record of 26. He hopes to reach this milestone in the future.

“Of course, that’s my aim – and it has been my goal for many years. Kolli [Kolbeinn Sigþórsson] and Eiður [Guðjohnsen] hold the record, so it’s extra significant for me. Especially because of Eiður, who was my role model when I was younger. It will make it even sweeter for me if I achieve it.”

The men’s national team in football squares off against Luxembourg at the Laugardalur stadium in Reykjavík tonight at 18:45.

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.

New Coach Speaks Out on the Case of Gylfi Þór

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Åge Hareide, the newly appointed coach of the Icelandic men’s national football team, has commented on the situation involving Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson to Norwegian media. Notably, Åge’s contract with the Football Association of Iceland was barely finalized when it was announced that the charges against Gylfi Þór had been dropped.

Read more: Charges Dropped Against Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson

As IR has reported, Gylfi Þór had been accused of multiple offences against an underage individual. Now, the new National Men’s Football coach has spoken openly about the matter. The 69-year-old coach said that he is on his way to Iceland today, Monday, to meet with his staff at the Icelandic national team.

“He hasn’t played for a long time. He was possibly the best player Iceland has ever had. He ended up in a difficult position. I hope he puts on his shoes again. All teams can benefit from a player with his abilities,” said Åge when asked about Gylfi Þór.

Gylfi Þór has not played football since 2021, when he was arrested. With the case against him now dropped, he will be available for selection by the national team.

Read More: Åge Hareide New Head Coach of the Men’s National Football Team

Coach Hareide said he hoped the player would return to playing soon and that he had not decided on how to handle the situation around him. “I know very little about this matter. I need to look into it further before I say more,” replied Åge when asked if he would personally contact Gylfi Þór.

Vanda Sigurgeirsdóttir, the chairperson of the Football Association of Iceland, has stated that there is nothing stopping Gylfi Þór from being selected for the national team in the future, now that the charges have been dropped.

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.

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

Six National Team Players Accused of Violence and Sexual Assault

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Six members of Iceland’s men’s national football team have been accused of sexual assault. The board of the Football Association of Iceland received a confidential email from activist group Öfgar naming six members of the team and dates of their alleged violent and sexual offences, according to mbl.is sources. The national team coach was also accused of belittling the alleged victims in the wording of his statements to media.

Aron Einar Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, and Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson have all been named in Icelandic media in relation to violent or sexual offences. The other three players remain unnamed. The players will not play on the national team while the cases are being investigated.

Read More: Football Association Accused of Silencing Sexual Assault

Sigurbjörg Sigurpálsdóttir, Sports and Youth Activities Communication Counselor is overseeing the investigation. Her position was created last spring under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture to address bullying and violence in sports and youth activities and to “contribute to a safe environment within sports and youth activities” as per the position’s official website.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a more accurate photo.

Sara Björk and Gylfi Þór Named Footballers of the Year

The Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) has named Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir and Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson Footballers of the Year, RÚV reports.

Sara Björk is a midfielder for the German club VfL Wolfsburg, which won both the German division and Cup titles this year, as well as playing in the Women’s Champion League final against Lyon. Sara Björk is also the captain of Iceland’s National Women’s football team.

Gylfi Þór is a midfielder for the Premier League club Everton. He has scored seven goals this season and made two assists over the course of 17 matches. Gylfi Þór is also a key player on Iceland’s National Men’s team and played in all three Iceland matches during the 2018 World Cup. He scored one goal during the competition, during their final group match against Croatia.

KSÍ ranked Augsberg’s Alfreð Finnbogason and Kristianstad’s Sif Atladóttir in second place this year. Burnley’s Jóhann Berg and Rosengård’s Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir came in third.