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Eyjólfur Gjafar Sverrisson (born August 3, 1968) is a former Icelandicmarker footballer and until recently, the coach of the Iceland national football team.

He is the father of Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, who signed for West Ham United in the summer of 2008.

Playing career

Club career

Sverrisson started his career as a striker at local team Tindastóll and moved to VfB Stuttgart in 1989. From 1989 to 1994 he played for VfB Stuttgart, where he became German champion in 1992. After 5 seasons he moved to play in midfield for Beşiktaş J.K. in Turkey and became a Turkish champion with the team in 1995. He left them at the end of that season and changed to Hertha BSC, where he helped securing promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997 and won the German Super Cup in 2001 and 2002. In his last couple of seasons he played as a defender.

During his Bundesliga career, Sverrisson played 251 matches and scored 30 goals.

International career

He was cap 66 times for Iceland, making his debut in a Euro 1992 qualifying match in May 1991 against Albania. During the 1990s he was one of the stars of the national team and also skippered them. His last international came in October 2001, in a World cup qualifier against Denmark which Iceland lost 0-6 away.

Coaching career

In October 2005 he was appointed the coach of the Iceland national football team, where he has struggled, only winning two of his first 14 competitive games.

Games Iceland has played under Eyjólfur Sverrissons regime:

Trinidad and Tobago 2 - 0 Iceland [Friendly]

Iceland 0 - 0 Spain [Friendly]

Northern Ireland 0 - 3 Iceland

Iceland 0 - 2 Denmark

Latvia 4 - 0 Iceland

Iceland 1 - 2 Sweden

Spain 1 - 0 Iceland

Iceland 1 - 1 Liechtenstein

Sweden 5 - 0 Iceland

Iceland 1 - 1 Canada [Friendly]

Iceland 1 - 1 Spain

Iceland 2 - 1 Northern Ireland

Iceland 2 - 4 Latvia

Liechtenstein 3 - 0 Iceland

Denmark 3 - 0 Iceland

  • 14 games: 2 won, 4 draws, 8 lost
    • European Qualifying: 11 games: 2 won, 2 draws, 7 lost

Eyjólfur Sverrisson was sacked on the 27th of October.


Before moving to Stuttgart he was also one of Iceland's best basketball players. He played with his local team and in one year he averaged over 30 points per game.


  1. United snap up Eyjolfsson - WHUFC
  2. Iceland - Record International Players - RSSSF

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