Birkir Kristinsson

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Birkir Kristinsson
Personal information
Full name Birkir Kristinsson
Date of birth (1964-08-15) 15 August 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Einherji 18 (0)
1984 KA Akureyri 2 (0)
1985–1987 ÍA Akranes 54 (0)
1988–1995 Fram Reykjavík 144 (0)
1996–1997 Brann 15 (0)
1996Birmingham City (loan) 0 (0)
1998 IFK Norrköping 3 (0)
1998–1999 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
1999–2005 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 120 (0)
1999–2000Austria Lustenau (loan) 7 (0)
2000–2001Stoke City (loan) 18 (0)
Total 381 (0)
National team
1988–2004 Iceland 72 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Birkir Kristinsson (born 15 August 1964) is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

He started his career with local Vestmannaeyjar team ÍBV, and also played with Einherji from Vopnafjordur, KA from Akureyri, ÍA and Fram in the Icelandic league before moving to Norway with SK Brann in 1996, where he is still considered as a hero, after his efforts in the cup winner's cup in 1997, where SK Brann reached the quarter finals,[1] he moved to English club Birmingham City and after failing to make an impression there, he moved on to spells with Swedish side IFK Norrköping, Bolton Wanderers and Austrian club Lustenau before making a return to ÍBV. In December 2000 he moved to Stoke City where his brother Magnús Kristinsson was a member of the Icelandic board at Stoke, he made a decent enough start at Stoke taking over from Gavin Ward until he made a mistake against Northampton Town in February 2000.[2] He did retain his place in the side but after conceding three goals against lowly Cambridge United Ward was reinstated, he didn't make an appearance in 2001–02 and returned to Iceland playing for ÍBV.

International career[edit]

He earned 72 caps for the Iceland national football team, over a period of sixteen years,[3] his last international match was against Italy in Reykjavík 15 August 2004, where Iceland beat Italy 2–0. Birkir Kristinsson turned 40 that day.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Sources:[4][5]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Goals Apps Goals Apps
Einherji 1983 1. deild karla 18 0 18 0
KA Akureyri 1984 Úrvalsdeild 2 0 2 0
ÍA 1985 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1986 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1987 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
Total 54 0 54 0
Fram Reykjavík 1988 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1989 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1990 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1991 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1992 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1993 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1994 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
1995 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
Total 144 0 144 0
Brann 1996 Tippeligaen 14 0 14 0
1997 Tippeligaen 1 0 1 0
Total 15 0 15 0
IFK Norrköping 1998 Allsvenskan 3 0 3 0
ÍBV 1999 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2000 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2001 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2002 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2003 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2004 Úrvalsdeild 18 0 18 0
2005 Úrvalsdeild 12 0 12 0
Total 120 0 120 0
Austria Lustenau (loan) 1999–2000 Austrian Bundesliga 7 0 7 0
Stoke City (loan) 2000–01 Second Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 22 0
2001–02 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 22 0
Total 381 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 385 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

International[edit]

Source:[5]

National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland 1990 3 0
1991 3 0
1992 8 0
1993 6 0
1994 9 0
1995 7 0
1996 10 0
1998 7 0
1999 10 0
2000 5 0
2001 1 0
2002 2 0
2004 1 0
Total 72 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birkir Kristinsson" (in Norwegian). SK Brann. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Stoke 1-1 Northampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Iceland - Record International Players Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  4. ^ Birkir Kristinsson at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Birkir Kristinsson at National-Football-Teams.com

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