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Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson
Aron playing for Iceland in 2014
Personal information
Full name Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson[1]
Date of birth (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 [1]
Place of birth Akureyri, Iceland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2005 Þór Akureyri
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Þór Akureyri 11 (0)
2006–2008 AZ 1 (0)
2008–2011 Coventry City 123 (6)
2011– Cardiff City 160 (18)
National team
2005 Iceland U17 7 (2)
2006–2008 Iceland U19 16 (1)
2007–2011 Iceland U21 11 (1)
2008– Iceland 54 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:49, 1 November 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 October 2015

Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson (born 22 April 1989) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for Welsh club Cardiff City. He can play either at right back or in central midfield.

Aron has played club football in Iceland, the Netherlands, England and Wales for Þór Akureyri, AZ, Coventry City and Cardiff City respectively. He also plays for Iceland at international level, having made his senior debut in 2008, and has been Iceland's captain since mid-2012.

Club career

Early career

Born in Akureyri, Aron began his career with local side Þór Akureyri in 2005, before moving to the Netherlands a year later to play with AZ.

Coventry City

Aron signed for English Championship team Coventry City on 17 June 2008, signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[2] He made his debut on the opening day of the Championship season against Norwich City, where Coventry won 3–1.[3] He scored his first career goal on 14 February 2009 in an FA Cup match against Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.[4] During his time at Coventry, Aron attracted Premier League interest leading Coventry City to offer him an improved deal on 12 March.[5] His first league goal came against Crystal Palace.[6] At the end of his first season in England, Aron was voted the Coventry City Supporter's Player of the Year as well as the club's Community Award.[7]

The following season, Aron changed his shirt number from 12 to 17, to mirror the squad number of his brother, who is a professional handball player.[8] The following season he continued as a vital part of the Coventry midfield, throughout the season he made 42 appearances and scored one goal against Middlesbrough.[9]

Coventry City started the 2010–11 season strongly looking like they were pushing for play-off places. Aron opened his seasons goal scoring count with a goal against newly promoted, Millwall, despite Coventry losing 3–1.[10] After three years at Coventry, he scored his first goal at Coventry City's home ground, the Ricoh Arena, against Preston North End.[11] Three days later, Aron scored his second goal in two games against Doncaster Rovers.[12] He was out of contract at the end of the season and on 10 December, Aron stated his desire to stay at Coventry.[13] However the following week, he received his first red card of his career against Norwich City.[14] However a deal for a new contract couldn't be reached between his agent and Coventry, and at the end of the season the club gave him a deadline date to agree to stay.[15]

However, due to Aron and his agent not being able to reach an agreement with Coventry, he was linked with moves away and his agent confirmed that fellow Championship outfit Cardiff City were favourites to sign him.[16]

Cardiff City

Aron playing for Cardiff City in 2012

On 8 July 2012, Aron agreed a three-year deal with Cardiff City.[17] He made his debut in the 1–0 win over West Ham United.[18] In his second game, Aron limped off with an ankle injury after only ten minutes against Bristol City, the injury sidelining him for a week.[19] He returned after the September international break, insisting his injury was behind him.[20] He made his return in the first game after the break against Doncaster Rovers on 10 September. Six weeks later, Aron scored two goals in a 5–3 victory against Barnsley, receiving the Man-of-the-Match Award.[21]

Aron played the entirety of the 2012 Carling Cup Final, as City were beaten 3–2 on penalties after a valiant performance against Premier League Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.[22]

Aron scored Cardiff City's first ever goal in the English Premier League on 25 August 2013, against Manchester City in a 3–2 win. [23] In June 2015 he signed a new contract with the club, until the summer of 2018.[24]

International career

Aron made his international debut for Iceland on 2 February 2008.[25] Aron was called up to the 2011 European Under-21 Championship Iceland squad, which took place in Denmark. In the first game, Iceland beat hosts Denmark 3–1. This was followed with a 2–0 loss to Belarus, where Aron was sent off.[26] The two losses saw Iceland go out of the tournament via a tie breaker. Aron has been a regular player in the senior side since debuting despite helping the U-21 side when they qualified for the UEFA Under-21 Championship.

Aron was named as the permanent captain of the national team before a friendly match against the Faroe Islands in August 2012 at the young age of 23, ahead of his 29th cap.[27] Under his captaincy, Iceland qualified for the play-off round of FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time,[28] where they lost 2–0 on aggregate to Croatia.[29]

On 10 October 2014, Aron scored his first senior international goal in Iceland's 3–0 away win against Latvia in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[30] He scored again in a 2–1 defeat of the Czech Republic on 12 June 2015.[31] On 6 September, he was sent off in the last minute of a goalless draw at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík against Kazakhstan, a result which put Iceland into their first major international tournament.[32]

Career statistics

Club

As of 1 November 2015[33][34][35][36][37]
Club Division Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Þór Akureyri 1. deild karla 2005 5 0 1 0 5 0 11 0
2006 6 0 3 0 3 0 12 0
Total 11 0 4 0 8 0 23 0
AZ Eredivisie 2006–07 0 0 0 0
2007–08 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Coventry City Championship 2008–09 40 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 47 2
2009–10 40 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
2010–11 42 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 45 4
Total 122 6 9 1 2 0 0 0 133 7
Cardiff City Championship 2011–12 42 5 0 0 6 0 2 0 50 5
2012–13 45 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 8
Premier League 2013–14 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
Championship 2014–15 45 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 48 4
2015–16 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 160 18 3 0 9 0 2 0 174 18
Career total 294 24 16 1 19 0 2 0 331 25

International

Aron (left) playing for Iceland in 2014
As of match played 6 September 2015.[38]
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland 2008 9 0
2009 7 0
2010 5 0
2011 4 0
2012 8 0
2013 8 0
2014 8 1
2015 4 1
Total 53 2

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 10 October 2014 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 0 – 2 0–3 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [39]
2. 12 June 2015 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Czech Republic 1 – 1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [40]

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  39. ^ Latvia vs. Iceland 0 - 3 at Soccerway.com
  40. ^ Iceland vs. Czech Republic 2 - 1 at Soccerway.com

External links

  • Aron Gunnarsson – FIFA competition record
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