- Ólafur Stefánsson
Ólafur Stefánsson Personal information Full name Ólafur Stefánsson Date of birth 3 July 1973 Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Playing position Right Back Club information Current club Rhein-Neckar Löwen Number 11 Youth career 1990-1992 Valur Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1992–1996 Valur - (-) 1996–1998 LTV Wuppertal - (-) 1998–2003 SC Magdeburg - (-) 2003–2009 BM Ciudad Real - (-) 2009– Rhein-Neckar Löwen 50 (193) National team 1990- Iceland 313 (1488) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:37, 17 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Medal record Competitor for Iceland Men's Handball Summer Olympics Silver 2008 Beijing Team competition European Championship Bronze 2010 Austria Team competition
Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson (born July 3, 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Rhein-Neckar Löwen of the German handball championship. He is the current captain for the Iceland national handball team. His demarcation is right back. He is considered to be one of the best handball players in the world.
As a player for his national team, he currently holds the record for the number of goals scored with a national handball team (over 1400 goals) ever. He is also one of the most enduring handball players of all times, being a field player since 1990.
He was voted Sports Personality of the Year in Iceland in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Career in clubs
Stefánsson started in the Reykjavík sports club Valur and became champion of Iceland with that team 5 times. After Valur, he migrated to Germany, playing with LTV Wuppertal, then SC Magdeburg. In 2003, he played for the renowned handball team BM Ciudad Real in Spain, until 2009 where he went back to Germany to play with Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
Career on the national team
He was captain for the national handball team on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (ending with the silver medal), and again on the 2010 European Championship where Iceland finished third.
- Icelandic champion: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Icelandic cup: 1993
- Bundesliga: 2001
- DHB-Supercup: 2001
- Champions League: 2002
- EHF Cup: 1999, 2001
- EHF Men’s Champions Trophy: 2001, 2002
BM Ciudad Real
- Liga ASOBAL : 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Copa ASOBAL: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Supercopa ASOBAL: 2005, 2008
- EHF Champions League: 2006, 2008, 2009
- EHF Men’s Champions Trophy: 2005, 2006
- 5th place at 1997 World Championship
- 4th place at 2002 European Championship
- 2nd at 2008 Olympic Games
- 3rd place at 2010 European Championship
- Icelandic Sports Personality of the Year: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009
- Top Scorer at 2002 European Championship
- Top Scorer in Magdeburg's history
- Top Scorer in 2007-08 EHF Champions League
- Top Scorer at BM Ciudad Real in 2002-03 season
- Selected in 2002 European Championship All Star Team
- Selected in 2004 Olympic Games All Star Team
- Selected in 2008 Olympic Games All Star Team
- Selected in 2010 European Championship All Star Team
Orders and special awards
- Order of the Falcon - Knight Grand Cross in 2008
- Ólafur Stefánssons profile at rhein-neckar-loewen.de
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