Ólafur Stefánsson

Ólafur Stefánsson
Ólafur Stefánsson
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Personal information
Full name Ólafur Stefánsson
Date of birth 3 July 1973 (1973-07-03) (age 38)
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 Stefánsson

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.

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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

In 1995, he was selected to play on the Iceland national handball team to take part in the world championships, which were held in Iceland.

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.

Family

He is the brother of Icelandic basketball player Jón Arnór Stefánsson, formerly of NBA's Dallas Mavericks.[citation needed]

Honours

Valur Reykjavík

  • Icelandic champion: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Icelandic cup: 1993

SC Magdeburg

BM Ciudad Real

International

Individual

  • 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

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