Hólmbert Friðjónsson

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Hólmbert Friðjónsson
Personal information
Full name Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson
Date of birth (1993-04-19) 19 April 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Aalesund
Number 10
Youth career
–2010 HK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 HK 29 (7)
2011–2013 Fram 43 (11)
2013–2015 Celtic 0 (0)
2014–2015Brøndby (loan) 11 (1)
2015–2016 KR 20 (3)
2016Stjarnan (loan) 9 (2)
2017–2018 Stjarnan 19 (11)
2018– Aalesund 50 (25)
National team
2009 Iceland U17 4 (1)
2010–2011 Iceland U19 6 (2)
2012–2014 Iceland U21 10 (5)
2015– Iceland 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 January 2018

Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (born 19 April 1993) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for Norwegian side Aalesund.

Club career[edit]

In July 2011 Hólmbert transferred to Fram Reykjavík after making his mark as a young player with HK in the Icelandic second tier.[1]

Keflavík-born[2] Hólmbert emerged as a stand out player during the 2013 season and his 10 goals were crucial to help Fram Reykjavík avoid relegation from the Icelandic top league. The player also scored three times for the team in the Icelandic Cup, which helped them win the competition for the first time in 24 years.[3] Hólmbert scored Fram's first goal in the Cup final, a 3–3 draw with Stjarnan, then converted his kick as Fram won on a penalty shootout, in a game that he described as "the highlight of my career".[4][5] The player was known by his teammates as Bertie, and was regarded as having a strong sense of humour.[6]

After trials in the Netherlands with Heracles and in Scotland with Celtic, Hólmbert signed a four-year deal to join the Glasgow giants, for a fee of around £100,000.[7][8] Although officially signing for the team on 1 January 2014 for the next transfer window, the player started training with his new club at the beginning of December 2013.[9][10] Hólmbert made the decision to join the Scottish club after speaking to teammates Steven Lennon and Alan Lowing who both played previously in the Scottish Premiership.[11][12][13][14][15]

Hólmbert joined Danish Superliga club Brøndby on loan in September 2014, after failing to feature in any competitive games for Celtic.[16] During the loan, Hólmbert made eleven league appearances, scoring one goal. After returning to Celtic, he was released on 2 July 2015 without ever making a first team appearance.[17] The same day, it was announced that he was returning to Iceland to play for KR Reykjavík on a 2.5 year contract.[18] On 1 August 2016, he signed for Stjarnan on a loan deal for the remainder of the season. He then made the move permanent after the season.


Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 September 2019[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
HK 2010 1. deild karla 19 4 0 0 - 19 4
2011 10 3 1 0 - 11 3
Total 29 7 1 0 - - 30 7
Fram 2011 Úrvalsdeild 9 0 0 0 - 9 0
2012 13 1 2 0 - 15 1
2013 21 10 5 3 - 26 13
Total 43 11 7 3 - - 50 14
Celtic 2013–14 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Brøndby (loan) 2014–15 Danish Superliga 11 1 2 0 - 13 1
Total 11 1 2 0 - - 13 1
KR 2015 Úrvalsdeild 10 3 2 2 2 0 14 5
2016 10 0 1 0 3 2 14 2
Total 20 3 3 2 5 2 28 7
Stjarnan (loan) 2016 Úrvalsdeild 9 2 0 0 - 9 2
Stjarnan 2017 19 11 4 0 2 0 25 11
Total 28 13 4 0 2 0 34 11
Aalesund 2018 OBOS-ligaen 28 19 1 0 - 29 19
2019 22 6 3 3 - 25 9
Total 50 25 4 3 - - 54 28
Career total 181 60 21 8 7 2 209 70

International career[edit]

Hólmbert received his first call-up for the Iceland national team on 16 January 2015 in a friendly against Canada. He scored his first goal on 19 January 2015 in their return friendly against Canada.[20]

International goal[edit]

Score and result list Iceland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 19 January 2015 UCF Soccer and Track Stadium, Orlando  Canada 1–1 1–1 Friendly [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Framarar nældu í Hólmbert". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Hólmbert: Ætluðum ekki að hleypa þeim í leikinn". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ Halliday, Stephen (21 November 2013). "Celtic's Fridjonsson wants to win full Iceland caps". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ Sveinsson, Skúli Unnar (17 August 2013). "Fyrsti bikarsigur Fram í 24 ár". MBL.is (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ McLean, Euan (21 November 2013). "I WANT TO BE A CUP TWINNER AT CELTIC; CELTIC LATEST Holmbert plans trophy double after picking up silver in Iceland". The Daily Record.
  6. ^ MacDonald, Kenny (15 November 2013). "Celts' Ice Jolly". The Sun.
  7. ^ "Celtic complete deal for striker Holmbert Fridjonsson". BBC Sport. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  8. ^ Marjoribanks, Brian (20 November 2013). "Fridjonsson aims to make his mark at Celtic Park after Lennon snaps up striker". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Holmbert Fridjonsson: I'll have to fight for my place at Celtic, I'm not just going to walk into the team". The Herald. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Holmbert Fridjonsson confident of goals for Celtic after 'hitting the gym'". STV. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  11. ^ Halliday, Stephen (21 November 2013). "Celtic: Fridjonsson persuaded by ex-Rangers pair". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Lure of Champions League sold Holmbert Fridjonsson on Celtic move". STV. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  13. ^ McLean, Euan (21 November 2013). "Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjonsson says Barcelona triumph sold him on Celtic move". The Daily Record. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  14. ^ McLean, Euan (21 November 2013). "New Celtic hitman Holmbert Fridjonsson targeting another cup triumph - and an international call up". The Daily Record. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  15. ^ Cully, Ronnie (21 November 2013). "Messi praise led Frid to Parkhead". The Evening Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Celtic: Holmbert Fridjonsson joins Brondby on loan". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  17. ^ Walker, Mark. "Holmbert Fridjonsson freed by Celtic". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Holmbert Fridjonsson agrees move to KR Reykjavik after leaving Celtic". STV Sport. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Hólmbert Friðjónsson". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  20. ^ a b Þórðarson, Tómas Þór (19 January 2015). "Hólmbert tryggði Íslandi jafntefli í Orlando". Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 January 2015.

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