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Gunnar Thorvaldsson




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Starting off his career playing for his hometown club, Thorvaldsson’s name soon became known as he established himself as one of the promising talents of the Icelandic Premier League, scoring 37 times in 72 League appearances for ÍBV.

In 2004, the striker transferred to Sweden with Halmstads BK. In his first season within the side he narrowly missed out on winning the league title, but in the following year did manage to secure the Swedish golden boot, scoring 16 goals.

In the summer of 2008, after a short spell with Hannover 96, Thorvaldsson was sold to Danish club Esbjerg fB.  In the latter stages of the 2009/10 season, he was loaned out to the English Championship with Reading.

Gunnar made his debut for the Royals away to Nottingham Forest in January, and a week later in our FA Cup fixture against Burnley, he made his Madejski Stadium debut as one of three Icelanders in the squad that afternoon – the other two being the no-nonsense defender that is Ivar Ingimarsson and goal scorer of the winning goal, Gylfi Sigurdsson.   

He went on to make 2(+3) appearances overall for the Royals. Future spells with Swedish and Turkish clubs were to follow before settling down with Allsvenskan League side BK Häcken for the 2014/15 season.