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Gylfi Sigurdsson

Born: 8th September 1989 
Nationality: Icelandic 
Position: Midfielder 
Royals first team debut: Reading 5-1 Luton – 26/08/08 
Appearances: 42(+9) 
Goals: 22

Sigurdsson’s Story:
It all began in 2005. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sigurdsson joined the Reading Academy on a scholarship, spending his first three years playing for the youth and reserve teams. 

He was allocated a squad number for the senior team after signing professionally alongside five other Academy players before the start of the 2007/08 season. 

His debut in blue and white hoops came against Luton in 2008, where another young Academy talent and future club captain Jem Karacan also made his Royals bow. 

He ended that year with loan spells at Shrewsbury and Crewe, before being handed his first start under manager Brendan Rodgers towards the start of the following season. 

This just happened to coincide with his first Royals goal. The Icelandic international netting the fourth goal of the night after 27 minutes, helping the team to end the game 5-1 victors and ensure a spot in the next round. 

Upon Brian McDermott’s reign, Sigurdsson embarked on a swift rise of fame at the football club. 20 goals during the campaign meant that unsurprisingly he was named Player of the Season come May, but with no top six spot secured, the midfielder was sold for a record club fee to enable the Royals proper foundations to rebuild.    

Beyond the hoops:
Bundesliga high-flyers Hoffenheim were the club on the other end of the deal. Spending £6 million for the Icelander’s services, he made 17(+19) appearances, scoring nine goals for the side before a move back into English football with Swansea on loan and then agreeing a permanent contract with Spurs. 

Over the space of two seasons at White Hart Lane, Sigurdsson scored 13 goals, and never lost a game for the Whites when he did so. 

In July 2014 he sort out a move back to Swansea, signing a contract with the club that agreed left-back Ben Davis would become a Spurs player in the process. 

In his first season back as a Swan, Sigurdsson starred and became the club's most prized asset as he totted up goals and assists for fun at the very highest level of the domestic game.

He was selected for UEFA Euro 2016, having helped Iceland qualify for a major tournament! And Sigurdsson scored Iceland's opening goal in the second group match against Hungary, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Later that month, he played a part in England's exit from the tournament of course.