Meet Iceland’s midfielder Thor: Birkir Bjarnason
Whatever the fate of Iceland’s Euro 2016 campaign, midfielder Birkir Bjarnason will go down in Icelandic footballing history as the player who denied giants Portugal a clean victory in Iceland’s first ever game in the finals of a major international tournament.
Bjarnason, 28, is a strong midfielder who currently plays for Club Basel in Switzerland. He has played for his country almost fifty times and scored seven goals.
He scored Iceland’s thrilling equaliser against Portugal last week, and defended strongly against Hungary to deny them a victory.
Bjarnason represents better than most the hard work and self-sacrifice sought by managers, and as well as possessing excellent technique he has a great eye for creating goals.
His father, Bjarni Sveinbjörnsson, also played once for the Icelandic national team. Bjarnason is nicknamed Thor – after the Norse god – because of his looks.