Aron Gunnarsson

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Aron Gunnarsson
Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson (cropped) .jpg
Aron Gunnarsson (2018)
birthday April 22, 1989
place of birth AkureyriIceland
size 177 cm
position midfield
Years station
0000-2006 Þór Akureyri
2006-2007 AZ Alkmaar
Years station Games (goals) 1
2007-2008 AZ Alkmaar 1 0(0)
2008-2011 Coventry City 122 0(6)
2011– Cardiff City 257 (25)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2005-2006 Iceland U-17 7 0(2)
2006-2008 Iceland U-19 16 0(1)
2007-2011 Iceland U-21 11 0(1)
2008– Iceland 81 0(2)
1 Only league games are given.
As of January 23, 2019

2 As of December 17, 2018

Aron Gunnarsson (born April 22, 1989 in Akureyri ) is an Icelandic football player .



Aron Gunnarsson moved in 2006 from Þór Akureyri to the U-19s of AZ Alkmaar . After initially playing for the 2nd team, he made the jump to the 1st team from AZ. However, he only came to one game in the Eredivisie , the highest league in the Netherlands. In the 2-5 defeat on February 10, 2008 at the NEC Nijmegen , he made his debut. He came in the 76th minute for David Mendes da Silva in the game.

In the summer of 2008 Aron moved to Coventry City in England . He played in the 2nd division of the Football League Championship until 2011 . After 3 seasons in 2011 he moved within the league to the Welsh club Cardiff City . He rose with Cardiff as champions in the 2012/2013 season in the Premier League .

He made his debut in the top English division on August 17, 2013, the 1st matchday. In the 2-0 loss to West Ham United , he played over 90 minutes. After only one season it went back to the 2nd division.

National team

Aron Gunnarsson took part with the U-21 at the U-21 European Championship 2011 in Denmark . He played two out of three group games. Iceland was eliminated in the preliminary round. He himself saw the red card in the first game against Belarus because of an emergency brake and was only able to return to the field in the third and final group game.

He made his debut for the senior national team on February 2, 2008. In the 2-0 defeat by Belarus he played until the 82nd minute and was then substituted for Davíd Thór Vidarsson . At the European Championships in France in 2016 , he led the team through the preliminary round as well as the round of 16 against England into the quarter-finals of the competition, where Iceland lost 5-2 to the French team .

He was also on the Icelandic squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where Iceland was able to take part in a World Cup finals for the first time. After a draw with Argentina and defeats against Nigeria and Croatia, Iceland was eliminated as the last in Group D in the preliminary round; Aron was the captain in all three games.


Aron Gunnarsson is considered a throw-in specialist.

His older brother Arnór Þór Gunnarsson plays handball professionally for the German Bundesliga club Bergischer HC and is an Icelandic national player . Aron himself was also a very talented handball player.

Web links

Commons : Aron Gunnarsson  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Atvinnumennirnir okkar - Arnór Þór Gunnarsson , accessed on April 30, 2016
  2. BHC star Arnor Gunnarsson - The Icelanders are incredibly proud Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 27, 2016.