Monday, May 01, 2006

The best ever - #1. Ásgeir Sigurvinsson

Here is a review by dino baggio is god! on the best Icelandic footballers to come out of Iceland. In the next few days the ten best will be revealed on this site. Note that no player playing before the seventies is included.

1. Ásgeir Sigurvinsson – Born in the tiny Vestmann Islands just off the Icelandic southcoast and left the country as a young boy to try his luck in professional football. Outstanding playmaker.

Sigurvinsson played for Standard Liege in Belgium before becoming one of the best midfielders in Europe with Bayern Munchen and Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga. He captained Stuttgart to win the Bundesliga title and was voted the best player in the league.

The “Kaiser”, Franz Beckenbauer tried to pressure Sigurvinsson into changing nationalities and become a German citizen before the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. According to Beckenbauer, Sigurvinsson was the prefect number ten in world football at that time.

If one has to critize Sigurvinsson for something that has to be his performances for the Icelandic national side. He always played better for his club sides than his national side. Maybe that was due to the quality of players around him. He later became the manager of Icelandic side Fram and the Icelandic national side. He started well as the coach of the national side, but his stint ended on a sour note as Iceland plummited down the FIFA rankings.

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