Ice­land na­tional team’s goal­keeper joins Qarabag FC

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Qarabag Foot­ball Club, the six-time cham­pion of Azer­bai­jan, has strength­ened its squad with a new player – the goal­keeper of the Ice­land na­tional team Hannes Hall­dors­son.

Be­fore the trans­fer, the 34-yearold foot­baller was play­ing in Dan­ish Ran­ders FC for two years. As part of the Ice­land na­tional team, Hall­dors­son took part in the 2018 World Cup, play­ing in three matches of the group stage.

It is note­wor­thy that in the game against Ar­gentina, the Ice­landic goal­keeper saved a penalty from the Ar­gen­tine top player Lionel Messi. How­ever, Ice­land could not qual­ify from the group, tak­ing the 4th place.

In an in­ter­view with Ice­landic me­dia, Hall­dors­son said that be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to move to Qarabag FC, he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the club from its for­eign play­ers.

“I talked to the Span­ish and Pol­ish play­ers of Qarabag and re­ceived the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion. Qarabag is a top club, it has all the nec­es­sary con­di­tions,” the goal­keeper noted.

Hall­dors­son added that his new team has won the last five sea­sons in Azer­bai­jan Premier League and is a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in UEFA com­pe­ti­tions.

As for the per­for­mance of Qarabag FC in the Cham­pi­ons League, the goal­keeper said: “Last year Qarabag ad­vanced to the group stage of the Cham­pi­ons League by beat­ing the Dan­ish FC Copen­hagen.And now they again want to play in the Cham­pi­ons League. I think that this is also the best chance for me to play in the Cham­pi­ons League, and I de­cided to fol­low this dream.”

The Ice­lander will have to miss the first match of Qarabag within the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of the in­jury he re­ceived at the 2018 World Cup.

“I got in­jured and I’m recovering now. I will have to miss the first match against Slove­nian Olimpija FC, but I hope to play in the sec­ond game in two weeks,” Hall­dors­son said.

Qarabag FC was formed in 1951 in the Azer­bai­jani city of Ag­dam. Af­ter the oc­cu­pa­tion of the city by the Ar­me­nian mil­i­taries in 1993, the club was com­pelled to leave its home­town and set­tled in Baku.

So far, Qarabag has par­tic­i­pated in 14 edi­tions of the club com­pe­ti­tions gov­erned by UEFA. These in­clude four sea­sons in the Cham­pi­ons League, nine sea­sons in the UEFA Cup and Europa League, two sea­sons in the Cup Win­ners' Cup and one sea­son in the In­ter­toto Cup.

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