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14/01/2014

Rooming with Björgvin

EHF EURO BLOG: Iceland's team captain Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson talks about his personal championship opening

Photo: Aniko Kovacs

Hello to everybody!

My name ist Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, but most people just call me Goggi. I'm 34 years old, left wing and the team captain of the Icelandic team.

When I am not on tour with our national team, I play for German side THW Kiel.

One week ago I was really not sure, whether I would be able to participate at the EHF EURO, as I was suffering from a calf injury.

On Wednesday I had to stop a test after only two and a half minutes, as I could not strain my leg. So my participation was really in danger.

But suddenly as it occurs very often with calf injuries it changed from one day to the other.

On Thursday I had a good session with our fitness coach and on Saturday – one day prior to our match against Norway - I had my first training session with the team since two weeks, as I even had missed our final preparation tournament in Germany.

It was initially planned that I will start in the second match against Hungary, but I felt good and could play against Norway. The fact I scored nine goals made me happy, but I don’t rate my performances in general – others should do that.

My specialities are counter attacks, and I scored eight goals by fast breaks in the opener. I really feel confident when I start to sprint and I am always sure that the shot hits the goal.

We started really well with a clear advantage early in the game against Norway and we never gave this advantage from our hands until the end.

During a tournament like a EHF EURO we have no special rituals in our Icelandic team, except – as usual in all teams – that those young players with the lowest number of international matches have to carry the balls to the training and the matches.

And we don’t have any specific rules – the only rule is that we have no rules. Typical for us open-minded people from Iceland!

Of course, everybody must be in time for all meeting and behave in an adequate way. But as we have a perfect company in our team, the atmosphere is relaxed.

So it is very easy for new and young players to fit in the team without any problems. Of course our older players have an eye on them, but we usually never any problems.

So we are close comrades on and off the court, but everybody gets his own piece of freedom.

During tournaments like the EHF EURO I always share the room with Björgvin Gustavsson.

Left wings and goalkeepers are supposed to be a little bit crazy, so this is a perfect mixture. Björgvin is a really nice guy with whom you can have a lot of fun.

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Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (34) is Olympic silver medallist (2008) and EHF EURO bronze medallist (2010) with Iceland. He has played nearly 300 internationals for Iceland and scored more than 1,500 goals.

"Goggi" has been playing most of the time in Germany for TuSem Essen, VfL Gummersbach and Rhein Neckar Löwen. In 2011 he went it to Denmark, playing one season for AG Kobenhavn, before transferring to Kiel in 2012.

written by Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Iceland team captain