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NO MORE “AIR ICELANDIC” – Gudjon Valur Sigurdson retires at 41!

One of the legendary faces in world of handball in the last two decades, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, has announced the end of professional career. The 41-years old “Air Icelandic” wrote a statement on his Instagram in which he emotionally explained that it is time for retirement…

Well, it‘s come to that time in my career that all athletes reach eventually. After 25 years at the senior level and 21 years in the national team, I‘ve decided to retire.
At this point in my life I would like to thank all of those who have stood by me through thick and thin. Teammates, coaches, doctors, physios, team managers, supporters and all the others, including opponents.
Last but not least I would like to thank my family, especially my wife and children. Þóra, Ína, Jóna and Jason, you have made this all worthwhile all these years.
Handball has opened a world to me few have had the privilege to experience. What remains are the memories, the sweet and the sour, and the people I‘ve met along the way.❤️ Takk,
Guðjón Valur

SIGURDSSON’S CAREER:

1998–2001
KA Akureyri
2001–2005
TUSEM Essen
2005–2008
VfL Gummersbach
2008–2011
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
2011–2012
AG København
2012–2014
THW Kiel
2014–2016
FC Barcelona Lassa
2016–2019
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
2019–2020
Paris Saint-Germain

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jæja, það er komið að þeim tímapunkti sem allt íþróttafólk nær á sínum ferli. Eftir 25 ár í meistaraflokki og 21 ár í landsliðinu er loksins kominn tími á að skórnir fari á hilluna. Á svona tímamótum langar mig að þakka öllum sem hafa stutt við bakið á mér í gegnum súrt og sætt. Samherjum, þjálfurum, læknum, sjúkraþjálfurum, liðsstjórum, stuðningsmönnum og öllum hinum, líka mótherjum. Síðast en ekki síst langar mig að þakka fjölskyldu minni fyrir ómetanlegan stuðning og þá sérstaklega konunni minni og börnunum. Þóra, Ína, Jóna og Jason, þið hafið gert það þess virði að standa í þessu í öll þessi ár. Handboltinn hefur opnað mér heim sem fáum auðnast og ég hefði aldrei ímyndað mér að ég ætti eftir að upplifa þegar ég var ungur gutti í Gróttu. Það sem eftir lifir eru minningarnar, bæði þær sætu og þær sáru, og fólkið sem ég hef kynnst á leiðinni.❤️ Takk fyrir mig, Guðjón Valur Well, it‘s come to that time in my career that all athletes reach eventually. After 25 years at the senior level and 21 years in the national team, I‘ve decided to retire. At this point in my life I would like to thank all of those who have stood by me through thick and thin. Teammates, coaches, doctors, physios, team managers, supporters and all the others, including opponents. Last but not least I would like to thank my family, especially my wife and children. Þóra, Ína, Jóna and Jason, you have made this all worthwhile all these years. Handball has opened a world to me few have had the privilege to experience. What remains are the memories, the sweet and the sour, and the people I‘ve met along the way.❤️ Takk, Guðjón Valur

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