Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson – also known as Gylfi “Cut and Paste” Sigurdsson for those lacking Icelandic keyboard capabilities – is a star Icelandic professional footballer – also known as a “soccer player” for those lacking European sporting tendencies.
Born in September, 1989, Sigurðsson, who now plays with Swansea City of the Barclay’s English Premier League, rose from the town of Hafnarfjörður (26,000 people, a.k.a. Iceland’s third largest “city”) to accomplish more by age 22 than the authors of this blog have accomplished so far, combined.
According to Wikipedia, he is a central attacking midfielder, who is also a specialist on set-pieces and possesses excellent long-range shooting ability.
What is a set-piece, you may ask? Well, I don’t know either, and the fact that we both had to ask that question probably means that we aren’t set-piece specialists like Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson. Maybe Christ Bongo has an idea.
Just reading up on him, I kind of get the sense that Gylfi is one of those impressive overachievers that you need to resent out of sheer admiration. Further evidence of this: despite claiming to be “not into fishing,” he was named chairman of a fishing company called ‘Lotna ehf’ last year, and the company’s exploits in lumpfish, cod, catfish and plaice fishing make Sigurðsson a prominent member of Iceland’s fishing industry.
P.S. Go Wigan!