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Teitur Thordarson

Teitur Thordarson
Teitur in May 2011
Personal information
Full name Teitur Þórðarson
Date of birth (1952-01-14) 14 January 1952 (age 68)
Place of birth Akranes, Iceland
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1968 IA Akranes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1977 ÍA 99 (51)
1977 Jönköping 21 (10)
1978–1981 Öster 87 (35)
1981–1983 Lens 48 (20)
1983–1984 Cannes 31 (9)
1984–1985 Yverdon-Sport 13 (6)
1985–1986 Öster 18 (6)
1987 Skövde 16 (0)
Total 285 (117)
National team
1972–1985 Iceland 41 (9)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Skövde
1988–1990 Brann
1991–1992 Lyn
1993 Grei
1994–1995 Lillestrøm
1995–1999 Estonia & Flora Tallinn
2000–2002 Brann
2002–2003 Lyn
2004–2005 Ull/Kisa
2006–2007 KR
2008–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2012–2013 Barasat Euro Musketeers
2013 Funnefoss/Vormsund
2014–2018 Drøbak-Frogn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2007

Teitur Thordarson (Icelandic: Teitur Þórðarson, born 14 January 1952) is an Icelandic football coach. He is the older brother of Ólafur Þórðarson.

Playing career


Íþróttabandalag Akraness

Before coaching, Teitur playing as a striker for nearly two decades. He signed his first professional contract when he joined hometown club Íþróttabandalag Akraness in 1969. He scored 51 goals in 99 appearances, and won four championship titles with ÍA between 1969 and 1977.


After a season with Swedish second division club Jönköping in 1977, Teitur helped Öster to three league championships in Sweden's top-flight Allsvenskan between 1978 and 1981.


In 1981, he moved to French club Lens where he scored 19 goals during the 1981–82 Ligue 1 season, finishing fourth in scoring. At Lens he played for former Liverpool, Lyon, and France manager Gérard Houllier. He then joined Cannes where Arsène Wenger was an assistant coach.

Switzerland/Return to Sweden

Teitur then had a spell in Switzerland with Yverdon-Sport before returning to Sweden in 1985 to complete his playing career with Öster and Skövde.


Teitur received 41 caps for Iceland between 1972 and 1985. He scored nine goals and captained the team in some of the matches.[1]

Coaching career


Teitur's coaching career extends over two decades starting in Sweden in 1987 with the last club he played for, Skövde.


In 1988, he landed his first head-coaching role in Norway's top-flight Tippeligaen when he joined Brann. He led the Bergen club to the 1988 Norwegian Football Cup Final and spent the following two seasons at Brann before ending his first spell by moving to Lyn for two seasons in 1991. After a season with Norwegian Second Division club Grei, Teitur took charge of Lillestrøm and led them to second- and fourth-placed Tippeligaen finishes in 1994 and 1995 respectively.


In 1996, Teitur moved to Estonia to become head coach of their national team and Estonian club Flora Tallinn. He led Flora Tallinn to 3 Meistriliiga championships in 1994–95, 1997–98 and 1998. He also led the club to the Estonian Cup and the Estonian SuperCup titles in 1998.[citation needed]

Teitur helped the Baltic nation move up from 145th (January 1996) to 68th (November 1999) in the FIFA World Ranking. Though he was Estonia's first foreign coach since the country's independence in 1991, Teitur's efforts in developing Estonian football earned him the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (4th class) from the President of Estonia in February 2000.[2]

Return to Norway

The turn of the millennium saw Teitur return to the Norwegian game for a second spell with Brann. He led the club to a second-place finish in the 2000 Tippeligaen season, and spent two more seasons with the Bergen outfit before making a return to another former club, Lyn in 2003. His final two years in Norway saw him coach second division club Ull/Kisa in 2004 and 2005.

KR Reykjavík

In 2006, Teitur returned to his native Iceland to coach KR Reykjavík to a second-place finish in Iceland's top-flight Landsbankadeild, as well as a spot in the 2006 Icelandic Cup final.

Vancouver Whitecaps

With nearly four decades of experience in European football, Teitur became the sixth head coach in the history of the Vancouver Whitecaps after signing a two-year deal with the club on 11 December 2007. He was at the helm when the Whitecaps claimed their second United Soccer League First Division championship in three seasons after a 2–1 victory over Puerto Rico Islanders on 12 October 2008. The following season Teitur made key changes to the Vancouver squad, replacing several veterans with young and experienced players. Though the Whitecaps struggled in the later part of the season, they finished in the final playoff spot and reached the final, where they faced the Montreal Impact home and away in a two-legged affair. It was the first time in USL history that two Canadian clubs would meet for the league championship. The Caps lost both fixtures, home and away, 6-3 on aggregate. On 30 November 2009 Teitur signed a one-year contract extension with the club.[3]

On 1 September 2010, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC held a press conference where Teitur was named as the coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps' first season in Major League Soccer.[4] After producing only one win in three months of action, Teitur was released from his contract on 30 May 2011 with Whitecaps Director of Operations Tom Soehn stepping in to replace him in the interim.[5]

Barasat Euro Musketeers

On 15 January 2012, Cassius Management announced that Teitur would be one of six foreign coaches hired for the new league Bengal Premier League Soccer, with group stages beginning 15 March 2012.[6] He was subsequently bought by Basarat, under the ownership of Uro Infra Reality India Ltd., for US$210,000 on 30 January 2012.[7] After several delays due to lack of quality venues and government opposition,[8] the project was cancelled in January 2013.[9]



Íþróttabandalag Akraness

Östers IF


Flora Tallinn

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Barasat Euro Musketeers


  1. ^ Iceland - Record International Players - RSSSF
  2. ^ "Eesti Vabariigi Teenetemärgid" [Decorations of the Republic of Estonia] (in Estonian). President of Estonia. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Thordarson Given His Big Chance". Prost Amerika. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Thordarson named MLS head coach | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". 1 September 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ Greg Lalas (30 May 2011). "Whitecaps Fire Head Coach Teitur Thordarson". Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Teitur Thordarson Selected For Indian Premier League Soccer Tournament". Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Fabio Cannavaro gets maximum bidders in IPL style soccer". CelebrityManagement. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Robbie Fowler's Indian payday under threat as Premier League Soccer hits problems". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  9. ^ "India's ambitious Premier League Soccer plan finally axed". Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Indian Premier League Soccer: Cannavaro, Pires and Crespo to Show Off in Kolkata". Retrieved 21 March 2012.

External links

Media related to Teitur Þórðarson at Wikimedia Commons