Alfreð Finnbogason, the man who stunned Argentina

Finnbogason etched his name into Iceland's football history by scoring the country's first-ever goal in the World Cup and securing a draw against Argentina.

Alfred Finnbogason has established himself as a prolific goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 22 goals in two seasons for FC Augsburg.   -  AFP

Iceland created history by becoming the smallest-ever nation to take part in the World Cup. And by scoring the first-ever goal for Iceland against Argentina in the World Cup, Alfred Finnbogason etched his name in history.

The 29-year old striker, who plays for FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga, scored a 22 minute goal to restore parity after Argentine star Sergio Aguero’s 18 minute goal.

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Finnbogason, the 6’1” powerful frontman, has established himself as a goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 22 goals in two seasons for FC Augsburg. His tall, muscular figure belies the speed and agility he possesses, not limiting him to just a target man or a poacher. But his physicality was crucial in the seven goals that came off his head in Bundesliga. A calm and composed figure in front of goal, Finnbogason scored all four of his penalties in the Bundesliga last season.

He started his professional football career with Breiðablik’s youth team in 2005. Breaking into the Breiðablik first team in 2007 at the age of 18, he helped the side to its first ever domestic cup in 2009. In 2010, his 13 goals in 18 games for Breiðablik, brought it its first-ever úrvalsdeild title, the top-tier league in Iceland.

He made his way to Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen in 2012 after stints at Belgian side Lokeren and Swedish team Helsingborgs IF. At SC Heerenveen, he finished his debut season as the third top scorer in the league with 24 goals. It earned him a move to Spanish side Real Sociedad. He didn’t quite succeed at Sociedad, and was loaned out to Olympiakos in Greece.

In the 2015-16 season, Finnbogason was loaned out to Augsburg, where he scored seven goals, which convinced the club to get him on a permanent deal.

After scoring in his international debut for Iceland in 2010, Finnbogason has played 48 times for the country, scoring 14 times.

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