Willum Þór Þórsson

Willum Þór Þórsson (born 17 March 1963) is a former football player and manager and politician.

Willum Þór Þórsson
Personal information
Full name Willum Þór Þórsson
Date of birth (1963-03-17) 17 March 1963
Place of birth Iceland
Playing position midfielder or defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1989 KR 73+ (12+)
1990–1995 Breiðablik 56+ (15+)
1996-1999 Þróttur 23 (3)
National team
1979 Iceland U-17 3 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Þróttur
2000–2001 Haukar
2002–2004 KR
2005–2009 Valur
2009–2011 Keflavík
2010–2011 Iceland national futsal team
2011–2012 Leiknir R.
2014 Breiðablik (Assistant)
2016–2017 KR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

From 2013 to 2016, he served on the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, for the Progressive Party. He holds a Master's degree in Microeconomics from the University of Copenhagen and used to teach economics at Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi.

Playing career

Willum began his career at KR before moving on to Breiðablik and later Þróttur where he started his manager career.

He represented Iceland at youth level both in basketball and football.

Managerial career

Willum led Þróttur to Iceland's top league, the Úrvalsdeild in 1997. The wait had been long as Þróttur last played at the top level in 1985. In 2000, he became the manager of Haukar, and in 2002, he was appointed manager of KR and led them to two successive championships in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 KR finished without a title and Þórsson's contract was not renewed. He took charge of Valur who had just been promoted to the Úrvalsdeild and finished the 2005 season in 2nd place after champions FH.

Valur won the 2005 Icelandic Cup with a 1-0 victory over Fram. In 2006, Valur ended the season in 3rd place and in 2007 Willum managed Valur to their first League title in 20 years and won Manager of the Season in Landsbankadeildin. He left with mutual agreement on 1 July 2009. On 29 September 2009, after the season had finished for the year, he was appointed the new manager of Keflavík.

He is the only manager who has won every single league in Iceland (4 in total), 2nd and 3rd division with Haukar, 1st division with Þróttur and the Premier League with KR and Valur.

In November 2010, Willum was appointed as the first manager for the Icelandic futsal team.[1]

Political career

Willum has taken active part in politics with the Progressive Party. In the 2013 Icelandic parliamentary election he was elected to the Althing and served until 2016, before being elected back into parliament in 2017.[2]

Personal life

Willum is the father of Willum Þór Willumsson, an international football player.[3]

References

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