(, born 14 January 1952) is an Icelandic football
coach. On 11 December 2007 he became coach of Vancouver Whitecaps FC
. He is the older brother of Ólafur Thordarson
Before embarking on his extensive career in coaching, Thordarson enjoyed a successful playing career as a striker for nearly two decades. He signed his first professional contract when he joined hometown club Íþróttabandalag Akraness
in 1969. He went on to score 51 goals in 99 appearances for ÍA, with the striker claiming four Icelandic championship titles with the club between 1969 and 1977.
After a season with Swedish second division
in 1977, Thordarson helped Öster
to three league championships in Sweden's top-flight Allsvenskan
between 1978 and 1981.
He then made an influential move to French
soccer when he joined Lens
in 1981. It was at the northern French club that Thordarson scored 19 goals during the 1981–82 Ligue 1 season
, with the striker finishing fourth in the French top-flight's goalscoring charts. It was also at Lens that Thordarson played for former Liverpool
, and France
manager Gerard Houllier
before he experienced the tutelage of another top coach in Arsène Wenger
. In the early 1980s, the current manager of English Premier League
was an assistant coach at Cannes.
Switzerland/Return to Sweden
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