AGONA Profile: Sverrir Ingason, PAOK’s new rock in defence
On deadline day, PAOK completed the transfer of Icelandic defender Sverrir Ingason, further adding depth to their defensive stocks. The AGONA Profile takes a closer look at Ingason’s career to date.
Ingason was born in Kopavogur close to Iceland’s capital Reykjavík. He began playing football at four years of age at Breioablik which was his local club. Breioablik is a club well known for its outstanding youth system and development of younger players, having produced players such as Gylfi Sigurosson. In 2011, at the age of 18, Ingason joined Breioablik’s feeder club Augnablik, where he impressed and became one of the team’s key players throughout the campaign. The following season (2012/13), he was voted the most promising youngster at Breioablik and in the following campaign, his promising talents did not disappoint. He was becoming one of the best players in the league and was given the “best player award” for his club, while also being named to the team of the year.
Impressive stints abroad
Receiving much hype after an incredible season, Ingason was the talk of many transfer speculations, with several clubs linked to signing him. In January of 2014, he was signed by Norwegian club Viking FK and stood out from the beginning as he was partnered in the centre of defence with fellow countrymen Indrioi Sigurdsson. During the 2014/15 season, he made a total of 29 appearances, scored three goals, and was voted Viking FK’s best player in his “rookie” season.
The following year, he made a move to Belgian club K.S.C. Lokeren. He spent two seasons there from 2015–2017, where he played 67 times for the club and scored on one occasion. During the 2017 January transfer period, he signed for La Liga side Granada on a deal which would see him remain in Spain until June 2020. However, his move to Spain did not go to plan as he departed at the conclusion of the season, remaining with the club for just five months.
He signed for Russian Premier League outfit FC Rostov, in late June 2017 on a 3-year deal. The defender spent two years in Russia at FC Rostov, making 45 appearances for the club and scoring five goals.
Solid contribution for Iceland’s National Team
Ingason has represented Iceland on 26 occasions, making his national team debut back in 2014. He has scored three international goals and his inclusion in Iceland’s roster for the 2016 European Championships and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia remain the highlights of his international career. The defender made two appearances at the World Cup last summer, coming off the bench in matchday two against Nigeria and starting matchday three against eventual finalists Croatia.
Ingason is a natural centre-back, who is gifted with the ball at his feet and has the ability to link up in moves going forward. The defender is very physical while also having a commanding presence in the air.