The silky EVERTON and ICELAND playmaker tells MATCH all about his first footy experiences…
MY FIRST... FOOTY MEMORY!
GYLFI SAYS: “Just running around with a ball, probably breaking a few things, and playing with my brother. As soon as I was able to walk I was kicking a ball around. Iceland’s a nice country for that. It gets cold, but that didn’t affect us – I enjoyed playing on snow more than grass!”
MY FIRST... LIVE MATCH!
GLYFI SAYS: “I remember going to Man. United against Ipswich at Old Trafford, and it finished 9-0! My dad and brother were United supporters, so I grew up watching them. My first kit would have been a United one too – when it’s your dad and brother’s team, you don’t really have a choice!”
MY FIRST... HEROES!
GYLFI SAYS: “Eidur Gudjohnsen was Iceland’s greatest player and he played in the Premier League. The first time I ever met him was strange – it was during national team training, so playing alongside someone that’s been your idol since you were young was very special!”
MY FIRST... SENIOR GAME!
GYLFI SAYS: “My first game for Reading was in the League Cup. I scored, but it didn’t have the same excitement as playing in the league. My first league start was against Sheffield United – and I remember getting an elbow in the face! I was like, ‘Wow, I’m playing with the big boys now!’”
MY FIRST... HOFFENHEIM GOAL!
GYLFI SAYS: “The manager brought me on just to take a free-kick, and it went in! He sent me on and told me to go and score. The ball went to the goalkeeper’s corner, but he’d taken a step the wrong way and couldn’t get back to save it, so it was a good start to life in German football for me!”
MY FIRST... TOFFEES GOAL!
GYLFI SAYS: “It was in the Europa League against Hajduk Split from about 50 yards out! I remember seeing the keeper off his line before I got the ball, and I didn’t have anything else on. The ball was off the ground, so I decided just to go for it, and thankfully it went in. That one’s definitely up there in my top three goals!”
MY FIRST... INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT!
GYLFI SAYS: “From the moment we qualified for Euro 2016, it was fantastic, and better than we ever expected. Beating England was obviously sensational, but there were so many great moments. We had a tough qualifying group, so we knew we could beat anyone – and after we drew with Portugal, the belief just grew from there!”
MY FIRST... WORLD CUP!
GYLFI SAYS: “I enjoyed the Euros more because of our success, but the World Cup is a lot bigger. I never dreamed I’d score in a World Cup – coming from Iceland, you don’t see yourself getting too many chances to play there, but when I retire I’ll look back on that as a really big highlight!”
Gylfi Sigurdsson was supporting the biggest grassroots football tournament in the country – the PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Since its launch, over 200,000 players have been involved. Visit www.playstationschoolscup.com