Icelandic starlet Kolbeinn Sigthorsson announces himself to world football with five goals for AZ Alkmaar vs VVV Venlo

Until Saturday few people were talking about 20-year-old Icelandic forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. That’s all changed now though as five-goal haul against VVV Venlo in the Eredivisie has now turned the youngster into an overnight household name.

The young striker, who joined Alkmaar in July last year from his local Icelandic side HK, opened the scoring after five minutes when he took advantage of a defensive blunder by Ferry de Regt. Sigthorsson added two more goals to complete his hat-trick inside the opening 28 minutes, and then the Icelander lifted his season total to nine with two more in the second half.

Sigthorsson’s five-goal haul was the first time any AZ Alkmaar player had achieved such a feat since the legendary Kees Kist had grabbed a similar five goals against Venlo back in 1977.

Making Sigthorsson’s five goals all the more memorable was the fact that the striker scored with all the various parts of his body. While none of he strikes were outstanding in-and-of-themselves, Sigthorsson managed to noticeably score with his left foot, right foot and his head to show off his predatory nous for goals.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s five goals can be seen here.


Five-goal hauls, although a rarity, are seen every-so-often in football.

In England a series of of top goalscorers have notched five in a game, with Jermain Defoe, Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and most-recently Dimitar Berbatov pulling off the accomplishment.

Jermain Defoe’s came in Spurs’ famous 9-1 win over Wigan last season, Andy Cole claimed five against Ipswich in March 1995, Alan Shearer notched five in Newcastle’s 8-0 mauling of Sheffield Wednesday in November 1999, while back in November 2010 Dimitar Berbatov hit five against Blackburn Rovers.