Eiður Guðjohnsen

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Eiður Guðjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen 10mar2007.jpg
Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2007
Personal information
Full name Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Valur 17 (7)
1995–1997 PSV 13 (3)
1998 KR Reykjavík 6 (0)
1998–2000 Bolton Wanderers 59 (19)
2000–2006 Chelsea 186 (54)
2006–2009 Barcelona 72 (10)
2009–2010 Monaco 9 (0)
2010 Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2011 Stoke City 4 (0)
2011 Fulham (loan) 10 (0)
2011–2012 AEK Athens 10 (1)
2012–2013 Cercle Brugge 13 (6)
2013–2014 Club Brugge 45 (5)
2014– Bolton Wanderers 20 (5)
National team
1992–1994 Iceland U17 27 (6)
1994 Iceland U19 9 (2)
1994–1998 Iceland U21 11 (5)
1996– Iceland 79 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:12, 27 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2015

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[n 1] (born 15 September 1978) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for English club Bolton Wanderers as a forward or attacking midfielder.

He has previously played for Premier League club Chelsea and FC Barcelona of Spain, having made his name with Bolton earlier in his career. He was the captain of the Iceland national team until manager Ólafur Jóhannesson took over the team. Throughout his professional career, Guðjohnsen has scored over 150 goals in all competitions with his clubs and the national team.

He is the son of Arnór Guðjohnsen, a former professional footballer, and is often considered to be one of the greatest Icelandic footballers, having won titles in the Netherlands, Spain, and England as well as the Champions League. He made his full international debut for Iceland as a substitute for his father in 1996, and is the nation's top scorer of all time with 25 international goals in 79 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997.[citation needed] After a spell back in Iceland with KR Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen signed with Bolton Wanderers in 1998.[citation needed]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Guðjohnsen was unveiled to the Bolton supporters prior to their pre-season friendly with the Scottish club Celtic in a game which was arranged as a testimonial for long-serving defender Jimmy Phillips.[citation needed]

Chelsea[edit]

Guðjohnsen celebrates winning the 2004–05 Premiership with Frank Lampard and John Terry.

In 2000 he was signed by Chelsea for a fee of £4 million.[citation needed]

Early in 2003, he admitted to a gambling problem, confessing to having lost £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period.[2]

FC Barcelona[edit]

Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2008

Guðjohnsen was signed by Spanish club FC Barcelona.[3][4]

AS Monaco[edit]

He later joined Ligue 1 club Monaco on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee on 31 August.[5]

Return to England[edit]

Guðjohnsen (furthest left) warming-up for Tottenham before an away match at Wigan Athletic, 21 February 2010

On 28 January 2010, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that Guðjohnsen had joined the club on loan for the remainder of 2009–10 season, despite undergoing a medical at West Ham United. The striker was offered an identical deal by both clubs; however, Guðjohnsen opted to join Spurs.[6]

On 31 August 2010, Guðjohnsen signed for Stoke City on a one-year deal[7] and made his debut for Stoke on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United.[8] After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Guðjohnsen left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan.[9]

On 31 January 2011, Guðjohnsen signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season.[10]

After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.[11]

AEK Athens[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Guðjohnsen signed a two-year deal with AEK Athens keeping him at the club until 2013,[12] despite interest from English club West Ham United and Welsh club Swansea City.[13] He was greeted by over 2,500 thousand AEK Athens fans at the city's Eleftherios Venizelos airport.[14]

Shortly after signing a new 2-year contract with AEK Athens, Guðjohnsen stated to the press after he was greeted by the AEK fans, "It was unbelievable, I have played and been in many countries but I have never seen anything like this before. It really made me feel welcomed. I was informed that I would have been greeted but this was not what I had in mind. I am a 100% sure I have made the right choice going to AEK. I have come for trophies and nothing else. The least thing I can do is help AEK achieve their expectations after the way I was greeted at the airport".[15]

On 15 October 2011, in the derby against Olympiakos, Guðjohnsen was injured in the 44th minute following a collision with the opposition goalkeeper, Franco Costanzo. The diagnosis was a fractured tibia and fibula which will keep him out for the rest of the season.[16]

Cercle Brugge[edit]

On 2 October 2012, Guðjohnsen signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season.[17]

Club Brugge[edit]

On 13 January 2013, after an impressive first half season with Cercle Brugge, Guðjohnsen signed a one-and a half-year contract with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated amount of €300,000.[18]

Return to Bolton[edit]

After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Guðjohnsen began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014.[19] On 5 December, Guðjohnsen signed for Bolton for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[20]

He made his second debut for the club as a second-half substitute for Darren Pratley in a goalless draw with Ipswich Town at the Macron Stadium on 13 December; the same opponents against whom Guðjohnsen had made the last appearance of his previous Bolton spell against in May 2000.[21]

On 4 April 2015 Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that that week was one of the best of Guðjohnsen's career.[22]

International career[edit]

Guðjohnsen made his debut for the Iceland national under-17 football team in 1992 at the age of 14. He went on to score seven goals in 26 appearances for the team before progressing to the under-19 side in 1994. He netted twice in nine caps for the under-19s, before making his debut for the Iceland national under-21 football team later in the year. He represented the under-21s for four years, scoring a total of four goals in 11 caps.[23]

Both father and son have later expressed bitterness at the fact that they were not allowed to play together in the match. The president of the Icelandic FA, Eggert Magnússon (later of West Ham United) gave the coach, Logi Ólafsson, an express order to not play them together because he wanted it to happen on home turf, when Iceland played Macedonia two months later in the first qualification round for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[24]

On 28 March 2015, he made a goal-scoring return to the national team after 18 months away.[22]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results show Iceland's goal tally first

[25]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 4 September 1999 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Andorra
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2000 qualification
2. 25 April 2001 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta
3–1
4–1
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 2 June 2001 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Malta
3–0
3–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 21 August 2002 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Andorra
1–0
3–0
Friendly
5. 16 October 2002 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Lithuania
2–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
6.
3–0
7. 29 March 2003 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland
1–1
1–2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
8. 11 June 2003 Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania
2–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
9. 20 August 2003 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands
1–0
2–1
UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
10. 17 August 2004 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Italy
1–0
2–0
Friendly
11. 4 September 2004 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Bulgaria
1–2
1–3
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 8 September 2004 Ferenc Szusza Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary
1–0
2–3
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 13 October 2004 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Sweden
1–4
1–4
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 4 June 2005 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Hungary
1–0
2–3
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 8 June 2005 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Malta
2–0
4–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 3 September 2005 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Croatia
1–0
1–3
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 2 September 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
18. 13 October 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Latvia
1–0
2–4
UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
19.
2–4
20. 26 March 2008 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia
2–0
2–1
Friendly
21. 6 September 2008 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway
2–2
2–2
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 10 September 2008 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Scotland
1–2
1–2
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
23. 11 February 2009 La Manga Stadium, La Manga, Spain  Liechtenstein
2–0
2–0
Friendly
24. 5 September 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Norway
1–1
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
25. 28 March 2015 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan
1–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Personal life[edit]

As of April 2015 he has four children.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 April 2015[26][27]
Club performance League Cup Other Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iceland League Icelandic Cup Europe Total
1994 Valur Úrvalsdeild 17 7 17 7
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1995–96 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 13 3 2 0 15 3
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iceland League Icelandic Cup Deildabikar Europe Total
1998 KR Reykjavík Úrvalsdeild 6 0 6 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Bolton Wanderers First Division 171 5 0 0 1 0 18 5
1999–2000 422 143 5 4 8 3 55 21
2000–01 Chelsea Premier League 30 10 3 3 1 0 2 0 36 13
2001–02 32 14 7 3 5 3 3 3 47 23
2002–03 35 10 5 0 2 0 2 0 44 10
2003–04 26 6 4 2 1 2 10 3 41 13
2004–05 37 12 3 1 6 1 11 2 57 16
2005–06 26 2 3 1 1 0 6 0 36 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Europe[n 2] Total
2006–07 Barcelona La Liga 25 5 6 3 1 0 9 3 41 11
2007–08 23 2 6 1 8 0 37 3
2008–09 24 3 5 1 5 0 34 4
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 Monaco Ligue 1 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 11 1 3 1 0 0 14 2
2010–11 Stoke City 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Fulham 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2011–12 AEK Athens Superleague Greece 10 1 0 0 4 0 14 1
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Cercle Brugge Belgian Pro League 13 6 1 1 14 7
Club Brugge 18 3 0 0 0 0 18 3
2013–14 27 4 1 0 2 0 30 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2014–15 Bolton Wanderers Championship 171 5 3 1 0 0 20 6
Total Iceland 23 7 23 7
Netherlands 13 3 0 0 2 0 15 3
England 270 74 33 15 26 9 34 8 363 106
Spain 72 10 17 5 1 0 22 3 112 18
France 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Greece 10 1 0 0 4 0 14 1
Belgium 58 13 2 1 2 0 62 14
Career statistics 455 106 53 21 28 9 64 11 600 155

1Includes three First Division play-off matches.

2Includes one First Division play-off match.

3Includes one First Division play-off goal.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Usually spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English-language sources
  2. ^ Includes 2006 UEFA Super Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 179. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Gudjohnsen in casino woe, BBC Sport, 12 January 2003
  3. ^ Gudjohnsen completes Barça move, BBC Sport, 14 June 2006
  4. ^ Gudjohnsen set to sign, FC Barcelona, 14 June 2006
  5. ^ "Gudjohnsen joins Monaco from Barcelona". ESPN. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tottenham complete Eidur Gudjohnsen loan capture". BBC News. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gudjohnsen Deal A Major Coup". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Stoke 1 – 1 West Ham". BBC Sport. 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gudjohnsen Moves On To Fulham". stokecityfc.com. 31 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Eidur down for Cottage". Sky Sports. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Potters Announce Retained List". stokecityfc.com. 31 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Gudjohnsen signs 2 year deal with AEK. Aekfc.gr (19 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
  13. ^ Interest from English clubs. Goal.com (18 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
  14. ^ Gudjohnsen greeted by AEK fans. Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
  15. ^ Guðjohnsen interview. Aek365.gr (19 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
  16. ^ Gudjohnsen to miss season. Neoskosmos.com (23 October 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
  17. ^ van Leeuwen, Gerrit (1 October 2012). "Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen to join Cercle Brugge in Belgium". Sky Sports (British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB)). Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Eidur Gudjohnsen voor 1,5 jaar naar Club" (in Dutch). 
  19. ^ "Eidur Gudjohnsen trains at Bolton: Exclusive photos". www.bwfc.co.uk/. Bolton Wanderers F.C. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Eidur Gudjohnsen: Bolton Wanderers sign striker". BBC Sport. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Bolton 0 Ipswich 0". www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32186145
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  24. ^ Bell, Jack (5 August 2008). "A Pillar of Strength on a Team in Transition". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  25. ^ "E. GUÐJOHNSEN". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
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  27. ^ "Eidur Gudjohnsen Chelsea career". Bounder Friardale.co.uk. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Ólafur Stefánsson
Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson