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Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2007
|Full name||Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen|
|Date of birth||15 September 1978|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Forward / Attacking midfielder|
|2010||→ Tottenham Hotspur (loan)||11||(1)|
|2011||→ Fulham (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 24 international goals in 78 caps.
After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997, where much was expected of him, as well as of another young hopeful, the Brazilian Ronaldo. During Guðjohnsen's injury struggles, PSV finally released him. After a spell back in Iceland with KR Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen signed with Bolton Wanderers in 1998.
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, now a first team coach at Bolton. Guðjohnsen had impressed on the club's summer tour of Ireland and was given a contract by the then Bolton manager Colin Todd.
Overweight and unfit, it was going to take time for Guðjohnsen to return to the level he needed to be and a brief substitute appearance against Birmingham City in September 1998 meant that the Icelander had taken a step further on the road to recovery.
By early 1999, Todd decided to put Guðjohnsen into the senior team full-time to help freshen up a Bolton forward line which was decimated by the sale of Arnar Gunnlaugsson to Leicester City and Nathan Blake to Blackburn Rovers.
Guðjohnsen's return to the team saw him score in a 3–3 draw against struggling Swindon Town at the County Ground and again in the next game against Barnsley at the Reebok Stadium. By the end of the season he had scored five goals in all competitions.
He scored 21 goals in the English First Division 1999–2000 season for the Trotters and helped them to the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup, including scoring the only goal in a tense FA Cup quarter-final game against Charlton Athletic.
New chairman Phil Gartside announced that it would take at least £10 million to prise Guðjohnsen away from Bolton. After helping the Wanderers to the League Cup and FA Cup semi final, it was now his main aim to get the club into the Premier League. He scored but was then injured against Ipswich Town in the first leg of the play-off semi final.
In 2000, during a period of financial troubles at Bolton, he was signed by Chelsea for a fee of £4 million by Gianluca Vialli (who was sacked in September of that year to be succeeded by Claudio Ranieri). He formed a deadly partnership with Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in their first Premier League season, scoring 10 goals himself and helping Hasselbaink to a tally of 27.
His dribbling and close-control, combined with his deadly finishing, saw him score some remarkable goals during his time at Chelsea. His overhead kick against Leeds in the 2002–03 season for Chelsea is perhaps his finest strike to date. Other notable goals came against Fulham at Stamford Bridge in 2003–04, ranked ten in the 2004–05 Premier League Goals of the Season against Southampton in 2005, and his first professional hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers in October 2004, he also made around 60 assists during his time with Chelsea. His touch and vision saw Chelsea manager José Mourinho deploy Guðjohnsen into a deeper midfield role, to which he took readily. He ended up as a utility player: he performed as a central-midfielder; as a right or left winger; as a holding-defensive midfielder or as a striker.
After the arrival of Roman Abramovich as the owner of Chelsea in 2003, and the subsequent influx of expensive and high-profile players including Adrian Mutu, Didier Drogba and Hernán Crespo, his first team place seemed under threat. Despite this, he played regularly throughout the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons, playing a significant role in the Premier League title triumph in 2005, scoring a total of 12 league goals. He also scored the opener in Chelsea's 4–2 win over Barcelona in the 2004–05 Champions League first knockout round on 8 March.
With Chelsea making several big-name signings in the 2006 close season, notably strikers Andriy Shevchenko and Salomon Kalou and midfielder Michael Ballack, there was growing speculation concerning Guðjohnsen's opportunities for playing time in the 2006–07 Premier League season and his future at Chelsea. Despite being linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, amongst others, on 14 June 2006, it was announced that he had joined Barcelona on a three-year contract, with the option of an additional year. Overall, with 263 appearances for Chelsea, Guðjohnsen is Chelsea's fourth highest appearance-maker among overseas players.
Guðjohnsen was signed by FC Barcelona to replace Henrik Larsson, who had decided to finish his career at his home town club of Helsingborg in Sweden. The fee was claimed to be €12 million with an additional €3 million depending on appearances and performances. Guðjohnsen was also the first ever player from Iceland to play for the club.
On 28 August 2006, Guðjohnsen made his La Liga debut in a match against Celta Vigo. With three minutes remaining in the match, he scored the game-winning goal, leading Barcelona to a 3–2 win. Guðjohnsen scored against Chelsea in the Champions League in October 2006, and recorded a brace against RCD Mallorca in mid-November. He scored one of the goals against Werder Bremen, 2–0, to take Barcelona to the final sixteen of the Champions League. Guðjohnsen also gained fame in the United States when he scored an impressive goal against Mexican champions Chivas Guadalajara in front of nearly 100,000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. On 6 December 2006, Guðjohnsen scored in a 4–0 win against Club América in the FIFA Club World Cup semi finals.
On 6 March 2007, Guðjohnsen scored for Barcelona as they fought to overturn their disadvantage in a UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool at Anfield. Despite winning the match, Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals. He ended the 2006–07 season with 12 goals in all competitions. Only three of the biggest Barcelona stars, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi, scored more goals. Guðjohnsen was, in fact, the club's top scorer in the Champions League, albeit with only 3 goals.
Although Guðjohnsen played reasonably well in his first season with Barcelona, he did not seem to have fulfilled the expectations of either Frank Rijkaard or the Barcelona fans. During the summer of 2007 he was widely expected to be moving on and was linked with moves back to the Premier League. Barcelona did, however, not take any concrete steps to off-load him. Because of injury, nothing happened and, in autumn, Guðjohnsen took his place on the Barcelona bench. He claimed he was determined to fight his way back into the team but as Barcelona had by now acquired the services of Thierry Henry and given first-team places to young strikers Giovani dos Santos and Bojan Krkić, he faced a formidable task.
Guðjohnsen made his first appearance of the season on 23 October against Rangers in the Champions League, playing as a centre midfielder and he scored his first goal of the 2007–08 season from the penalty spot in the 89th minute in Barcelona's 3–0 Copa del Rey victory over Alcoyano on 13 November. Guðjohnsen scored his first La Liga goal, of the season in Barça's highest win (3–0) at Mestalla against Valencia CF since the 1997–98 season and on 20 February 2007, he made his 50th appearance in a UEFA Champions League match. During Barcelona's troubled season, Guðjohnsen did manage to become a regular member of Rijkaard's team, playing in altogether 34 games, but only starting 18 times and often being replaced. Only on four occasions did he play the full 90 minutes. Guðjohnsen saved his best performance for the last La Liga match, against relegated Real Murcia, when his fluid midfield play drew rave reviews, although he did not score.
As Barcelona's new coach, Josep Guardiola, was widely thought to plan to off-load Guðjohnsen, together with a host of other players, most people thought this would have been his last game for Barça. Interest from several Premier League clubs duly materialized in the next few weeks, notably from West Ham United and Portsmouth.
At the end of July, Guardiola seemed to have changed his opinion and Guðjohnsen played a considerable role in Barcelona's pre-season matches, even scoring two goals against Hibernian. Guðjohnsen declared that Guardiola had expressed more faith in him and he was likely to stay in Spain next season. On 21 September, Guðjohnsen played his first game of the new season, coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute in Barcelona's thrashing of Sporting Gijón, 6–1. He did not score but played well and was involved in the last two goals, both scored by Lionel Messi. Three days later, on 24 September, he again came off the bench in the 70th minute, this time against Real Betis, when he replaced Seydou Keita and managed to score the winning goal in a 3–2 win, 9 minutes later after coming on. Shortly after, on 27 September, Guðjohnsen got his first start of the season, against RCD Espanyol. After this he has had his best season in Barcelona although not scoring as much as in the first. Guðjohnsen has competed with Seydou Keita for playing time and has made frequent appearances with a fair amount of starts. He made his 100th appearance in a Barça shirt that season. Guðjohnsen became the first Icelander to win the Champions League trophy as Barcelona won the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final against defending champions, Manchester United, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
During the summer of 2009 Guardiola revealed that Guðjohnsen was not part of his plans for the next season. Nonetheless, he was still picked for the 2009 Supercopa de España and the 2009 UEFA Super Cup. Picking up winners medals in both as an unused sub.
He later joined Ligue 1 club Monaco on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee on 31 August. However he didn't settle in Monaco and his performances were inconsistent. He was loaned out to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the January 2010 less than five months after moving to the south of France.
Return to England
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. West Ham's new co-owner David Sullivan was outraged at hearing of Redknapp's interest in Guðjohnsen, and was quoted as saying "We thought we had a deal and the player had even had a medical. We then heard that Tottenham were trying to speak to the player. I can't say I am happy about it." He got his Spurs career off to a solid start with two goals in a friendly match against Dagenham and Redbridge on 3 February. On 10 February 2010, Guðjohnsen made his full Spurs debut alongside Jermain Defoe as a striker in a 1–0 away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored his first goal for Tottenham against Stoke City on 20 March 2010 also making way for the second goal which led to his team's victory.
On 31 August 2010, Guðjohnsen signed for Stoke City on a one-year deal and made his debut for Stoke on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United. As he did not attend pre-season training with Monaco, Guðjohnsen began his Stoke career by doing an intense training schedule in order to become fit. He was also playing for the reserves in order to gain match practice and scored his first goal for the second string in a 2–1 win over Leeds United reserves. After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Guðjohnsen left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan.
On 31 January 2011, Guðjohnsen signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season. Guðjohnsen made his first appearance for Fulham as a late substitute in the 2–2 draw at Aston Villa on 5 February 2011.
After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.
On 19 July 2011, Guðjohnsen signed a two-year deal with AEK Athens keeping him at the club until 2013 despite interest from English club West Ham United and Welsh club Swansea City. The former Chelsea and Barcelona forward was greeted by over 2,500 thousand AEK Athens fans at the city's Eleftherios Venizelos airport breaking former AEK and Brazilian star Rivaldo's greeting.
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". Gudjohnsen would also play alongside Icelandic Centre back Elfar Freyr Helgason who was recently signed by AEK. On 21 September 2011, he scored his first goal for AEK Athens coming on as a 75th minute substitute in 4–3 away win against Xanthi.
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.
Gudjohnsen made his return to AEK earlier than expected, on 22 April in a 1–1 draw against Doxa Dramas. His last game in AEK shirt was in 20 May 2012 against rivals Panathinaikos.
In July 2012 Guðjohnsen came to an agreement with AEK to terminate his contract due the club's serious financial difficulties.
On 2 October 2012, Guðjohnsen signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season. He made his debut on 6 October 2012, scoring his first goal in a 1–3 away defeat against Zulte Waregem.
Return to Bolton
After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Guðjohnsen began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014. On 5 December, Guðjohnsen signed for Bolton for the rest of the 2014–15 season.
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. He started the next game, a 1–0 win against Millwall on December 19, though was substituted off midway through the second half. On 26 December, his first home start at Bolton for 14 years, he set up fellow 36-year-old forward, the debuting Emile Heskey in a 2–1 win over Blackburn. Guðjohnsen scored his first goal since returning to the club on 10 January 2015 from a penalty in a 1–1 draw against Leeds United.
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.
Guðjohnsen joined the Iceland national team in 1996 and since then has been capped 78 times and scored 24 times, becoming the highest goalscorer for Iceland. He surpassed Ríkharður Jónsson's Icelandic record of 17 international goals on 13 October 2007 by scoring twice in a 2–4 home loss to Latvia.
On 24 April 1996, Guðjohnsen and his father Arnór entered football history when playing in an international friendly for Iceland against Estonia in Tallinn. Arnór started the match, and Guðjohnsen came on in the second half as a substitute for his father.
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.
As it happened they never got another chance because a month after the game in Estonia the younger Guðjohnsen broke his ankle, playing for the Icelandic U18 team against Ireland. He had difficulty coming back because of undiagnosed tendinitis in that ankle. When he had recovered and was again available for selection for the national team, his aging father had retired.
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Bolton Wanderers||First Division||171||5||0||0||1||0||—||18||5|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa||Europe[n 2]||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2009–10||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||11||1||3||1||0||0||—||14||2|
|2011–12||AEK Athens||Superleague Greece||10||1||0||0||—||4||0||14||1|
|2012–13||Cercle Brugge||Belgian Pro League||13||6||1||1||—||—||14||7|
1Includes three First Division play-off matches.
2Includes one First Division play-off match.
3Includes one First Division play-off goal.
- Also played 2 (2000, 2005) Community Shield matches.
- Also played 2 (2006) Club World Cup matches where he scored 1 goal.
- Usually spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English-language sources
- Includes 2006 UEFA Super Cup
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