Bjarni Guðjónsson

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Bjarni Guðjónsson
Personal information
Full name Bjarni Eggerts Guðjónsson
Date of birth (1979-02-26) 26 February 1979 (age 38)[1]
Place of birth Akranes, Iceland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 ÍA 26 (15)
1997–1998 Newcastle United 0 (0)
1998–2000 Genk 26 (0)
2000–2003 Stoke City 132 (12)
2003–2004 VfL Bochum 4 (1)
2004 Coventry City (loan) 18 (3)
2004 Coventry City 10 (0)
2004–2006 Plymouth Argyle 25 (0)
2006–2008 ÍA 45 (12)
2008–2013 KR 108 (9)
National team
1994–1995 Iceland U17 16 (1)
1995–1997 Iceland U19 12 (3)
1996–2001 Iceland U21 19 (4)
1997–2010 Iceland 23 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Fram
2014–2016 KR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bjarni Guðjónsson (born 26 February 1979) is an Icelandic former footballer, who was last manager of KR.

He has played in Belgium, England and Germany and has two brothers who have also played professional football, Þórður and Jóhannes. All three played together at Genk. He is also the son of former footballer and now manager Guðjón Þórðarson.[2]

Club career[edit]

Bjarni Guðjónsson began his career at his hometown club ÍA, before moving to English club Newcastle United in 1997 for £500,000.[3] He failed to break into the first team at the club and left a year later for Belgian club Genk before returning to England in 2000 with Stoke City in a £250,000 signing joining up with his father Guðjón Þórðarson who was manager.[3] He became a regular in the first team and made 53 appearances in the 2000–01 season however he was transfer listed at the end of the season as his father felt Bjarni Guðjónsson was struggling to deal with being the son of the manager.[3] No transfer away from the club was forthcoming and Bjarni Guðjónsson stayed for the 2001–02 season and this time played 54 matches as Stoke gained promotion via the play-offs.[4] Despite gaining promotion his father was sacked by the board.[5] Bjarni Guðjónsson stayed at Stoke and helped the club to avoid relegation before he joined his brother Þórður Guðjónsson at VfL Bochum on a free transfer.

He struggled to cement a place in the first team at Bochum and was loaned out to Coventry City in 2004 where he excelled under the management of Eric Black.[6] Coventry signed him on a free later that year however he struggled for game time under new manager Peter Reid and eventually fell out of favour.[7] He was signed on a free by Plymouth Argyle who he stayed with for two years, scoring once against Everton in the FA Cup,[8] before joining ÍA again in 2006.[9] In his second spell at ÍA he stayed for two years, until he was sold to KR in 2008.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Iceland as a substitute for Helgi Sigurðsson in a friendly match against Slovakia in April 1997 and has been capped 19 more times since, scoring once against Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier in 1997, as well as captaining his side in a 2008 fixture.

Honours[edit]

IA
Genk
Stoke City

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
ÍA 1995 Úrvalsdeild 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1996 Úrvalsdeild 17 13 5 4 0 0 1 0 23 17
1997 Úrvalsdeild 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 3
Total 26 15 5 4 0 0 2 1 33 20
Newcastle United 1997–98 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genk 1998–99 Belgian First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1999–2000 Belgian First Division 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Stoke City 1999–2000 Second Division 8 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 13 2
2000–01 Second Division 42 6 2 0 5 2 5 2 54 10
2001–02 Second Division 46 3 4 1 1 0 3 0 54 4
2002–03 First Division 36 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 40 1
Total 132 12 9 1 7 2 13 2 161 17
VfL Bochum 2003–04 Bundesliga 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
Total 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
Coventry City 2003–04 First Division 18 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 3
2004–05 Championship 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 0
Total 28 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 33 3
Plymouth Argyle 2004–05 Championship 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2005–06 Championship 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Total 25 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 27 1
ÍA 2006 Úrvalsdeild 17 5 2 1 4 0 2 1 25 7
2007 Úrvalsdeild 17 7 2 0 6 1 0 0 25 8
2008 Úrvalsdeild 11 0 1 0 7 2 1 0 20 2
Total 45 12 5 1 17 3 3 1 70 17
KR 2008 Úrvalsdeild 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2009 Úrvalsdeild 21 2 4 0 4 1 5 0 33 3
2010 Úrvalsdeild 20 1 5 0 7 1 4 0 36 2
2011 Úrvalsdeild 21 2 4 1 8 0 4 1 37 4
2012 Úrvalsdeild 21 0 5 0 6 0 3 0 34 0
2013 Úrvalsdeild 18 3 2 0 7 3 4 0 30 6
Total 108 9 21 1 32 5 20 1 182 16
Career Total 394 52 45 8 60 10 38 5 537 71
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Icelandic Super Cup, Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bjarni Eggerts Gudjónsson". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bjarni Eggerts Guðjónsson" (in Icelandic). KSÍ. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bjarni Gudjonsson Transfer Listed". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 2 March 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Stoke seal promotion". BBC Sport. 11 May 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stoke sack Thordarson". BBC Sport. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Coventry sign Gudjonsson". BBC Sport. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Plymouth seal deal for Gudjonsson". BBC Sport. 17 December 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Plymouth 1–3 Everton". BBC Sport. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Iceland's Gudjonsson exits Argyle". BBC Sport. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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