Eiður Guðjohnsen

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Eiður Guðjohnsen
Eiður Guðjohnsen 2018.jpg
Eiður Smári in 2018
Personal information
Full name Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Valur 17 (7)
1994–1998 PSV 13 (3)
1998KR Reykjavík (loan) 6 (0)
1998–2000 Bolton Wanderers 59 (19)
2000–2006 Chelsea 186 (78)
2006–2009 Barcelona 72 (10)
2009–2010 Monaco 9 (0)
2010Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2011 Stoke City 4 (0)
2011Fulham (loan) 10 (0)
2011–2012 AEK Athens 10 (1)
2012–2013 Cercle Brugge 13 (6)
2013–2014 Club Brugge 46 (7)
2014–2015 Bolton Wanderers 21 (5)
2015–2016 Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 14 (1)
2016 Molde 13 (1)
Total 504 (115)
National team
1992–1994 Iceland U17 27 (6)
1994 Iceland U19 9 (2)
1994–1998 Iceland U21 11 (5)
1996–2016 Iceland 88 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[n 1] (born 15 September 1978) is an Icelandic former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is the son of Arnór Guðjohnsen, who was also an Icelandic international footballer.

He played for English Premier League club Chelsea and Barcelona of Spain, and had two spells at Bolton Wanderers fourteen years apart. He also had spells in Iceland, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Belgium, China and Norway in a club career lasting 22 years.

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 26 international goals in 88 caps between 1996 and 2016. He was the captain of the Iceland national team until manager Ólafur Jóhannesson took over the team. He was part of their squad that reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016, their first major tournament.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Eiður Guðjohnsen played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995, playing alongside Ronaldo.[2] Following a serious ankle injury, he returned home to play for KR Reykjavík.[2]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Eiður Guðjohnsen signed with English club Bolton Wanderers in 1998.[3] He made his debut in September 1998 in a match against Birmingham City.[3] By March the following year, Eiður Guðjohnsen had become a regular member of the Bolton first team, and the following season, he scored 21 times in all competitions as the Trotters reached the Division One play-offs and the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the League Cup.[3]

Chelsea[edit]

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

On 19 June 2000, Eiður Guðjohnsen was signed by Premier League club Chelsea for a fee of £4.5 million.[4][2] He was the second striker signed by the Blues that pre-season, after Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[2]

Eiður Guðjohnsen made his debut on 13 August in the 2000 FA Charity Shield at Wembley Stadium, replacing Gianfranco Zola for the final 17 minutes of a 2–0 win over Manchester United.[5][6] He spent most of his first season in London being used as a substitute, but was still able to score 13 times.[4] In his second season, he formed a partnership with Hasselbaink which provided 52 goals for Chelsea in all competitions.[4]

Following the appointment of José Mourinho as manager, Eiður Guðjohnsen eventually played in a more withdrawn role as he helped the club win two successive Premier League titles.[4] On 23 October 2004, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over Blackburn Rovers.[7]

Early in 2003, he admitted to a gambling problem, confessing to having lost £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period.[8]

Barcelona[edit]

Eiður Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2008

On 14 June 2006, Eiður Guðjohnsen was signed by La Liga club Barcelona in an £8 million transfer on a four-year contract, as a replacement for Henrik Larsson.[9][10]

He made his debut on 20 August in the second leg of the 2006 Supercopa de España, as a half-time substitute in a 3–0 win at the Camp Nou against RCD Espanyol (4–0 aggregate).[11] Eight days later in his league debut away to Celta de Vigo, he replaced Ludovic Giuly with 16 minutes remaining and scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory.[12]

He was part of the Treble-winning side in 2008–09 as Barcelona won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.[3]

Monaco and return to England[edit]

Eiður Guðjohnsen joined Ligue 1 club Monaco, on 31 August 2009,[13] signing a two-year deal for a £1.8 million fee.[14]

Eiður 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 Eiður Guðjohnsen had joined the club on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, despite undergoing a medical at West Ham United. The striker was offered identical deals by both clubs; however, Eiður Guðjohnsen opted to join Spurs.[15] On 31 August 2010, Eiður Guðjohnsen signed for Stoke City on a one-year deal[16] and made his debut for Stoke on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against West Ham.[17] After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Eiður Guðjohnsen left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan.[18] On 31 January 2011, Eiður Guðjohnsen signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season.[19] After an unsuccessful time at Stoke, he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.[20]

AEK Athens[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Eiður Guðjohnsen signed a two-year deal with Greek club AEK Athens, keeping him at the club until 2013,[21] despite further interest from English club West Ham as well as Welsh side Swansea City.[22] He was greeted by over 2,500 AEK fans at Athens International Airport.[23]

Shortly after signing a new two-year contract with AEK, Eiður 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."[24]

On 15 October 2011, in the derby match against Olympiakos, Eiður Guðjohnsen was injured in the 44th minute following a collision with opposition goalkeeper Franco Costanzo. The diagnosis was a fractured tibia and fibula which kept him out for the remainder of the season.[25]

Move to Belgium[edit]

On 2 October 2012, Eiður Guðjohnsen signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season.[26] On 13 January 2013, after an impressive first half of the season with Cercle Brugge, Eiður Guðjohnsen signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated amount of €300,000.[27]

Return to Bolton[edit]

After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Eiður Guðjohnsen began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014.[28] On 5 December, he signed for Bolton for the remainder of the 2014–15 season.[29]

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 Eiður Guðjohnsen had made the last appearance of his previous Bolton spell against in May 2000.[30]

On 4 April 2015, Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that the week had been one of the best of Eiður Guðjohnsen's career, as he had returned and scored for Iceland after two years without a cap and six years without an international goal, equalised in stoppage time for Bolton against Blackpool and became a father for the fourth time in that week.[31]

Later career[edit]

Eiður joined Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in July 2015 on an undisclosed contract.[32] In February the following year he signed for Norwegian Tippeligaen side Molde on a two-year contract.[33] He was released from his contract with Molde in August 2016,[34] and in September 2017 he retired from professional football.[35]

International career[edit]

Eiður Smári made his debut for the Iceland under-17 national 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 U-21 side later in the year. He represented the U-21s for four years, scoring a total of four goals in 11 caps.[36]

On 24 April 1996, 17-year-old Eiður Smári and his 34-year-old father Arnór entered football history when playing in an international friendly for the senior Iceland team against Estonia in Tallinn. Arnór started the match, and Eiður Smári came on in the second half as a substitute for his father.[37]

Both father and son have later expressed bitterness at the fact that they were not allowed to play together in that match. The then president of the Football Association of Iceland, Eggert Magnússon, gave the coach Logi Ólafsson an express order to not play them together because he wanted it to occur on home turf, when Iceland played Macedonia two months later in the first qualification round for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[37]

As it happened, however, the two never got another chance because a month after the match in Estonia the younger Guðjohnsen broke his leg playing for the Icelandic U-18 team against the Republic of Ireland. He had difficulty coming back because of undiagnosed tendinitis in that leg. When he had recovered and was again available for selection for the national team, his father had retired.[37]

On 2 September 2006, Eiður Smári scored in a 3–0 away victory over Northern Ireland in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, pulling him level with Ríkharður Jónsson's record of 17 international goals (the latter had held the record since his third goal in 1948, and totalled 17 in 33 matches from 1947 to 1965). On 13 October 2007, his 48th cap, Eiður Smári broke a six-match international drought with two goals in a 2–4 home qualifier defeat to Latvia to become Iceland's top scorer of all-time. He said that the record was made less important by the day's defeat.[38]

Eiður Smári announced his possible retirement from international football after Iceland's 2–0 defeat against Croatia on 19 November 2013 in a play-off for a place at the 2014 World Cup.[39]

On 28 March 2015, he made a goal-scoring return to the national team after 18 months away, opening a 3–0 win over Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena in Euro 2016 qualifying.[40]

He was selected for Iceland's Euro 2016 squad at the age of 37. He appeared twice, both as a substitute. He came on late in their second group match against Hungary which ended 1–1.[41] Iceland then surprised everyone by progressing into the last 16, where they caused another shock after defeating England 2–1. He came on and was given the captain's armband in the 82nd minute in their quarter-final match against tournament hosts France. They lost 5–2 and were eliminated, which was his last international match.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Eiður Smári's half-brother, named Arnór like their father, signed for Swansea City in July 2017, at the age of 16.[43]

Eiður Smári has three sons, all of whom play football at different levels. His eldest, Sveinn Aron is 20 and a professional with Italian Serie B side Spezia Calcio.[44] Middle son Andri Lucas is 16 and has moved into the youth side of Real Madrid after playing for Espanyol. His youngest, Daniel Tristan is 12 and is in the Real Madrid academy programme too, after playing for Barcelona. [45]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[46][47]

Club performance League Cup League cup Continental Other[a] Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1994 Valur Úrvalsdeild 17 7 17 7
1995–96 PSV Eredivisie 13 3 2 0 15 3
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 KR Úrvalsdeild 6 0 6 0
1998–99 Bolton Wanderers First Division 14 5 0 0 1 0 3[b] 0 18 5
1999–2000 41 13 5 4 8 3 1[b] 1[c] 55 21
2000–01 Chelsea Premier League 30 10 3 3 1 0 2 0 1[d] 0 37 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 1[d] 0 37 3
2006–07 Barcelona La Liga 25 5 6 3 8 3 4[e] 1[f] 43 12
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
2009–10 Monaco Ligue 1 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
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
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
Club Brugge 18 3 0 0 0 0 18 3
2013–14 28 4 1 0 2 0 31 4
2014–15 Bolton Wanderers Championship 21 5 3 1 0 0 24 6
2015 Shijiazhuang Ever Bright Chinese Super League 14 1 0 0 14 1
2016 Molde Tippeligaen 13 1 0 0 13 1
Total Bolton 76 23 8 5 9 3 4 1 97 32
Chelsea 186 54 25 10 16 6 34 8 2 0 263 78
Barcelona 72 10 17 5 21 3 4 1 114 19
Career total 500 114 56 22 27 9 63 11 10 2 656 158

International[edit]

[48]

Iceland national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 3 1
2000 5 0
2001 7 2
2002 4 3
2003 7 3
2004 7 4
2005 5 3
2006 5 1
2007 5 2
2008 6 3
2009 6 2
2010 2 0
2011 4 0
2012 1 0
2013 10 0
2014 0 0
2015 3 1
2016 7 1
Total 88 26

Honours[edit]

Chelsea

Barcelona

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Usually spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English-language sources

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