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Eiður Smári while 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)|
|2015||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||14||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2016.
He has previously played for Premier League club Chelsea and FC Barcelona of Spain, and has had two spells at Bolton Wanderers fourteen years apart. He was the captain of the Iceland national team until manager Ólafur Jóhannesson took over the team. Throughout his professional career, Eiður Smári 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 84 caps.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Eiður Smári played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997. After a spell back in Iceland with KR Reykjavík, Eiður Smári signed with Bolton Wanderers in 1998.
Eiður Smári 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.
Return to England
On 28 January 2010, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that Eiður Smári 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, Eiður Smári opted to join Spurs.
On 31 August 2010, Eiður Smári 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. After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Eiður Smári left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan.
After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.
On 19 July 2011, Eiður Smári 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. He was greeted by over 2,500 AEK Athens fans at the city's Eleftherios Venizelos airport.
Shortly after signing a new 2-year contract with AEK Athens, Eiður Smári 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".
On 15 October 2011, in the derby against Olympiakos, Eiður Smári was injured in the 44th minute following a collision with the opposition goalkeeper, Franco Costanzo. The diagnosis was a fractured tibia and fibula which kept him out for the rest of the season.
Return to Bolton
After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Eiður Smári began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014. On 5 December, Eiður Smári 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 Eiður Smári had made the last appearance of his previous Bolton spell against in May 2000.
On 4 April 2015 Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that that week was one of the best of Eiður Smári's career. 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.
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Eiður Smári 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.
On 24 April 1996, Eiður Smári and his father Arnór entered football history when playing in an international friendly for Iceland against Estonia in Tallinn. Arnór started the match, and Eiður Smári 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 leg, playing for the Icelandic U18 team against 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 aging father had retired.
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 expressed that the record was made less important by the day's defeat.
As of April 2015 he has four children.
|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|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2015||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||Chinese Super League||14||1||0||0||-||-||14||1|
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.
- La Liga: 2008-09
- Copa del Rey: 2008-09
- Supercopa de España: 2009
- UEFA Champions League: 2008-09
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009
- Usually spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English-language sources
- Includes 2006 UEFA Super Cup
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 179. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- Gudjohnsen in casino woe, BBC Sport, 12 January 2003
- Gudjohnsen completes Barça move, BBC Sport, 14 June 2006
- Gudjohnsen set to sign, FC Barcelona, 14 June 2006
- "Gudjohnsen joins Monaco from Barcelona". ESPN. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Tottenham complete Eidur Gudjohnsen loan capture". BBC News. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "Gudjohnsen Deal A Major Coup". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Stoke 1 – 1 West Ham". BBC Sport. 18 September 2010.
- "Gudjohnsen Moves On To Fulham". stokecityfc.com. 31 January 2010.
- "Eidur down for Cottage". Sky Sports. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Potters Announce Retained List". stokecityfc.com. 31 May 2011.
- Gudjohnsen signs 2 year deal with AEK. Aekfc.gr (19 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- Interest from English clubs. Goal.com (18 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- Gudjohnsen greeted by AEK fans. Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- Guðjohnsen interview. Aek365.gr (19 July 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- Gudjohnsen to miss season. Neoskosmos.com (23 October 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- 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.
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen voor 1,5 jaar naar Club" (in Dutch).
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen trains at Bolton: Exclusive photos". www.bwfc.co.uk/. Bolton Wanderers F.C. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen: Bolton Wanderers sign striker". BBC Sport. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Bolton 0 Ipswich 0". www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "中超妖队宣布签约传奇级巨星 巴萨三冠功勋加盟". 网易体育. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen klar for Molde FK". www.moldefk.no (in Norwegian). Molde FK. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- "Landsliðsmenn Íslands karla". Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- Bell, Jack (5 August 2008). "A Pillar of Strength on a Team in Transition". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
- Stefánsson, Stefán (15 October 2007). "Gudjohnsen unmoved by Icelandic record". UEFA. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- Muller, Alex (19 November 2013). "Eidur Gudjohnsen Breaks Into Tears After Missing Out On World Cup In Final Game For Iceland". World Soccer Talk. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Gudjohnsen propels Iceland to Kazakhstan win". UEFA. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Eidur Gudjohnsen Chelsea career". Bounder Friardale.co.uk. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
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