Eiður Guðjohnsen

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a family name, but this person is properly referred to by the given name Eiður Smári.
Eiður Guðjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen 10mar2007 crop.jpg
Eiður Smári while playing for Barcelona in 2007
Personal information
Full name Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Molde
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Valur 17 (7)
1994–1998 PSV Eindhoven 13 (3)
1998 KR Reykjavík (loan) 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 46 (7)
2014–2015 Bolton Wanderers 21 (5)
2015–2016 Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 14 (1)
2016– Molde 11 (2)
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 and correct as of 8 June 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2016

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[n 1] (born 15 September 1978) is an Icelandic professional footballer who currently plays for Norwegian club Molde FK and the Iceland national football team as a forward or an attacking midfielder.

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. 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.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Eiður Smári played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995. After a severe injury to his ankle in 1996, medics at PSV declared him unfit for professional football, which forced him to return to his native country where he played for KR Reykjavík.[citation needed]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Eiður Smári signed with English club Bolton Wanderers in 1998.[2] He made his debut in September 1998, in a game against Birmingham City.[2] By March the following year Eiður Smári had become a regular member of the Bolton first team, and the following season he scored 21 times in all competiions as the Trotters reached the Division One play-offs and the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Football League Cup.[2]

Chelsea[edit]

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

In 2000 he was signed by Chelsea for a fee of £4.5 million.[3] Eiður Smári spent most of his first season in London being used as a substitute, but was still able to score 13 times.[3] In his second season he formed a partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink that provided 52 goals for Chelsea in all competitions.[3] Following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, Eiður Smári eventually played in a more withdrawn role as he helped the club win two successive Premier League titles.[3]

Early in 2003, he admitted to a gambling problem, confessing to having lost £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period.[4]

Barcelona[edit]

Eiður Smári playing for Barcelona in 2008

On 14 June 2006, Eiður Smári was signed by Spanish club FC Barcelona in an £8m transfer, as a replacement for Henrik Larsson.[5][6] 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.[2]

AS Monaco[edit]

He later joined Ligue 1 club Monaco, on 31 August 2009.[7] Eiður Smári signed a two-year deal for a £1.8m fee.[8]

Return to England[edit]

Eiður Smári (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 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.[9] On 31 August 2010, Eiður Smári signed for Stoke City on a one-year deal[10] and made his debut for Stoke on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United.[11] 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.[12] On 31 January 2011, Eiður Smári signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season.[13] After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.[14]

AEK Athens[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Eiður Smári signed a two-year deal with AEK Athens keeping him at the club until 2013,[15] despite interest from English club West Ham United and Welsh club Swansea City.[16] He was greeted by over 2,500 AEK Athens fans at the city's Eleftherios Venizelos airport.[17]

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".[18]

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.[19]

Move to Belgium[edit]

On 2 October 2012, Eiður Smári signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season.[20] On 13 January 2013, after an impressive first half season with Cercle Brugge, Eiður Smári signed a one-and a half-year contract with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated amount of €300,000.[21]

Return to Bolton[edit]

After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Eiður Smári began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014.[22] On 5 December, Eiður Smári signed for Bolton for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

Shijiazhuang Ever Bright[edit]

On 5 July 2015, Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright announced that they had signed Eiður Smári on an undisclosed contract.[26]

Molde[edit]

On 12 February 2016, Eiður Smári signed for Tippeligaen side Molde FK on a two-year contract.[27]

International career[edit]

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.[28]

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 Iceland against Estonia in Tallinn. Arnór started the match, and Eiður Smári came on in the second half as a substitute for his father.[29]

Both father and son have later expressed bitterness at the fact that they were not allowed to play together in that 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.[29]

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 father had retired.[29]

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.[30]

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 FIFA World Cup.[31]

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 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[32]

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.[33] Iceland then surprised everyone by progressing into the last 16, where they caused another shock, by beating England 2-1. He came on and was given the captains armband in the 82nd minute in their quarter final match against the hosts, France. They lost 5-2 and were knocked out which was potentially his last international match.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 June 2016[35][36]
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 28 4 1 0 2 0 31 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2014–15 Bolton Wanderers Championship 21 5 3 1 0 0 24 6
China League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2015 Shijiazhuang Ever Bright Chinese Super League 14 1 0 0 14 1
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2016 Molde Tippeligaen 11 2 0 0 11 2
Total Iceland 23 7 23 7
Netherlands 13 3 0 0 2 0 15 3
England 291 79 36 16 26 9 34 8 387 112
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 59 13 2 1 2 0 63 14
China 14 1 0 0 14 1
Norway 11 2 0 0 11 2
Career statistics 502 116 56 22 28 9 64 11 650 158

1Includes three First Division play-off matches.

2Includes one First Division play-off match.

3Includes one First Division play-off goal.

Honours[edit]

PSV
Chelsea
Barcelona

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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