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.jpg
Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2007
Personal information
Full name Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Valur 17 (7)
1995–1997 PSV 13 (3)
1998 KR Reykjavík 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– Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 2 (0)
National team
1992–1994 Iceland U17 27 (6)
1994 Iceland U19 9 (2)
1994–1998 Iceland U21 11 (5)
1996– Iceland 79 (25)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:12, 27 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2015

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen[n 1] (born 15 September 1978) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 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, 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 25 international goals in 79 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997.[citation needed] After a spell back in Iceland with KR Reykjavík, Guðjohnsen signed with Bolton Wanderers in 1998.[citation needed]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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

In 2000 he was signed by Chelsea for a fee of £4 million.[citation needed]

Early in 2003, he admitted to a gambling problem, confessing to having lost £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period.[2]

FC Barcelona[edit]

Guðjohnsen playing for Barcelona in 2008

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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.

AS Monaco[edit]

He later joined Ligue 1 club Monaco on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee on 31 August.[6] 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[edit]

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 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.[7]

On 31 August 2010, Guðjohnsen signed for Stoke City on a one-year deal[8] and made his debut for Stoke on 18 September in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United.[9] After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Guðjohnsen left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan.[10]

On 31 January 2011, Guðjohnsen signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season.[11]

After an unsuccessful time at Stoke he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.[12]

AEK Athens[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Guðjohnsen signed a two-year deal with AEK Athens keeping him at the club until 2013,[13] despite interest from English club West Ham United and Welsh club Swansea City.[14] He was greeted by over 2,500 thousand AEK Athens fans at the city's Eleftherios Venizelos airport.[15]

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".[16]

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.[17]

Cercle Brugge[edit]

On 2 October 2012, Guðjohnsen signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season.[18]

Club Brugge[edit]

On 13 January 2013, after an impressive first half season with Cercle Brugge, Guðjohnsen signed a one-and a half-year contract with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated amount of €300,000.[19]

Return to Bolton[edit]

After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Guðjohnsen began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014.[20] On 5 December, Guðjohnsen signed for Bolton for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[21]

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.[22]

On 4 April 2015 Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that that week was one of the best of Guðjohnsen'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.[23]

Shijiazhuang Ever Bright[edit]

On 5 July 2015, Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright announced that they had signed Guðjohnsen on an undisclosed contract.[24]

International career[edit]

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.[25]

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, 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.[26]

On 2 September 2006, Guðjohnsen 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, Guðjohnsen 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.[27]

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.[28]

Personal life[edit]

As of April 2015 he has four children.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 May 2015[29][30]
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
Total Iceland 23 7 23 7
Netherlands 13 3 0 0 2 0 15 3
England 274 74 33 15 26 9 34 8 367 106
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
Career statistics 455 106 53 21 28 9 64 11 600 155

1Includes three First Division play-off matches.

2Includes one First Division play-off match.

3Includes one First Division play-off goal.


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


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ólafur Stefánsson
Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson