Guðmundur Benediktsson

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Guðmundur Benediktsson
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-09-03) 3 September 1974 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Þór 2 (0)
1991–1994 Germinal Ekeren 4 (0)
1994 Þór 17 (4)
1995–1999 KR 75 (32)
1999–2000 Geel 15 (4)
2000–2004 KR 53 (7)
2005–2008 Valur 70 (10)
2009 KR 20 (4)
National team
1989–1991 Iceland U17 18 (13)
1990 Iceland U19 4 (4)
1992–1995 Iceland U21 11 (3)
1994–2001 Iceland 10 (2)
Teams managed
2010 Selfoss
2011–2014 Breiðablik (assistant)
2014 Breiðablik
2014–2016 KR (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Guðmundur Benediktsson nicknamed Gummi Ben (born 3 September 1974) is an Icelandic manager, commentator and former footballer.[2]


He made his debut for Iceland in 1994 against the United Arab Emirates, and scored in the game. His final game for Iceland came in January 2001 against Chile.[3]

He retired from playing 2009 and he started a career as a football manager.

His son Albert Guðmundsson is currently with PSV Eindhoven and is a full international.[4]

Guðmundur has commentated matches live for Icelandic television and was the commentator for Iceland's matches at UEFA Euro 2016.[5] His enthusiastic commentary earned him international praise.[6][7] One especially memorable commentary came immediately after full-time of Iceland's 2–1 win over England in the round of 16 (English translation given here):

This is done! This is done! We are never going home! Did you see that? Amazing! I can't believe it! This is a dream. Never wake me from this amazing dream! Live the way you want, England! Iceland is going to play France on Sunday. France Iceland! You can go home. You can go out of Europe. You can go wherever the hell you want. England 1 Iceland 2 is the closing score here in Nice. And the fairytale continues.[8]