Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen (spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English sources; born 15 September 1978)[n 1] is an Icelandic former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is currently the assistant manager of the Iceland national under-21 football team.
Gudjohnsen in 2018
|Full name||Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen|
|Date of birth||15 September 1978|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Iceland U21 (assistant)|
|1998||→ KR Reykjavík (loan)||6||(0)|
|2010||→ Tottenham Hotspur (loan)||11||(1)|
|2011||→ Fulham (loan)||10||(0)|
|2015–2016||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||14||(1)|
|2019–||Iceland U21 (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Gudjohnsen 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.
After spending the 1994 season with Valur in Reykjavík, Gudjohnsen played for PSV in the Netherlands from 1995, playing alongside Ronaldo. Following a serious ankle injury, he returned home to play for KR Reykjavík.
Gudjohnsen signed with English club Bolton Wanderers in 1998. He made his debut in September 1998 in a match against Birmingham City. By March the following year, Gudjohnsen 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.
On 19 June 2000, Gudjohnsen was signed by Premier League club Chelsea for a fee of £4.5 million. He was the second striker signed by the Blues that pre-season, after Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Gudjohnsen 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. He spent most of his first season in London being used as a substitute, but was still able to score 13 times. In his second season, he formed a partnership with Hasselbaink which provided 52 goals for Chelsea in all competitions.
Following the appointment of José Mourinho as manager, Gudjohnsen eventually played in a more withdrawn role as he helped the club win two successive Premier League titles. On 23 October 2004, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over Blackburn Rovers.
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). 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.
Monaco and return to EnglandEdit
On 28 January 2010, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that Gudjohnsen 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, Gudjohnsen opted to join Spurs. On 31 August 2010, Gudjohnsen 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. After only making five substitute appearances for Stoke, Gudjohnsen left on the final day of the January transfer window to join Fulham on loan. On 31 January 2011, Gudjohnsen signed on loan to Fulham until the end of the 2010–11 season. After an unsuccessful time at Stoke, he was released at the end of the 2010–11 season.
On 19 July 2011, Gudjohnsen signed a two-year deal with Greek club AEK Athens, keeping him at the club until 2013, despite further interest from English club West Ham as well as Welsh side Swansea City. He was greeted by over 2,500 AEK fans at Athens International Airport.
Shortly after signing a new two-year contract with AEK, Gudjohnsen 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 match against Olympiakos, Gudjohnsen 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.
Move to BelgiumEdit
On 2 October 2012, Gudjohnsen signed with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, signing a contract until the end of the season. On 13 January 2013, after an impressive first half of the season with Cercle Brugge, Gudjohnsen signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated amount of €300,000.
Return to BoltonEdit
After leaving Club Brugge at the end of his contract, Gudjohnsen began training with former club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014. On 5 December, he signed for Bolton for the remainder 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 Gudjohnsen had made the last appearance of his previous Bolton spell against in May 2000.
On 4 April 2015, Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that the week had been one of the best of Gudjohnsen'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.
Gudjohnsen joined Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in July 2015 on an undisclosed contract. In February the following year he signed for Norwegian Tippeligaen side Molde on a two-year contract. He was released from his contract with Molde in August 2016, and in September 2017 he retired from professional football.
Gudjohnsen 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.
On 24 April 1996, 17-year-old Gudjohnsen 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 Gudjohnsen 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 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.
As it happened, however, the two never got another chance because a month after the match in Estonia Gudjohnsen 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.
On 2 September 2006, Gudjohnsen 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, Gudjohnsen 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.
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. 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.
Gudjohnsen 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. 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.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League cup||Continental||Other[a]||Total|
|1998–99||Bolton Wanderers||First Division||14||5||0||0||1||0||—||3[b]||0||18||5|
|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|
|2015||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||Chinese Super League||14||1||0||0||—||—||—||14||1|
- Includes the Football League play-offs, FA Charity/Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Supercopa de España
- Appearances in Football League play-offs
- Goal in Football League play-offs
- Appearance in FA Charity/Community Shield
- One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
- One goal in FIFA Club World Cup
|Iceland national team|
- Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06
- Football League Cup: 2004–05
- FA Charity/Community Shield: 2000, 2005
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- Eiður Guðjohnsen at National-Football-Teams.com
- Eiður Guðjohnsen at Soccerway
- Eidur Gudjohnsen at Soccerbase
- KSÍ profile detailing caps and matches in the Icelandic League