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Top facts about Eidur Gudjohnsen, the Ice Man

Sun 09 January 2022 | 20:29

Eidur Gudjohnsen was an immensely popular player for arguably every club he played for, and he was as graceful as he was effective. Read on to find out more facts about Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen is an Icelandic professional football coach and former striker. He was born on September 15, 1978. Eidur's biggest achievements were with

Chelsea

and

Barcelona

, with the latter winning the UEFA Champions League and La Liga, and the former winning the League Cup and Premiership twice.

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s age

is 43. Here you can find out the most important facts about Eidur Gudjohnsen, ‘The Ice Man with a heart of blue’ or the ‘Blonde Maradona’.

In a 22-year club career, he played in Iceland, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Belgium, China, and Norway, in addition to two fourteen-year periods with Bolton Wanderers.

The first fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he is the son of Arnór Gujohnsen, an Icelandic footballer who also played for the national team. He made his full international debut for Iceland in 1996 as a replacement for his father, and he is the country's joint best scorer with 26 goals in 88 appearances between 1996 and 2016.

Until Lafur Jóhannesson took over as manager, he was the captain of Iceland's national team. He was a member of their UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-finalist team, which was their first major event.

Eidur was recruited as the assistant manager for Iceland's national under-21 football team in January 2019, under new boss Arnar Viarsson. Eidur, together with Logi Lafsson, took over as manager of FH on July 16, 2020.

An important fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he departed FH in December 2020, after originally accepting a contract extension for the 2021 season, to become an assistant manager for the Iceland men's national team.

Top facts about Eidur Gudjohnsen:

Eidur Gudjohnsen played for Chelsea and Barcelona under

Jose Mourinho

and

Pep Guardiola

, and alongside Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He's the closest thing to Forrest Gump in football.

Eidur Gudjohnsen early life

Eidur practiced football as a boy in Belgium with Brussegem, because his father played in that country. He played one season with Val, then in his 16 he attracted attention from other clubs.

Speaking about

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he went to PSV in the Netherlands and trained with the main team as well as playing a few games. His plans with the team went away when he broke his leg and the club terminated his contract.

Regarding

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s parents

, it is worth mentioning that his father, Arnór Gudjohnsen is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a striker. He played for the Icelandic national side 73 times and was one of the first Icelandic footballers to play in continental Europe; playing for Anderlecht and Bordeaux.

Eidur Gudjohnsen personal life

In September 2001, Eidur, Chelsea teammates

John Terry

,

Frank Lampard

, and Jody Morris, as well as Leicester City's Frank Sinclair, were found intoxicated and disorderly in a Heathrow Airport hotel that housed many Americans stuck after the September 11 attacks.

Chelsea's four players were penalized two weeks' salaries, totaling roughly £100,000, which was contributed to the 9/11 recovery operations.

Eidur acknowledged to having a gambling addiction in January 2003, admitting to losing £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period. Eidur's half-brother, called Arnór after their father, joined Swansea City as a 16-year-old in July 2017.

Eidur has three boys, all of whom are involved in football at various levels. Sveinn Aron (born 1998), his oldest son, is a professional soccer player for Spezia Calcio in the Italian Serie A.

Andri Lucas (born 2002), the middle son, has joined Real Madrid's junior team after playing for Espanyol. Danel Tristán (born 2006), his younger brother, is also a Real Madrid academy player after playing for Barcelona.

Eidur Gudjohnsen professional career

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s professional football career began in his home city of Reykjavik. Playing for Valur, the 16-year-old Gudjohnsen notched up 17 appearances and scored seven goals in his first professional season.

The young Icelander’s talent was obvious, so much so that PSV recruited him in 1995. It was here that Gudjohnsen played alongside the Brazilian legend, Ronaldo.

Eidur Gudjohnsen club career

Following a season with Valur in Reykjavik in 1994, Eidur joined PSV in the Netherlands in 1995, where he played with Ronaldo. He came home to play for KR Reykjavk after suffering a devastating ankle injury.

Bolton Wanderers

In 1998, Eidur joined the English team

Bolton Wanderers

. He made his professional debut against

Birmingham City

in September 1998.

A notable

fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen

is that he had established himself as a regular part of the Bolton first squad by March the following year, scoring 21 goals in all competitions as the Trotters reached the Division One play-offs and the FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals.

Chelsea

An important

fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen

is that he was recruited by Premier League team Chelsea for £4.5 million on June 19, 2000. After Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, he was the Blues' second striker of the pre-season.

Eidur made his Wembley Stadium debut on August 13, 2000, in the FA Charity Shield, replacing Gianfranco Zola for the last 17 minutes of a 2–0 triumph against Manchester United.

Despite spending the most of his first season in London as a substitute, he managed to score 13 goals. He forged a connection with Hasselbaink in his second season, which resulted in Chelsea scoring 52 goals in all competitions.

Following the advent of José Mourinho as manager, Eidur took a more reserved role in helping the team win two Premier League championships in a row. He scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home victory against Blackburn Rovers on October 23, 2004.

Barcelona

A notable fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he was recruited by La Liga club Barcelona on a four-year deal for £8 million on June 14, 2006, as a replacement for Henrik Larsson.

He made his debut on August 20, 2006, as a half-time replacement in a 3–0 triumph at the Camp Nou against

RCD Espanyol

(4–0 aggregate) in the second leg of the 2006 Supercopa de Espanyol.

He made his league debut eight days later against Celta de Vigo, replacing Ludovic Giuly with 16 minutes left and scoring the game-winning goal in a 3–2 triumph. In 2008–09, he was a member of the Barcelona team that won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League.

Monaco

An important fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he signed a two-year agreement with Ligue 1 club Monaco on August 31, 2009, for a price of £1.8 million.

Return to Premier League

Despite having had a medical at West Ham United,

Tottenham Hotspur

manager Harry Redknapp revealed on January 28, 2010, that Eidur had joined the club on loan for the duration of the 2009–10 season. Both clubs offered the striker equal contracts, but Eidur chose to join Spurs.

Eidur signed a one-year contract with Stoke City on August 31, 2010, and made his debut for the Potters on September 18 in a 1–1 draw against West Ham.

Eidur joined Fulham on loan on the last day of the January transfer window after only making five substitute appearances for Stoke. Eidur joined Fulham on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on January 31, 2011. He was released at the conclusion of the 2010–11 season after a disappointing spell with Stoke.

Athens AEK

Eidur signed a two-year contract with Greek team AEK Athens on July 19, 2011, keeping him at the club until 2013, amid interest from English club West Ham United and Welsh club

Swansea City

. At Athens International Airport, he was welcomed by around 2,500 AEK supporters.

A notable fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he was hurt in the 44th minute of a derby match against Olympiakos on October 15, 2011, after he collided with the rival goalkeeper Franco Costanzo. He was diagnosed with a broken tibia and fibula, which forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Move to Belgium

Eidur signed a deal with Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge on October 2, 2012, for the remainder of the season. Eidur signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with city rivals Club Brugge for an estimated €300,000 on January 13, 2013, following a successful first half of the season with Cercle Brugge.

Bolton

Eidur resumed training with previous club Bolton Wanderers in November 2014 after leaving Club Brugge at the conclusion of his contract. He joined with Bolton for the rest of the 2014–15 season on December 5th.

In December 13, he made his second appearance for the club, coming on as a second-half replacement for Darren Pratley in a goalless draw with Ipswich Town at the Macron Stadium, the same opponents against whom Eidur had made his last appearance for the club in May 2000.

The week had been one of the best of Eidur's career, according to Bolton manager Neil Lennon, 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.

Last years as a player

A notable

fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen

is that he signed an undisclosed deal with Chinese Super League team Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in July 2015. In February of the following year, he signed a two-year deal with Molde of the Norwegian Tippeligaen. In August 2016, he was released from his Molde contract.

In 2016, he joined as a marquee foreigner with FC Pune City of the Indian Super League, however he was forced to miss the whole season due to an unexpected injury. He announced his retirement from professional football in September 2017.

Eidur Gudjohnsen international career

At the age of 14, Eidur made his debut for Iceland's under-17 national team in 1992. Before moving to the under-19 side in 1994, he scored seven goals in 26 games for the squad.

He scored twice in nine appearances for the under-19s before earning his U-21 debut later that year. He played with the U-21s for four years, scoring four goals in 11 appearances.

Eidur, 17, and his 34-year-old father Arnór made football history on April 24, 1996, when they played for the senior Iceland squad against Estonia in Tallinn in an international friendly. Arnór began the game, while Eidur came in as a replacement for his father in the second half.

Both the father and the son afterwards voiced their dissatisfaction with the fact that they were not permitted to participate together in that game.

Eggert Magnsson, the then-president of the Icelandic Football Association, gave coach Logi Lafsson an explicit instruction not to play them together because he wanted it to happen on home soil when Iceland faced Macedonia in the first qualifying round for the 1998 FIFA World Cup two months later.

However, the two never had another opportunity since Eidur fractured his leg playing for the Icelandic U-18 squad against the Republic of Ireland a month after the match in Estonia. Due to untreated tendinitis in that leg, he had difficulties returning. His father had retired after he had healed and was once again eligible for selection for the national team.

An important fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he equaled Rkharur Jónsson's record of 17 international goals when he scored in a 3–0 away win against Northern Ireland in UEFA Euro 2008 qualification on September 2, 2006.

Eidur snapped a six-match international drought with two goals in a 2–4 home qualifier loss to Latvia on October 13, 2007, his 48th appearance, to become Iceland's all-time leading scorer. The day's loss, he remarked, had lessened the significance of the record.

After Iceland's 2–0 loss to Croatia in a play-off for a spot at the 2014 World Cup on November 19, 2013, Eidur announced his likely retirement from international football.

After an 18-month absence, he returned to the national team on March 28, 2015, scoring the first goal in a 3–0 triumph against Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena in Euro 2016 qualification.

At the age of 37, he was picked for Iceland's Euro 2016 team. He made two appearances, both as a replacement. He came in late in their 1–1 draw with Hungary in their second group encounter.

Iceland then shocked everyone by making it to the final 16, when they shocked everyone again by beating

England

2–1. In the 82nd minute of their quarter-final encounter against tournament hosts

France

, he came in and was awarded the captain's armband. They were eliminated after losing 5–2 in his last international encounter.

Eidur Gudjohnsen and Floyd Hasselbaink partnership

The combination of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Floyd Hasselbaink immediately became known as 'Fire and Ice,' with Hasselbaink serving as the yin to Gudjohnsen's yang on and off the field.

In 2004, Gudjohnsen told in an interview, "We had tremendous chemistry. We respected each other and added to one other's strengths." When I was setting objectives for him, I was at my best."

The Dutchman was the more prolific and clinical goalscorer of the two, while his companion was the selfless playmaking backup striker. It was almost too obvious, and it adhered to Tim Minchin's belief that "any solution you uncover is the foundation of a completely new cliché."

Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen had previously established ties with the Blues before to their arrival at Stamford Bridge. When Hasselbaink left Leeds in 1999, he was denied the chance to join Chelsea, but Gudjohnsen had a familial connection. From an early age, the Icelandic forward had coveted a jersey of his future employer, Gianluca Vialli.

Gudjohnsen joined in west London for £4 million from First Division Bolton, only weeks after Hasselbaink completed a four-figure agreement with Atlético Madrid.

The newcomers joined Gianfranco Zola in the offensive lines, with Tore André Flo, a player who looks a lot like Gudjohnsen. Chris Sutton was quickly moved off to Celtic as a result of the attack's instability.

As their separate beginnings appeared to line, Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen formed an almost instantaneous bond. From their first encounter, the Dutchman was vividly aware of both their similarities and contrasts.

"We couldn't be more unlike — a black Dutchman from Suriname and a blond Icelandic child – yet we're extremely similar." "Jimmy and I were distinct in how we played but quite similar in how we thought about the game," his companion concurred.

The Dutchman got into the swing of things a bit sooner than his fellow newcomer, scoring in the Charity Shield victory against Manchester United and then again in the season opener against West Ham.

Given that Hasselbaink was the more naturally talented striker of the two, it was predictable, but as the season progressed, Gudjohnsen chipped in, sometimes literally, with more and more goals.

The duo's inert ability to locate each other in space was the most startling aspect about them. The synergy was obvious from the start, with dummies, one-twos, and lightning fast counter-attacks. A 3-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in December 2001 was a highlight of their time together.

On the night, the two ruled the roost as Chelsea easily shredded a United team bereft of confidence. Because of the thrashing,

Sir Alex Ferguson

remarked after the game that his team, even before Christmas, seemed to be significantly inferior in terms of talent when compared to their London opponents.

The Scot may have been engaging in one of his usual mind tricks in order to elicit the right response from his teammates, but the fact that it was difficult to dispute with demonstrated just how far the Fire and Ice combo had aided Chelsea's transformation into real championship contenders.

Things were looking good in west London just after the millennium, and Fire and Ice were there in the thick of it. Their most successful season was in 2002-03, when they combined for 25 goals and helped Chelsea qualify for the Champions League.

It was their best season together, but as they celebrated a Premier League record finish, a sequence of setbacks were about to wreck them. First and foremost, Hasselbaink had been plagued by a hamstring injury sustained the previous summer after surgery to clear a blockage in his arteries.

But the increasingly hostile relationship between Fire and Ice and their manager,

Claudio Ranieri

, was a bigger roadblock. Both players have expressed their displeasure with the Italian's harsh training techniques and inclination to rotate his strikers after their retirement.

"I believe it put my friendship with Mr Ranieri to the test." I wasn't complaining to him, but I was irritated because I believe you can instill more faith in me than that. "I didn't feel like I was understanding it."

Ranieri gained the moniker 'Tinkerman' for his predilection for switching between Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink, and an aging Gianfranco Zola, and subsequently with the entrance of Hernán Crespo. For Fire and Ice, it was the beginning of the end.

In January 2003, Hasselbaink was linked with a transfer to Barcelona under Louis van Gaal, but the deal fell through.

"So far, it's just talk, talk, talk," Ranieri said, referring to the conjecture. They may come and pay me the money if they want him." So, it was rather poetic that it would be his buddy and legendary striking partner Gudjohnsen who would make the journey to Camp Nou in the summer of 2006, the same month that Hasselbaink switched Middlesbrough for Charlton.

The two had a tight friendship that went beyond the game. Specifically, the blackjack table. They had more money than they'd ever dreamt of, and a lot of time on their hands, like most young professional players in the Premier League. During the pair's first two seasons at Chelsea, the lively nightlife of London proved too enticing to refuse at times.

Gudjohnsen admitting to squandering £400,000 in casinos over a five-month period, and Hasselbaink followed in his footsteps. "I realized I had to figure out my personal life to walk away from the casino after losing £40,000 one night," he later recalled. Perhaps my bank account was also trying to tell me something since it was growing less and smaller!"

The times were changing rapidly during Gudjohnsen and Hasselbaink's last year at the Bridge. After a rocky relationship with his manager, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich famously ascended to the throne at Chelsea the summer before the Dutchman's departure.

The Russian's choice to acquire the club was influenced by European competition, therefore Blues supporters owe them a debt of gratitude. This duo lay the groundwork for Chelsea's most prosperous time in the club's history.

Because of Hasselbaink's reputation as a difficult player to keep happy, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho replaced him with new recruits Didier Drogba and Mateja Keman, however Hasselbaink subsequently stated that the Portuguese regretted their decision. "Months later, I chatted with José, who stated he should have retained me, even if just for another year, but that's life.

Gudjohnsen, on the other hand, grew into his own under the guidance of the self-proclaimed 'Special One.' Chelsea won the Premier League championship in each of the next two seasons, benefiting from the Icelandic's more passive, supporting position.

It was enough to secure him an £8 million transfer to Barcelona as a replacement for Henrik Larsson. Despite the abundance of attacking wealth in Catalonia, he would never find a mate who had the same psychic link he had in west London.

Both guys have said that the Fire and Ice combination was the most satisfying of their careers since leaving Chelsea. The pair had the opportunity to play alongside some of the best strikers the game has ever seen. Gudjohnsen famously played alongside Ronaldo at PSV Eindhoven when he was 17 years old, leaving the young Icelander speechless.

He would eventually play on a Barcelona squad that included Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto'o, and Ronaldinho at different times. Throughout his tenure, Hasselbaink teamed up with several incredible players, like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robbie Fowler, Harry Kewell, Dennis Bergkamp, and

Patrick Kluivert

.

Fire and Ice are regarded as one of the most effective and in-tune striking combinations in the contemporary Premier League era. On and off the field, their understanding and camaraderie helped them to flourish in their various specialties. They also contributed to the foundations that helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012.

Some quick facts about Eidur Gudjohnsen:

Gudjohnsen may not have been the most prolific scorer in important European games — he only scored three knockout goals in the tournament – but he had a significant impact at home. In his first five years at Chelsea, he scored 75 goals, but one of them sticks out above the others.

It happened against Leeds United in January 2003, and it's a great example of why, although big-money players attempted and failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, Gudjohnsen outlasted others with considerably larger names and price tags.

The goal is a piece of art, combining deception with relaxation in a way that seems similar to Frank Lampard's spontaneous run and cross.

Unlike other bicycle kicks, Gudjohnsen's exertion gives him the appearance of a guy who has spent his whole life horizontally.

While others rush into their bicycle kicks, he performs the exact opposite, as if braking and coming to a controlled halt.

It's the unusual serenity of a guy who understands what's required of him in each given situation and is confident in his overall position in the game.

Simply said, it demonstrates that you don't have to be the greatest player on the planet to have unwavering conviction in your own abilities.

An important fact about Eidur Gudjohnsen is that he seemed to be a leading figure to anybody unfamiliar with football. He had (and still has) the appearance of a guy who believes he belongs not just on highlight reels but also on postcards and stamps, yet as a player, he was content to surround himself with more attention-getting teammates.

Few players have had the opportunity to play for both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, but Gudjohnsen went one step further: he scored the winning goal in both managers' first home league triumphs during their most illustrious managerial tenures.

If it hadn't been for Gudjohnsen's courage in pushing the ball over the line for the game's lone goal against Manchester United, Mourinho's record-breaking first season at Chelsea may not have started with four consecutive victories.

Then, four years later, with Guardiola on the verge of earning just five points from his first four La Liga games, Gudjohnsen was on hand to turn in a Dani Alves cross on the last play of the game.

Barcelona would go on to win 17 of their next 18 league games and win every trophy available at the conclusion of the season.

Footballers don't end themselves on winning teams by chance, and they definitely don't do so again without having something special about them.

If Forrest was Eidur's young Elvis, the player would nearly have more names and situations to cross off later in his career.

Between his first PSV goal and his last for Iceland in a Euro 2016 warm-up, more than two decades elapsed, but he packed a lot into that time.

You could never accuse him of merely putting numbers on the board — he scored vital goals in a number of nations, including this opening, which set the tone for a tense Champions League match between Chelsea and his future employers Barcelona.

Although Ronaldinho's goal later in the game may have stayed with us longer, Gudjohnsen's shot was the catalyst for Mourinho's team's one-two-three punch.

And, like the bicycle kick against Leeds, it was a demonstration of calm and level-headedness in the face of everything and everyone going a mile a minute around him.

Eidur Gudjohnsen social media

Regarding

Eidur Gudjohnsen social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@eidurgudjohnsen

) with more than 92k followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him with the fans and his family.

He also has a Twitter account (

@Eidur22Official

) with more than 53k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Eidur Gudjohnsen body measurements

Speaking about

Eidur Gudjohnsen body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 185 cm and weighs 89 kg.

Eidur Gudjohnsen net worth and salary

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s net worth

is estimated to be around $5.00 million as a result of his career. Five Icelanders were named to The Sunday Times' "Rich List 2006," which was published at the time. The list was compiled from a poll of the wealthiest 1,000 persons in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, a newbie to the list, was ranked 74th in the category of "100 wealthiest young individuals aged 30 or younger." "High earnings from Chelsea" and sponsorships are alleged to have contributed to his fortune.

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