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Ice Man Eiður Gudjohnsen calls time on Iceland career

22/11/2013 | By | Reply More

Iceland footballer Eiður Gudjohnsen has called time on his international career

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Iceland forward Eiður Gudjohnsen has called time on his international career in the wake of the FIFA World Cup play-off defeat at the hands of Croatia, last Tuesday evening in Zagreb.

Having held Croatia to a goalless draw with ten men in the first leg, Iceland’s dream came to an end in the Zagreb return when goals from Mario Mandžukić and Darijo Srna sent Niko Kovač’s side to next summer’s finals.

Iceland footballer Eiður Gudjohnsen broke into tears in a post-match interview when the reporter asked “You have now played with the national team since 1996 and had made some great memories for us. What will your future with Iceland be”? Gudjohnsen answered:

I’m pretty sure that was my final game for Iceland.”

Many Icelanders as other foreign football fans are humble and say on this milestone:

Thanks Eiður Smári – Takk

His Icelandic fans has establish a Gudjohnsen Facebook page where over 32 thusand people, when this is written, have put there names on the “Like“ button. 16-year-old Icelandic fan, Guðlaugur Andri Eyþórsson, has also created the video you can view above, with clips of Gudjohnsen wonderful 18 years in football.

The 35-year-old retires as his country’s all-time leading marksman with 24 goals – seven more than Ríkharður Jónsson’s record set in 1965.

The striker is also Iceland’s fourth most-capped player with 78 games under his belt, only Rúnar Kristinsson (104 caps), Hermann Hreiðarsson (89) and Guðni Bergsson (80) ahead of him.

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Eiður and his father, Arnór Guðjohnsen

Aged 17, Gudjohnsen made his Iceland debut against Estonia in Tallinn on 24 April 1996, coming on as a substitute in place of his father Arnór. Father and son were due to start a national-team game together but Eiður broke his leg and only recovered after his father had retired. Arnór later said: “It remains my biggest regret that we did not get to play together, and I know it is Eiður’s too”.

Gudjohnsen started out at Valur Reykjavík and KR Reykjavík either side of a stint at Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven.

His career really came to life once he moved to England, first with Bolton Wanderers FC and then, more famously, with Chelsea FC where he scored 54 goals in 186 Premier League matches on his way to the 2004/05 and 2005/06 titles. More silverware followed during his three-season stay at FC Barcelona where he won the treble – Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League – in 2008/09.

The forward has since played for AS Monaco FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Stoke City FC, Fulham FC, AEK Athens FC, Cercle Brugge KSV and current team Club Brugge KV.

Below can you see video clips of his Best Moments and Goals over the last 18 years.

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You can learn more of the Iceland footballer Gudjohnsen from here.

Here can you find an official homepage of Eiður Gudjohnsen.

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