Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The best ever - # 10. Atli Edvaldsson - Part 1

dino baggio is god! concludes his review of the best ever Icelandic footballers.

10. Atli Edvaldsson – Edvaldsson is a person who people either love or hate, both as a player and as a manager. I remember him in 1990, then the captain of the Iceland national side scoring with a back heel against France at the Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Iceland. The France side included the likes of Eric Cantona and Jean Pierre Papin, the manager was none other than Michel Platini.

Edvaldsson enjoyed a illustrious career in Germany with German giants Dotrmund and Bayer Uerdingen. The striker joined Dortmund as a 23-year-old in 1980 and had a very good debut season in the German Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals in 28 matches. The following season, Edvaldsson endured a frustrating time as he was often out injured and played only two league matches.

The 1982/83 was Edvaldsson´s best season in Germany as he became the best striker in the league, scoring 21 goals in 34 league matches. He got the golden boot for finishing topscorer in the Bundesliga. As a 26-year-old the best years seemed ahead. However he never reached the heights of the 1982/83 season again. The following season he scored 8 goals in 29 league matches and slowly began to drift away.

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