Monday, May 01, 2006

The best ever - # 2. Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen

2. Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen – There is no need to introduce this fella. He is the youngest player to make his debut in the Icelandic Premiership for Valur in the summer of 1994 as a fifteen year old. He managed to score 7 goals in 17 league games and many of those goals can be classed as wondergoals.

Gudjohnsen left Valur to join PSV in the autumn of 1994. At the same time Brazilian star Ronaldo had joined the club and the two players were regarded as the two most promising players in Europe. The PSV coaching staff refused to single out which one was the better player. At 17, Gudjohnsen’s career with PSV was abruptly ended at a time when he had broken into the PSV first team. Having made his Champions League debut at the Nou Camp his future was bright until that fateful game for the Iceland Under-18s when the talented striker broke his ankle.

He was suddenly cast into the football wilderness. The PSV doctors feared his career as a footballer was over. He began to put on a lot of weight and the future looked bleak. He went back to Iceland with the tail between his legs and joined KR Reykjavík in 1997. He looked a completely different player to the youthful boy who has thrust himself into the heart of Icelandic football supporters back in 1994. This player was fat and slow. However people could see that his magnificent first touch was still there, his ability to spot a pass and his outstanding skills on the ball were still on display. He never scored for KR Reykjavik. However Bolton manager Colin Todd could see there was something special in this boy and took a risk on signing him in 1998. As they say, the rest is history

Had it not been for the serious ankle injury Gudjohnsen would without a doubt be an even better player than he is today. One has to wonder if he had pace and stamina to go with his intelligence and pose on the football pitch he’d truly be one of the best players in the world. Due to his injury he lost a yard of pace and the stamina. Because of this he’s not the best player to come out of Iceland.


At 1/5/06, Anonymous Kári said...

I would say Eidur is the best. He's probably achieved the most also.


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