Thursday, May 11, 2006

ICELANDIC FOOTBALL IN A NUTSHELL - Part 3

SON AND SEN'SAlthough the training conditions in Iceland are not great, many Icelandic football players have done marvelous job as professionals in Europe and a local Icelandic team, ÍA Akranes almost became giant killer when they won their home match against Feyenoord in the UEFA competition in early 1990's!

Moreover, there has been a link between these teams through the years, because 3 players from ÍA Akranes have also played with Feyenoord; Pétur Pétursson and the twins Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugssons's. Pétur Pétursson, enjoyed probably the best time with Feyenoord where he scored 49 goals and played alongside famous Dutch players like Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman.

Eiður Smári Gudjohnsen is another Icelandic player who enjoyed good time in Netherlands where he played with PSV Eindhoven in the attack along with Ronaldo.
However he got injured and that ended his time with PSV. Today he is, without any doubt, the most talented Icelandic player. Other famous Icelandic players, past and present are e.g.: Albert Guðmundsson who was the first Icelandic professional and played with Arsenal, Fc Paris and AC Milan long ago. Jóhannes Eðvaldsson who played with Celtic. His brother Atli Eðvaldsson who played with Dortmund, Dusseldorf . Arnór Gudjohnsen, the father of Eiður Smári, had a superb career with Anderlecht and Bordeaux. Ásgeir Sigurvinsson, who was probably the best Icelandic player ever.

Natural left winger and made his name playing for Stuttgart in Germany. He was even offered West-German citizenship so he could play for West-Germany, but refused it. Eyjólfur Sverrisson is another Icelandic player who also played for Stuttgart. But later on in his career he played with Besiktas and Hertha Berlin where he finally blossomed.

Source: Tryggvi Már Ingvarsson. Toeter. 2003.

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