During an exceptional career that spanned 22 years, Eidur Gudjohnsen spent six years with Chelsea and scored 76 goals in 255 appearances in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles with the Blues.
The now 39-year-old, who also played for Barcelona and Bolton Wanderers in a journeyman career, only retired in September last year though and was involved in the Iceland squad that famously knocked England out of Euro 2016 at the age of 37.
But it isn’t just Eidur in the Gudjohnsen family who has football in his blood. When making his international debut in 1996 as a 17-year-old, Eidur went down in history after coming on as a half-time substitute for his father Arnor Gudjohnsen in a 3-0 win over Estonia in Tallinn, watched by just 500 people.
Arnor, also a striker like his son, had played for a number of clubs around Europe including Anderlecht and Bordeux, and had 14 goals in 73 caps for the national team. The substitution represented the passing of the baton of football in the Gudjohnsen family, although the father and son were set to become the first pair to play together in international football when the Icelandic national team played their next game against Macedonia on home soil.
Unfortunately for them both, the younger Gudjohnsen broke his leg in an U18 game before the opportunity arose and was out for two years. Despite the leg break though, Eidur went on to have a fantastic career that eclipsed his father’s achievements, peaking with a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble in his final year with Barca.
However, there are other members of the Gudjohnsen family who could potentially go even further. Two of Eidur’s three sons, Andri Lucas and Daniel Tristan, currently play in the Real Madrid academy with the latter recently leaving Barcelona to join their arch rivals, despite his father’s history in Catalonia. The pair clearly have huge potential though and could become future stars.
Eidur’s eldest son Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen is also a professional footballer, playing as a striker of course in Serie B for Spezia Calcio with the instantly recognisable bleach blonde hair, after leaving domestic football in Iceland just this summer. The 20-year-old is following a similar path to his father, who left his home country to play for Bolton in the Football League First Division back in 1998 and scored 21 goals in all competitions in the 1999/2000 season to earn his move to Chelsea.
Amazingly there is another Gudjohnsen in football, and after Eidur’s retirement he is now the only one plying his trade in England. Named after his father, Arnor Gudjohnsen Jnr is Eidur’s half-brother and signed a three-year deal with Swansea in the summer of 2017, although he is currently still in the youth setup.
Following their father’s success and legacy at the club, Chelsea might want to keep an eye on the new Gudjohnsen’s development before seeing if Eidur can pull a few strings to send them to West London.