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Eidur Gudjohnsen
Gender Male
Ethnic Icelander
Job Icelander Footballer
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Org Iceland National Team
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Son Sveinn Gudjohnsen
  Andri Gudjohnsen

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Eidur Gudjohnsen on Paul Scholes] I’m more an admirer of Paul Scholes than I am of Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, but he has 10 other great players around him every week … Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I’ve ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him

2016 10 06 Retrieve

[Eidur Gudjohnsen says Iceland boss Lars Lagerback highlighted England’s failings] This is something Lars Lagerbeck pointed out. [That] in recent years we are playing against the most overrated national team side - looking back it is true. There is always so much pressure for them to do well at a major championship and they haven’t for a long time.

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Iceland’s Eidur Gudjohnsen reflects on their win over England at UEFA EURO 2016] We had belief. English football always had a big influence on Icelandic football, so we were playing against players we probably watched on a Saturday. This is something Lars Lagerback pointed out. [That] in recent years we are playing against the most overrated national team side - looking back it is true. I don’t think we can say we outplayed England but we were more resilient, had more character and showed a greater togetherness as a team - that’s what got us where we ended up

2016 12 05 Tweet

[Eidur Gudjohnsen offers to play for Chapecoense after tragic plane crash] Out of respect I would play for Chapecoense if they have a place for me! If not just to play with @10Ronaldinho again #ForcaChape

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Eidur Gudjohnsen drawing inspiration from Guardiola & Mourinho as he embarks on coaching career] I had already decided to do my coaching badges and then this, with the Under-21s, coincides with that. I get my experience while doing my badges as well. It is the perfect set-up really. It’s great. It gives me the experience to be on the pitch with good quality players. You try to take little bits from every manager and you try to mould it into your way of playing. Whether it is Mourinho’s man-management, [Sam] Allardyce was vocal, direct and preached hard work, while Guardiola was about movement off the ball and possession

Under Guardiola at Barcelona, it was definitely the most attractive football I played, with the style of play. They have the players coming into their first team who have played a certain way since they were kids. They feel comfortable in the first team because they have been doing it since they were kids. They know exactly what the style is. If you want to come in as a manager and try to emulate that overnight, then I think you would be in trouble. I was also blessed to have Mourinho and Allardyce. Over the course of my career, all the managers were people I have had great respect for. Allardyce was slightly different in that he was more direct. He loved the passing game as well, but reminded us that it doesn’t always have to be pretty. My work-rate rose under him. I went to Chelsea and had Gianluca Vialli who signed me. Ranieri came in and I learned a lot from him. These were the people who helped me as I grew as a player. At the end of the day, you can only use the players you have and play to their strengths. If you overthink things and try to play one certain way, then you have to have the players to do it

[Gudjohnsen enjoyed his most productive spell at Chelsea and although a lot of his former team-mates - including Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele and Petr Cech - have returned to Stamford Bridge in backroom roles, the Iceland legend believes the time is not right for him to return] If I said I was ready for it, I would be lying. I am just taking my first steps and I need to gain some experience. Eventually, what the future holds for me as a coach or manager is down to me and what effort I put into it. There is always more to learn. The game is developing so fast and you have to be on top of everything. For the future, who knows? At this moment, it has not crossed my mind. I have just started this and I have had my first qualifiers with the team. I have a lot to learn. I hope to go into something bigger in the future. I hope I get a big opportunity but I have to be ready for that step. I think it is great to see others get the chance. It shows that ex-players have great respect from the club and the fans. It is great that Chelsea are building this identity by bringing back ex-players. They are not only ex-players but they are people who really care for the club, who know what it means to be at Chelsea. It means a lot to them

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Gudjohnsen backs Lampard’s Chelsea youth revolution as he tips Mason Mount & Tammy Abraham to shine] It has not been the best of starts but that is to be expected. I think this year will be the perfect opportunity for Chelsea as a club to mould the players, like they did with John Terry who came in at a young age. Claudio Ranieri played him constantly until he was the player he was. When Ranieri signed him, Lampard’s first season was pretty average. I think he would say that himself, but every season he grew. Once he played every game, then you could see him growing and becoming more important to the team. Then he became arguably the best player in Chelsea’s history. It is an incredible record he had and it shows that if you are given the time, then you can reach the absolute top. Maybe this situation at Chelsea not being able to sign players is a blessing in disguise. I think we have to be patient and not focus on results too much this year or where we are going to end up. Of course, a team like Chelsea should be pushing for at least a Champions League place.

I think next season we will see the benefits of the experience that these players are going to get this season. All the youngsters excite me. The bad thing was that sometimes the young players wanted to leave Chelsea because they didn’t believe in a first-team opportunity. Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi got their chance. New players are coming in now. They have the feeling this is their time to shine. The players have a great opportunity. It is about developing and becoming the players that everyone expected them to be at a young age. I have the sense that Frank will do the same with Abraham, Mount and Tomori. He is fearless to give them confidence and believing in them to play. If he is given the time to do that, then I think the benefits from that will be bigger than just focusing on results this year

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Eidur Gudjohnsen feels Neymar would have been a brilliant signing for Barcelona as his arrival would have taken some weight off Lionel Messi’s shoulders] Messi is still the top player at the moment. If he has an injury, as we have seen at the start of the season, then Griezmann can be someone to step in. With Neymar, that might be more of that thinking, even though it didn’t happen. I think Barcelona are looking to other players to take the pressure off Messi. How can we have other players around him to draw attention in a different direction. As soon as your attention goes off Messi, he pops up and scores you a few goals. They went through a period where all the attention was on him and he was the man who had to do everything. When Suarez and Neymar came in, that took some of the attention off him and freed him up even more. That was probably the best strike force of Barcelona or in modern-day football. It was lethal. I think Barcelona will always challenge anyway. They have Messi, Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Suarez. Good players like Gerard Pique at the back. They have great talent and as long as they keep them at a high level, they will be difficult to beat. Whether they can reach the heights of a few years back? It is difficult to say. There’s a lot of teams across Europe getting stronger but Barcelona are always a team to watch out for. Not only the way they play, but when you have Messi in your team, you always stand a chance

[Gudjohnsen added of Messi] Without a doubt, I knew it. Everyone in the dressing room knew it. Everyone around the club knew it. You could simply see that this guy was exceptional. He is getting a little older so he might not be as quick as he was. He has become more clever and picks his moments. He might play a bit deeper on the pitch but look at his stats, it doesn’t affect him. It is almost a bad season when he scores 30+ goals. That is almost ridiculous. It is all about how you get the best out of him. You mould the team around him and make players realise that they have to do the dirty work for him. He will always allow your team to win a football match

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Gudjohnsen slams ‘disrespectful’ Barkley after Chelsea penalty miss. Barkley immediately stepped up to take the kick despite the presence of regular takers Jorginho and Willian on the pitch, with the latter in particular appearing to protest his call] It’s almost disrespectful to your team-mates to do something like what Ross Barkley did this evening. I’m pretty sure it’s clear who is the penalty taker before the game. Just to create all the fuss, the tension between your team-mates and yourself and then go on to miss the penalty, you just put yourself under so much more pressure than actually just taking a penalty

If you’re the manager in a situation like this where you’ve got one, two, three, four players standing over the ball, and there is a question on who is going to take the penalty, don’t you want your captain to step in and say, ‘Listen, it’s been decided before the game who is the penalty taker’?

Show that authority as the captain to make the decision for everyone who’s on the pitch

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Chelsea, it seems, finally have the ideal manager to make the most of the huge amount of talent coming out of their academy - not that former striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is surprised] I think this year will be the perfect opportunity for Chelsea as a club to mould the players like they did with John Terry, who came in at a young age. Claudio Ranieri played Lampard constantly until he was the player he was. When Ranieri signed him, Lampard’s first season was pretty average. I think he would say that himself, but every season he grew. Once he played every game, then you could see him growing and becoming more important to the team. Then he became arguably the best player in Chelsea’s history. It is an incredible record he had and it shows that if you are given the time, then you can reach the absolute top. Maybe this situation at Chelsea, with not being able to sign players, is a blessing in disguise