Eidur Gudjohnsen Announces Retirement from Football

  • September 11, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has called time on a glittering football career, which saw him claim four league titles in three different countries.

Having emerged through the ranks to represent hometown club Valur in the 1994/95 season, Gudjohnsen would complete a move to PSV Eindhoven where his career was almost brought to a premature end due to a severely broken ankle.

A loan spell at KR Reykjavic failed to turn into a permanent arrangement in 1998, before Wanderers boss Colin Todd took a chance on the Iceland international as he looked to build a squad capable of clinching promotion to the Premier League.

Gudjohnsen made 73 appearances during a two-year spell at the Reebok Stadium, scoring 27 goals, before joining Chelsea for a fee of £4.5million at the end of a season which had seen the Trotters lose at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Division One Play-Offs.

He would spend the next six years at Stamford Bridge, taking in two Premier League titles, an EFL Cup and the FA Community Shield, before moving to Barcelona as an £8million replacement for the departing Henrik Larsson.

Gudjohnsen would win La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League in the 2008/09 campaign, before his career began to slide as he harshly became known as somewhat of a journeyman.

Spells at Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Fulham, AEK Athens, Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge between 2009 and 2014 eventually ended with him making a return to Bolton, where he scored five times in a further 18 appearances - taking his overall tally for the club up to 33 in 97 outings.

After rejecting the opportunity to extend his stay with Wanderers, Gudjohnsen took in spells at Chinese Super League side Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and Norwegian outfit Molde, where he was released in August 2016.

Gudjohnsen hadn't played professionally since that date and announced he would be hanging up his boots over the weekend.

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