Eidur Gudjohnsen spent time at Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City and Fulham; but he will always be best remembered in England for his time at Chelsea.
The Icelander is a cult hero for many, with his natural ability and mercurial talent, he was a charming character on the football field; one that was difficult to resist.
I know he was one of my heroes growing up. I still try to play football like him; but quite obviously fail.
Since leaving Barcelona in 2009 however his career has entered journeyman status.
Injury problems and financial issues at the clubs he has ended up with has not helped him with forgettable spells at Monaco, Stoke and AEK Athens in the past three years.
But last season it seemed he had found a place he could thrive once again; Belgium.
He joined Cercle Brugge last October and immediately took to the club; despite them being rooted to the very foot of the table.
He scored on his debut and went on to impress with six goals in 13 appearances for the club.
However he was not there for long. Impressed by his excellent form in the first half of the season Club Brugge, Cercle’s city rivals, snapped him up for £250k in the January transfer window.
However it seems Belgium has lost its appeal; as it is reported he is now set to join Portuguese football for the first time. He is said to be on the verge of a move to Belenenses. The Lisbon side are currently coached by Mitchell van der Gaag, a former team-mate of Gudjohnsen’s at PSV Eindhoven and also have two fellow Icelanders in their midst in the form of Eggert Jonsson and Helgi Danielsson.
Incredibly it will be his EIGHTH club in four years; which gives credence to my previous journeymen description.
This season the club, who won the Portuguese title in 1946, are celebrating promotion back to the Primeira Liga after storming to a title triumph in the Segunda Liga last term.
And with Gudjohnsen in the ranks they hope to hang around for a while in the division where most will feel they belong.
For the 34-year-old it is a chance to get back to playing football for fun once again; just like he seemed to be having when at Cercle Brugge.
And if things go well I know a few clubs across the city of Lisbon that would take him off Belenenses’ hands Club Brugge style.
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