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FC Pune City rope in Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen as marquee player

Updated: Aug 25, 2016 11:07 IST

New Delhi, Aug.25 (ANI): FC Pune City has announced the signing of former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen as its marquee player for the 2016 edition of the Indian Super League ( ISL).

The 37-year-old was a part of the Chelsea side that won the Premier League twice in a row in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and also won La Liga and Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09.

While announcing the signing of the champion striker, Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City said, "To me Eidur is a true marquee who will be an inspiration to the rest of the squad. He has made valuable contributions to every team he has been a part of - Chelsea, Barcelona or Iceland National team. I am anxious to witness his sublime touches and creative vision which could unsettle any defence. I am sure that both as a world class player and a thorough gentleman he will leave a lasting impression on fellow players, fans, and Indian football lovers at large."

The Iceland legend started his club career with Valur in Reykjavik in 1994 season. From 1995, he played for PSV in the Netherlands until 1998. His national senior team debut came at the age of 17 against Estonia in Tallinn in April 1996 when he entered the field as a half-time substitute for his own father, Arnor.

Expressing his pleasure on joining FC Pune City, Gudjohnsen said, "There were other clubs interested in me but when FC Pune City show their interest, intent and plans, I knew this was it. I have the confidence of the coach and will ensure that they find it difficult to leave me out. Everyone needs to be motivated to succeed, and I have the same aim here. I love the sport. I still love going to training every day."

In 1998, the forward joined Bolton Wanderers in England. And in his second season with the Trotters, he became their top-scorer with 21 goals. He was signed by Chelsea for four million pounds in the summer of 2000.

After two successive title wins with Chelsea, scoring scored 78 goals in 263 appearances for Chelsea, Gudjohnsen joined European champions Barcelona in the summer of 2006. And his stay at the Catalan giants saw the club winning the treble in 2009.

He had a year-long spell at Monaco after which he came back to England to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City and Fulham. He left England to join AEK Athens for a year followed by a stint with Belgian clubs Cercie Brugge and Club Brugge. This was followed by an emotional return to Bolton in 2014, exactly 14 years after he left them to join Chelsea .

Gudjohnsen's had a consistent run with Iceland till their World Cup qualifying campaign. The play-off defeat to Croatia in 2013 looked as if he was all but done until he made a goal-scoring return in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan. When Iceland coach Lars Lagerback named him in his 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France, it injected a new life in the striker's long career.

Head Coach Antonio Habas was excited with the news. He said, "Eidur's has experience of playing at highest levels and a professional motivation to succeed. I've admired him from afar for many years and am very excited at the prospect of us working together for the benefit of FC Pune City."

Meanwhile, co-owner and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan said that he was delighted to have the Iceland stalwart joining the ranks of his club.

"Gudjohnsen has proved his mettle while playing in the top teams and leagues of the world. This is a footballer who will bring immense experience to the squad. His signing will further strengthen our squad and I extend him a warm welcome into the FCPC family," he said.(ANI)

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