Thursday 20 June 2013

On this day: Gudjohnsen joins Vialli's Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when the Blues signed an Icelander from Bolton

  • Gudjohnsen with (L-R) Christian Panucci, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mario Stanic

  • Eidur Gudjohnsen struck up an immediate rapport with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

  • The 21-year old is welcomed to the club with a friendly ear-flick from Emerson Thome

  • Gudjohnsen holds off Man Utd's Ronny Johnsen on debut in the Community Shield

  • The Icelander opens his Chelsea account with a well-taken goal against Liverpool

  • Gudjohnsen scores in a 3-1 win at Man Utd as Chelsea claim the 2004/05 title

  • The forward celebrates the first of two Barclays Premier League title triumphs in 2005

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 20 June 2000 Eidur Gudjohnsen joins Chelsea

Eidur Gudjohnsen was signed by manager Gianluca Vialli following two productive seasons at Bolton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old Iceland international, who had helped second-tier Bolton reach the semi-finals of both the FA and League Cup finals and fired the Trotters into the Championship play-off semi-finals with 21 League goals, was one of a clutch of signings by Vialli including Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mario Stanic and Cristian Panucci.

The former PSV winger made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge in spite of Vialli's departure only three months after his arrival. Gudjohnsen scored 10 goals in his first Barclays Premier League campaign and struck up a good understanding with Hasselbaink, creating a host of chances for the Dutch centre-forward, who won the Golden Boot that season.

Gudjohnsen's touch and vision was such that he was played in a number of positions during his six seasons at the west London club, with Vialli's successor Claudio Ranieri deploying him as a shadow striker and Jose Mourinho then stationing him in a deeper midfield role.

Under Mourinho, the skilful Icelander won back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles as well as the 2005 League Cup, and made 186 top-flight appearances, scoring 54 goals.

He went on to join Barcelona in 2006, becoming the first player from Iceland to win the UEFA Champions League trophy three years later, and subsequently returned to English football, where he enjoyed spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City and Fulham.

Click on the photo gallery above for some snapshots of Gudjohnsen's Chelsea career.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day Chelsea signd a 21-year-old Icelander from Bolton