Eiður Guðjohnsen enjoyed a decorated career with Chelsea and Barcelona. Does eldest son, Sveinn Aron, have what it takes to make an impact in Germany after joining Bundesliga 2's Hansa Rostock from Elfsborg? bundesliga.com finds out...
Stats correct as of 19 January 2024
Age: 25 (born 12 May 1998)
Club: Hansa Rostock
Country: Iceland (20 caps, two goals)
Guðjohnsen has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Hansa, following spells in Iceland, Italy, Denmark and Sweden. The 6'2" striker scored 18 times across 70 competitive appearances for Elfsborg, including twice in his last outing for the club, in the Svenska Cup second round. In terms of goals-per-game, it's his best ratio since a breakout stint at Breiðablik, where he scored seven goals in 28 games back in 2017/18.
Between times, Guðjohnsen found the back of the net for Spezia (three goals/ 24 apps), Ravense (one goal/ 11 apps) and Odense (two goals/ 15 apps). The left-footer has been a fully fledged Iceland international since March 2021, scoring in friendlies against South Korea and Sweden.
Plays a bit like: Mario Mandžukić
Tall, with a deft touch, but above all at his best in and around the opposition's six-yard box, Guðjohnsen is a goal poacher in the mold of Bayern Munich's 2012/13 treble-winning No.9, Mario Mandžukić.
Did you know?
Sveinn is continuing a proud family tradition of playing football professionaly. Dad, Eidur, is Iceland's record scorer and a English Premier League and UEFA Champions League winner. Grandpa Arnór also represented The Land of Fire and Ice; brothers Andri - a 19-time senior international - and Daniel are former Real Madrid youth players, currently plying their respective trades with Lyngby and Malmö, while uncle Arnór Borg (Eidur's half-brother) is on loan at Icelandic outfit FH from Víkingur Reykjavík.
What they're saying
"Sveinn was already on our radar in the summer transfer window, which makes the deal all the sweeter. He's the complete striker and will be a real asset in our fight to stay in the league." - Hansa sporting director Kristian Walter following Sveinn's January 2024 transfer
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