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Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Say the name “Gudjohnsen” on any door in Iceland and the person in the house is likely to respond with a loud “thunderclap”.

The legendary surname is certainly emblematic of football in the Nordic country.

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The name Gudjohnsen is an Icelandic football dynasty of grandfather, father and son all representing the nation

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

In April 1996, 17-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced Arnor on his international debut and received a kiss on the cheek from his proud dad.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Now sons Andri and Sveinn are playing

Twenty-five years ago, against Estonia in Tallinn, 17-year-old Eidur made his international debut replacing his father Arnór, a 34-year-old veteran shooter who passed through Anderlecht and Bordeaux.

The Gudjohnsens had wanted to play together, but Iceland wanted this moment to take place in their own country. Sadly, Eidur suffered a serious injury soon after, and by the time he was back in shape, Arnor had retired.

Describing the feeling of playing for the same team as his son, Arnor said in an interview in 2018: “It was of course touching.

“It was a crazy thing to look through the locker room and see your own son there. I tried to be a good role model growing up and the best dad I could be, and seeing Eidur in the same locker room as me gave me great pride as it showed that I had also done a good job for raise it.

Eidur said having the old man there really helped.

“I remember being very nervous. Not just the possibility of playing with my father, but the very idea of ​​representing my country at such a young age. Having my dad in the locker room really helped me – he was such a good role model and made me feel comfortable. He made everything normal.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Arnor, bottom right, played for Anderlecht in the 1980s and reached the UEFA and Cup Winners’ Cup finals, while he also scored 14 goals in 73 games for Iceland

Arnor enjoyed success as a player, winning three Belgian league titles, leading scorer for Anderlecht in the 1986/87 season and finishing second in the UEFA and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984 and 1990 respectively.

Eidur, however, pursued a legendary career in the game, winning two Premier League titles with Chelsea, two LaLiga crowns and a Champions League title in Barcelona, ​​as well as 88 times for his country.

And Gudjohnsen Sr saw all the characteristics of a great player at a young age and could see he would follow in his footsteps from the age of 15.

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, he’s the best player on the pitch,’ he recalls one of Eidur’s training sessions.

“He had such a good balance and was technically very good with both feet. I knew the next year or two would be crucial for his development, but if he continued to progress he had a chance to play for the country.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Football has been a part of Gudjohnsens’ life and Eidur asked his boys, including Andri, pictured, to watch him in action during Euro 2016, when Iceland memorably knocked out England.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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He now plays for the Real Madrid U19 team

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Sveinn asked younger brother Andri to score for Iceland in recent World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein

Now his three sons hope to emulate their decorated grandfather and father, who is the assistant coach of the national team.

Two of them are already on the verge of doing so.

In what is another brilliant story involving the family, history was made on Wednesday night when Iceland hosted Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifying match at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavik.

Elder Sveinn and middle child Andri combined for one goal after coming on in the 4-0 win.

The former directed a chipped bullet into the box at his brother, which produced a neat finish under the proud gaze of their father.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Gudjohnsen oversaw the combination of his two sons for an assist in the win over Lichtenstein

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

Gudjohnsen was quite the player of his time, joining Chelsea from Bolton in 2000 and playing under Jose Mourinho before joining Barcelona

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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Chelsea paid £ 4million for Gudjohnsen and he paid off his faith with goals and titles

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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In Spain, between 2006 and 2009, he was part of the magnificent 2009 hat-trick of Pep Guardiola.

Sport News Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced father Arnor on his international debut in 1996 and now the two sons of the Chelsea and Barcelona legend shine for their country with the pair COMBINING for Iceland’s goal in the victory over Lichtenstein

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He last played for Iceland against France at Euro 2016 at the age of 37.

Sveinn, 23, plays for Sweden’s Elfsborg side, while two younger sons Andri, 19, and Daniel, 15 are both on the books for Real Madrid.

If they come close to what their father and grandfather did, they will also have legendary status in Iceland.

Hopefully their future children will receive the memo.

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