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Career Profile: Johann Berg Gudmundsson

19 July 2016

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has already amassed a considerable amount of experience in England and abroad despite being just 25.

Born in Reykjavik, the wide man spent time in England at Fulham and Chelsea in his teens due to his parents relocating, where he studied at the International School of London before returning to kick start his senior career with Breiðablik at the age of 18.

He soon established himself in the first-team during the 2008 Icelandic Premier League and was voted the division’s best player for the latter stages of the campaign.

Such form earned him a move to Dutch Eredivise side AZ Alkmaar where he made 145 appearances and scored 13 goals during his spell.

As well as top-flight football in Holland, Gudmundsson also played a key role in their 2013/14 Europa League, where he scored three times before they exited the competition to runners-up Benfica at the Quarter Final stage.

A move to Charlton followed ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and in his first season, impressive form saw him score 11 goals as he was voted runner-up in the club’s player of the season awards.

Despite a difficult season with the Addicks last season, Gudmundsson scored six times and contributed a league-high 11 assists at the London club.

On the international scene, he has now earned 52 caps for this country and back in 2013, he became the first Iceland player in 13 years to score a hat-trick in their 4-4 against Switzerland during FIFA World Cup qualifying.

During the recent UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, Gudmundsson started all of Iceland’s games and provided an assist for Birkir Bjarnason in the 1-1 draw against Portugal during the group stages.

He played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over England in Nice before suffering a spirited 5-2 defeat to hosts and eventual finalists France.

He will now be hoping to make an impact on the Premier League with the Clarets!

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