Following his outstanding performances in Iceland’s remarkable run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, Burnley secured the signing of Johann Berg Gudmundsson on a three-year deal from Charlton Athletic, for an undisclosed fee.
Born in Reykjavik, the winger spent time at Fulham and Chelsea in his teenage years, while his family lived in London and he studied at the International School of London, before returning home 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 season and was voted the division’s best player for his performances in the latter stages of the campaign.
His form earned him a move in 2009 to Dutch Eredivise side AZ Alkmaar where he made 145 appearances and scored 13 goals during a five-year spell.
Gudmundsson played a key role in Alkmaar’s 2013/14 Europa League campaign, scoring three times as Alkmaar reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual runners up Benfica.
A move to Charlton followed ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. In his first season at The Valley he scored 11 goals and was voted runner-up in the club’s Player of the Season awards.
Despite a difficult time for the club during his second season at Charlton, Gudmundsson scored six times and contributed 11 assists as the Addicks were relegated to League One.
Gudmundsson has been capped over 50 times by Iceland and back in 2013 became the first Icelandic player in 13 years to score a hat-trick in his country’s 4-4 draw against Switzerland during FIFA World Cup qualifying.
During the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, Gudmundsson started all of Iceland’s games and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 victory over England in Nice which sent England out of the tournament at the last-16 stage. Iceland then lost 5-2 to France in the last eight.
Gudmundsson’s first season at Turf Moor was interrupted by injury but his 24 appearances in the Premier League helped the Clarets secure a number of vital results on their way to retaining top-flight status.
And he really came of age as a Premier Legaue player in 2017/18 as one one of the Clarets' stand-out performers in a memorable season which saw Burnley finish seventh in the table and earn another taste of the Europa League for Gudmundsson.
The winger started 32 league games, scoring a memorable equaliser against champions Manchester City at Turf Moor, and contributing greatly to the Clarets' attacking options.
He was rewarded with a new three-year contract which he signed before linking up with Iceland for their first appearance in a World Cup finals.
Gudmundsson helped Iceland draw their opening group game against former champions Argentina at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
However, injury forced him to miss a defeat to Nigeria in the following game and his return against Croatia couldn't help Iceland get the result they neeed to avoid elimination.
A couple of injury problems also disrupted his 2018/19 campaign with the Clarets.
But the wingman still started half of Burnley's games and came off the bench in 10 more to help the Clarets secure their top-flight status as one of Sean Dyche's most creative players.
Gudmundsson chipped in with three goals and also made six assists, second only to Ashley Westwood in the Clarets' Premier League rankings.