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Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

27/10/1990

Height

186 cm

Signed

19/07/2016

Country

Iceland

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.

 

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