Icelandic striker Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen signed a two-year contract with French football club Monaco yesterday as the first Icelander to be recruited by the team. Barcelona, for which Gudjohnsen used to play, will receive up to EUR 2 million (USD 3 million) for the striker.
Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“This is a new challenge for me to face. Monaco has a grand history and I’m looking forward to joining the team. Hopefully the team will benefit from my experience and hopefully I will score many goals. I just want to play football, something that I didn’t get to do often enough at Barcelona,” Gudjohnsen told Morgunbladid.
Monaco is one of France’s stronger teams, having become French champion seven times, the last time in 2000. The team has also won the French cup five times, the last time in 1991.
Monaco gave a surprising performance in the Champions League in the season of 2003-2004, when the team made it to the final after having knocked both Real Madrid and Chelsea out of the competition.
Gudjohnsen will play his first game with Monaco on September 12 against Paris SG at the Stade Luis stadium in Monaco.