Andri Gudjohnsen – Ex-Barca star’s son making waves at Madrid

first_imgWhen your father represented Barcelona with distinction, making the decision to leave Catalunya behind to represent Real Madrid is a major step.But that is exactly what Andri Gudjohnsen – son of former Barca forward Eidur – did during the summer of 2018, and if his first season in the Spanish capital is anything to go by then he is destined to follow in his dad’s footsteps of representing some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs.Born in London in 2002 while his father was plying his trade for Chelsea, Gudjohnsen took his first steps into academy football at the age of eight. While Eidur was helping Pep Guardiola’s senior Barcelona side to domestic and European success, Andri was beginning his football education in the shadows of Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He spent three years with the Blaugrana before moving on to low-level Catalan club Gava. From there he was snapped up by Espanyol, for whom he played for three further campaigns before Madrid came knocking on the door shortly after Gudjohnsen’s 16th birthday.Goal has learned that the Blancos did all they could to tempt Gudjohnsen across Spain, meeting with the teenager personally as well as offering to move his family – including younger brother Dani, who was enrolled into the ‘Infant B’ team – to Madrid. There were other offers, but Gudjohnsen was unlikely to have his head turned once the then-reigning European champions came calling.Given his family connections the news made some headlines across the continent, but few would have expected the sensational campaign that Gudjohnsen has enjoyed during his first 12 months as a Madridista.Playing for Madrid’s Under-17 side – or ‘Juvenil C’ – he scored 31 goals in 29 appearances, including six on the final day of the season in a 9-1 win over Escuela Concepcion. He was the spearhead behind which Manu Fernandez’s side romped to the Regional First Division title, suffering just one defeat on their way to a points total of 95 and a record goal tally for a single campaign.Despite standing at just over 6′, Gudjohnsen’s strength means he can be an imposing physical presence for many defenders in his own peer group, with a number of his goals coming having brushed off opposition centre-backs. His penchant for first-time finishes is a fine illustration of his ability with the ball at his feet while he also possesses a strong aerial ability.Andri Gudjohnsen Real Madrid“He has had a very good season,” Manu Fernandez told RealMadrid TV when asked about Gudjohnsen’s development. “He has evolved a lot this year.”He is a complete player. He likes to drop deep to receive the ball and support his team-mates, and is very intelligent on the field. He has grown a lot in his interpretation of the game.”Andri Gudjohnsen GFXGudjohnsen’s showing at his own age-group level saw him on occasion earn promotion to the Under-19s (or Juvenil B) side, who themselves are coached by legendary Madrid striker Raul. He appeared in the prestigious Mediterranean International Cup, a tournament which has previously been graced by the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Marcelo on their way to the very top of the game.Gudjohnsen started and scored in the 3-1 final victory over Atletico Madrid to further enhance his credentials at the end of a memorable season.He also found the net for Iceland’s Under-17 side at this summer’s U17 European Championship in Ireland and has already earned international caps at U19 level. And, while he will be unable to replicate his father’s achievement of playing in the same international fixture as his own father, Arnor, it is unlikely to be long until he gets the chance to lead the line for the nation’s senior side.For now, his development continues in Madrid, and while first-team opportunities are unlikely to be forthcoming in the next 12 months as Zinedine Zidane’s rebuild at Santiago Bernabeu kicks into gear, it is unlikely to be too long until the name Gudjohnsen begins to make an impact on the biggest stage yet again.last_img read more

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Annan recommends threepronged solution to the horrendous situation in Lebanon

“A cessation of hostilities, a political framework, the deployment of an international force, and agreement on a reconstruction programme would give us the beginnings of a way out of this crisis,” he told delegates at a high-level conference in Rome called to discuss the worsening situation.“The death and destruction we have witnessed in the past two weeks, including yesterday’s tragic killing of UN peacekeepers, compels this conference to send a strong message, and to speak with one voice. We must say, to the people of Lebanon, to the people of Israel, to people throughout the wider Middle East, that we will do our utmost to help them find a path towards peace.”During Mr. Annan’s address, delegates stood and observed a minute of silence for those killed, while afterwards the Secretary-General warned there remains “great potential” for further escalation in the conflict and that was why it was most urgent to have an immediate cessation of hostilities.“I call on Hezbollah to stop its deliberate targeting of Israeli population centres. And I call on Israel to end its bombardments, blockades and ground operations. A temporary cessation of hostilities would offer crucial hours and days for essential humanitarian tasks, including the distribution of relief aid and the evacuation of non-combatants and the wounded.”He said an international force would have a vital role to play, helping in the short-term with the humanitarian operation, but over the longer term assisting Lebanon’s Government in implementing various agreements and Security Council resolutions, particularly by helping it extend its authority and disarm all militias.Mr. Annan acknowledged such a force could only operate with the consent of the Government and all “Lebanese parties.” The second part of his strategy calls for a political framework so that a cessation of hostilities can be transformed into “a longer-term process of enduring peace.”“Such a framework should address several issues, including captives, delineation of Lebanon’s borders and a mechanism for monitoring and guaranteeing its implementation,” he said, while stressing that wider regional involvement was needed for any long-term solution.“We must bring our best ideas together into a coherent, achievable package that all parties can endorse… And for solutions to last, it will also require the constructive engagement of the countries of the region, including Syria and Iran.”Turning to the third part of this approach, he called on the conference to commit to a strong economic package for Lebanon because the conflict had seen years of painstaking reconstruction “undone with terrible speed,” and a donor framework was needed to secure funding.The co-chairs of the Rome conference, whose participants included representatives from 14 countries as well as the European Union and the World Bank, expressed their determination in a statement “to work immediately to reach with the utmost urgency a ceasefire that put an end to the current violence and hostilities.”“Calling Israel to exercise its utmost restraint, they welcomed Israel’s announcement of humanitarian corridors to Lebanon, including for humanitarian flights into Beirut International Airport, and within Lebanon that can allow for the rapid delivery of relief aid, and called for their immediate operation,” the statement read.The conference called for an International Force to “urgently be authorized under a UN mandate to support the Lebanese Armed Forces in providing a secure environment,” and there was wide support for a meeting to discuss security assistance for the Lebanese forces.Participants pledged their determination to provide immediate humanitarian relief and also agreed to the convening of an international donor conference to assist with the revival of Lebanon’s economy. read more

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