Say the name “Gudjohnsen” on any door in Iceland and the person in the house is likely to respond with a loud “thunderclap”.
The legendary surname is certainly emblematic of football in the Nordic country.
Twenty-five years ago, against Estonia in Tallinn, 17-year-old Eidur made his international debut replacing his father Arnór, a 34-year-old veteran shooter who passed through Anderlecht and Bordeaux.
The Gudjohnsens had wanted to play together, but Iceland wanted this moment to take place in their own country. Sadly, Eidur suffered a serious injury soon after, and by the time he was back in shape, Arnor had retired.
Describing the feeling of playing for the same team as his son, Arnor said in an interview in 2018: “It was of course touching.
“It was a crazy thing to look through the locker room and see your own son there. I tried to be a good role model growing up and the best dad I could be, and seeing Eidur in the same locker room as me gave me great pride as it showed that I had also done a good job for raise it.
Eidur said having the old man there really helped.
“I remember being very nervous. Not just the possibility of playing with my father, but the very idea of representing my country at such a young age. Having my dad in the locker room really helped me – he was such a good role model and made me feel comfortable. He made everything normal.
Arnor enjoyed success as a player, winning three Belgian league titles, leading scorer for Anderlecht in the 1986/87 season and finishing second in the UEFA and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984 and 1990 respectively.
Eidur, however, pursued a legendary career in the game, winning two Premier League titles with Chelsea, two LaLiga crowns and a Champions League title in Barcelona, as well as 88 times for his country.
And Gudjohnsen Sr saw all the characteristics of a great player at a young age and could see he would follow in his footsteps from the age of 15.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, he’s the best player on the pitch,’ he recalls one of Eidur’s training sessions.
“He had such a good balance and was technically very good with both feet. I knew the next year or two would be crucial for his development, but if he continued to progress he had a chance to play for the country.
Now his three sons hope to emulate their decorated grandfather and father, who is the assistant coach of the national team.
Two of them are already on the verge of doing so.
In what is another brilliant story involving the family, history was made on Wednesday night when Iceland hosted Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifying match at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavik.
Elder Sveinn and middle child Andri combined for one goal after coming on in the 4-0 win.
The former directed a chipped bullet into the box at his brother, which produced a neat finish under the proud gaze of their father.
Sveinn, 23, plays for Sweden’s Elfsborg side, while two younger sons Andri, 19, and Daniel, 15 are both on the books for Real Madrid.
If they come close to what their father and grandfather did, they will also have legendary status in Iceland.
Hopefully their future children will receive the memo.