Iceland surprised many in recent times, starting from their miraculous run in the 2016 European championship to their recent qualification for the 2018 world cup in Russia. Iceland got their first world cup ticket by finishing top of their group ahead of Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey.
In addition, this experience is going to be Iceland second appearance in an international tournament. The team scored 16 goals during the qualification phase, averaging 1.6 goals per game. Furthermore, Iceland is the smallest country by population to ever qualify for the world cup.
Iceland have been involved in 6 pre-world games, winning 2, losing 3, and sharing points in 1. However, the debutant will still be involved in 2 more friendlies before their first world cup game with Argentina, first with Norway and then Ghana.
The small nation is blessed with highly determined players who will be ready to cause upsets in Russia. Iceland created a big upset by beating England in their first international tournament and will charging to do same in their first experience in the world cup.
Everton Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is the nation’s 3rd highest goal scorer with 18 goals in 55 international appearance. Gylfi is known for his free-kicks and passing technique. The Everton midfielder scored 4 times in the qualification phase. Moreover, Sigurdsson is the most expensive player this tiny nation has ever produced.
In addition, 28 years old Finbogason is also key in Iceland world cup team. The Augsburg forward scored thrice in the qualification phase of the competition and has 11 goals in total to his name from 45 international appearances.
The History of Iceland at the World Cup
Iceland are world cup debutant with no play history yet. However, they have made history as the smallest ever country by population to ever qualify for the world cup.
Iceland are without a doubt, the dark horses of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They are in a tricky group with highly ranked celebrity teams like Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria. One may bank of this hard working team’s collective brilliance to grab at least a win before bowing out from the group phase.