WC 2018: Iceland

Group D

With just over 330,000 citizens, Iceland is the smallest nation to ever participate in a Cup. However, this football team is still a force to be reckoned with, beating England in the run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals and qualifying for the WC 2018 before the national squads of Ukraine and Croatia. Ranking 22nd place, the Icelandic team has had only 1 qualifying campaign for this year’s WC event after twelve previous failed campaigns

Team Members

  • Hanness Halldorsson - GK
  • Runar Alex Runarsson - GK
  • Frederik Schram - GK
  • Ari Freyr Skulason - Defender
  • Hordur Magnusson - Defender
  • Ragnar Sigurdsson - Defender
  • Kari Arnason - Defender
  • Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson - Defender
  • Sverrir Ingi Ingason - Defender
  • Birkir Mar Saevarsson - Defender
  • Samuel Kari Fridjonsson - Defender
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson - Midfielder
  • Aron Gunnarsson - Midfielder
  • Emil Hallfredsson - Midfielder
  • Birkir Bjarnason - Midfielder
  • Olafur Ingi Skulason - Midfielder
  • Arnor Ingvi Traustason - Midfielder
  • Rurik Gislason - Midfielder
  • Alfred Finnbogason - Forward
  • Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson - Forward
  • Jon Dadi Bodvarsson - Forward
  • Albert Gudmundsson - Forward

Coach

Heimir Hallgrimsson

Iceland is likely the only national football team to date to be coached by a former dentist. Hallgrimsson took charge of the squad after co-coach Lars Lagerback departed from his role in 2016. Hallgrimsson was also leading Iceland when the reached their first WC, becoming the smallest country ever to qualify by reaching the top of Group 1. He is a former league player and has also coached the female team from Höttur with great success.

Past WC History

Iceland has only qualified for one WC – the 2018 edition to be held in Russia. The team qualified straight after securing their place in their qualifying group during the final round. After 12 failed qualifying campaigns, the squad will soon participate in their first ever WC event, as well as their second major intercontinental football tournament after qualifying for the Euro 2016 a few years back. Iceland is also now one of the smallest countries to ever have reached the Cup – a record that it shares with Panama and its own national team.

Stats

  • First appearance to take place in 2018
  • One successful campaign
  • No prior WC appearances
  • No semi-finals
  • No championships
  • Best result: Qualifying for WC 2018

Kit

Errea designed Iceland’s WC 2018 kit. The jersey combines red, white and blue – the nation’s colours – with a blue base shirt, a white collar, and a gradient dotted pattern on the sleeves that transitions from red to blue to white. Blue shorts and socks complete the home kit, while the away kit comprises a white shirt in a similar style with white shorts and socks.