World Cup Qualifier: Iceland National Football Team

World Cup 2018

Iceland stunned the football world during Euro 2016, but can they do this again at the FIFA World Cup in Russia?

Iceland’s Viking War Chant will be heard at Russian stadiums as they step into the international football tournament for the first time. Nobody imagined they’ll make it, but they reached the final eight to qualify.

In the last couple of years, the Icelanders have been making a noise in the football scene and they’re aiming for another shockwave in the World Cup.

Iceland National Football Team
Iceland National Football Team at Euro 2016. Image from footpack.fr.

Skills and Scoring

For a newbie in FIFA World Cup, it was an impressive move for Iceland to top their group, getting ahead of Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine. In addition, they scored twice against veterans Croatia and Finland.

Having striker Alfred Finnbogason and attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in the team makes Iceland an underdog to watch out for.

 

Football Star Player

The attacking midfielder and highest goal scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson of Iceland is the team’s star player this summer. The Everton footballer made superb goals that he’s being looked at as one of the best players in the upcoming tournament.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson. Image from dailymail.co.uk.

Unfortunately, there’s a looming concern that Iceland’s star player may miss the World Cup due to knee joint injury last March 10 in a game against Brighton.

 

Rising Star

If you’ve never heard about Arnor Ingvi Traustason, he’s actually one of the most promising footballers in Iceland now. The 25-year old was named as the most promising player of the 2013 Úrvalsdeild season. He’s currently playing as a midfielder for Swedish club Malmö FF.

Arnor Ingvi Traustason
Arnor Ingvi Traustason. Image from gettyimages.com.

 

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