10 Fun Facts About The Icelandic National Soccer Team

|October 10, 2017
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Iceland just became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup. Every year they seem to be breaking some kind of records. Here are some of the facts you need to know about the Icelandic national soccer team to understand them! Who are the men in the Icelandic national team?

1. Iceland is the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup!

2. Jón Daði Böðvarsson comes from the small town of Selfoss on the South Coast. When he was playing in Stavanger in Norway he was chosen the Sportsman of the year in his county back home, Árborg. He used the prize money to start a fund for kids who want to play football but can’t afford it. The fund is called “Knattspyrna fyrir alla” or Soccer for everyone!

3. The whole population of Iceland is slightly over 350.000 but our team is now number 22 on FIFA’s list.

4. Heimir Hallgrímsson the team’s coach is actually a dentist and lives in the beautiful islands of Vestmannaeyjar. He actually needs to fly or take a boat to get to Reykjavík!

5. Ragnar Sigurðsson used to use the username Rassgatið or Asshole on Instagram, yes really! Now he is Sykurson “son of Sugar”.

6. Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson was excellent at the video game Counter Strike in his younger years and actually competed on the most famous tournament in Iceland Skjálfti. He was also a guitar player in a rock band.

7. When Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson treats himself it is usually with Vesturbæjarís Ice cream. He has often spoken about this in interviews. IF you want to go for “A Gylfi” at Vesturbæjarís Ice Cream Shop ask for “Bragðarefur með Jarðarberjum (strawberries), mars og snickers”

8. Aron Einar Gunnarsson is tattooed all over and even had the church from his hometown Akureyri in the North of Iceland going down his right arm and the Icelandic flag huge over his back.

9. When a new man is chosen for the team he always needs to stand up on a chair and sing a song for the whole team.

Photo by Reuters

10. Emil Hallfreðsson imports red wine to Iceland from the Allegrini-family in the Valpolicella-valley not far from Verona, Emil played for Hellas Verona for a long time.

Some New Extra Facts About The Icelandic National Team (we just can’t get enough)

11. Birkir Már Sævarsson is playing for the local Reykjavík team Valur here in Iceland but also works for a Salt Company. He is actually using his Summer Vacation to play at the World Cup.

12. The Icelandic team has two players in the group of the oldest players competing in the World Cup in 2018.

13. The Icelandic National Team has scored a goal in every game at a big tournament.

Latest update on the Icelandic National team

The Icelandic men’s national team has now qualified for the 2018 World Cup.  This is the first time in history that such a small nation has qualified and we are extremely proud!

Many remember the dream like a fairytale in the 2016’s Euro Cup when the Icelandic team beat England and matched Portugal’s goal. This really showed the true spirit of our Viking players and we believe that now THERE IS NO STOPPING THE ICELANDIC NATIONAL TEAM!

We will end this with the ever so popular VIKING CLAP!

Viking clapping of Iceland fans

The Iceland World Cup 2018 Squad | Iceland World Cup Team


Hannes Þór Halldórsson

Frederik Schram

Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson


Kári Árnason

Ari Freyr Skúlason

Ragnar Sigurðsson

Hörður Björgvin Magnússon

Birkir Már Sævarsson

Sverrir Ingi Ingason

Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson


Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

Birkir Bjarnason

Arnór Ingvi Traustason

Emil Hallfreðsson

Gylfi  Þór Sigurðsson

Ólafur Ingi Skúlason

Rúrik Gíslason

Samúel Kári Friðjónsson

Aron Einar Gunnarsson


Alfreð Finnbogason

Jón Daði Böðvarsson

Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson

Albert Guðmundsson

The Iceland World Cup 2018 Jersey | Icelandic National Football Team Jersey

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