In our Iceland: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to the team’s squad and schedule as well as a prediction on how far they’ll advance in the competition, and more.
Managers: Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson
Captain: Aron Gunnarsson
Iceland: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Tuesday, June 14
Saturday, June 18
Wednesday, June 22
Iceland: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Bodo/Glimt), Ogmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord).
Defenders: Ari Skulason (OB), Hordur Magnusson (Cesena), Hjortur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kari Arnason (Malmo), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK).
Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Norrkoping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Sundsvall).
Forwards : Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern).
Iceland: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Regardless of what transpires in terms of the results they pick up on the field in France this summer, Iceland will make history when they kick-off their campaign at Euro 2016.
With just 323,000 people residing on the Nordic island, in terms of population they are the smallest country to ever feature at these championships. However, they’ve shown with their startling development in recent years that they shouldn’t be taken lightly by anyone in France, with Lagerback and Hallgrimsson formulating an extremely capable football team.
Indeed, lets not forget that had they not run into a talented Croatia team in 2014 this is a country that would have qualified for the World Cup. For this tournament, no playoffs were needed, as Strakarnir Okkar—translated as “Our Boys”—were outstanding in a very testing pool.
Their most memorable results included a 3-0 win over Turkey and 2-1 win over the Czech Republic—both on home soil—while they also completed a stunning double over the Netherlands, with no goals conceded against the side who finished in third spot at the last World Cup. It’s clear they have the players to do some damage in Group F.
Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson may be the star man and an irreplaceable creator, although there are a lot of excellent players elsewhere in the squad. Alfred Finnbogason is an awkward centre-forward, Gunnarsson does the dirty work in midfield while out on the left flank Johann Gudmundsson seems to save his best displays for the national side.