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Iceland national football team
|Nickname(s)||Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys)|
|Association||Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ)
|Head coach||Arnar Viðarsson|
|Most caps||Rúnar Kristinsson (104)|
|Top scorer||Eiður Guðjohnsen
Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (26)
|Current||62 2 (21 October 2021)|
|Highest||18 (February–March 2018)|
|Lowest||131 (April–June 2012)|
Faroe Islands 0–1 Iceland
(Tórshavn, Faroe Islands; 29 July 1930)
Iceland 0–3 Denmark
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 17 July 1946)
Iceland 9–0 Faroe Islands
(Keflavík, Iceland; 10 July 1985)
Iceland 5–0 Malta
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 27 July 2000)
| Denmark 14–2 Iceland
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 23 August 1967)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group stage (2018)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2016)|
The Iceland national football team (Icelandic: Íslenska karlalandsliðið í knattspyrnu) represents Iceland in men's international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland, and have been a FIFA member since 1947 and an UEFA member since 1957. The team's nickname is Strákarnir okkar, which means Our Boys in Icelandic.
The team has enjoyed success in the second half of the 2010s. In the qualifying rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Iceland reached the playoffs before losing to Croatia. Iceland reached its first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016, after a qualification campaign which included home and away wins over the Netherlands. After advancing to the knockout stages of Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England in the Round of 16, advancing to the quarter-finals, where they lost to host nation France 5–2. They became the smallest nation by population to ever clinch a FIFA World Cup berth when they qualified for the 2018 tournament on 9 October 2017. They drew with Argentina in their opening match, but nonetheless still went out in the group stage.
Although Úrvalsdeild, the Icelandic Football League, was founded in 1912, the country's first international match was played on 29 July 1930, against the Faroe Islands. Although Iceland won 1–0 away, both teams were at the time unaffiliated with FIFA. The first match officially recognised by FIFA took place in Reykjavík on 17 July 1946, a 0–3 loss to Denmark. The first international victory was against Finland in 1947. For the first 20 years of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ)'s existence, the team mostly did not participate in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship. In 1954, Iceland applied to take part in qualification for the 1954 World Cup, but the application was rejected. In qualification for the 1958 World Cup, Iceland finished last in their group with zero wins, conceding 26 goals.
Since 1974, the team has taken part in qualifying for every World Cup and European Championship. In 1994, the team reached their then best ever position in the FIFA World Rankings, 37th. This record stood until 2016 when they managed to reach 21st. In a friendly against Estonia on 24 April 1996 in Tallinn, Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen entered as a substitute for his father Arnór. This marked the first time that a father and son played in the same international match.
In 2014, Iceland almost secured qualification for their first World Cup. Finishing second in Group D, they played Croatia in a two-leg playoff for qualification. After holding them to a 0–0 draw in the home leg, they lost 2–0 away.
Iceland qualified for a major tournament for the first time in 2015 after finishing second in Group A of qualification for Euro 2016, losing only two games, and beating the Netherlands – which had finished third in the 2014 World Cup – twice. During the qualification, they reached their then highest ranking in the FIFA World Rankings, 23rd. Iceland were drawn into a group with Portugal, Hungary and Austria for the final tournament.
At the tournament finals, Iceland recorded 1–1 draws in their first two group stage matches against Portugal and Hungary. They then advanced from their group with a 2–1 victory against Austria. Iceland qualified for the tournament's quarter-finals after a 2–1 upset win over England in the Round of 16, which led to England manager Roy Hodgson resigning in disgrace immediately after the final whistle. However, they were eliminated by host nation France in the quarter-finals, 5–2.
Iceland qualified for the 2018 World Cup, their first ever appearance in the world championship, securing qualification on 9 October 2017 after a 2–0 win against Kosovo. In doing so, they became the lowest-populated country ever to reach the finals. Iceland were drawn to play Croatia, Argentina and Nigeria in a group that was considered by many as the "group of death". Despite a challenging group, Iceland were tipped to advance from the group by several journalist websites, based on their impressive performance in Euro 2016. Their maiden match at the World Cup was against 2014 runners-up Argentina, with Iceland surprisingly holding Argentina to a 1–1 draw. However, their chances of advancing from the group were hurt following a 2–0 loss to Nigeria, putting Iceland to play with full determination against already qualified Croatia. Iceland lost to Croatia in their final group game; and because Argentina won against Nigeria, Iceland finished bottom of the group with just a point.
In 2020, Iceland came agonisingly close to qualifying for Euro 2020. In their playoff game against Hungary, Iceland led 1–0 for nearly the entire match until Hungary scored two goals in under five minutes, the first coming in the 88th minute to stun Iceland and the second in the second minute of added time, proving to be the winner; Hungary had beaten Iceland 2–1. Iceland had also suffered poor results in their UEFA Nations League campaign in League A, having lost all their group stage matches and failing to garner a single point, resulting in their relegation to League B the following season. Manager Erik Hamrén ultimately resigned, following their poor performance that year.
The national team uses a blue as the home colours and white as their second colours but their crest featuring stylized imagery of Iceland's four "guardian spirits" (Landvættir) in local folklore; a giant, a dragon, a bull, and an eagle. The team's crest was adopted in 2020 and was designed by Reykjavík-based firm Bradenburg. Previously the team used a team crest which features a shield-type symbol which consist the abbreviation of the Football Association of Iceland in Icelandic (KSI), strips which derives colors from the Flag of Iceland, and a football.
Iceland's supporters became known for using Viking Clap chant in the mid-2010s, which involves fans clapping their hands above their heads and yelling "huh!" to the beat of a drum. Iceland's Viking Clap first received wider international attention during the Euro 2016.
The official kit is produced by German sports manufacturing company Puma since 2020. Before that the kit providers were Umbro (1975), Adidas (1976–1992), ABM (1992-1996), Reusch (1996–2001) and Erreà (2002–2020)
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|Head coach||Arnar Viðarsson|
|Assistant coach||Eiður Guðjohnsen|
|Technical advisor||Bjarni Jákobsson|
|Training coach||Birkir Eyjólfsson|
|Fitness coach||Ári Þór Örlygsson|
|First-Team Doctor||Jóhannes Rúnarsson|
|Goalkeeper coach||Halldór Björnsson|
The following players were called up for the matches against Armenia and Liechtenstein, played on 8 October and 11 October 2021 respectively.
All caps and goals are correct as of 11 October 2021 after the match against Liechtenstein.
The following players have been called up to the Iceland squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Hannes Þór Halldórsson||27 April 1984||77||0||Valur||v. Germany, 8 September 2021 RET|
|GK||Ögmundur Kristinsson||19 June 1989||19||0||Olympiacos||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Birkir Már Sævarsson||11 November 1984||102||3||Valur||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 SUS|
|DF||Ari Freyr Skúlason||14 May 1987||82||0||Norrköping||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 SUS|
|DF||Jón Guðni Fjóluson||10 April 1989||18||1||Hammarby||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|DF||Kári Árnason||13 October 1982||90||6||Víkingur Reykjavík||v. Germany, 8 September 2021 RET|
|DF||Valgeir Lunddal Friðriksson||24 September 2001||1||0||Häcken||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Ísak Ólafsson||30 June 2000||1||0||Esbjerg||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Kolbeinn Þórðarson||12 March 2000||1||0||Lommel||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Ragnar Sigurðsson||19 June 1986||97||5||Fylkir||v. Mexico, 30 May 2021|
|DF||Hörður Ingi Gunnarsson||14 August 1998||1||0||FH||v. Mexico, 30 May 2021|
|DF||Rúnar Þór Sigurgeirsson||28 December 1999||1||0||Keflavík||v. Mexico, 30 May 2021|
|DF||Sverrir Ingi Ingason||5 August 1993||39||3||PAOK||v. Liechtenstein, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Hörður Björgvin Magnússon||11 February 1993||36||2||CSKA Moscow||v. Liechtenstein, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson||6 August 1990||19||2||Rosenborg||v. Liechtenstein, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Victor Pálsson||30 April 1991||29||1||Schalke 04||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 WD|
|MF||Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson||23 March 2003||8||1||Copenhagen||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 SUS|
|MF||Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson||27 October 1990||81||8||Burnley||v. Armenia, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|MF||Arnór Sigurðsson||15 May 1999||16||1||Venezia||v. Germany, 8 September 2021|
|MF||Gísli Eyjólfsson||31 May 1994||2||0||Breiðablik||v. Germany, 8 September 2021|
|MF||Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson||18 June 1990||32||2||CFR Cluj||v. Romania, 2 September 2021 WD|
|MF||Aron Gunnarsson (Captain)||22 April 1989||97||2||Al-Arabi||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|MF||Aron Elís Þrándarson||10 November 1994||6||0||OB||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|MF||Arnór Ingvi Traustason||30 April 1993||40||5||New England Revolution||v. Mexico, 30 May 2021|
|MF||Willum Þór Willumsson||23 October 1998||1||0||BATE Borisov||v. Liechtenstein, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Gylfi Sigurðsson||8 September 1989||78||25||Everton||v. Germany, 25 March 2021 WD|
|FW||Kolbeinn Sigþórsson||14 March 1990||64||26||IFK Göteborg||v. Romania, 2 September 2021 EX|
|FW||Jón Daði Böðvarsson||25 May 1992||60||3||Millwall||v. Poland, 8 June 2021|
|FW||Hólmbert Friðjónsson||19 April 1993||6||2||Holstein Kiel||v. Liechtenstein, 31 March 2021|
|FW||Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson||26 February 1991||17||1||Molde||v. Germany, 25 March 2021 WD|
|FW||Alfreð Finnbogason||1 February 1989||61||15||FC Augsburg||v. Denmark, 15 November 2020|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1954||Entry not accepted by FIFA||Did not participate|
|1958||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||6||26|
|1962||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||6||0||0||6||2||29|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|List of FIFA World Cup matches|
|2018||Group D||Argentina||1–1||Draw||16 June 2018||Moscow, Russia|
|Nigeria||2–0||Loss||22 June 2018||Volgograd, Russia|
|Croatia||1–2||Loss||26 June 2018||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
UEFA European Championship
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||3||5|
|1968||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not qualify||6||1||2||3||3||8|
|2020||Did not qualify||12||7||1||4||17||14|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
|List of UEFA European Football Championship matches|
|2016||Group F||Portugal||1–1||Draw||14 June 2016||Saint-Étienne, France|
|Hungary||1–1||Draw||18 June 2016||Marseille, France|
|Austria||2–1||Win||22 June 2016||Paris, France|
|Round of 16||England||2–1||Win||27 June 2016||Nice, France|
|Quarter- finals||France||5–2||Loss||3 July 2016||Paris, France|
UEFA Nations League
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
FIFA ranking history
- Iceland national under-21 football team
- Iceland national under-19 football team
- Iceland national under-17 football team
- Iceland national futsal team
- Iceland women's national football team
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