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The Iceland national football team (Icelandic: Íslenska karlalandsliðið í knattspyrnu) represents Iceland in international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland.

Iceland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys)
AssociationFootball Association of Iceland (KSÍ)
Knattspyrnusamband Íslands
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachErik Hamrén
CaptainAron Gunnarsson
Most capsRúnar Kristinsson (104)
Top scorerEiður Guðjohnsen (26)
Home stadiumLaugardalsvöllur
FIFA codeISL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 35 Increase 5 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest18 (February–March 2018)
Lowest131 (April–June 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 42 Increase 1 (10 July 2019)[2]
Highest19 (October 2017)
Lowest128 (August 1973)
First international
Unofficial:
 Faroe Islands 0–1 Iceland 
(Faroe Islands; 29 July 1930)[3]
Official:
 Iceland 0–3 Denmark 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 17 July 1946)[4]
Biggest win
Unofficial:
 Iceland 9–0 Faroe Islands 
(Keflavík, Iceland; 10 July 1985)
Official:
 Iceland 5–0 Malta 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 27 July 2000)[5]
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 14–2 Iceland 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 23 August 1967)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultGroup stage (2018)
UEFA European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2016)
Iceland national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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.[6]

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HistoryEdit

20th centuryEdit

Although Úrvalsdeild, the Icelandic Football League, was founded in 1912,[7] the country's first international match was played on 29 July 1930, against the Faroe Islands.[8] Although Iceland won 1–0 away, both teams were at the time unaffiliated with FIFA.[9] The first match officially recognised by FIFA took place in Reykjavík on 17 July 1946, a 0–3 loss to Denmark.[10] The first international victory was against Finland in 1947.[11] For the first 20 years of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ)'s existence, mostly the team 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.[8] In qualification for the 1958 World Cup, Iceland finished last in their group with zero wins, conceding 26 goals.[8]

In 1980, Iceland won the first edition of the friendly tournament known as the Greenland Cup.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

21st centuryEdit

In qualification for Euro 2004, Iceland finished third in their group, one point behind Scotland.[15] As a result, they failed to qualify for a playoff spot.[16]

In 2014, Iceland almost secured qualification for their first World Cup.[17] Finishing second in Group D, they played Croatia in a two-leg playoff for qualification.[18][19] After holding them to a 0–0 draw in the home leg, they lost 2–0 away.[20]

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.[21] During the qualification, they reached their then highest ranking in the FIFA World Rankings, 23rd.[22][23] 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.[24] Iceland qualified for the tournament's quarter-finals after a shock 2–1 win over England in the Round of 16, which led England manager Roy Hodgson to resign immediately after the final whistle.[25] However, they were eliminated by host nation France in the quarter-finals, 5–2.[26]

 
World Cup team 2018.

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. They became the lowest-populated country to reach the final tournament, and this is considered the greatest moment in Icelandic sports history as they qualified for the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.[27] Iceland were drawn to play Croatia, Argentina and Nigeria in a group that was considered by many as the "group of death".[28][29] Despite a challenging group, Iceland were tipped to advance from the group by several journalist websites, based on their impressive performance in Euro 2016.[30] Their maiden match at the World Cup was against 2014 runners-up Argentina, with Iceland surprisingly holding Argentina to a 1–1 draw, had proven it[31][32] (this also made them the least-populous country ever to have scored in a World Cup match). 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.[33][34] 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.[35][36]

Competitive recordEdit

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954 Entry not accepted by FIFA
  1958 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 6 26
  1962 Did not enter
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 2 29
  1978 6 1 0 5 2 12
  1982 8 2 2 4 10 21
  1986 6 1 0 5 4 10
  1990 8 1 4 3 6 11
  1994 8 3 2 3 7 6
  1998 10 2 3 5 11 16
    2002 10 4 1 5 14 20
  2006 10 1 1 8 14 27
  2010 8 1 2 5 7 13
  2014 12 5 3 4 17 17
  2018 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 5 10 7 1 2 16 7
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 1 2 2 5 106 28 19 59 116 215

European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter
  1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 5
  1968 Did not enter
  1972
  1976 Did not qualify 6 1 2 3 3 8
  1980 8 0 0 8 2 21
  1984 8 1 1 6 3 13
  1988 8 2 2 4 4 14
  1992 8 2 0 6 7 10
  1996 8 1 2 5 3 12
    2000 10 4 3 3 12 7
  2004 8 4 1 3 11 9
    2008 12 2 2 8 10 27
    2012 8 1 1 6 6 14
  2016 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 2 1 8 9 10 6 2 2 17 6
  2020 TBD 4 3 0 1 5 5
Total Quarter-finals 1/16 5 2 2 1 8 9 97 27 17 56 86 151

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 A Group stage
Relegated
3rd 4 0 0 4 1 13
2020–21 B To be determined
Total Group stage
League A
1/1 4 0 0 4 1 13

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

HonoursEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Erik Hamrén
Assistant coach   Freyr Alexandersson
Goalkeeping coach   Lars Eriksson

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Albania and Turkey on 8 June and 11 June 2019.
All caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2019 after the match against Turkey.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hannes Þór Halldórsson (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 (age 35) 61 0   Valur
12 1GK Ögmundur Kristinsson (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 30) 15 0   AEL
13 1GK Ingvar Jónsson (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 29) 8 0   Viborg

2 2DF Birkir Már Sævarsson (1984-11-11) 11 November 1984 (age 34) 90 1   Valur
6 2DF Ragnar Sigurðsson (1986-06-19) 19 June 1986 (age 33) 88 5   Rostov
14 2DF Kári Árnason (1982-10-13) 13 October 1982 (age 36) 77 6   Víkingur
23 2DF Ari Freyr Skúlason (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 32) 66 0   Lokeren
5 2DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 25) 27 3   PAOK
18 2DF Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 26) 25 2   CSKA Moscow
3 2DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 30) 15 1   Krasnodar
15 2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 24) 11 1   Brøndby

17 3MF Aron Gunnarsson (Captain) (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 30) 85 2   Al-Arabi
8 3MF Birkir Bjarnason (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 31) 77 11   Aston Villa
7 3MF Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 28) 74 8   Burnley
10 3MF Gylfi Sigurðsson (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 29) 68 20   Everton
20 3MF Emil Hallfreðsson (1984-06-29) 29 June 1984 (age 35) 68 1   Udinese
3MF Rúrik Gíslason (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 31) 53 3   SV Sandhausen
21 3MF Arnór Ingvi Traustason (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 26) 29 5   Malmö
16 3MF Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 29) 22 1   Astana
4 3MF Victor Pálsson (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 28) 11 0   Darmstadt 98
20 3MF Arnór Sigurðsson (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 20) 4 0   CSKA Moscow

9 4FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 29) 50 23   AIK
3 4FW Jón Daði Böðvarsson (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 27) 41 2   Millwall
19 4FW Viðar Örn Kjartansson (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29) 21 3   Hammarby IF
22 4FW Albert Guðmundsson (1997-06-15) 15 June 1997 (age 22) 11 3   AZ

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 24) 6 0   Dijon v.   Albania, 8 June 2019 INJ
GK Frederik Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 24) 5 0   Roskilde v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
GK Anton Ari Einarsson (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Valur v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019

DF Böðvar Böðvarsson (1995-04-09) 9 April 1995 (age 24) 5 0   Jagiellonia Białystok v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
DF Axel Óskar Andrésson (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Viking v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
DF Adam Örn Arnarson (1995-08-27) 27 August 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Górnik Zabrze v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
DF Davíð Kristján Ólafsson (1995-05-15) 15 May 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Aalesund v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
DF Eiður Aron Sigurbjörnsson (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Valur v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
DF Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 28) 12 1   Levski Sofia v.    Switzerland, 15 October 2018 INJ

MF Arnór Smárason (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 30) 26 3   Lillestrøm v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Eggert Jónsson (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 30) 21 0   SønderjyskE v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Samúel Friðjónsson (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 7 0   Viking v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 27) 5 0   IFK Norrköping v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Hilmar Árni Halldórsson (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Stjarnan v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Aalesund v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 20) 3 1   Vendsyssel v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Kolbeinn Finnsson (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Brentford v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Alex Þór Hauksson (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Stjarnan v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
MF Theódór Elmar Bjarnason (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 32) 41 1   Gazişehir v.   Belgium, 11 September 2018
MF Ólafur Ingi Skúlason RET (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 36) 36 1   Fylkir FIFA World Cup 2018

FW Alfreð Finnbogason (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 30) 56 16   FC Augsburg v.   France, 25 March 2019
FW Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 28) 17 1   Rostov v.   Andorra, 22 March 2019 INJ
FW Kristján Flóki Finnbogason (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24) 4 1   Start v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 22) 7 2   Mjällby v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019
FW Andri Rúnar Bjarnason (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 28) 5 1   Kaiserslautern v.   Estonia, 15 January 2019

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.

Previous squadsEdit

Kit providersEdit

The official kit is produced by Italian sports manufacturing company Erreà since 2002. Before that the kit providers were Umbro (1975), Adidas (1976–1992), ABM (1992-1996) and Reusch (1996–2001).

Period Kit provider
1975   Umbro
1976–1991   Adidas
1992–1996   ABM
1996–2001   Reusch
2002–present   Erreà

RecordsEdit

Most capsEdit

As of 12 June 2019, the 20 players with the most caps for Iceland are:

Note: Some unofficial matches are counted for some players, as per the KSÍ count.

 
Hermann Hreiðarsson played 89 games for Iceland between 1996 and 2011, which puts him third in the nation's appearances list.
Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Rúnar Kristinsson 1987–2004 104 3
2 Birkir Már Sævarsson 2007– 90 1
3 Hermann Hreiðarsson 1996–2011 89 5
4 Eiður Guðjohnsen 1996–2016 88 26
Ragnar Sigurðsson 2007– 88 5
6 Aron Einar Gunnarsson 2008– 85 2
7 Guðni Bergsson 1984–2003 80 1
8 Birkir Bjarnason 2010– 77 11
Kári Árnason 2005– 77 6
10 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson 2008– 74 8
Brynjar Björn Gunnarsson 1997–2009 74 4
Birkir Kristinsson 1988–2004 74 0
13 Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 73 14
14 Ólafur Þórðarson 1984–1996 72 5
15 Arnar Grétarsson 1991–2004 71 2
Árni Gautur Arason 1998–2010 71 0
17 Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 70 8
18 Sævar Jónsson 1980–1992 69 1
19 Gylfi Sigurðsson 2010– 68 20
Emil Hallfreðsson 2005– 68 1

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 12 June 2019, the 20 players with the most goals for Iceland are:

Note: Some unofficial matches are counted for some players, as per the KSÍ count.

 
Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen scored a record 26 goals for Iceland in a 20-year international career.
Rank Name Career Goals Caps GPG
1 Eiður Guðjohnsen (list) 1996–2016 26 88 0.30
2 Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 2010– 23 50 0.46
3 Gylfi Sigurðsson 2010– 20 70 0.29
4 Ríkharður Jónsson 1947–1965 17 33 0.52
5 Alfreð Finnbogason 2010– 16 56 0.29
6 Ríkharður Daðason 1991–2004 14 44 0.32
Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 14 73 0.19
8 Þórður Guðjónsson 1993–2004 13 58 0.22
9 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 1997–2008 12 42 0.29
Heiðar Helguson 1999–2011 12 55 0.22
11 Pétur Pétursson 1978–1990 11 41 0.27
Matthías Hallgrímsson 1968–1977 11 45 0.24
Birkir Bjarnason 2010– 11 77 0.14
14 Helgi Sigurðsson 1993–2008 10 62 0.16
Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1990–2001 10 66 0.15
16 Þórður Þórðarson 1951–1958 9 16 0.56
Teitur Þórðarson 1972–1985 9 41 0.22
18 Guðmundur Steinsson 1980–1988 8 19 0.42
Sigurður Grétarsson 1980–1992 8 46 0.17
Marteinn Geirsson 1971–1982 8 67 0.12
Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 8 70 0.11
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson 2008– 8 74 0.11

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

See alsoEdit

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