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Iceland national under-21 football team

The Iceland men's national under-21 football team is a national under-21 football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. The team is considered to be the feeder team for the senior Icelandic men's national football team. Since the establishment of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 1978, the team has reached the Euro Championship finals on one occasion in 2011 where they were knocked out in the group stages.[1]

Iceland Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Strákarnir okkar
AssociationKnattspyrnusamband Íslands
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachArnar Viðarsson
FIFA codeISL
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2011)
Best resultRound 1 (2011)

The team is for Icelandic players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Iceland at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. This has been the case for several senior team players like Aron Gunnarsson, Eiður Guðjohnsen, Heiðar Helguson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.

HistoryEdit

From 1978 to 2009 the team never qualified for tournament finals. In late 2010, the team sealed qualification to the championships for the very first team in their history. During the qualification stage they finished second in their group behind the Czech Republic and qualified for the playoffs as a result of being one of the best runners-up in the whole qualification process. Their most notable win came in a 4–1 home win over Germany.[2] In the next stage they played against Scotland in a two-legged affair in which they won 4–2 on aggregate over the two games.[3]

Their remarkable qualification campaign saw them qualify for the finals where they were drawn against Belarus, Denmark and Switzerland in Group A. In their first two group games they were comfortably beaten by Belarus and Switzerland. In their final group game they defeated Denmark who were the hosts of the tournament 3–1.[4] Iceland would finish third in the group, level on points with the second placed and fourth placed teams.[5] Following the end of the tournament, UEFA announced its Team of the Tournament with striker Kolbeinn Sigþórsson named on the list.[6]

Competition recordsEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 to 2009 Did Not Qualify
  2011 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 5 - 2
2013 Did Not Qualify
2015 Did Not Qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/1 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Macedonia 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 21 Final tournament 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2   France 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
3   Iceland 10 5 3 2 13 9 +4 18 3–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 1–1
4   Ukraine 10 4 2 4 14 12 +2 14 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–1
5   Scotland 10 2 2 6 8 17 −9 8 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–1
6   Northern Ireland 10 0 2 8 6 18 −12 2 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
26 March 2015
Friendly match
Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș, Romania   Romania
0 — 3
11 June 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Vodafonevöllurinn, Reykjavík, Iceland   Macedonia
3 — 0
Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson (2)
Elías Már Ómarsson
5 September 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Kópavogsvöllur, Kópavogur, Iceland   France
3 — 2
Oliver Sigurjónsson (2)
Hjörtur Hermannsson
8 September 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Fylkisvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland   Northern Ireland
1 — 1
Aron Elís Þrándarson
8 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Ukraine   Ukraine
1 — 0
Árni Vilhjálmsson
13 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland   Scotland
0 — 0
24 March 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia   Macedonia
0 — 0
2 September 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Northern Ireland   Northern Ireland
6 September 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
France   France
5 October 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Iceland   Scotland
11 October 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Iceland   Ukraine

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Spain, played on 16 October 2018. All caps and goals are correct as of 16 October 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sindri Kristinn Ólafsson (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 22) 9 0   Keflavík
1GK Aron Snær Friðriksson (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Fylkir
1GK Hlynur Örn Hlöðversson (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Fram
2DF Alfons Sampsted (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 21 1   IFK Norrköping
2DF Axel Óskar Andrésson (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 18 3   Reading
2DF Hans Viktor Guðmundsson (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Fjölnir
2DF Orri Sveinn Stefánsson (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Fylkir
2DF Felix Örn Friðriksson (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   ÍBV
3MF Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson (1996-12-11) 11 December 1996 (age 22) 5 0   KA
3MF Júlíus Magnússon (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 21) 4 0   SC Heerenveen
3MF Viktor Karl Einarsson (1997-01-30) 30 January 1997 (age 22) 5 2   AZ
3MF Grétar Snær Gunnarsson (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0   HK Kópavogur
3MF Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 20) 14 3   Fulham
3MF Samúel Kári Friðjónsson (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Vålerenga
3MF Aron Freyr Róbertsson (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Grindavík
3MF Mikael Anderson (1998-07-01) 1 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Vendsyssel FF
4FW Albert Guðmundsson (1997-06-15) 15 June 1997 (age 22) 15 6   AZ
4FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 22) 14 4   Molde
4FW Tryggvi Hrafn Haraldsson (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 23) 13 1   Halmstad
4FW Arnór Gauti Ragnarsson (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 22) 5 2   ÍBV

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the under-21 squad since the start of 2017.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jökull Blængsson (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Fjölnir v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
DF Bjarki Þór Viðarsson (1997-06-22) 22 June 1997 (age 22) 1 0   KA v.   England; 10 June 2017 (Friendly)
DF Ívar Örn Árnason (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 23) 1 0   KA v.   England; 10 June 2017 (Friendly)
DF Sindri Scheving (1997-11-19) 19 November 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Haukar v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
DF Aron Ingi Kristinsson (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 21) 3 0   ÍA Akranes v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
DF Hörður Ingi Gunnarsson (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 21) 3 0   HK Kópavogur v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
DF Ari Leifsson (1998-04-19) 19 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Fylkir v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
MF Albert Hafsteinsson (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23) 1 0   ÍA Akranes v.   England; 10 June 2017 (Friendly)
MF Alex Þór Hauksson (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Stjarnan v.   England; 10 June 2017 (Friendly)
MF Birnir Snær Ingason (1996-02-04) 4 February 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Fjölnir v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
MF Ægir Jarl Jónasson (1998-03-08) 8 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Fjölnir v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
MF Steinar Þorsteinsson (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 21) 3 0   ÍA Akranes v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
FW Kristófer Konráðsson (1998-03-31) 31 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Stjarnan v.   Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)

Previous squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011: Spain's boys of summer dazzle". UEFA.com. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Iceland 3-1 Denmark". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Euro U21 2011". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "U21 all-star squad named by UEFA technical team". UEFA.com. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

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