With 20,000 players (men and women) registered with clubs, football is easily the most popular sport in Iceland
. However, the country did host the U-18 European Championship in 1997. During the draw for EURO 2004, Iceland
, a country with sparse population numbers (just 290,000 people live in a country measuring 104,000 km2) were placed among the third level of seeds, a reflection of the quality of Icelandic football within Europe. Approximately 50 players ply their trade in professional leagues around Europe, mainly in England, Germany and Norway. In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the most well known players were the current national team coach, Asgeir Sigurvinsson (Standard Liege, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart), Arnór Gudjohnsen (Lokeren, Anderlecht, Bordeaux) and Atli Edvaldsson (Borussia Dortmund, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer Uerdingen). The current star of Icelandic football is Eidur Gudjohnsen, who plays for Chelsea.