Iceland’s national team have never appeared at the finals of the FIFA World Cup™, and their last attempt to qualify for the tournament in 2010 saw them finish bottom of their pool. The Icelanders’ few results of note during that venture included a 1-0 win over FYR Macedonia and a 2-2 draw with Norway.
The current crop
Iceland finished a disappointing UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign, and already find themselves on the brink of elimination in a group dominated by Norway, Portugal and Denmark. Nevertheless, with an exciting new generation coming through, the future appears bright for Icelandic football. Their U-21 side recently achieved an historic qualification for the UEFA European Championship, and the team boasts a host of promising players already starring for clubs in top leagues around Europe, such as Gylfi Sigurdsson at Hoffenheim and Johann Gudmundsson at AZ Alkmaar.
The key players
Wide man/striker Gudmundsson and set-piece specialist Sigurdsson, the driving forces behind the U-21 team’s recent run of success, have both already made the step up to the seniors, and could well form the backbone of the team for some years to come.
Coach: Lars Lagerback
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Eidur Gudjohnsen