Iceland

Reuters

Establishment of the Federation

The Football Association of Iceland was established in 1947 and became a member of FIFA in the same year, before becoming a member of UEFA in 1954. 

Iceland played their first official international match on July 17th 1946 against Denmark, losing by 3 unanswered goals. 

Iceland posted their largest victory over Faroe Islands in an unofficial match on July 10th, 1985 that ended 9-0. The Team’s largest official victory was a 5-0 rout of Malta on July 27th, 2000.  

Iceland were humiliated by Denmark in 1967, losing by an embarrassing score of 14-2. 

The Iceland National Team will compete in the EURO Championship in France for the first time ever, 69 years after the establishment of the national football association.

Dual Management 

Swede manager Lars Lagerbäck and manager Heimir Hallgrímsson are currently at the helm of the Iceland National Team.

Lagerbäck (67 years) took over in 2011, and was joined by Hallgrímsson in early 2016. The latter is expected to assume sole control of the national team following EURO 2016. 

Lagerbäck boasts extensive coaching experience of over 39 years, including 9 years at the helm of the Swedish national team and a brief spell with the Nigerian national team in 2010. 

Association officials had the national team’s future in mind when they chose Hallgrímsson (48 years) as Lagerbäck’s partner and eventual replacement following the EURO Championship. 

Road to France

Iceland delivered impressive performances at the EURO 2016 Qualifiers, placing second in Group A to qualify for the 15th iteration of the tournament.

Iceland faced off against Czech Republic, Turkey, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and Lithuania. 

Iceland played a total of 10 matches, posting 6 wins, 2 ties, and 2 losses, and coming out with 20 points – just points short of group winner Czech Republic. 

Iceland’s attack has been particularly impressive, netting 17 goals, while its defense conceded only 6.
 
EURO matches

Iceland is a newcomer at the tournament, and has been placed in Group A alongside Austria, Hungary, and Portugal, and their matches are scheduled as follows:

June 14th: Portugal v/s Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard – Saint-Étienne. 

June 18th: Iceland v/s Hungary at the Velodrome -Marseille.

June 22nd: Iceland v/s Austria at Stade Saint Denis – Paris.