Would Iceland be a bigger shock than Leicester?

EURO2016.com's Paris office started pondering the prospect of Iceland winning the tournament and asked aloud ... would it be a bigger shock than Leicester City's Premier League triumph?

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What do you think? Would Iceland winning UEFA EURO 2016 be an even bigger shock than Leicester City winning the Premier League? Let us know using #EURO2016. This might help make up your mind ...

YES: Chris Parrott, EURO2016.com
This is Iceland's first ever international tournament. In fact, they did not even enter qualifying for three of the first four editions. Leicester, on the other hand, are no strangers to the English top flight – they have been there ten of the 24 seasons since the Premier League era began.

There are estimated to be only 21,500 registered footballers in Iceland. Furthermore, every man in the country aged between 20 and 40 had a theoretical 2,000-1 chance of being named in the 23-man squad. And yet, despite such limited resources, they managed to beat an England team with an estimated 1.5 million registered players – nearly five times the entire population of Iceland!

Iceland players celebrate Iceland have enjoyed a thrilling EURO campaign©Getty ImagesJoint-coach Heimir Hallgrímsson is also a dentist; goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson has a parallel career as a TV commercials director. He even directed the video for Iceland's 2012 Eurovision entry. Leicester, by comparison, are all seasoned professionals and many were brought to the club at considerable expense. Indeed the Foxes spent an estimated €60m on players during the 2015/16 campaign alone.

Leicester won the Premier League in a season when the traditional powerhouses did not perform. If – and it is a big if – Iceland win the EURO, they would have done so despite coming up against Portugal (maybe twice), England, hosts France and Germany.

EURO2016.com also polled its France-based team reporters, social media experts and English, multilingual and video editors to gauge their opinion. Would Iceland winning EURO be a bigger shock than Leicester winning the Premier League?

YES: 39%
NO: 61%

NO: Tom Kell, EURO2016.com
Teams like Leicester don't win Premier League titles. It just doesn't happen. As the season unfolded, as the miracle became believable, every football fan across the globe (without a vested interest) declared their affection for Claudio Ranieri's side. They did it. Somehow, they did it.

Leicester players celebrate Leicester lift the Premier League trophy©AFP/Getty ImagesIceland winning the EURO would be nothing short of phenomenal, yes, but Greece's 2004 coronation was also extraordinary. There has, surely, never been a winner of a major top-flight league quite as remarkable as Leicester. Not even Nottingham Forest in 1978.

No, nothing compares to Vardy, Mahrez and Co holding off the challenge of powerhouses such as Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. All of them.

Iceland could feasibly lift the Henri Delaunay Cup having won just two games of football – in the event that their quarter-final, semi-final and final all went to penalties. Leicester won 23 of them. They had to maintain their consistency for 38 fixtures – they lost only three – over the course of nine gruelling months. I'm still asking myself: how exactly did they do that?

As an aside, has Gary Lineker made any promises about presenting in his pants from the Icelandic fjords yet?