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Iceland team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.24CET
Iceland were slow to make an impression in UEFA European Championship qualifying but are now a team on the rise, constructed on the foundations of recent success at U21 level.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.24CET

Iceland team profile

Iceland were slow to make an impression in UEFA European Championship qualifying but are now a team on the rise, constructed on the foundations of recent success at U21 level.

Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Lars Lagerbäck/Heimir Hallgrímsson
Leading scorers: all-time – Eidur Gudjohnsen (25); current – Eidur Gudjohnsen (25)
Most appearances: all-time – Rúnar Kristinsson (104); current – Eidur Gudjohnsen (81)
Association formed: 1947
Nickname: Strákarnir okkar (Our boys)
Where they play: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik

A team on the rise, constructed on the foundations of the talented Under-21 squad that qualified for the 2011 UEFA European Championship in Denmark, Iceland made history by reaching the qualifying play-offs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Led by former long-serving Sweden head coach Lars Lagerbäck they finished second in their qualifying group, missing out on a place in Brazil after a 2-0 aggregate defeat by Croatia. It was their best ever performance in a major competition, eclipsing their valiant effort to qualify for UEFA EURO 2000 when only a last-day 3-2 defeat in France eliminated them – but even better was to follow as Iceland claimed second place in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A to reach a major tournament for the first time.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P96 W24 D17 L55 F81 A146
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P96 W24 D17 L55 F81 A146

Watch Iceland's top five goals from qualifying

Iceland were slow to make an impression in UEFA European Championship qualifying, failing to record a victory in the 1964 preliminaries. Having not entered in 1968 and 1972 they earned just two wins in their next three campaigns, though the shock 2-1 defeat of East Germany in Reykjavik in 1975 hinted at their potential.

Iceland's recent history reads much better. Ahead of UEFA EURO 2000 they recorded four wins as they amassed 15 points to run France, Ukraine and Russia close. Four years later they were even closer, missing out on the play-offs by a solitary point after winning half their eight fixtures. They finished second bottom of their UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012 qualifying groups.

Memorable EURO matches
09/09/2014: Iceland 3-0 Turkey, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Iceland opened their campaign with a ruthless display against ten-man Turkey in Reykjavik.

03/09/2015: Netherlands 0-1 Iceland, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Gylfi Sigurdsson's 51st-minute penalty completed the double over the Dutch and left Iceland on the brink of the finals.

05/06/1975: Iceland 2-1 East Germany, 1976 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Iceland's first EURO qualifying win was a big scalp, ultimately barring East Germany's progress.

Did you know?
Striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, then 17, came on for his father Arnór in Iceland's 3-0 friendly win against Estonia in Tallinn on 24 April 1996 – the first time that a father and son had featured as players in the same international match.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 08/12/15 15.37CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:55 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine1-1Iceland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
06/06/2017 14:42:31
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Iceland3-2Finland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
05/15/2017 11:53:11
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Iceland2-0Turkey
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
05/15/2017 11:53:30
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia2-0Iceland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/30/2017 14:57:20
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Malta0-2Iceland
Referee: not available Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/01/2016 13:32:22
10 January 2017 10 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
China PR0-2Iceland
Referee: not available
02/23/2017 19:40:12
15 January 2017 15 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
Iceland0-1Chile
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:05:33
8 February 2017 08 Feb - Friendlies 2016-18
Mexico1-0Iceland
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:05:19
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Kosovo1-2Iceland
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
06/07/2017 11:01:29
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Republic of Ireland0-1Iceland
Referee: not available Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
05/01/2017 10:06:45
Iceland1-0Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
06/17/2017 13:56:10
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandIceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tampere Stadium, Tampere (FIN)
06/07/2017 18:03:38
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandUkraine
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
06/07/2017 17:48:23
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyIceland
Referee: TBD
03/20/2017 19:50:23
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandKosovo
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
06/19/2017 17:12:16

General info

  • Founded : 1947
  • Stadium : Laugardalsvöllur
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    28/03/2015, Kazakhstan 0-3 Iceland, Astana
    10/10/2014, Latvia 0-3 Iceland, Riga
    09/09/2014, Iceland 3-0 Turkey, Reykjavik
    02/09/2006, Northern Ireland 0-3 Iceland, Belfast
    11/06/2003, Lithuania 0-3 Iceland, Kaunas
    16/10/2002, Iceland 3-0 Lithuania, Reykjavik
    04/09/1999, Iceland 3-0 Andorra, Reykjavik
  • Biggest defeat:
    03/06/1987, Iceland 0-6 East Germany, Reykjavik
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 12
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Runar Kristinsson (ISL)
    Eidur Gudjohnsen (ISL)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Eidur Gudjohnsen (ISL)
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