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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

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 15.36CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland3-0Turkey
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:30
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Latvia0-3Iceland
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland2-0Netherlands
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:29
12 November 2014 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium3-1Iceland
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
12/17/2015 16:19:53
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech Republic2-1Iceland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) Stadium: Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE)
01/08/2016 08:06:42
16 January 2015 16 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
Canada1-2Iceland
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:57:56
19 January 2015 19 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
Canada1-1Iceland
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:01:13
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Kazakhstan0-3Iceland
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
03/29/2016 09:36:25
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Estonia1-1Iceland
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
12/17/2015 16:05:47
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland2-1Czech Republic
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:22
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands0-1Iceland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
02/01/2016 10:23:17
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland0-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:31
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland2-2Latvia
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:30
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey1-0Iceland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland4-2Iceland
Referee: Padraig Sutton (IRL)
12/29/2015 10:57:38
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-1Iceland
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
12/22/2015 17:56:15
13 January 2016 13 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
Finland0-1Iceland
Referee: not available
01/20/2016 15:48:12
16 January 2016 16 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
United Arab Emirates2-1Iceland
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
01/21/2016 10:05:04
31 January 2016 31 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
USA3-2Iceland
Referee: not available
02/03/2016 11:16:25
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Denmark2-1Iceland
Referee: not available Stadium: Arena Herning, Herning (DEN)
03/31/2016 13:40:22
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Greece2-3Iceland
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 14:34:15
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway - Iceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:41
6 June 2016 06 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Iceland - Liechtenstein
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:29
PortugalIceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
05/03/2016 14:53:44
IcelandHungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
04/06/2016 17:06:53
IcelandAustria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
04/06/2016 16:53:37
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineIceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
05/04/2016 09:45:55
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandFinland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/27/2016 13:12:41
9 October 2016 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandTurkey
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/27/2016 13:12:36
CroatiaIceland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:14:33
IcelandCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:56:33
FinlandIceland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:27:18
IcelandUkraine
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:42:33
TurkeyIceland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:56:33

General info

  • Founded : 1947
  • Stadium : Laugardalsvöllur
  • Currently playing : 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)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Eidur Gudjohnsen (ISL)
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