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IcelandIcelandLaugardalsvöllur - ReykjavikSunday 11 June 2017
20.45CET (18.45 local time)
Group I - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/2016QR (GS)Croatia - Iceland2-0
ZagrebBrozović 15, 90+1
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
19/11/2013POCroatia - Iceland2-0
agg: 2-0
ZagrebMandžukić 27, Srna 47
15/11/2013POIceland - Croatia0-0Reykjavik
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2005QR (GS)Iceland - Croatia1-3
ReykjavikGudjohnsen 24; Balaban 56, 61, Srna 82
26/03/2005QR (GS)Croatia - Iceland4-0
ZagrebN.Kovač 38, 75, Šimunić 70, Pršo 89
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Squad list Only this chapter

Iceland - Squad list
Current season
-Hannes Halldórsson27/04/198433Randers - 4000
-Ögmundur Kristinsson19/06/198927Hammarby - 1000
-Ingvar Jónsson18/10/198927Sandefjord - 0000
-Ragnar Sigurdsson19/06/198630Fulham - 5100
-Ari Skúlason14/05/198730Lokeren - 4000
-Birkir Sævarsson11/11/198432Hammarby - 5000
-Hordur Magnússon11/02/199324Bristol City - 3000
-Sverrir Ingason05/08/199323Granada - 0000
-Hjörtur Hermannsson08/02/199522Brøndby - 0000
-Aron Sigurdarson08/10/199323Tromsø - 0000
-Ólafur Skúlason01/04/198334Karabükspor - 1000
-Emil Hallfredsson29/06/198432Udinese - 2000
-Rúrik Gíslason25/02/198829Nürnberg*1000
-Birkir Bjarnason27/05/198829Aston Villa*4000
-Kári Árnason13/10/198234Omonia*5100
-Aron Gunnarsson22/04/198928Cardiff - 4000
-Gylfi Sigurdsson08/09/198927Swansea - 5100
-Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson18/06/199026Grasshoppers - 0000
-Arnór Ingvi Traustason30/04/199324Rapid Wien - 3000
-Björn Sigurdarsson26/02/199126Molde - 3100
-Johann Gudmundsson27/10/199026Burnley - 4000
-Alfred Finnbogason01/02/198928Augsburg*3300
-Jón Dadi Bödvarsson25/05/199225Wolves - 4000
-Heimir Hallgrímsson10/06/196750 - 5000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198432Monaco - 4000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199027Gent - 1000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199522Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Dejan Lovren05/07/198927Liverpool - 0000
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198928Dinamo Zagreb - 4000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198928Dynamo Kyiv*5000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199521Leverkusen - 1000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199323Beşiktaş - 3100
-Luka Modrić09/09/198531Real Madrid - 3000
-Milan Badelj25/02/198928Fiorentina*5000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198928Internazionale - 4100
-Franko Andrijašević22/06/199125Rijeka - 0000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199423Real Madrid - 4000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199224Internazionale - 5200
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199522Milan - 0000
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199225Rijeka - 0000
-Marko Rog19/07/199521Napoli - 3000
-Nikola Kalinić05/01/198829Fiorentina - 4200
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198631Juventus - 5400
-Duje Čop01/02/199027Sporting Gijón - 2000
-Ivan Santini21/05/198928Caen - 0000
-Ante Čačić29/09/195363 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Heimir Hallgrímsson

Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Nationality: Icelandic
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland

• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.

• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.

• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.

• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.

• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.



Ante Čačić

Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia

• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.

• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.

• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.

• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.

• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesRoberto Alonso (ESP) , Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
  • Fourth officialCarlos Gómez (ESP)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJoão Morais (POR)
  • Referee observerPatrick Kelly (IRL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Alberto Undiano Mallenco08/10/19731087

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson (84 Hallfredsson), B. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, Bödvarsson, A. Gunnarsson, A. Skúlason (42 H. Magnússon)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Kristinsson, B. Sævarsson (89 E. Bjarnason), R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Sigurdarsson (75 Kjartansson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Iceland 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 E. Bjarnason 42, 2-0 Finnbogason 44
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (67 Kjartansson), Árnason, E. Bjarnason (85 H. Magnússon), Bödvarsson (61 Sigurdarsson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, E. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), H. Magnússon, Bödvarsson (75 Kjartansson)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
    0-1 Sigurdarsson 25, 0-2 G. Sigurdsson 35 (P) , 1-2 Nuhiu 52
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Kjartansson (69 Bödvarsson), G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Traustason (72 Gíslason), Sigurdarsson (86 Skúlason), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (64 Brozović), Modrić, Mandžukić (85 Kramarić), Badelj, Pjaca (80 N. Kalinić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 6, 0-2 Mandžukić 24, 0-3 Mandžukić 35, 0-4 Mitrović 68, 0-5 Perišić 83, 0-6 N. Kalinić 90+2
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka (46 Mitrović), Kovačić, Kramarić (71 Rog), Brozović, Mandžukić (59 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Mitrović, Kovačić, Kramarić (81 Rog), Brozović (71 Čop), Mandžukić (87 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (85 Kramarić), Kovačić (46 Modrić), Brozović, Mandžukić (92 Čop), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Ukraine
    1-0 N. Kalinić 38
    Subašić, Mitrović, Rakitić (79 Kovačić), Modrić, Brozović (91 Rog), Jedvaj, N. Kalinić (87 Kramarić), Mandžukić, Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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