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Iceland's Rúrik Gíslason in action against Portugal during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying ©Getty Images


Best result: Have never qualified
Coach: Lars Lagerbäck
Leading scorers: all-time – Eidur Gudjohnsen (24); current – Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (13)
Most appearances: all-time – Rúnar Kristinsson (104); current – Aron Gunnarsson (41)
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 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.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P86 W18 D15 L53 F64 A140
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P86 W18 D15 L53 F64 A140

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, but reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-offs.

Memorable EURO matches
05/09/1998: Iceland 1-1 France, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Ríkhardur Dadason's first-half goal held France in their first competitive match as world champions.

23/09/1987: Norway 0-1 Iceland, 1988 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Atli Edvaldsson struck as Sigfried Held's Iceland completed home and away wins against Norway.

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 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 14.56CET

Club 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)