10 facts about the Icelandic National soccer team
1 Iceland is the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup
2 Jón Daði Böðvarsson comes from the small town of Selfoss on the South Coast. When he was playing in Stavanger in Norway he was chosen as the Sportsman of the year in his county back home, Árborg. He used the prize money to start a fund for kids who want to play football but can’t afford it. The fund is called “Knattspyrna fyrir alla” or Soccer for everyone.
3 The whole population of Iceland is slightly over 330.000 but our team is now number 22 on FIFA’s list.
4 Heimir Hallgrímsson the team’s coach is actually a dentist and lives in the beautiful islands of Vestmannaeyjar. He actually needs to fly or take a boat to get to Reykjavík.
5 Ragnar Sigurðsson used to use the username Rassgatið or Asshole on Instagram, yes really! Now he is Sykurson “son of Sugar”
6 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson was excellent at the video game Counter Strike in his younger years and actually competed on the most famous tournament in Iceland Skálfti. He was also a guitar player in a rock band.
7 When Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson treats himself it’s usually with Vesturbæjarís Ice cream. He has often spoken about this in interviews. IF you want to go for “A Gylfi” at Vesturbæjarís ask for “Bragðarefur með Jarðarberjum, mars og snickers”
8 Aron Einar Gunnarsson is tattooed all over and even had the church from his hometown Akureyri in the North of Iceland going down his right arm and the Icelandic flag huge over his back.
9. When a new man is chosen for the team he always needs to stand up on a chair and sing a song for the whole team.
10. Emil Hallfreðsson imports red wine to Iceland from the Allegrini-family in the Valpolicella-valley not far from Verona, Emil played for Hellas Verona for a long time.