Iceland dominated over the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group, which includes Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Croatia, Kosovo besides Iceland.
Magnificent performance by Icelander’s lead them to top of this group which is a very high rated achievement.
Iceland FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Squad & Group Details
Finally, Iceland qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals after beating Croatia at home. Icelander’s topped this group which includes favorites like Croatia & Ukraine.
They have become the first nation ever who qualified for the Fifa World cup finals with a population of under a million.
Icelander’s first ever major tournament entry witnessed in Euro 16, where they were unbeaten until they faced France, the host of the tournament, in the quarter-finals.
They have won seven games out of 10 matches, including all wins at home, they played in 2018 Soccer World cup qualification phase.
Highlights from Qualifying Round:
Iceland v Finland
Iceland managed 3-2 win our Finland, whereas, defeated by the same opponent by 1-0 in Tampere.
Iceland v Croatia
Croatia beat Iceland with 2-0 in their first meetup, whereas they returned quickly. Consequently, In their second competition, Iceland beat Croatia in a thriller contest with 1-0, which was scored in the 90th minute of the play.
Iceland v Turkey
As a result of a marvelous 3-0 win against Turkey, Iceland topped the group again, as Croatia v Finland drew at the same night.
Iceland v Kosovo
They have managed a convincing 2-0 victory against Kosovo at home.
Iceland World Cup Group
Iceland will have to face one of the most competitive groups, i;e, group D. Teams included in Group D are Argentina, Nigeria, Croatia along with Iceland.
Head to Head
- No match between Iceland v Argentina, Iceland v Croatia & Iceland v Nigeria in any World cup edition.
Iceland World Cup Warm-up Friendly Matches
Warm-up friendlies are not much inspiring for Icelander’s. They have managed only one win which was at the start of 2018, against Indonesia 4-1. Next, they lost three games in a row against Mexico, Peru & Norway.
A recent draw against Ghana in a thriller game on 7th June 2018 may be a sigh of relief for Iceland
Iceland 2018 FIFA World Cup Warm-up Results
|14-01-2018||Iceland v Indonesia||4-1|
|24-03-2018||Iceland v Mexico||0-3|
|28-03-2018||Iceland v Peru||0-2|
|02-06-2018||Iceland v Norway||2-3|
|07-06-2018||Iceland v Ghana||2-2|
Iceland World Cup Fixtures, Match Schedule
|16 Jun 2018||Iceland v Argentina|
|21 Jun 2018||Iceland v Argentina|
|26 Jun 2018||Iceland v Croatia|
Iceland World Cup Match Venues
|16 Jun 2018||Iceland v Argentina||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow|
|22 Jun 2018||Iceland v Nigeria||
|26 Jun 2018||Iceland v Croatia||Rostov-on-Don|
Iceland Coach in Fifa World Cup 2018
Heimir born on 10th June 1967 and presently he is 51 years old. By profession, he is a qualified dentist, who continued his practice in his native Westmann Islands.
Icelandic Football Federation appointed Swede as national team coach & hired Heimir as assistant to Lars Lagerback in 2011.
In a famous win of Iceland against England during Euro 2016, Hallgrimson was assistant to Lars Lagerback. After Lars Lagerback, he appointed as a full-time coach for Iceland national team.
Iceland World Cup Squad
Final 23-man squad –
- Hannes Thor Halldorsson
- Runar Alex Runarsson
- Frederik Schram
- Kari Arnason
- Ari Freyr Skulason
- Birkir Mar Saevarsson
- Sverrir Ingi Ingason
- Hordur Magnusson
- Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson
- Ragnar Sigurdsson
- Johann Berg Gudmundsson
- Birkir Bjarnason
- Arnor Ingvi Traustason
- Emil Hallfredsson
- Gylfi Sigurdsson
- Olafur Ingi Skulason
- Rurik Gislason
- Samuel Fridjonsson
- Aron Gunnarsson
- Alfred Finnbogason
- Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson
- Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
- Albert Gudmundsson
Top Players, who can shine for Iceland in Soccer World cup 2018
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored four goals for the national team in World Cup 2018 qualifiers. He was the leading goal scorer from Iceland.
Although captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson debuted in 2008 for national team Iceland, up till now, he didn’t prove his worth. He can make a vital combination with Gylfi Sigurdsson. His role as midfielder provides space & time to the strikers who can mark a goal.
Centre-backs pair of Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kari Arnason can create a defensive wall with the help of keeper Hannes Halldorsson.
Main striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson didn’t play any game since Euro 2016 due to a knee injury in September 2016. His return was expected by, and we didn’t hear about it.
Iceland World Cup Injuries
Gylfi Sigurdsson one of the best player, is suffering from a knee injury, caused when he was playing for Everton. He is not sure to be a part of playing XI due to the seriousness of the injury.