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Iceland World Cup 2018 Squad : Full Fixture, Group, Playing XI & more

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 world cup team

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

DATE MATCH RESULT
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

DATE MATCH
16 Jun 2018 Iceland v Argentina
21 Jun 2018 Iceland v Argentina
26 Jun 2018 Iceland v Croatia

Iceland World Cup Match Venues

DATE MATCH Venue
16 Jun 2018 Iceland v Argentina Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
22 Jun 2018 Iceland v Nigeria
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
26 Jun 2018 Iceland v Croatia Rostov-on-Don

Iceland Coach in Fifa World Cup 2018 

Heimir Hallgrimsson

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 –

GOALKEEPERS: 

  1. Hannes Thor Halldorsson
  2. Runar Alex Runarsson
  3. Frederik Schram

DEFENDERS:

  1. Kari Arnason
  2. Ari Freyr Skulason
  3. Birkir Mar Saevarsson
  4. Sverrir Ingi Ingason
  5. Hordur Magnusson
  6. Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson
  7. Ragnar Sigurdsson

MIDFIELDERS:

  1. Johann Berg Gudmundsson
  2. Birkir Bjarnason
  3. Arnor Ingvi Traustason
  4. Emil Hallfredsson
  5. Gylfi Sigurdsson
  6. Olafur Ingi Skulason
  7. Rurik Gislason
  8. Samuel Fridjonsson
  9. Aron Gunnarsson

FORWARDS:

  1. Alfred Finnbogason
  2. Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson
  3. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
  4. Albert Gudmundsson

Top Players, who can shine for Iceland in Soccer World cup 2018

Stars

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored four goals for the national team in World Cup 2018 qualifiers. He was the leading goal scorer from Iceland.

Stalwarts

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.

Missing

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.

Updated: June 13, 2018 — 4:10 pm

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