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Iceland
Nickname(s) Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys)
Association Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ)
Knattspyrnusamband Íslands
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Erik Hamrén
Captain Aron Gunnarsson
Most caps Rúnar Kristinsson (104)
Top scorer Eiður Guðjohnsen (26)
Home stadium Laugardalsvöllur
FIFA code ISL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Decrease 1 (7 February 2019)
Highest 18 (February–March 2018)
Lowest 131 (April–June 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 47 Decrease 26 (3 March 2019)
Highest 19 (October 2017)
Lowest 128 (August 1973)
First international
Unofficial:
 Faroe Islands 0–1 Iceland [[File:{{{flag alias-1918}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]]
(Faroe Islands; 29 July 1930)
Official:
 Iceland 0–3 Denmark 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 17 July 1946)
Biggest win
Unofficial:
 Iceland 9–0 Faroe Islands 
(Keflavík, Iceland; 10 July 1985)
Official:
 Iceland 5–0 Malta 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 27 July 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 14–2 Iceland 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 23 August 1967)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2018)
Best result Group stage, (2018)
UEFA European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2016)
Best result Quarter-finals, (2016)

Iceland national football team is the national football team of Iceland.

Competitive record

Before 2016, Iceland had never qualified for any major tournament. They got close in 2013, but lost to Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-offs.

UEFA Euro 2016

They qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016 after finishing as runners-up in their qualification group. They went on to finish at 2nd place in their group during the group stage, and went on to face England in the round of 16. Even though they were the obvious underdogs, they beat England 2−1 with goals from Ragnar Sigurðsson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson. Their momentum ended when they lost to France 5−2 after being down 4−0 at halftime.

Group stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hungary Hungary 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
2 Iceland Iceland 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
3 Portugal Portugal 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
4 Austria Austria 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
14 June 2016
Portugal  1 − 1 Iceland Iceland
18 June 2016
Iceland  1 − 1 Hungary Hungary
22 June 2016
Iceland  2 − 1 Austria Austria

Round of 16

27 June 2016
England  1 − 2  Iceland

Quarter-finals

3 July 2016
France  5 − 2  Iceland

Squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hannes Þór Halldórsson 27 April 1984 (1984-04-27) (age 36) 57 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
1GK Ögmundur Kristinsson 19 June 1989 (1989-06-19) (age 31) 15 0 Greece AEL
1GK Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson 18 February 1995 (1995-02-18) (age 25) 5 0 France Dijon

2DF Birkir Már Sævarsson 11 November 1984 (1984-11-11) (age 36) 86 1 Iceland Valur
2DF Kári Árnason 13 October 1982 (1982-10-13) (age 38) 73 6 Turkey Gençlerbirliği
2DF Ari Freyr Skúlason 14 May 1987 (1987-05-14) (age 33) 62 0 Belgium Lokeren
2DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason 5 August 1993 (1993-08-05) (age 27) 26 3 Russia Rostov
2DF Hörður Björgvin Magnússon 11 February 1993 (1993-02-11) (age 27) 23 2 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Eggert Jónsson 18 August 1988 (1988-08-18) (age 32) 20 0 Denmark SønderjyskE
2DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson 10 April 1989 (1989-04-10) (age 31) 15 1 Russia Krasnodar
2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson 8 February 1995 (1995-02-08) (age 25) 8 1 Denmark Brøndby
2DF Guðmundur Þórarinsson 26 April 1992 (1992-04-26) (age 28) 3 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping

3MF Aron Gunnarsson (Captain) 22 April 1989 (1989-04-22) (age 31) 81 2 Wales Cardiff City
3MF Rúrik Gíslason 25 February 1988 (1988-02-25) (age 32) 53 3 Germany SV Sandhausen
3MF Arnór Ingvi Traustason 30 April 1993 (1993-04-30) (age 27) 25 5 Sweden Malmö
3MF Victor Pálsson 30 April 1991 (1991-04-30) (age 29) 10 0 Switzerland Zürich
3MF Samúel Friðjónsson 22 February 1996 (1996-02-22) (age 24) 5 0 Norway Vålerenga
3MF Arnór Sigurðsson 15 May 1999 (1999-05-15) (age 21) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow

4FW Alfreð Finnbogason 1 February 1989 (1989-02-01) (age 31) 52 15 Germany FC Augsburg
4FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 14 March 1990 (1990-03-14) (age 30) 48 23 France Nantes
4FW Albert Guðmundsson 15 June 1997 (1997-06-15) (age 23) 10 3 Netherlands AZ
4FW Andri Rúnar Bjarnason 12 November 1990 (1990-11-12) (age 30) 3 1 Sweden Helsingborg
4FW Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson 26 November 1998 (1998-11-26) (age 22) 1 0 Denmark Vendsyssel

Most appearances

As of 26 June 2018
Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Rúnar Kristinsson 1987–2004 104 3
2 Hermann Hreiðarsson 1996–2011 89 5
3 Eiður Guðjohnsen 1996–2016 88 26
4 Birkir Már Sævarsson 2007– 82 1
5 Guðni Bergsson 1984–2003 80 1
Ragnar Sigurðsson 2007– 80 3
Aron Einar Gunnarsson 2008– 80 2
8 Brynjar Björn Gunnarsson 1997–2009 74 4
Birkir Kristinsson 1988–2004 74 0
10 Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 73 14
11 Ólafur Þórðarson 1984–1996 72 5
12 Arnar Grétarsson 1991–2004 71 2
Árni Gautur Arason 1998–2010 71 0
14 Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 70 8
Birkir Bjarnason 2010– 70 9
16 Sævar Jónsson 1980–1992 69 1
Kári Árnason 2005– 69 5
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson 2008– 69 7
19 Marteinn Geirsson 1971–1982 67 8
20 Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1990–2001 66 10
Emil Hallfreðsson 2005– 66 1

Top scorers

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is the current top scorer.
As of 26 June 2018
Rank Name Career Goals Caps GPG
1 Eiður Guðjohnsen 1996–2016 26 88 0.30
2 Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 2010– 22 44 0.50
3 Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson 2010– 20 60 0.33
4 Ríkharður Jónsson 1947–1965 17 33 0.52
5 Ríkharður Daðason 1991–2004 14 44 0.32
Alfreð Finnbogason 2010– 14 50 0.28
Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 14 73 0.19
8 Þórður Guðjónsson 1993–2004 13 58 0.22
9 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 1997–2008 12 42 0.29
Heiðar Helguson 1999–2011 12 55 0.22
11 Pétur Pétursson 1978–1990 11 41 0.27
Matthías Hallgrímsson 1968–1977 11 45 0.24
13 Helgi Sigurðsson 1993–2008 10 62 0.16
Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1990–2001 10 66 0.15
15 Þórður Þórðarson 1951–1958 9 16 0.56
Teitur Þórðarson 1972–1985 9 41 0.22
Birkir Bjarnason 2010– 9 70 0.13
18 Guðmundur Steinsson 1980–1988 8 19 0.42
Sigurður Grétarsson 1980–1992 8 46 0.17
Marteinn Geirsson 1971–1982 8 67 0.12
Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 8 70 0.11


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