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Iceland World Cup 2018

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Iceland at World Cup 2018: Stage of Elimination

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Iceland, along with that famous Viking chant, celebrated the entry into the history of world football.

Iceland's team again delighted all fans of football. By winning the last round of qualifications against the so-called Kosovo, the Icelanders secured first place in the group and direct placement in Russia. So, Iceland will play on football World Cup for the first time in the history of the World Cups, where will be the national team with the smallest number of inhabitants will ever be in Mundial and the first with less than a million inhabitants.

The country of 334.000 inhabitants is enjoying the most beautiful football moments. The excellent performance of Iceland's footballers at the European Championship in France was completed by supporters of this small island nation. The Icelanders were the absolute hit of the championship, where they offered unbelievable support to players in each game. The hook from the stands has become a trademark of the Ilan, and it will again be heard in Russia.

Icelanders combined strength from handball with football rules and made a whole new discipline. The Viking rampart is bulletproof. In a small, but resistant country, they have made wise efforts to make use of all the advantages of another sport in which they have international renown, so they have combined the strength of the handball with football rules and have made a whole new discipline. And this theory of warming up and the way they are done. Iceland made history with a win over last-place Kosovo. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the first half and Johann Gudmundsson added another in the second, keeping Iceland's momentum from its inspirational run at Euro 2016. The result left Iceland 2 points ahead of Croatia, which beat Ukraine by 2-0 in Kiev to secure the playoff spot. Ukraine finished 3 points behind Croatia, in third place.

It was the toughest group in European qualifying. Iceland entered the final round with a 2-point lead over both Croatia and Ukraine. This will be the second representation of the team of the Island to a large football international competition. In 2016 they played at the European Championship in France where they were an absolute hit. They managed to pass the group stage in which they were together with the teams of Austria, Hungary and Portugal. Then in the knockout phase was the real surprise. The underrated and semi-professional Iceland team threw England out of the European Championship. In the next phase they lost to France but it doesn’t matter. The Icelanders won the hearts of all football fans. Their fans were unique and recognizable by their Viking cheering. But with the placement of the World Cup 2018 they showed that this was not a random success.

Heimir Hallgrímsson the head coach of the team by profession is a dentist.The captain of the team is Aron Gunnarsson who plays for Cardiff City. There are several players who are playing in England Premier League like Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson from Burnley and Gylfi Sigurðsson who is the biggest star of the team and plays for Everton. Almost all players called in the team play in foreign football leagues.

Iceland is another successful positive football story. We hope that they will also show the passion and struggle in Russia as well as it was in France. We also look forward to hearing again the Viking chant of the stands.