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Iceland - Erik Hamrén

The current manager of the Icelandic national football team is Erik Hamrén. Hamrén is not an Iceland native and is instead from Sweden - he was born in Ljusdal in 1957. He replaces the outgoing Heimir Hallgrimsson, the coach who oversaw the most famous and impressive era in Iceland's footballing history easily. From 2016 to 2018, Hamrén saw his plucky side first qualify for the European Championships and subsequently go on to reach the quarter-finals. On the route to the last eight, they knocked out England - this would have been completely unthinkable at the outset of the tournament. In the World Cup, despite finishing last in their group, they were impressive too. They earned a creditable draw against Argentina in which Lionel Messi missed a penalty and would have drawn with finalists Croatia had it not been for an injury-time winner. 

Clearly them, Hamrén has an incredibly tough act to follow. So far, he has been relatively unsuccessful. Iceland finished bottom of their Nations League group, losing all four of their games. In the European Championship qualifiers, they have fared better and lie in 3rd place behind Turkey and world champions France. They are still in with a chance of qualification but face tough games in their remaining fixtures. 

So what made the Icelandic F.A think Hamrén was the right man for the job? Well, he enjoyed an amateur footballing career before moving into management. He first took the reigns at Enköpings SK, his local club, where he stayed for a season before moving to Väsby IK, another local Swedish team. His time there was short-lived, however. After less than a year he moved on to bigger and better things with IF Brommapojkarna. He completed a season with the Bromma club before moving again, this time to Vasalunds IF - this was his first major step up; he moved to a professional team for the first time. 

It was not a happy time however and it was not long until he had packed his bags again. He joined Degerfors IF for six months where he turned his team into an impressive unit. He caught the attention of AIK; this would turn out to be the club where Hamrén really launched his career. He won two trophies with AIK in two years, back-t-back Svenska Cupen in 1995/1996 and 1996/1997. 

Three seasons later, now with Örgryte IS, he added a third trophy, the Svenska Cup again. After five seasons with Örgryte IS, he left Sweden for the first time to join AaB. In his first season with the Danish club he won the Superliga Championship, earning him a move to arguably Denmark's biggest team: Rosenborg BK. With Rosenborg, he won three trophies: the Tippeligaen twice (2009 and 2010) and the Superfinalen (2010). 

Following his successes in neighboring Denmark, the Swedish F.A hired Hamrén to be their manager. He qualified the yellows for three tournaments over a seven-year spell and, in general, his time with the national team is seen as a tremendous success.


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