So a dentist walks onto the biggest stage in International Football… no seriously. A nation of just over 300,000 people have seemingly done the impossible and put together a formidable international football squad, and yes their manager is a full time dentist. Establishing themselves in Euro 2016, Iceland made it to the Quarter finals where they lost out to France 5-2 but enjoyed victories over Austria and England, while drawing Hungary and Portugal along the way.
Players to watch for Iceland:
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Not only fun to day, Everton’s midfielder is the big name player on Iceland for the World Cup. He earned a big money transfer away from Swansea last summer after an impressive Premier League season and amazing Euro Cup run the year before. He is the wind beneath the wings of Iceland’s hopes, and is so so so good on the ball. He is tricky, slick, has great vision, and is deadly on dead balls or on shots outside the box. Gold star this guy, he’s fun to watch.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson – A boisterous midfielder on Burnley, the Premier Leagues shock team of the season last year, Gudmundsson will patrol the midfield along with Sigurdsson. He is very physical and not opposed to get up in the attacking play. Watch out for long shots as well, as he rarely shies away from an opportunity to put one on net for the Clarets.
Alfreð Finnbogason – This veteran striker managed three goals for Iceland in their qualifying matches, trailing Sigurdsson by only one for the team lead. He isn’t young, but is lively in the box as proved by his 12 goals in 22 games for Augsburg in the Bundesliga last season. He can capitalize on his midfielders to bang em in for the KSI squad.
In a surprisingly tough group Iceland will be hard-pressed to escape the group stage. Nigeria is a very fast team that can counter attack with pacey players like Iheanacho and Musa. While the Modric led Croatian team will hold possession with a strong midfield. Argentina are the odds on favorite to win the group, but as Messi and everyone who follow Argentina know, the foot of Gonzalo Higuain giveth and taketh away in the World Cup.
I say GO VIKINGS, and cheer them on, the only kink in their plan for World Cup domination and cavity eradication is the knee injury Gylfi Sigurdsson is battling. If he is fit then bet on him to lead Iceland out of the group stage.