As Super Eagles prepare for forthcoming World Cup, we try to analyze their chances of Super Eagles in terms of proceeding from the Group which has Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Today, we will profile the most underrated team in the group, Iceland. Their journey through to the world cup and the possible threats they could pose to Super Eagles.
Leading the march of the unheralded teams at the 2016 European Championship, Iceland provided a warm, feel-good story that few believed would last beyond those four glorious weeks in France.
The smallest nation — totaling around 330,000 inhabitants — ever to qualify for the tournament reached the quarterfinals of Euros 2016, famously beating England along the way
A former dentist who previously served as joint-head coach with Lars Lagerback, Hallgrimsson has overseen Iceland’s remarkable rise. Having led the team with Lagerback at UEFA EURO 2016, he was in sole charge as they reached a first World Cup – becoming the smallest country by population ever to qualify – by topping Group I.
A first ever appearance at a FIFA World Cup was the prize for victory and Iceland talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson was keen to grasp it, sending them on their way to a win with this nerveless solo effort.
Iceland’s talismanic midfield playmaker has been named his country’s footballer of the year for the last five years running. Sigurdsson supplied four goals and as many assists in the team’s Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.
Sigurdsson is an experience playmaker, plying his trade at Swansea. The former Tottenham playmaker could pose a real threat as he’s got great vision, passes and distant shot.
In general, Iceland rhetorical rise to fame has been a product of their hard work, which means the team in general merits their place in Russia. Therefore, Super Eagles need to take them seriously.