That’s Why Dentists Work for Iceland!
Iceland have miraculously managed to make it to the quarter finals of Euro 2016, their first EVER major football tournament. How did this tiny nation become so powerful?
Written By Brain Watson - June 29, 2016
This year at Euro 2016, the small nations are becoming the big players of the tournament. Iceland are one of them. The nation of just over 300,000 people have so far managed to beat the odds and secure a place in the quarter finals of the championships. They are a team who have grown up playing together since they were teens and that is what makes them stand out from the other teams in this years tournament.
With a dentist for a head coach, no one is more ecstatic about it than them. Iceland making a major competition has been a long time coming, the amount that has been put into football over the past fifteen years is astounding. In Iceland there are days with almost no daylight, making it awfully difficult to attempt to play football. And its really cold. Hence ‘Iceland’. Not really an ideal climate to play football is it? For the past fifteen years, a vast number of people have started playing football in a network of heated indoor pitches and all Icelandic children are able to access top coaches. Since then, they have managed to get themselves a fantastic bunch of players.
I don’t think it was until Iceland faced England that it really hit football fans what Iceland is capable of. Iceland were daring, well organised and skilled. Whereas England were not so much. Aron Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored two fantastic goals within the first half to almost ensure a win from that moment. Also because England were playing quite tragically. I still think, even with England on top form, they would still have cinched the win.
They are ready to fight but is this all just a stoke of luck? We will need to wait until Sunday to find out when Iceland face France. I don’t know the last time I was so excited for a match…mainly so I can hear Iceland’s fantastic commentator.
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