Who doesn’t remember the Icelandic team in the World Cup of 2018? For a lot of people, Iceland was unknown, especially when it came to football. After an unexpected run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, when Iceland beat England 2 – 1, Icelanders knew they had a chance in football for the following years. And they did when they qualified to the World Cup two years after.
Iceland is the smallest country to have ever qualified for a World Cup Championship. Even if this is a fun fact, there is another one surprisingly better. In other parts of the world, the majority of football players dedicate their lives 24/7 to training and traveling with their teams, meaning they have a professional football career. Icelandic players are different, and this is the beauty of it. Football is their “part-time” job. Being a dentist, a film director, or even a student is their main one, or at least was before the World Cup. And that definitely makes it even better to know that they are just starting to shine.
In Russia, we saw a young team in a growing phase, and we can’t wait to see what they have for this Euro 2020. Icelandic fans are prepared for the best, and of course, who doesn’t want to support this amazing team with talented young players. And you can see how incredible the feeling is with a football-mad nation where 99.6% of Iceland’s televisions where connected to the first ever World Cup match against Argentina last year. And a significant number of people went actually to Russia if you compare it to the 350.000 people in Iceland.