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Iceland Coach, Hallgrimsson: Our Goal Is To Progress From Tough World Cup Group D

Iceland Coach, Hallgrimsson: Our Goal Is To Progress From Tough World Cup Group D

Iceland coach, Heimir Hallgrimsson, is confident his side will advance to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup from the Group D that has pitted them against tough opponents like Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.

With just a population of 340,000 and a pool of only around 100 professional footballers, Iceland are the smallest country to have qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

They will open their World Cup campaign with a difficult game against Argentina on June 16.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters at the FIFA Museum, Hallgrimsson stated that Iceland look to replicate their 2016 European Championship where they got to the quarter-finals.

“They are going to be a tough three games against teams who all have big experience at the World Cup and we have none. But at Euro 2016, we played our best games against the big teams.

“Our goal is to progress from the group, and because our group is so strong, if we qualify we shouldn’t fear any opponent after that. We won’t come across many better teams than those three.

“Icelanders are very optimistic. We always think we are going to win the game and we think we are going to win the game after that.

“Success is not just about going to the World Cup and how we perform there. It’s a continuous journey in the right direction.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 4
  • Bomboy 6 months ago

    This is the team to be afraid of, not Argentina and co. who are mere big names.

  • Bekee 6 months ago

    Eagles should be wary of this team. They have our mentality (winning) and also play for each other knowing fully well they don’t have all that big names.

  • Abdul andah 6 months ago

    I have an instinct that this team will shock Argentina in their first match..

  • eagles should deal with croatia first. Result from our first match will very much determine how we’ll fare in second match. To me Iceland do not represent a tough oppposition. If we can beat Croatia then we’ll have the round of 16 in sight.