Iceland national under-21 football team

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Iceland Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Strákarnir okkar
Association Knattspyrnusamband Íslands
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Eyjólfur Sverrisson
FIFA code ISL
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2011)
Best result Round 1 (2011)

The Iceland national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. The team is considered to be the feeder team for the senior Icelandic national football team. Since the establishment of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 1978, the team has reached the Euro Championship finals on one occasion in 2011 where they were knocked out in the group stages.[1]

The team is for Icelandic players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Iceland at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. This has been the case for several senior team players like Aron Gunnarsson, Eiður Guðjohnsen, Heiðar Helguson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.

History[edit]

From 1978 to 2009 the team never qualified for tournament finals. In late 2010, the team sealed qualification to the championships for the very first team in their history. During the qualification stage they finished second in their group behind the Czech Republic and qualified for the playoffs as a result of being one of the best runners-up in the whole qualification process. Their most notable win came in a 4–1 home win over Germany.[2] In the next stage they played against Scotland in a two-legged affair in which they won 4–2 on aggregate over the two games.[3]

Their remarkable qualification campaign saw them qualify for the finals where they were drawn against Belarus, Denmark and Switzerland in Group A. In their first two group games they were comfortably beaten by Belarus and Switzerland. In their final group game they defeated Denmark who were the hosts of the tournament 3–1.[4] Iceland would finish third in the group, level on points with the second placed and fourth placed teams.[5] Following the end of the tournament, UEFA announced its Team of the Tournament with striker Kolbeinn Sigþórsson named on the list.[6]

Competition records[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 to 2009 Did Not Qualify
Denmark 2011 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 5 - 2
2013 Did Not Qualify
2015 Did Not Qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/1 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 8 7 1 0 28 7 +21 22 Play-offs
2  Iceland 8 5 1 2 20 11 +9 16
3  Kazakhstan 8 3 0 5 8 18 −10 9
4  Armenia 8 3 0 5 7 19 −12 9
5  Belarus 8 1 0 7 6 14 −8 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
6 February 2013
Friendly match
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, Wales  Wales
0 — 3
26 March 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Torpedo, Zhodzina, Belarus  Belarus
2 — 1
Jón Daði Böðvarsson, Emil Atlason
6 June 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia
2 — 1
Emil Atlason (2)
14 August 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Vodafonevöllurinn, Reykjavík, Iceland  Belarus
4 — 1
Emil Atlason (3), Jón Daði Böðvarsson
10 September 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Kópavogsvöllur, Kópavogur, Iceland  Kazakhstan
2 — 0
Arnór Ingvi Traustason, Emil Atlason
14 October 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  France
3 — 4
Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson, own goal
5 March 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan
2 — 3
Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson, Hjörtur Hermannsson
5 June 2014
Friendly match
Norðurálsvöllurinn, Akranes, Iceland  Sweden
0 — 2
3 September 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Fylkisvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Armenia
4 — 0
Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (2), Emil Atlason, Ólafur Karl Finsen
8 September 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France  France
1 — 1
Kristján Gauti Emilsson
10 October 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification play-offs
Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg, Denmark  Denmark
0 — 0
14 October 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification play-offs
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Denmark
1 — 1
Hólmbert Friðjónsson

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification play-offs match against Denmark, played on 14 October 2014.[7] All caps and goals are correct as of 14 October 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 20) 10 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
1GK Frederik August Albrecht Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Denmark Vestsjælland
1GK Anton Ari Einarsson (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iceland Valur
2DF Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 22) 14 0 Italy A.C. Cesena
2DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 21) 11 1 Belgium Lokeren
2DF Orri Sigurður Ómarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 20) 10 0 Denmark AGF
2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 20) 9 1 Netherlands PSV
2DF Brynjar Gauti Guðjónsson (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 23) 9 0 Iceland ÍBV
2DF Ásgeir Eyþórsson (1993-04-29) 29 April 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Fylkir
2DF Sigurður Egill Lárusson (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Iceland Valur
3MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 23) 14 0 Norway Sarpsborg
3MF Arnór Ingvi Traustason (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 22) 12 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping
3MF Andri Rafn Yeoman (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 23) 11 0 Iceland Breiðablik
3MF Emil Pálsson (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Iceland FH
3MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Iceland Stjarnan
4FW Emil Atlason (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 21) 12 8 Iceland KR
4FW Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (1993-04-19) 19 April 1993 (age 22) 10 5 Denmark Brøndby
4FW Kristján Gauti Emilsson (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 22) 8 1 Netherlands NEC
4FW Árni Vilhjálmsson (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Iceland Breiðablik
4FW Ólafur Karl Finsen (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Iceland Stjarnan
4FW Elías Már Ómarsson (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Iceland Keflavík

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the under-21 squad since the start of 2013.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Guðjón Orri Sigurjónsson (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland ÍBV v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
GK Árni Freyr Ásgeirsson (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Iceland Keflavík v. Wales Wales; 6 February 2013 (Friendly match)
DF Tómas Óli Garðarsson (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Iceland Breiðablik v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Sindri Snær Magnússon (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Iceland Keflavík v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Bergsveinn Ólafsson (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Fjölnir v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Davíð Þór Ásbjörnsson (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Iceland Fylkir v. Armenia Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Iceland Víkingur R. v. France France; 8 September 2014 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Jón Daði Böðvarsson (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 22) 12 2 Norway Viking v. Armenia Armenia; 3 September 2014 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Gunnar Þorsteinsson (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Iceland ÍBV v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Aron Sigurðarson (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Fjölnir v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Arnþór Ari Atlason (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Fram v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Elís Rafn Björnsson (1992-10-13) 13 October 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Fylkir v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Brynjar Ásgeir Guðmundsson (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Iceland FH v. France France; 14 October 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Iceland Breiðablik v. Armenia Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Andri Adolphsson (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Iceland ÍA v. Armenia Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
FW Víðir Þorvarðarson (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland ÍBV v. Sweden Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)

Previous squads[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011: Spain's boys of summer dazzle". UEFA.com. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Iceland 3-1 Denmark". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Euro U21 2011". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "U21 all-star squad named by UEFA technical team". UEFA.com. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.ksi.is/landslid/nr/12148

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