Iceland national football team

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Iceland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Strákarnir okkar (Our boys)
Association Knattspyrnusamband Íslands (KSÍ)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Heimir Hallgrímsson
Captain Aron Gunnarsson
Most caps Rúnar Kristinsson (104)
Top scorer Eiður Guðjohnsen (26)
Home stadium Laugardalsvöllur
FIFA code ISL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 22 Increase 12 (14 July 2016)
Highest 22 (July 2016)
Lowest 131 (April–June 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 32 (10 July 2016)
Highest 29 (27 June 2016)
Lowest 128 (August 1973)
First international
Unofficial:
 Faroe Islands 0–1 Iceland 
(Faroe Islands; 29 July 1930)[1]
Official:
 Iceland 0–3 Denmark 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 17 July 1946)[2]
Biggest win
Unofficial:
 Iceland 9–0 Faroe Islands 
(Keflavík, Iceland; 10 July 1985)
Official:
 Iceland 5–0 Malta 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 27 July 2000)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 14–2 Iceland 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 23 August 1967)
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2016)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2016
A friendly match between Iceland and Slovakia, at the Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík, Iceland

The Iceland men's national football team (Icelandic: Íslenska karlalandsliðið í knattspyrnu) is the national men's football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland.[4]

Although Iceland is one of Europe's smaller football nations, the football team has enjoyed success in the twenty first century. In the qualifying rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Iceland reached the play offs before losing to Croatia. Iceland reached its first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016, after a qualification campaign which included home and away wins over the Netherlands.

In doing this they became the smallest ever nation to qualify for a major tournament. Iceland was allocated to Euro 2016 Group F. Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland's first major tournament goal in the 50th minute against Portugal in a group stage match.[5]

After advancing to the knockout stages of Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England in the Round of 16, advancing to the quarter finals, where they lost to France 5–2, thus eliminating the squad's hopes of winning their first European title. Iceland finished 8th in UEFA Euro 2016, with 2 wins, 2 draws and only one defeat.

History[edit]

Although Úrvalsdeild, the Icelandic Football League, was founded in 1912,[6] the country's first international match was only played on 29 July 1930, against the Faroe Islands.[7] Iceland won away, 1–0. However, both teams remained unaffiliated with FIFA.[citation needed] The first match officially recognised by FIFA took place in Reykjavík on 27 July 1946; Iceland lost 0–3 to Denmark.[8] The first international victory was against Finland in 1947.[9] For the first twenty years of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ)'s existence, the team did not participate in qualifying for the World Cup or the European Football Championship. In 1954 Iceland applied to take part in qualification for the 1956 European Football Championship, but the application was rejected.[7] In qualification for the 1958 World Cup, Iceland came last in their group, with no wins, and with 26 goals against.[7] Since 1974, the team has taken part inempted to qualifying for every World Cup and European Championship, but until recently without success.[citation needed] In 1994, the team was awarded their then best ever position in the FIFA rankings, 37th.[10]

In qualification for Euro 2004, Iceland had its best ever performance in a qualifying tournament, finishing third, 1 point behind Scotland.[11] If they had finished second, they would have made a playoff spot.[12]

In 2014, Iceland almost became the smallest nation to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.[13] Finishing second in Group D, they played Croatia in a two-leg playoff for qualification.[14][15] After holding them to a 0–0 draw in the home leg, they lost 2–0 away.[16]

Iceland qualified for a major tournament for the first time in 2015 after finishing second in Group A of qualification for Euro 2016, losing only two games, and beating the Netherlands, who had finished third in the 2014 World Cup, twice.[17] During the qualification, they reached their highest ranking in the FIFA World Rankings, 23rd.[18][19] They were drawn into a group with Portugal, Hungary, and Austria for the final tournament.

At the Euro 2016, Iceland recorded 1–1 draws in their first two pool matches against Portugal and Hungary. They then advanced from their pool with a 2–1 victory against Austria.[20] Iceland qualified for the tournament's quarter finals, after an surprising 2–1 win against England in the Round of 16. [21] They were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals, by 5–2.[22]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954 Entry not accepted by FIFA
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962 Did not enter
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 TBD
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify
Italy 1968 Did not enter
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 2 1 8 9
Total 1/15 5 2 2 1 8 9

All–time record against all nations[edit]

This list is Icelandic national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches. Countries that are in italics are not members of FIFA or are former countries. As of 3 July 2016

UEFA:

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won % Unbeaten
 Albania 5 3 0 2 7 5 +2 60% 60%
 Andorra 5 5 0 0 14 0 +14 100% 100%
 Armenia 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 67% 100%
 Austria 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 25% 75%
 Azerbaijan 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0% 100%
 Belarus 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0% 0%
 Belgium 9 0 0 9 6 32 −26 0% 0%
 Bulgaria 5 0 1 4 7 12 −5 0% 20%
 Croatia 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 0% 25%
 Cyprus 7 3 3 1 6 3 +3 43% 86%
 Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 7 10 −3 40% 40%
 Czechoslovakia 5 0 1 4 3 11 −8 0% 20%
 Denmark 22 0 4 18 14 62 −48 0% 18%
 East Germany 14 2 1 11 7 31 −24 14% 21%
 England 3 1 1 1 4 8 −4 33% 67%
 Estonia 5 3 1 1 9 3 +6 60% 80%
 Faroe Islands 25 23 1 1 70 13 +57 92% 96%
 Finland 11 3 2 6 11 17 −6 20% 45%
 France 12 0 3 9 10 35 −22 0% 27%
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100% 100%
 Germany 4 0 1 3 1 11 −10 0% 25%
 Greece 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 33% 33%
 Hungary 11 3 1 7 11 22 −11 27% 36%
 Ireland 8 0 3 5 7 14 −7 0% 38%
 Israel 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 33% 67%
 Italy 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 50% 100%
 Kazakhstan 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 50% 100%
 Latvia 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 33% 67&
 Liechtenstein 6 3 2 1 12 5 +7 50% 83%
 Lithuania 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 50% 75%
 Luxembourg 7 4 3 0 10 5 +5 57% 100%
 Macedonia 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2 25% 50%
 Malta 14 10 1 3 31 10 +21 71% 79%
 Montenegro 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0% 0%
 Netherlands 14 2 2 10 9 36 −27 14% 29%
 Northern Ireland 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 67% 67%
 Norway 33 7 6 20 32 62 −30 21% 39%
 Poland 6 0 1 5 5 13 −8 0% 17%
 Portugal 5 0 1 4 6 12 −6 0% 20%
 Romania 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0% 0%
 Russia 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6 17% 33%
 Scotland 6 0 0 6 3 12 −9 0% 0%
 Soviet Union 8 0 3 5 4 15 −11 0% 38%
 Slovakia 5 1 1 3 6 10 −4 20% 40%
 Slovenia 4 1 0 3 7 15 −8 25% 25%
 Spain 9 1 2 6 6 11 −5 11% 33%
 Sweden 16 2 2 12 15 36 −21 13% 25%
  Switzerland 5 0 1 4 5 11 −6 0% 20%
 Turkey 9 5 2 2 16 10 +6 63% 78%
 Ukraine 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 0% 50%
 Wales 7 1 1 5 5 13 -8 14% 29%

Rest of the World

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won % Unbeaten
 Bahrain 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 50% 50%
 Bermuda 4 3 0 1 12 7 +5 75% 75%
 Bolivia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100% 100%
 Brazil 2 0 0 2 1 9 −8 0% 0%
 Canada 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 33% 100%
 Chile 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 0% 50%
 Greenland 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 100% 100%
 India 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100% 100%
 Iran 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0% 0%
 Japan 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0% 0%
 Kuwait 7 2 4 1 4 3 +1 29% 86%
 Mexico 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0% 100%
 Nigeria 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100% 100%
 Saudi Arabia 5 1 2 2 3 5 −2 20% 60%
 South Africa 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 67% 100%
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0% 100%
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0% 0%
 United Arab Emirates 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 67% 67%
 United States 7 2 2 3 9 12 -3 29% 57%
 Uruguay 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0% 0%

Recent competitions[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
 Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
 Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
 Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5
  Albania Cyprus Iceland Norway Slovenia Switzerland
Albania  3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Cyprus  0–0 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0
Iceland  2–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 0–2
Norway  0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Slovenia  1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Switzerland   2–0 1–0 4–4 1–1 1–0


Play-off[edit]

15 November 2013
19:00 UTC±0
Iceland  0–0  Croatia
Report

19 November 2013
20:15 UTC+1
Croatia  2–0  Iceland
Mandžukić Goal 27'
Srna Goal 47'
Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 22,612
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Czech Republic Iceland Turkey Netherlands Kazakhstan Latvia
1  Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 +5 22 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–1
2  Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 +11 20 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–2
3  Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 +5 18 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1
4  Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 +3 13 2–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 6–0
5  Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 −11 5 2–4 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–0
6  Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 −13 5 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Hungary 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5 Advance to knockout phase
2  Iceland 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
3  Portugal 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
4  Austria 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)
21:00
England  1–2  Iceland
Rooney Goal 4' (pen.) Report Ragnar Sigurðsson Goal 6'
Kolbeinn Sigþórsson Goal 18'
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 33,901
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Quarter-finals[edit]

3 July 2016 (2016-07-03)
21:00
France  5–2  Iceland
Report
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 76,833
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 12 Nov '16 24 Mar '17 5 Sep '16 6 Oct '17 2 Sep '17
1  Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible second round[a] 11 Jun '17 5 Sep '17 9 Oct '16 6 Oct '16 9 Oct '17
1  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Oct '17 5 Sep '16 2 Sep '17 12 Nov '16 9 Oct '16
1  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '17 6 Oct '17 6 Oct '16 24 Mar '17 12 Nov '16
1  Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Oct '16 2 Sep '17 11 Jun '17 9 Oct '17 5 Sep '16
1  Kosovo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Oct '16 24 Mar '17 6 Oct '17 11 Jun '17 5 Sep '17
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Last updated 27 June 2016.[23][24][25][26]

Friendly matches[edit]

2016

2016 UEFA Euro qualification[edit]

2016 UEFA Euro[edit]

Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The 23-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 was announced on 9 May 2016.[27]
All caps and goals are correct as of 3 July 2016 after the match against France.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hannes Þór Halldórsson (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 (age 32) 38 0 Denmark Randers
12 1GK Ögmundur Kristinsson (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 27) 11 0 Sweden Hammarby IF
13 1GK Ingvar Jónsson (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 26) 5 0 Norway Sandefjord

2 2DF Birkir Már Sævarsson (1984-11-11) 11 November 1984 (age 31) 62 1 Sweden Hammarby IF
3 2DF Haukur Heiðar Hauksson (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Sweden AIK
4 2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Denmark Brøndby IF
5 2DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 22) 8 2 Belgium Lokeren
6 2DF Ragnar Sigurðsson (1986-06-19) 19 June 1986 (age 30) 61 2 Russia Krasnodar
14 2DF Kári Árnason (1982-10-13) 13 October 1982 (age 33) 52 2 Sweden Malmö FF
19 2DF Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 23) 5 0 England Bristol City
23 2DF Ari Freyr Skúlason (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 29) 43 0 Belgium Lokeren

7 3MF Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 25) 52 5 England Burnley
8 3MF Birkir Bjarnason (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 28) 52 8 Switzerland Basel
10 3MF Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 26) 44 14 Wales Swansea City
16 3MF Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 26) 11 1 Switzerland Grasshopper
17 3MF Aron Gunnarsson (captain) (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 27) 64 2 Wales Cardiff City
18 3MF Theódór Elmar Bjarnason (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 29) 30 0 Denmark AGF
20 3MF Emil Hallfreðsson (1984-06-29) 29 June 1984 (age 32) 55 1 Italy Udinese
21 3MF Arnór Ingvi Traustason (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 23) 9 4 Austria Rapid Wien

9 4FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 26) 44 22 France Nantes
11 4FW Alfreð Finnbogason (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 27) 37 8 Germany Augsburg
15 4FW Jón Daði Böðvarsson (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 24) 26 2 Germany Kaiserslautern
22 4FW Eiður Guðjohnsen (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 37) 88 26 Norway Molde FK

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Iceland squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (1975-07-14) 14 July 1975 (age 41) 26 0 Iceland Breiðablik v.  Greece, 29 March 2016
GK Haraldur Björnsson (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Sweden Östersunds FK v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
GK Frederik Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Denmark Roskilde v.  Slovakia, 17 November 2015
GK Róbert Örn Óskarsson (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Iceland Víkingur R. v.  Turkey, 13 October 2015

DF Hallgrímur Jónasson (1986-05-04) 4 May 1986 (age 30) 15 3 Denmark Lyngby v.  United States, 31 January 2016
DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 27) 8 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping v.  United States, 31 January 2016
DF Diego Jóhannesson (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Real Oviedo v.  United States, 31 January 2016
DF Sölvi Ottesen (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 32) 28 0 China Wuhan Zall v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
DF Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson (1988-09-27) 27 September 1988 (age 27) 10 0 Sweden Örebro SK v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
DF Kristinn Jónsson (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Norway Sarpsborg 08 v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
DF Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
DF Andrés Már Jóhannesson (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 27) 1 0 Iceland Fylkir v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016

MF Ólafur Ingi Skúlason (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 33) 26 1 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Greece, 29 March 2016
MF Arnór Smárason (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 27) 18 2 Sweden Hammarby IF v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Kristinn Steindórsson (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 26) 2 2 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Norway Aalesunds v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Aron Sigurðarson (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 22) 1 1 Norway Tromsø v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Stjarnan v.  United States, 31 January 2016
MF Björn Daníel Sverrisson (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Norway Viking v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
MF Elías Már Ómarsson (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Norway Vålerenga v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
MF Þórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Iceland FH v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
MF Emil Pálsson (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Iceland FH v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016
MF Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Breiðablik v.  Slovakia, 17 November 2015
MF Rúrik Gíslason (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 28) 37 3 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg v.  Turkey, 13 October 2015

FW Viðar Örn Kjartansson (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 26) 9 1 Sweden Malmö v.  Greece, 29 March 2016
FW Kjartan Finnbogason (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 30) 4 0 Denmark Horsens v.  United States, 31 January 2016
FW Garðar Gunnlaugsson (1983-04-25) 25 April 1983 (age 33) 1 0 Iceland ÍA v.  United States, 31 January 2016
FW Matthías Vilhjálmsson (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 29) 15 2 Norway Rosenborg v.  United Arab Emirates, 16 January 2016

Kit providers[edit]

The official kit is currently produced by Italian sports manufacturing company Erreà since 2002. Before that the kit providers were German companies Adidas (1947-1992) and Reusch (1993-2001).

Period Kit provider
1947–1992 Germany Adidas
1993–2001 Germany Reusch
2002–present Italy Erreà

Most caps and goals[edit]

Most caps[edit]

As of 3 July 2016, the 20 players with the most caps for Iceland are:

Note: Some unofficial matches are counted for some players playing pre-1990, as per the KSÍ count.

Hermann Hreiðarsson played 89 games for Iceland between 1996 and 2011, which puts him second in the nation's appearances list.
Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Rúnar Kristinsson 1987–2004 104 3
2 Hermann Hreiðarsson 1996–2011 89 5
3 Eiður Guðjohnsen 1996– 88 26
4 Guðni Bergsson 1984–2003 80 1
5 Brynjar Björn Gunnarsson 1997–2009 74 4
Birkir Kristinsson 1988–2004 74 0
7 Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 73 14
8 Ólafur Þórðarson 1984–1996 72 5
9 Arnar Grétarsson 1991–2004 71 2
Árni Gautur Arason 1998–2010 71 0
11 Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 70 8
12 Sævar Jónsson 1980–1992 69 1
13 Marteinn Geirsson 1971–1982 67 8
14 Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1990–2001 66 10
15 Sigurður Jónsson 1983–1999 65 3
Indriði Sigurðsson 2000–2014 65 2
17 Aron Gunnarsson 2008– 64 2
18 Helgi Sigurðsson 1993–2008 62 10
Birkir Már Sævarsson 2007– 62 1
20 Ragnar Sigurðsson 2007– 61 2

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 3 July 2016, the 20 players with the most goals for Iceland are:

Note: Some unofficial matches are counted for some players playing pre-1990, as per the KSÍ count.

Rank Name Career Goals Caps GPG
1 Eiður Guðjohnsen (list) 1996– 26 88 0.30
2 Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 2010– 22 44 0.50
3 Ríkharður Jónsson 1947–1965 17 33 0.52
4 Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson 2010– 14 44 0.32
Ríkharður Daðason 1991–2004 14 44 0.32
Arnór Guðjohnsen 1979–1997 14 73 0.19
7 Þórður Guðjónsson 1993–2004 13 58 0.22
8 Tryggvi Guðmundsson 1997–2008 12 42 0.29
Heiðar Helguson 1999–2011 12 55 0.22
10 Pétur Pétursson 1978–1990 11 41 0.27
Matthías Hallgrímsson 1968–1977 11 45 0.24
12 Helgi Sigurðsson 1993–2008 10 62 0.16
Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1990–2001 10 66 0.15
14 Þórður Þ. Þórðarson 1951–1958 9 16 0.56
Teitur Þórðarson 1972–1985 9 41 0.22
16 Guðmundur Steinsson 1980–1988 8 19 0.42
Alfreð Finnbogason 2010– 8 37 0.22
Sigurður Grétarsson 1980–1992 8 46 0.17
Birkir Bjarnason 2010– 8 52 0.15
Marteinn Geirsson 1971–1982 8 67 0.12
Atli Eðvaldsson 1976–1991 8 70 0.11

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

National coaches[edit]

As of 3 July 2016.[28][29] Note: this list includes international friendlies.

Manager Year(s) Games Win Draw Loss Goals
for
Goals
against
Goal
diff
Win % Unbeaten %
England Freddie Steele
Scotland Murdo McDougall
1946 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0.0% 0.0%
Sweden Roland Bergström 1947 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0.0% 0.0%
Scotland Joe Devine 1948 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.0% 100.0%
Germany Fritz Buchloh 1949 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Óli B. Jónsson 1951 2 1 0 1 5 6 −1 50.0% 50.0%
Austria Franz Köhler 1953 3 0 0 3 4 11 −7 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Karl Guðmundsson 1954–1956 6 2 0 4 9 14 −5 33.3% 33.3%
Scotland Alex Weir 1957 6 0 0 6 8 35 −27 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Óli B. Jónsson 1958 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Karl Guðmundsson 1959 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 25.0% 50.0%
Iceland Óli B. Jónsson 1960 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Karl Guðmundsson 1961 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 50.0% 50.0%
Iceland Ríkharður Jónsson 1962 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 0.0% 33.3%
Iceland Karl Guðmundsson 1963–1965 6 1 0 5 5 19 −14 16.7% 16.7%
Iceland Ríkharður Jónsson 1965 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0% 100.0%
Iceland Karl Guðmundsson 1966 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2 0.0% 50.0%
Iceland Reynir Karlsson 1967 4 0 1 3 6 23 −17 0.0% 25.0%
Germany Walter Pfeiffer 1968 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Ríkharður Jónsson 1969–1971 15 2 3 10 13 24 −11 13.3% 33.3%
Scotland Duncan McDowell 1972 4 1 0 3 5 13 −8 25.0% 25.0%
Iceland Eggert Jóhannesson 1972 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0.0% 0.0%
Iceland Örn Steinsen 1973 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.0% 100.0%
Denmark Henning Enoksen 1973 6 0 0 6 2 22 −20 0.0% 0.0%
England Tony Knapp 1974–1977 26 8 3 15 32 38 −6 30.8% 42.3%
Soviet Union Jurí Ilitchev 1978–1979 11 0 2 9 3 24 −21 0.0% 18.2%
Iceland Guðni Kjartansson 1980–1981 15 5 4 6 22 31 −9 33.3% 60.0%
Iceland Jóhannes Atlason 1982–1983 16 4 3 9 20 23 −3 25.0% 43.8%
England Tony Knapp 1984–1985 14 5 3 6 18 13 +5 35.7% 57.1%
Germany Sigfried Held 1986–1989 37 6 8 23 23 59 −36 16.2% 37.8%
Iceland Guðni Kjartansson 1989 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.0% 100.0%
Sweden Bo Johansson 1990–1991 15 6 1 8 23 18 +5 40.0% 46.6%
Iceland Ásgeir Elíasson 1991–1995 35 12 8 15 31 39 −8 34.3% 57.1%
Iceland Logi Ólafsson 1996–1997 14 4 3 7 15 26 −11 28.6% 50.0%
Iceland Guðjón Þórðarson 1997–1999 25 11 6 8 37 26 +11 44.0% 68.0%
Iceland Atli Eðvaldsson 2000–2003 30 11 5 14 38 44 −6 36.7% 51.6%
Iceland Ásgeir Sigurvinsson
Iceland Logi Ólafsson
2003–2005 24 6 5 13 31 47 −16 25.0% 45.8%
Iceland Eyjólfur Sverrisson 2006–2007 14 2 4 8 12 27 −15 14.3% 42.9%
Iceland Ólafur Jóhannesson 2007–2011 39 11 9 19 40 50 −10 28.2% 51.3%
Sweden Lars Lagerbäck 2011–2013 20 8 3 9 28 30 −2 40.0% 55.0%
Sweden Lars Lagerbäck
Iceland Heimir Hallgrímsson
2013–2016 32 13 7 12 50 46 +4 40.6% 63.0%
Iceland Heimir Hallgrímsson 2016– 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00%


Father and son[edit]

In a friendly against Estonia on 24 April 1996 in Tallinn, Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen entered as a substitute for his father Arnór. This marked the first time that a father and son played in the same international match.

See also[edit]

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