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

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Macedonia 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 21 Final tournament
2  France 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20
3  Iceland 10 5 3 2 13 9 +4 18
4  Ukraine 10 4 2 4 14 12 +2 14
5  Scotland 10 2 2 6 8 17 −9 8
6  Northern Ireland 10 0 2 8 6 18 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
26 March 2015
Friendly match
Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș, Romania  Romania
0 — 3
11 June 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Vodafonevöllurinn, Reykjavík, Iceland  Macedonia
3 — 0
Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson (2)
Elías Már Ómarsson
5 September 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Kópavogsvöllur, Kópavogur, Iceland  France
3 — 2
Oliver Sigurjónsson (2)
Hjörtur Hermannsson
8 September 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Fylkisvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Northern Ireland
1 — 1
Aron Elís Þrándarson
8 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Ukraine  Ukraine
1 — 0
Árni Vilhjálmsson
13 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland  Scotland
0 — 0
24 March 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia
0 — 0
2 September 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland
6 September 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
France  France
5 October 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Iceland  Scotland
11 October 2016
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Iceland  Ukraine

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Macedonia, played on 24 March 2016.[7] All caps and goals are correct as of 24 March 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 22) 13 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
1GK Frederik Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Unassigned
1GK Ólafur Íshólm Ólafsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Iceland Fylkir
2DF Orri Sigurður Ómarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 22) 17 0 Iceland Valur
2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 22) 14 2 Sweden IFK Göteborg
2DF Adam Örn Arnarson (1995-08-27) 27 August 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
2DF Böðvar Böðvarsson (1995-04-09) 9 April 1995 (age 22) 7 0 Denmark FC Midtjylland
2DF Daníel Leó Grétarsson (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Norway Aalesunds FK
2DF Heiðar Ægisson (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Iceland Stjarnan
2DF Viðar Ari Jónsson (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Iceland Fjölnir
2DF Samúel Kári Friðjónsson (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 21) 2 0 England Reading
3MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 22) 10 1 Norway Aalesunds FK
3MF Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson (1994-09-26) 26 September 1994 (age 22) 7 2 Iceland Breiðablik
3MF Sindri Björnsson (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Iceland Valur
3MF Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Iceland Stjarnan
3MF Ragnar Bragi Sveinsson (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Iceland Fylkir
4FW Árni Vilhjálmsson (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 22) 8 1 Norway Lillestrøm
4FW Elías Már Ómarsson (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 22) 8 1 Norway Vålerenga
4FW Kristján Flóki Finnbogason (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Iceland FH
4FW Viktor Jónsson (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Iceland Víkingur R.

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the under-21 squad since the start of 2015.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Anton Ari Einarsson (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Iceland Valur v. Scotland Scotland; 13 October 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
GK Fannar Hafsteinsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Iceland KA v. Republic of Macedonia Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
GK Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson (1995-01-22) 22 January 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Stjarnan v. Romania Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)
DF Ívar Örn Jónsson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Iceland Víkingur R. v. Republic of Macedonia Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
DF Aron Rúnarsson Heiðdal (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Iceland Stjarnan v. Republic of Macedonia Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Iceland Stjarnan v. Scotland Scotland; 13 October 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 22) 7 2 Iceland Breiðablik v. Scotland Scotland; 13 October 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Davíð Örn Atlason (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Víkingur R. v. Republic of Macedonia Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Gunnar Þorsteinsson (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Iceland ÍBV v. Romania Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)
FW Björgvin Stefánsson (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Iceland Haukar v. Scotland Scotland; 13 October 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
FW Albert Guðmundsson (1997-06-15) 15 June 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands PSV v. Romania Romania; 26 March 2015 (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/media/landslid/U21karla/U21-Island-15-mars-2016.pdf

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