Iceland High Octane Action by the Smallest Nation at the FIFA 2018
It is indeed very amusing to watch the smallest nation ever representing the World Cup 2018. Of course, the size of the country of Iceland did not deter their performance in Euro 2016. Maybe with a view to enhancing the morale of the players, almost all the football fans of the country might travel to Russia to watch the players in action.
How did they qualify?
It is indeed creditable that other members of the squad could overcome a psychological barrier of injury to the captain Kolbeinn Sigthorsson during an encounter on the field. It would be rather unfair if you do not credit the efforts of Heimir Hallgrinsson who had bestowed his tactical strategy than his predecessor. In fact, his strategy of replacing the play of 4-4-2 with his tactical combination of 4-5-1 in certain games has paid off well.
Goalkeeper: Of course, you have the dependable keepers like Hannes Halldorsson or Ogmundur Kristinsson or Runar Runarsson to represent the World Cup fixtures at Russia in June-July 2018.
Defenders: Heimir Hallgrinsson will have to choose the best among Jon Gudhi Fjoluson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Magnusson or probably Birkir Saevarsson. The choice also includes the players like Ari Skuluson or Sverrir Ingason. You will love to watch Hordur Magnusson in action on the fields of the World Cup.
Midfielders: A wide choice of midfielders to select from includes Emil Hallfredsson, Kari Arnason, Birkir Bjarnason and Arnor Ingvi Traustason. The choice may also extend to other players like Olafur Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Runar Mar Sigurjonsson or Aron Gunnarsson.
Forward Players: Out of the six short-listed Forward players, you may find Kjartan Henry Finnbogason or Jon Dadi Bpdvarsson, Alfred Finnbogason or Johann Gudmundsson or Vidar Kjartansson.
Fitness of Star Players
The ace striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson who has undergone a surgery to the knee ligament is hopeful of recuperation. His intensive physiotherapy and medication probably see him in action in Russia. Another striker Gylfi Sigurdsson also has some medical problem because of his injury. However, he is also confident of participating in the final squad.
Strained Bilateral Relations
The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter has prompted the Government of Iceland to postpone bilateral meetings with the Russian officials. They had also mentioned that the squad might not visit the world cup venue in June. The action is in response to the belief that Russia is responsible for the attack on the former double agent.
You need to wait and watch with fingers crossed how the situation unfolds with both diplomatic and medical conditions of the ace players.