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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
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

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

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 to 2009 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 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

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Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
6 February 2013
<center>Friendly match Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, Wales 23x15px Wales <center> 0 — 3 <center>
<center> 26 March 2013 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Torpedo, Zhodzina, Belarus 23x15px Belarus <center> 2 — 1 <center> Jón Daði Böðvarsson, Emil Atlason
<center> 6 June 2013 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia 23x15px Armenia <center> 2 — 1 <center> Emil Atlason (2)
<center>14 August 2013 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Vodafonevöllurinn, Reykjavík, Iceland 23x15px Belarus <center> 4 — 1 <center> Emil Atlason (3), Jón Daði Böðvarsson
<center> 10 September 2013 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Kópavogsvöllur, Kópavogur, Iceland Template:Country data Kazakhstan <center> 2 — 0 <center> Arnór Ingvi Traustason, Emil Atlason
<center> 14 October 2013 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 23x15px France <center> 3 — 4 <center> Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson, own goal
<center> 5 March 2014 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan Template:Country data Kazakhstan <center> 2 — 3 <center> Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson, Hjörtur Hermannsson
<center> 5 June 2014 <center>Friendly match Norðurálsvöllurinn, Akranes, Iceland 23x15px Sweden <center> 0 — 2 <center>
<center> 3 September 2014 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Fylkisvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 23x15px Armenia <center> 4 — 0 <center> Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (2), Emil Atlason, Ólafur Karl Finsen
<center> 8 September 2014 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France 23x15px France <center> 1 — 1 <center> Kristján Gauti Emilsson
<center> 10 October 2014 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification play-offs Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg, Denmark 23x15px Denmark <center> 0 — 0 <center>
<center> 14 October 2014 <center>2015 UEFA U-21 qualification play-offs Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 23x15px Denmark <center> 1 — 1 <center> Hólmbert Friðjónsson

Current squad

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 21) 10 0 23x15px Nordsjælland
1GK Frederik August Albrecht Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 21) 2 0 23x15px Vestsjælland
1GK Anton Ari Einarsson (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Template:Country data Iceland Valur
2DF Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 23) 14 0 23x15px A.C. Cesena
2DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 22) 11 1 23x15px Lokeren
2DF Orri Sigurður Ómarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 21) 10 0 23x15px AGF
2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 21) 9 1 23x15px PSV
2DF Brynjar Gauti Guðjónsson (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 24) 9 0 Template:Country data Iceland ÍBV
2DF Ásgeir Eyþórsson (1993-04-29) 29 April 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fylkir
2DF Sigurður Egill Lárusson (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Valur
3MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 23) 14 0 23x15px Sarpsborg
3MF Arnór Ingvi Traustason (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 22) 12 1 23x15px IFK Norrköping
3MF Andri Rafn Yeoman (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 23) 11 0 Template:Country data Iceland Breiðablik
3MF Emil Pálsson (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 22) 7 0 Template:Country data Iceland FH
3MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Stjarnan
4FW Emil Atlason (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 22) 12 8 Template:Country data Iceland KR
4FW Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (1993-04-19) 19 April 1993 (age 22) 10 5 23x15px Brøndby
4FW Kristján Gauti Emilsson (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 22) 8 1 23x15px NEC
4FW Árni Vilhjálmsson (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Template:Country data Iceland Breiðablik
4FW Ólafur Karl Finsen (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Template:Country data Iceland Stjarnan
4FW Elías Már Ómarsson (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Keflavík

Recent call-ups

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 23) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland ÍBV v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
GK Árni Freyr Ásgeirsson (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Template:Country data Iceland Keflavík v. 23x15px Wales; 6 February 2013 (Friendly match)
DF Tómas Óli Garðarsson (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data Iceland Breiðablik v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Sindri Snær Magnússon (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Template:Country data Iceland Keflavík v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Bergsveinn Ólafsson (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fjölnir v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
DF Davíð Þór Ásbjörnsson (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fylkir v. 23x15px Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Template:Country data Iceland Víkingur R. v. 23x15px France; 8 September 2014 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Jón Daði Böðvarsson (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 23) 12 2 23x15px Viking v. 23x15px Armenia; 3 September 2014 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Gunnar Þorsteinsson (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data Iceland ÍBV v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Aron Sigurðarson (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fjölnir v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Arnþór Ari Atlason (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fram v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Elís Rafn Björnsson (1992-10-13) 13 October 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Fylkir v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)
MF Brynjar Ásgeir Guðmundsson (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Template:Country data Iceland FH v. 23x15px France; 14 October 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland Breiðablik v. 23x15px Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Andri Adolphsson (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Template:Country data Iceland ÍA v. 23x15px Armenia; 6 June 2013 (2015 UEFA U-21 qualification)
FW Víðir Þorvarðarson (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Template:Country data Iceland ÍBV v. 23x15px Sweden; 5 June 2014 (Friendly match)

Previous squads

Notable former players

See also

References

  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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