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Iceland national under-21 football team

 

Iceland national under-21 football team

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
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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iceland 5 3 2 0 8 3 +5 11 Final tournament
2  France 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6 Possible Play-offs
3  Macedonia 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6
4  Scotland 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
5  Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
6  Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0 4 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

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
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

The following players were named in the squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Ukraine and Scotland, played on 8 and 13 October 2015.[7] All caps and goals are correct as of 13 October 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Frederik Schram (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 6 0 Vestsjælland
12 1GK Ólafur Íshólm Ólafsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 0 0 Fylkir
1GK Anton Ari Einarsson (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 0 0 Valur
4 2DF Orri Sigurður Ómarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 16 0 Valur
5 2DF Hjörtur Hermannsson (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 13 2 PSV
2 2DF Adam Örn Arnarson (1995-08-27) 27 August 1995 6 0 Nordsjælland
6 2DF Böðvar Böðvarsson (1995-04-09) 9 April 1995 6 0 FH
17 2DF Daníel Leó Grétarsson (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 4 0 Aalesunds FK
15 2DF Heiðar Ægisson (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 3 0 Stjarnan
14 2DF Viðar Ari Jónsson (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 2 0 Fjölnir
10 3MF Aron Elís Þrándarson (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 9 1 Aalesunds FK
3 3MF Oliver Sigurjónsson (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 7 2 Breiðablik
7 3MF Höskuldur Gunnlaugsson (1994-09-26) 26 September 1994 6 2 Breiðablik
8 3MF Sindri Björnsson (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 5 0 Leiknir R.
11 3MF Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 5 0 KA
18 3MF Þorri Geir Rúnarsson (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 2 0 Stjarnan
9 4FW Elías Már Ómarsson (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 7 1 Vålerenga
18 4FW Árni Vilhjálmsson (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 7 1 Lillestrøm
16 4FW Kristján Flóki Finnbogason (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 4 0 FH
13 4FW Viktor Jónsson (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 3 0 Þróttur R.
4FW Björgvin Stefánsson (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 0 0 Haukar

Recent call-ups

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 Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 12 0 Nordsjælland v. France; 5 September 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
GK Fannar Hafsteinsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 0 0 KA v. Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
GK Sveinn Sigurður Jóhannesson (1995-01-22) 22 January 1995 1 0 Stjarnan v. Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)
DF Ívar Örn Jónsson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 0 0 Víkingur R. v. Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
DF Aron Rúnarsson Heiðdal (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 0 0 Stjarnan v. Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
DF Samúel Kári Friðjónsson (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 1 0 Reading v. Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)
MF Davíð Örn Atlason (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 1 0 Víkingur R. v. Macedonia; 11 June 2015 (2017 UEFA U-21 qualification)
MF Gunnar Þorsteinsson (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 4 0 ÍBV v. Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)
FW Albert Guðmundsson (1997-06-15) 15 June 1997 1 0 PSV v. Romania; 26 March 2015 (Friendly match)

Previous squads

Notable former players

See also

References

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  7. ^ http://www.ksi.is/media/landslid/U21karla/U21-KK-press-1-26ag-2015.pdf

External links

  • Official Site (Icelandic)
  • Official Site under-21 results (Icelandic)
  • Profile & squad at UEFA.com
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