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Iceland national under 21 football team

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Nickname(s)  Strákarnir okkar
Appearances  1 (first in 2011)
Arena/Stadium  Laugardalsvöllur
Location  Iceland
FIFA code  ISL
Best result  Round 1 (2011)
Head coach  Eyjólfur Sverrisson
Confederation  UEFA (Europe)
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Association  Football Association of Iceland

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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.

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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. 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.

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. Iceland would finish third in the group, level on points with the second placed and fourth placed teams. Following the end of the tournament, UEFA announced its Team of the Tournament with striker Kolbeinn Sigþórsson named on the list.

Current squad

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. All caps and goals are correct as of 24 March 2016.

Recent call-ups

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

Previous squads

  • 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
  • References

    Iceland national under-21 football team Wikipedia


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