6/12/2018 3:24:55 AM (GMT+3)

Iceland's golden generation ready to excel in Russia


MOSCOW: Iceland’s golden generation of players, who were born in 1988-1990, made the country the 22nd strongest team in the world.

Seven players from the team that qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2011 played a decisive role in Iceland’s qualifying campaigns for the EURO 2016 and 2018 World Cup.

“I hesitate to use the phrase, but you could say they’re a golden generation,” Iceland's all-time leading scorer Eidur Gudjohnsen told fifa.com. “They were the first Icelandic players to make the Under-21 European Championship finals. They’ve been together for a long time.”

Eight players from that same team that qualified in 2011 are in Iceland’s 23-man squad here.

These players have been successful together for more than eight years and know the key to that success. They are an organised, disciplined team that play with an organic understanding and a fighting spirit that has been developed in over sixty types of snow.

“Our togetherness,” said defender Kari Arnason, “is something we can feel out on the pitch.”