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Iceland held by last-gasp Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – A last-minute equaliser from Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari meant Iceland warmed up for their World Cup finals debut in Russia next year without a win in two friendly matches in Doha.

The 1-1 draw on Tuesday followed up their 2-1 defeat against the Czech Republic in Qatar last week.

Iceland held by last-gasp Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – A last-minute equaliser from Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari meant Iceland warmed up for their World Cup finals debut in Russia next year without a win in two friendly matches in Doha.

The 1-1 draw on Tuesday followed up their 2-1 defeat against the Czech Republic in Qatar last week.

Iceland featured in FIFA 18 game

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Iceland fans rejoice. The Nordic country’s national team will be featured in the FIFA 18 video game, its football association announced on Wednesday, after reaching an agreement with the developer EA Sports.

The deal comes nearly one year after Iceland rejected EA Sports’ first offer of two million kronur (around 15,500 euros, $18,400) for the FIFA 17 game because the football association deemed the amount too meagre, especially after the team’s success at Euro 2016.

Iceland featured in FIFA 18 game

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Iceland fans rejoice. The Nordic country’s national team will be featured in the FIFA 18 video game, its football association announced on Wednesday, after reaching an agreement with the developer EA Sports.

The deal comes nearly one year after Iceland rejected EA Sports’ first offer of two million kronur (around 15,500 euros, $18,400) for the FIFA 17 game because the football association deemed the amount too meagre, especially after the team’s success at Euro 2016.

Swansea sign Eidur Gudjohnsen’s teenage half-brother

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London (AFP) – Swansea City signed the teenage half-brother of Icelandic football icon Eidur Gudjohnsen on Tuesday on a two-year scholarship.

Arnor Borg Gudjohnsen, 16, impressed on trial at the Premier League club earlier this season and will enter the Swansea academy later this year, British media said.

Swansea sign Eidur Gudjohnsen’s teenage half-brother

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London (AFP) – Swansea City signed the teenage half-brother of Icelandic football icon Eidur Gudjohnsen on Tuesday on a two-year scholarship.

Arnor Borg Gudjohnsen, 16, impressed on trial at the Premier League club earlier this season and will enter the Swansea academy later this year, British media said.

Mexico to launch 15th US tour against Iceland

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Los Angeles (AFP) Iceland will meet Mexico next February at Las Vegas to launch the 15th annual US tour for "El Tricolor."

The Mexican Football Foundation announced the friendly match Monday, the team's first-ever visit to the US gambling haven coming February 8 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

"Soccer is the world's game and Las Vegas is the world's city, so I can't think of a better match for this event," Las Vegas mayor Carolyn G.

Iceland out of FIFA 17 game over money row

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Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland will not feature in the latest FIFA video game due to a financial row between the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists and American game manufacturers Electronic Arts (EA).

The Icelandic Football Association (KSI) has accused EA of showing them a lack of respect in their monetary offer to the European minnows.

Iceland out of FIFA 17 game over money row

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Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland will not feature in the latest FIFA video game due to a financial row between the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists and American game manufacturers Electronic Arts (EA).

The Icelandic Football Association (KSI) has accused EA of showing them a lack of respect in their monetary offer to the European minnows.

Videos

Iceland Become Smallest Nation In History To Qualify For World Cup With 2-0 Win Over Kosovo (Photos & Video)

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After ascending to the top of Group I with a win over Turkey five days ago, Iceland formally booked themselves a place at Russia 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo in their final qualifier on Monday evening.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was instrumental for Iceland on the night, with the Everton midfielder opening the scoring shortly before half-time by bustling his way into the Kosovan 18-yard box and hacking a shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Blizzard: Icelandic Cup Match Abandoned After Being Engulfed By Snow Storm Of Biblical Proportions (Photo & Video)

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The Icelandic League Cup match between Fram andBreidablik had to be abandoned with 20 minutes left to play when ahuge snowstorm engulfed the game.

Breidablik live-tweeted updates as the weather began to turn, including this snippetof their substitutes looking just a little bit cold around the edges.

England

Iceland qualify for World Cup for first time

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

Needing victory to guarantee top spot in European qualifying Group I, goals from Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson ensured Iceland would be on the plane to Russia 2018.

Iceland qualify for World Cup for first time

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

Needing victory to guarantee top spot in European qualifying Group I, goals from Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson ensured Iceland would be on the plane to Russia 2018.

England 1-2 Iceland: Celebrating The One-Year Anniversary Of Steve McClaren Making Himself Look Like A Right Prat (Video)

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of what just might be the absolute nadir of the England national team in a decade or so positively crammed full of them.

We are of course talking about the Three Lions' moribund, gutless, and utterly galling performance against Iceland in the group stages of Euro 2016.

Southgate confronts ghosts in England machine

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London (AFP) – By dropping Wayne Rooney and dragging his players out of their comfort zones, England manager Gareth Southgate has attempted to draw a line beneath the team’s calamitous 2016 and propel them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016, England then saw Sam Allardyce, Roy Hodgson’s successor as manager, farcically brought down by a newspaper sting after just one game in charge.

Southgate confronts ghosts in England machine

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London (AFP) – By dropping Wayne Rooney and dragging his players out of their comfort zones, England manager Gareth Southgate has attempted to draw a line beneath the team’s calamitous 2016 and propel them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016, England then saw Sam Allardyce, Roy Hodgson’s successor as manager, farcically brought down by a newspaper sting after just one game in charge.

Devilish Alli confronts his England demons

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Glasgow (AFP) – England midfielder Dele Alli says he and his team-mates have had to revisit some “dark places” in order to come to terms with their humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland.

Alli was one of the 11 players who traipsed from the pitch in Nice last June after Iceland had condemned England to their most galling defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

England’s Dier wary of Lithuania threat

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London (AFP) – England’s Euro 2016 humiliation by Iceland means they will never again underestimate teams like Sunday’s opponents Lithuania, according to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier.

Dier was a member of the team stunned 2-1 by Iceland in Nice last year as England crashed to their most embarrassing defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

England’s Dier wary of Lithuania threat

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London (AFP) – England’s Euro 2016 humiliation by Iceland means they will never again underestimate teams like Sunday’s opponents Lithuania, according to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier.

Dier was a member of the team stunned 2-1 by Iceland in Nice last year as England crashed to their most embarrassing defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

‘I’ve Never Regarded Myself As A Celebrity’ – Roy Hodgson Reveals He Turned Down ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Offer

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Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the Big Issue, covering such diverse subjects as literature, alternative vocations and why the bloody hell he stuck Harry Kane on corner duty at Euro 2016.

As well as naming his Top 10 favourite books (which consisted of just six), Hodgson also revealed that he knocked back an offer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, chiefly on the basis that he doesn't consider himself to be a celebrity:

I'd have been another Ed Balls!

England haunted by Iceland loss: Allardyce

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London (AFP) Painful memories of their humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland contributed to "nervous tension" during England's opening World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia, according to new manager Sam Allardyce.

England needed a 95th-minute goal by Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana to secure a 1-0 victory over 10-man Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday in Allardyce's first match at the helm.

Olympic Swimmer Vows To Swim An Entire Lap Of Iceland If They Manage To Win Euro 2016

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An Olympic swimmer has vowedto swim the entire way around Iceland should England's last-16 overlords achieve the improbable feat of actually winning Euro 2016 outright.

200m freestyle champion Yannick Agnel joked on Twitter that, should Iceland beat his native France in the quarter-finals and go on to win the tournament, he'd brave the freezing seaand swim an entire lap of the island.

Hatchet Job: The Sun Attempt To Pillory Raheem Sterling With Absurd Story About His Crystal-Studded Bathroom Sink

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It's taken them a day or two longer than we expected but The Sun have finally unleashed their obligatory post-tournament England hatchet job this morning.

Raheem Sterling is the focus of the vitriol for flaunting his "obscene" wealth just hours after England's inglorious Euro 2016 exit.

"Shamed winger is seen showing off lavish mansion and expensive fleet of supercars on a Snapchat video," barks the tabloid.

England DNA: How muddled thinking and lack of a plan led to England Euro 2016 embarrassment

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Painful Viewing: Some Wag Has Created A ‘Skill Video’ Of Harry Kane’s Dire Performance Against Iceland (Video)

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As you may recall, England were ever so slightly disappointing against Iceland earlier in the week, with most if not all of their players failing to provide any semblance of technical adequacy or basic organisation.

With that in mind it's perhaps a little harsh to single anybody out from the morass, but that hasn't stopped some wagout there from creating a 'tribute' toHarry Kane's often laughable, shin-happy bumblings.

Jamie Carragher Goes In Two-Footed On The ‘Generation Of Soft Babies’ English Football Has Produced

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The fallout from England's sombreEuro 2016 exit continues apace with Jamie Carragher being the latest person of interest to go in hardon Roy's beleaguered boys.

Specifically, Carragher has targeted England's distinct lack of mettle and moral fibre, indirectly accusing the FA and the Premier League of producing a generation of "babies".

Newspaper back covers on Iceland’s victory against England [PHOTOS]

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The aftermath of England's devastating and deplorable loss to Iceland is no time for quiet reflection and understated contemplation. A ruinous result like this one deserves the height of hyperbolic reaction found only in England's titillating tabloids and brilliant broadsheets.

The Sun's back page plays on the Iceland supermarket chain's one-time slogan "Mum's gone to Iceland," accompanied by a picture of Wayne Rooney's sobbing son Kai.

Newspaper back covers on Iceland’s victory against England [PHOTOS]

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The aftermath of England's devastating and deplorable loss to Iceland is no time for quiet reflection and understated contemplation. A ruinous result like this one deserves the height of hyperbolic reaction found only in England's titillating tabloids and brilliant broadsheets.

The Sun's back page plays on the Iceland supermarket chain's one-time slogan "Mum's gone to Iceland," accompanied by a picture of Wayne Rooney's sobbing son Kai.

England: All The Pertinent Quotes From Roy Hodgson’s Cheery Farewell Press Conference

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Having ducked the media directly after his insta-resignation last night, formerEngland boss Roy Hodgson finally emerged in front of the hackhordes for a cheery farewell press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Hodgson appeared alongsideFA chief executiveMartin Glenn (who wasted little time assuring everybody that he "isn't a football expert") but denied that he was doing so under duress, instead claiming that he wished to uphold his record of having never shirked a presser before.

How coaching and mentality were the difference for Italy and Iceland against Spain and England

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It was at the end of the first half between Italy and Spain when aging midfield hard-man Daniele De Rossi, just 50-minutes fit, nutmegged Andres Iniesta. We weren't soon going to forget this gameat Euro 2016.

Several hours later, we'd have the full picture: In Italy's thundering triumph over holders Spain, we saw the best performance of the tournament.

How coaching and mentality were the difference for Italy and Iceland against Spain and England

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It was at the end of the first half between Italy and Spain when aging midfield hard-man Daniele De Rossi, just 50-minutes fit, nutmegged Andres Iniesta. We weren't soon going to forget this gameat Euro 2016.

Several hours later, we'd have the full picture: In Italy's thundering triumph over holders Spain, we saw the best performance of the tournament.

United States

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 7-13, 2017

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Mexico’s 1-0 win against Iceland last week was the second most-watched friendly in the United States in the past 12 months. The broadcast fell just 40,000 viewers short of last October’s 1.6 million for the match between Mexico and New Zealand in Nashville, Tennessee. The United States also played New Zealand three days later in front of a TV audience of over 1.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 7-13, 2017

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Mexico’s 1-0 win against Iceland last week was the second most-watched friendly in the United States in the past 12 months. The broadcast fell just 40,000 viewers short of last October’s 1.6 million for the match between Mexico and New Zealand in Nashville, Tennessee. The United States also played New Zealand three days later in front of a TV audience of over 1.

EURO 2016

Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

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The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don't think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you're a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe!

Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

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The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don't think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you're a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe!

Euro 2016 QF: Arsenal star scores twice, Manchester United's £80m target nets a brilliant goal

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice while Antonine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet also got their name on the scoresheet as France beat Iceland 5-2 at St-Denis on Sunday evening to secure their passage to the semifinals of Euro 2016.

Didier Deschamps made two changes to the side that won 2-1 against Ireland in their last match: Samuel Umtiti made his international debut in place of suspended Adil Rami, while N’Golo Kante, also suspended, is replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Previews and predictions for Euro 2016 quarterfinals

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Here are previews and projections for the four quarterfinals at Euro 2016 in France.

Poland v. Portugal

Poland didn't exactly set the world alight in their Round of 16 shootout win over Switzerland, but Portugal and Croatia combined to put it to sleep.

Four games into their Euro 2016 campaign, Fernando Santos' side still doesn't have a win in normal time.

Previews and predictions for Euro 2016 quarterfinals

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Here are previews and projections for the four quarterfinals at Euro 2016 in France.

Poland v. Portugal

Poland didn't exactly set the world alight in their Round of 16 shootout win over Switzerland, but Portugal and Croatia combined to put it to sleep.

Four games into their Euro 2016 campaign, Fernando Santos' side still doesn't have a win in normal time.

Video: VICE Sports Looks at Iceland’s Rise as a Soccer Micropower

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Success for Iceland and Wales – Now For Their Club Sides

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Are you a fan of the official Euro 2016 anthem? You’ve heard it by now, probably in the form of a “special goal celebration music edit that will be played in stadiums every time a goal is scored”. The lyrics are quite optimistic, Zara Larsson insists that “We’re in this together…We stand strong together/We’re in this forever”.