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Guardian Praises Icelandic Football Team

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Guardian Praises Icelandic Football Team

Iceland's first game at Euro 2016.

Photo: Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson/Facebook.

In its coverage of the EURO 2016 in France, the Guardian’s Sportblog today highly praises Icelandic national football team member Ragnar Sigurðsson for his performance at the championship, describing him as a “totemic presence in the centre of an Iceland defence that proved extremely difficult to break down,” adding that the 30-year-old Krasnodar player could be on his way to the Premier League with several clubs interested in signing him in.

Guardian writers also pick their highs and lows of the championship today.

Dominic Fifield and Amy Lawrence both pick Iceland as the team of the tournament, Fifield commenting, “Aside from the reality they are the smallest nation ever to appear at a major finals, their first participation at this level was mind-boggling from start to finish.” Lawrence notes, “So easy to make a compelling case for them or Wales. But the fact that their manager also works as a dentist because a full-joint time job in football back home is not really considered a living underlines how extraordinary their achievement was.”

Her personal highlight is also Iceland. “Absolutely everything about Iceland. In particular the eruption of communal joy (which included one of the players hurling the corner flag into the crowd) at the final whistle of their England smiting. Everyone from their management to their players to their fans was an absolute pleasure to talk to and be around.”

Daniel Taylor calls the match between England and Iceland, which Iceland won 1-2, the match of the tournament, wheras for Jamie Jackson, that honor goes to the game where Iceland beat Austria 2-1.

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