Iceland get the party started after showing they are no one-hit wonders

Iceland are going to their first World Cup and have reached the big time again without losing any of their small-time charm, with the coach addressing fans in a bar before the decisive win over Kosovo

Amid the flurry of bodies there was, fleetingly, a moment when Gylfi Sigurdsson just wanted to take it all in. Three hours had passed since full-time and the music had never really stopped; now Iceland’s players and staff were dancing on stage with the local rapper Emmsje Gauti and if a football match is exertion enough then this, feeding from the energy of the thousands who had greeted them on Ingolfstorg, was an exercise fuelled purely by adrenaline. Sigurdsson paused, puffed out his cheeks slightly and had a word in the ear of his team-mate and captain, Aron Gunnarsson. Both men glanced at the blue-clad throng in front of them, and back at each other. The grins that spread across their faces rendered further conversation unnecessary.

“I thought that, after the Euros, the toughest thing to do would be to restart,” the Iceland manager, Heimir Hallgrimsson, had said earlier back at Laugardalsvollur, which emptied swiftly after the 2-0 win over Kosovo in order that the celebrations might continue in Reykjavik’s city centre. “The first beer the day after a party is not good-tasting; I think tomorrow it won’t taste as good as now.”

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Iceland are going to their first World Cup and have reached the big time again without losing any of their small-time charm, with the coach addressing fans in a bar before the decisive win over KosovoAmid the flurry of bodies there was, fleetingly, a moment when Gylfi Sigurdsson just wanted to take it all in. Three hours had passed since full-time and the music had never really stopped; now Iceland’s players and staff were dancing on stage with the local rapper Emmsje Gauti and if a football match is exertion enough then this, feeding from the energy of the thousands who had greeted them on Ingolfstorg, was an exercise fuelled purely by adrenaline. Sigurdsson paused, puffed out his cheeks slightly and had a word in the ear of his team-mate and captain, Aron Gunnarsson. Both men glanced at the blue-clad throng in front of them, and back at each other. The grins that spread across their faces rendered further conversation unnecessary.“I thought that, after the Euros, the toughest thing to do would be to restart,” the Iceland manager, Heimir Hallgrimsson, had said earlier back at Laugardalsvollur, which emptied swiftly after the 2-0 win over Kosovo in order that the celebrations might continue in Reykjavik’s city centre. “The first beer the day after a party is not good-tasting; I think tomorrow it won’t taste as good as now.” Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/10/iceland-world-cup-party

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