You can’t help but love Iceland – Hallgrimsson

first_imgIceland You can’t help but love peaceful and pretty Iceland, says Hallgrimsson Jon Fisher 21:42 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Heimir Hallgrimsson Iceland Getty Iceland World Cup Argentina v Iceland Argentina The fascination with the “pretty little nation with pretty people” is completely natural, the coach insists Iceland won the hearts of football fans around the world with their run to the European Championship quarter-finals two years ago – and coach Heimir Hallgrimsson understands why.Hallgrimsson was joint coach alongside Lars Lagerback for the Euros but now stands alone as boss of an Iceland side that will take on Argentina and Lionel Messi in their World Cup opener on Saturday.The 51-year-old, who combines his role with the Iceland Football Association with that of a dentist, said: “You can’t help but love Iceland, we haven’t attacked anyone, been to war with anyone! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We only had the cod wars [over fishing rights in the north Atlantic] and no one got hurt there.”It’s a pretty little nation, and pretty people in general.”Hallgrimsson has previously visited the pub to meet Iceland fans before matches but says the 1600 kick-off time in Moscow will prevent a repeat.”It’s too early, I won’t go to the pub before the game tomorrow,” he said, before adding of his nation’s supporters: “We know each other closer than other coaches know their fans, this closeness and trust between the staff and the fans means it’s possible to go to the pub before the game and meet up.We play at the @FIFAWorldCup tomorrow.We trained at the Spartak Stadium today. #fyririsland ⁠ pic.twitter.com/czVoDeShcE — Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 15, 2018 “I understand why this couldn’t happen for other nations but it shows the unity between the fans and the team and the respect we get from them.”It’s just more than a football game they go to watch, we give them ownership of the team and vice-versa.”You can see it in their eyes, it means more to them than a general guy who comes to watch. The game’s too early, I won’t go to the pub before the game tomorrow!!”last_img

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