2018 World Cup Preview, Group D: Can Lionel Messi Inspire Argentina To A Fairytale Win?

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Only the hardest hearts would deny Lionel Messi, the best player of his generation, World Cup glory.

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Iceland Baby Boom After Euro 2016 England Triumph

The small island nation obviously celebrated their historic knockout victory in style.

Iceland has experienced an unusual birth rate spike just nine months after its national football team’s victory over England at Euro 2016, which sent them into the tournament’s quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.

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The Rise of the Icelandic Football Team

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Iceland’s ascent from the lower reaches of the FIFA rankings to Euro 2016 contenders is no coincidence. It is the result of a well thought out and meticulous plan that has thrust greatness upon a squad of players who have made history by reaching the tournament in France.

 Iceland had never qualified for a major tournament in 23 attempts but that all changed when they finished 2nd in qualifying Group A to secure a place at Euro 2016. Victories against Holland and Turkey will live long in the memory of Icelandic football fans as their dreams of reaching a major tournament finally became a reality.

 The Panenka looks at the steep and dramatic rise of Group F’s Iceland.

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Football’s Fathers and Sons: The Gudjohnsen’s

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In April 1996 Eidur Gudjohnsen made international football history in a game against Estonia when he replaced his father Arnor during the second half. The first time a father and son had played in the same international match

The Panenka looks at the careers of the two strikers with the news that the younger of the pair will be representing his country at Euro 2016 with Iceland.

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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Iceland

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After failing to defeat Croatia in a 2014 World Cup play-off Iceland were more determined that ever to make their mark on the international scene. So after navigating a tricky qualifying group they exorcised their play-off hoodoo to qualify for their first ever international tournament. As the smallest population to ever qualify for a major tournament (326,000) Group F might prove to be a little too much for them but they are certainly an international force on the up.

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