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Meet the teams: Group D – Iceland

After two months of preparation, there is a lot of excitement among the players and staff for the European Championships in Croatia. The team has had its ups and downs in recent tournaments but now with all the strongest players ready to play everyone is looking forward to the competition. This team finished fifth in the Mediterranean Games (Jan 2016), third in European Open (July 2016), eighth in EYOF (July 2016) and won the Sparkassen Cup (Dec 2016). The Icelandic team had one preparation tournament this summer, Nations Cup in Lübeck Germany which the team finished in the second place behind a strong German team. Iceland has in the past had some very strong teams in this age category, most notable the ‘96, ´90 and ´84 teams.

Three key players coach Heimir Ríkarðsson counts on are Dagur Gautason (left wing), fast and powerful with good shooting, very effective on counterattack; Haukur Þrastarson (left back), good on both sides of the court, can shoot from the outside but still has a good eye for the line and Viktor Gísli Hallgrímsson (goalkeeper and captain), has experience from older national teams and is a vital part of this team.

Heimir Ríkarðsson, coach of Iceland M18 expressed their excitement: “Our preparation this summer has been very good and we are looking forward to the tournament. We have been almost injury free all summer and the team is shaping the way we want it to. We have high hopes and believe we can reach our goals in the Championships.”

Viktor Gísli Hallgrímsson, captain of Iceland M18 added: “In recent years the Icelandic youth teams have done a good job in the European Championships and now it is our turn. We have great support from home and we will do our best in this tournament.”

Iceland at the EHF M18 EURO 2018 CROATIA:
Preliminary Round in Varaždin – Group D:
● Iceland – Poland / 9.08.2016., 16:30
● Sweden – Iceland / 10.08.2016., 16:30
● Slovenia – Iceland / 12.08.2016., 14:30

Past results at the EHF M18 EURO:
2016 – Croatia – 7th place
2014 – Poland – 9th place
2012 – Austria – 15th place
2010 – Montenegro – 12th place
2008 – Czech – 4th place
2004 – Serbia and Montenegro – 12th place
2001 – Luxembourg – 12th place

Official Squad ISL

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