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Iceland National Under-21 Football Team
Iceland Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Strákarnir okkar
AssociationKnattspyrnusamband Íslands
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachArnar Viðarsson
FIFA codeISL
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2011)
Best resultRound 1 (2011)

The Iceland men's national under-21 football team is a national under-21 football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. The team is considered to be the feeder team for the senior Icelandic men's national football team. Since the establishment of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 1978, the team has reached the Euro Championship finals on one occasion in 2011 where they were knocked out in the group stages.[1]

The team is for Icelandic players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Iceland at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. This has been the case for several senior team players like Aron Gunnarsson, Eiður Guðjohnsen, Heiðar Helguson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.

History

From 1978 to 2009 the team never qualified for tournament finals. In late 2010, the team sealed qualification to the championships for the very first team in their history. During the qualification stage they finished second in their group behind the Czech Republic and qualified for the playoffs as a result of being one of the best runners-up in the whole qualification process. Their most notable win came in a 4-1 home victory over Germany.[2] In the next stage they played against Scotland in a two-legged affair in which they won 4-2 on aggregate over the two games.[3]

Their remarkable qualification campaign saw them qualify for the finals where they were drawn against Belarus, Denmark and Switzerland in Group A. In their first two group games they were comfortably beaten by Belarus and Switzerland. In their final group game they defeated Denmark who were the hosts of the tournament 3-1.[4] Iceland would finish third in the group, level on points with the second placed and fourth placed teams.[5] Following the end of the tournament, UEFA announced its Team of the Tournament with striker Kolbeinn Sigþórsson named on the list.[6]

Competition records

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 to 2009 Did Not Qualify
Denmark 2011 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 5 - 2
2013 to 2019 Did Not Qualify
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Group Stage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 Titles 0/2 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 10 8 1 1 27 5 +22 25 Final tournament 3-0 2-0 4-1 6-0 5-0
2  Iceland 10 7 0 3 19 12 +7 21 1-2 1-0 1-0 6-1 3-0
3  Republic of Ireland 10 6 1 3 15 8 +7 19 0-0 1-2 4-1 1-0 3-0
4  Sweden 10 6 0 4 31 12 +19 18 3-0 5-0 1-3 10-0 4-0
5  Armenia 10 1 0 9 4 33 −29 3[a] 0-1 0-3[b] 0-1 0-3[c] 2-0
6  Luxembourg 10 1 0 9 3 29 −26 3[a] 0-4 0-2 1-2 0-3 2-1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head goal difference: Armenia +1, Luxembourg -1.
  2. ^ The Armenia v Iceland match was awarded as a 3-0 win to Iceland after being cancelled as Armenia could not travel to the match due to positive SARS-CoV-2 tests in the team.[7]
  3. ^ The Armenia v Sweden match was awarded as a 3-0 win to Sweden after being cancelled as Armenia could not travel to the match due to positive SARS-CoV-2 tests in the team.[7]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
22 March 2019
Exhibition game
Pinatar Arena, Murcia, Spain  Czech Republic
1 -- 1
Alex Þór Hauksson
25 March 2019
Exhibition game
Aspire Academy, Doha, Qatar  Qatar
3 -- 0
Jónatan Ingi Jónsson
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson
7 June 2019
Exhibition game
Forum Horsens Arena, Horsens, Denmark  Denmark
2 -- 1
Stefán Teitur Þórðarson
Erlingur Agnarsson
6 September 2019
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Luxembourg
3 -- 0
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson
Willum Þór Willumsson
9 September 2019
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Armenia
6 -- 1
Willum Þór Willumsson
Ísak Óli Ólafsson
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson
Jónatan Ingi Jónsson
Ari Leifsson
Brynjólfur Darri Willumsson
12 October 2019
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Kalmar Arena, Kalmar, Sweden  Sweden
0 -- 5
15 October 2019
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Republic of Ireland
1 -- 0
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
16 November 2019
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara, Italy  Italy
0 -- 3
19 November 2019
Exhibition game
Adams Park, High Wycombe, England  England
0 -- 3
4 September 2020
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Sweden
1 -- 0
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
13 October 2020
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Luxembourg  Luxembourg
2 -- 0
Ísak Óli Ólafsson
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
12 November 2020
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Iceland  Italy
1 -- 2
Willum Þór Willumsson
15 November 2020
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland
2 -- 1
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen
Valdimar Þór Ingimundarson
18 November 2020
2021 UEFA U-21 qualification
Armenia  Armenia
3 -- 0
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Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Italy and Ireland, played on 12 November and 15 November 2020 respectively.[8]All caps and goals are correct as of 15 November 2020.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Patrik Gunnarsson (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 20) 10 0 Denmark Viborg
1GK Elías Rafn Ólafsson (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 20) 4 0 Denmark Fredericia
1GK Hákon Rafn Valdimarsson (2001-10-13) 13 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Iceland Grótta Seltjarnarnes
2DF Alfons Sampsted (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 22) 30 1 Norway Bodø/Glimt
2DF Axel Óskar Andrésson (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 22) 18 3 Norway Viking Stavanger
2DF Ari Leifsson (1998-04-19) 19 April 1998 (age 22) 17 1 Norway Strømsgodset
2DF Hörður Ingi Gunnarsson (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 22) 15 0 Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður
2DF Ísak Óli Ólafsson (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 20) 8 2 Denmark SønderjyskE
2DF Þórir Helgason (2000-09-28) 28 September 2000 (age 20) 6 0 Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður
2DF Róbert Orri Þorkelsson (2002-04-03) 3 April 2002 (age 18) 3 0 Iceland Breiðablik Kópavogur
2DF Valgeir Lunddal Friðriksson (2001-09-24) 24 September 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Iceland Valur Reykjavík
3MF Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 22) 21 5 Denmark AGF Aarhus
3MF Alex Þór Hauksson (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 21) 18 1 Iceland Stjarnan Garðabær
3MF Willum Þór Willumsson (1998-10-23) 23 October 1998 (age 22) 17 3 Belarus BATE Borisov
3MF Kolbeinn Finnsson (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 21) 15 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund II
3MF Jónatan Ingi Jónsson (1999-03-15) 15 March 1999 (age 21) 10 2 Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður
3MF Kolbeinn Þórðarson (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 20) 6 0 Belgium Lommel
3MF Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson (2003-03-23) 23 March 2003 (age 17) 4 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping
3MF Andri Baldursson (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 18) 3 0 Italy Bologna
3MF Bjarki Steinn Bjarkason (2000-05-11) 11 May 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Venezia
3MF Valgeir Valgeirsson (2002-09-22) 22 September 2002 (age 18) 0 0 England Brentford
4FW Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 22) 15 6 Denmark OB
4FW Brynjólfur Andersen Willumsson (2000-08-12) 12 August 2000 (age 20) 12 1 Iceland Breiðablik Kópavogur
4FW Valdimar Þór Ingimundarson (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 21) 8 1 Norway Strømsgodset

Recent call-ups

The following players are still eligible for and have previously been called up to the under-21 squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Brynjar Atli Bragason (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Iceland Breiðablik Kópavogur v. Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland; 15 October 2019 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
GK Daði Freyr Arnarsson (1998-09-23) 23 September 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður v. Sweden Sweden; 12 October 2019 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
GK Aron Elí Gíslason (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Víkingur Ólafsvík v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
GK Aron Birkir Stefánsson (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Þór Akureyri v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
DF Birkir Valur Jónsson (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
DF Finnur Tómas Pálmason (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 19) 3 0 Iceland KR Reykjavík v. Italy Italy; 9 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
DF Rúnar Þór Sigurgeirsson (1999-12-28) 28 December 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Iceland Keflavík v. Sweden Sweden; 4 September 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
DF Torfi Tímoteus Gunnarsson (1999-01-31) 31 January 1999 (age 21) 9 0 Iceland Fjölnir Reykjavík v. England England U20; 19 November 2019 (Friendly)
DF Hjalti Sigurðsson (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 20) 4 0 Iceland KR Reykjavík v. England England U20; 19 November 2019 (Friendly)
DF Davíð Ingvarsson (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Breiðablik Kópavogur v. England England U20; 19 November 2019 (Friendly)
DF Felix Örn Friðriksson (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 21) 14 1 Iceland ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
DF Aron Már Brynjarsson (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 22) 5 0 Sweden Torns IF v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
DF Sigurður Arnar Magnússon (1999-06-30) 30 June 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
DF Aron Ingi Kristinsson (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Iceland Kári Akranes v. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)
MF Ágúst Eðvald Hlynsson (2000-03-28) 28 March 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Denmark Horsens v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Hákon Arnar Haraldsson (2003-04-10) 10 April 2003 (age 17) 1 0 Denmark Copenhagen v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Mikael Egill Ellertsson (2002-03-11) 11 March 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Italy SPAL v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Arnór Sigurðsson (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 21) 5 1 Russia CSKA Moscow v. Italy Italy; 9 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Stefán Árni Geirsson (2000-11-06) 6 November 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Iceland KR Reykjavík v. Sweden Sweden; 4 September 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Daníel Hafsteinsson (1999-11-12) 12 November 1999 (age 21) 11 0 Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður v. Sweden Sweden; 4 September 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Viktor Örlygur Andrason (2000-02-05) 5 February 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík v. England England U20; 19 November 2019 (Friendly)
MF Júlíus Magnússon (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 15 0 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík v. Italy Italy; 16 November 2019 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Mikael Anderson (1998-07-01) 1 July 1998 (age 22) 13 0 Denmark FC Midtjylland v. Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland; 15 October 2019 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
MF Dagur Dan Þórhallsson (2000-05-02) 2 May 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Mjøndalen IF v. Qatar Qatar; 25 March 2019 (Friendly)
MF Ægir Jarl Jónasson (1998-03-08) 8 March 1998 (age 22) 6 1 Iceland KR Reykjavík v. Thailand Thailand; 19 November 2018 (Friendly)
MF Arnór Breki Ásþórsson (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Iceland Fjölnir Reykjavík v. Northern Ireland Northern Ireland; 26 March 2018 (2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
FW Stefán Teitur Þórðarson (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) 14 1 Denmark Silkeborg v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
FW Kristófer Kristinsson (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 21) 7 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
FW Danijel Djuric (2003-01-05) 5 January 2003 (age 17) 0 0 Denmark Midtjylland v. Luxembourg Luxembourg; 13 October 2020 (2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
FW Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason (1999-11-04) 4 November 1999 (age 21) 8 0 Norway Start v. England England U20; 19 November 2019 (Friendly)
FW Erlingur Agnarsson (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 22) 1 1 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík v. Denmark Denmark; 7 June 2019 (Friendly)
FW Stefan Ljubicic (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 21) 4 1 Iceland HK Kópavogur v. Northern Ireland Northern Ireland; 11 October 2018 (2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification)
FW Kristófer Konráðsson (1998-03-31) 31 March 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Iceland Stjarnan Garðabær v. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia; 28 March 2017 (Friendly)

Previous squads

Records

Most caps

As of 15 November 2020, the 20 players with the most U-21 caps for Iceland are:[9]

Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Alfons Sampsted 2017- 30 1
2 Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson 2007-2012 27 2
3 Bjarni Viðarsson 2005-2011 26 6
4 Birkir Bjarnason 2006-2011 25 3
5 Orri Sigurður Ómarsson 2013-2016 21 0
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson 2017- 21 5
7 Pétur Marteinsson 1992-1995 19 0
Bjarni Guðjónsson 1996-2001 19 4
Ómar Jóhannsson 2000-2003 19 0
Rúrik Gíslason 2005-2011 19 6
Haraldur Björnsson 2007-2011 19 0
12 Sigurvin Ólafsson 1995-1997 18 5
Hjörtur Hermannsson 2013-2016 18 2
Axel Óskar Andrésson 2015- 18 3
Alex Þór Hauksson 2017- 18 1
16 Arnar Viðarsson 1996-1999 17 0
Reynir Leósson 1998-2001 17 0
Indriði Sigurðsson 1999-2002 17 0
Helgi Valur Daníelsson 2000-2003 17 1
Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson 2013-2016 17 0
Ari Leifsson 2017- 17 1
Willum Þór Willumsson 2018- 17 3

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorers

As of 15 November 2020, the 10 players with the most U-21 goals for Iceland are:

Rank Name Career Goals Caps GPG
1 Emil Atlason 2012-2014 8 12 0.67
2 Hannes Sigurðsson 2002-2005 7 14 0.50
3 Gylfi Sigurðsson 2007-2011 6 14 0.43
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson 2008-2011 6 14 0.43
Albert Guðmundsson 2015-2018 6 15 0.40
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen 2018- 6 15 0.40
Rúrik Gíslason 2005-2011 6 19 0.32
Bjarni Viðarsson 2005-2011 6 26 0.23
9 Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1988-1989 5 5 1.00
Hólmbert Friðjónsson 2012-2014 5 10 0.50
Alfreð Finnbogason 2009-2011 5 11 0.45
Sigurvin Ólafsson 1995-1997 5 18 0.28
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson 2017- 5 21 0.24

In bold players still playing or available for selection.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2011: Spain's boys of summer dazzle". UEFA.com. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Euro U21 2011 (Qual.)". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Iceland 3-1 Denmark". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Euro U21 2011". ZeroZero. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "U21 all-star squad named by UEFA technical team". UEFA.com. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "AB: Armenian under-21 national team". UEFA.com. 24 November 2020.
  8. ^ https://www.ksi.is/um-ksi/frettir/frettasafn/frett/2020/11/06/Hopur-U21-karla-fyrir-thrja-leiki-i-november/
  9. ^ Sigurðsson, Víðir (2019). Íslensk knattspyrna 2019 [Icelandic football 2019] (in Icelandic) (1st ed.).

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