Iceland becomes smallest country to qualify for World Cup

Iceland becomes smallest country to qualify for World Cup

Iceland's success at becoming the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup is down to "good team spirit and understanding", according to the president of their FA Gudni Bergsson.

The team managed to make the quarter finals of that tournament, and also upset competition giant England before celebrating with their now-famous clap. Any other result puts it in jeopardy of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.

ABERDEEN star Kari Arnason has helped Iceland qualify for their first ever World Cup.

Iceland have won 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group I with 22 points from 10 matches, picking up two more points than Croatia, who have ended up second in the group.

Iceland's Euro 2016 run-in which they shocked the world by making it to the quarterfinals primarily off the back of a stunning victory over England-seemed like it would have been the height of this golden generation's achievements, but that has not proven so.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was in disbelief after his team qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

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Their national team finally qualified for their first ever major global tournament at Euro 2016 and won hearts and minds along the way.

Iceland made history by beating last-place Kosovo with a goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half and another by Johann Gudmundsson in the second, keeping the momentum from its inspiring run at Euro 2016.

"We knew going into the last four games we would probably have to win the four of them, we got three but just at the final hurdle it was not enough".

Group G was already settled prior to Monday's action and the top two both claimed narrow 1-0 away victories; Spain and Italy defeating Israel and Albania respectively.

Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva scored the only goal of the game and Giampiero Ventura's men will be seeded in the draw for the play-offs, which is set to take place on 17 October.