Argentina – Iceland: what brings first mutual confrontation ever?

Preview on Argentina – Iceland, Saturday 16 June at 15h

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lionel Messi © Belga Image

Why? Iceland makes his debut at a world cup finals match, the smallest (by number of inhabitants) country ever. With only 350000 inhabitants in the European island, no fewer than 44 million inhabitants, less than a opponent Argentina. For Iceland, this opener a unique opportunity to present themselves to the world, just as it was two years ago already with verve did at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 in France. There took the Vikings to the neutral spectator in with their infectious enthusiasm on and off the field. Technically very limited, but the way the bearded captain Aron Gunnarsson his troops annihilated in a battle for every ball, made of Iceland a formidable opponent in their debut at a european CHAMPIONSHIP two years ago. It was only in the quarter-finals, they went out against France, after they in the eighth finals England gewipt.

The big challenge for coach Heimir Hallgrimsson – the former dentist who still, for every ” home in Reykjavik in a supporterscafé personal tactical note – is how he and Lionel Messi will line plugging. The Argentine number ten, now thirty, sees this world cup as perhaps his last chance to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious compatriot Diego Armando Maradona, in 1986, Argentina are so far last world title concerned.

But two years ago in France has proven to be the Icelanders already that they are not quickly suffer from trembling knees, with such a command. When they held the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo -the later European champion nota bene – in check: 1-1. CR7 played an anonymous party, was not to score and also gave no assist. They can make it so. Supported by that great crowd of them, that us two years ago, the Viking Clap donated, an impressive interaction between fans and players and now copied by many a club.

Player to look out for? No Farmer was ever compared to Messi, not in clubs, thus, it is not said that he is the man where in the Icelandic camp, in particular, to anticipated. In that sense, we would like to have the spotlight put on Ari Skúlason, player… Sporting Lokeren. The full is a fixed value in the Icelandic elf and will probably be a number of times personally in the clinch have to go with Messi, who like uitzwermt to the right, and from there to the inside to cut. It is for Skúlason, who in our Jupiler Pro League known for his aggressive style of play that is quite easy to yellow cards yields (ten pieces in two seasons Lokeren), already a great challenge to the ninety minutes on the field to be able to continue.

History? No. Both teams were never opposite each other.

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