Iceland plays England on Monday hoping to become the smallest team ever to reach the quarterfinals - From TIME
But the June 14 game went off without a hitch, Iceland’s fans offering a correlative to the fan violence elsewhere at the tournament.
But on Monday, Iceland could make football history as the smallest country to ever reach the quarterfinals of the European Championships.
Having beaten the Dutch team to get a place in France, the team began its Euro 2016 tournament with a ’crushing 1–1 defeat’ of the Portuguese, made even sweeter by the sulky response of captain Cristiano Ronaldo who dismissed it as a “lucky night.” In Marseilles on June 18, the day after Iceland celebrated their Independence Day from Denmark, the team secured another 1-1 draw, this time against Hungary.
The country’s progress at Euro 2016 has allowed the country to rediscover a little lost Þjóðernishyggja (”nationmindedness”).
Tonight, as the sea of blue descended upon Nice with Europe at a crossroads, Icelandic coach Lagerbäck joked that England faced another, far less dangerous, Brexit.