Iceland soccer commentator finds team's performance satisfactory


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#2

My sister said, about this clip, that her throat hurt just listening to it.


#3

I don’t have any idea what the hell he is saying, but I love it.!


#4

Iceland has something like 100 professional soccer players. That’s incredible for a country this small. The match against England should be interesting, since around 10% of the Icelandic population will be in town to watch it, England seems to have sent all its worst hooligans to France for the cup, and the Cod Wars (Þorskastríðin) are still fresh in the minds of the English.


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I don’t understand why someone was torturing a dog for the audio component of that soccer match, but I think it’s wrong.

(I initially misread the title as “Ireland soccer commentator” and thought, “Wow, his accent is really strong - I can barely understand a word he’s saying!” Nú skil ég.)


#6

It’s amazing. Norn Iron just got through to the second round too and they have only 40 professional players to pick from! Though they do have a population of 1.8 million.

Real pity Albania didn’t make it through.

Whatever about the Icelanders I went mental when they got through. Jumping around the kitchen.


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the 330,000-strong island nation.


#8

What a staid fellow, so much poise! :grin:


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And you can watch him watch the goal here: https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2016/jun/23/commentator-gumundur-benediktssong-iceland-austria-euro-2016-video


#10

40 is plenty to field a team, if they are the right 40 players. The amazing thing about Iceland is that they have so many pro players in such a small population.

We watched Ireland (not NI) beat Italy. That was rather incredible too, even if it was a second string Italian team without any incentive to win. The fact that the Irish team sang the Italian national anthem along with the Italians might have helped.


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They really aren’t the right 40 players to be honest. 23 in the squad so 40 to pick from is cutting it very fine.

I don’t think that Ireland’s result is _that _ good, nothing like Iceland or NI, as Italy have a fairly thin squad themselves and while their first team put in one of the performances of the tournament in dominating Belgium in the first round, their second team were neither good nor particularly motivated. They had already qualified and I don’t think they were in a position to force their way into the firsts. Basically there were few players fit to lace the boots of the teams that took the field in the Giant’s stadium (when we beat them 1-0 in the 1994 World Cup).

Iceland’s large number of professional players is a testament to football socialism: they spent their telly money on indoor pitches around the country and all their kids are coached by coaches with FIFA badges and all the coaches are paid. It’s a top down redistribution of wealth.


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