If Iceland somehow manages to advance out of a very difficult Group D, expect Hollywood producers to tussle over the film rights—the debutants' story is that good. Iceland, with a population hovering around the 350,000 mark, is the smallest nation to ever appear in a World Cup and it defied all odds by simply qualifying for Russia. The team’s coach, Heimir Hallgrimsson, is a working dentist and only became a full-time soccer coach in the last few years. Adding to the drama, the team’s best players—including Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, captain Aron Gunnarsson, and forward Kolbeinn Sigthorssonn—are all recovering from injuries and may not be ready to play. Despite the challenges, this tight-knit unit is blessed with self-belief and will not be intimidated by its more talented opponents.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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