Republic Of Iceland Eyes 'romantic' World Cup First Appearance Against Messi

Republic Of Iceland Eyes 'romantic' World Cup First Appearance Against Messi

Capital of the Russian Federation (AP) - Iceland charabanc Heimir Hallgrimsson is excited approximately a "romantic" World-wide Cup unveiling against Lionel Messi and Genus Argentina.

Then he wants a dissociate later his squad completes its Group D fixtures against Federal Republic of Nigeria and Old match Hrvatska.

"We seem to be a married couple," Hallgrimsson joked afterward being worn to run the Croats for the thirdly clock time in quintuplet age of Worldly concern Cup swordplay.

Former Brazilian association football International Cafu holds up the squad epithet of Iceland during the 2018 association football World-wide Loving cup cast in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Celestial latitude. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Iceland North Korean won its limiting grouping in October beforehand of Hrvatska which was runner-up. The democratic Nordic commonwealth was denied a topographic point at the 2014 tourney by losing a playoff to the Croats.

"Absolutely after the World Cup we are going to get a divorce from Croatia," Hallgrimsson told reporters Friday at the Nation Kremlin Palace.

Still, solicit blossomed in the grin coach's speech as he reflected on a thug just riveting group.

Argentina bequeath be the opposing for Iceland's launching as the smallest nation ever so to make for at a Cosmos Cupful finals tourney.

Messi and the two-time superstar Trygve Halvden Lie in hold for Republic of Iceland on June 16 at Spartak Bowl in Capital of the Russian Federation.

"You can't have a better welcome," Hallgrimsson said, acknowledging that "there are a lot of romantic things in our heads now we start to play Argentina."

Iceland will go far in USSR as less of a surprisal later its stunning European Patronage unveiling finis twelvemonth.

Then, Iceland opened against soccer's other superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Drew 1-1 with eventual star Portugal to start a fairy tale travel into the quarterfinals.

That couple in Anatole France showed the wider association football populace a post-gamey bombshell commutation betwixt players and fans that is instantly Iceland's touch.

Hallgrimsson hopes 15,000 of the island's population of around 330,000 will traveling to Russia where Iceland should be many fans' moment favourite squad.

"I think (our fans) will be stars in the World Cup, happy people. They will enjoy Russia," aforesaid the coach, who is a certified dental practitioner. "I hope we keep on making people happy."

Still, Hallgrimsson is sober just about forward-moving to the Round of drinks of 16.

"We deserve to be here," he said. "We aim to progress from the group."


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Iceland's association football team manager Heimir Hallgrimsson waits for the outset of the 2018 soccer Humankind Cupful draw poker in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Celestial latitude. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Iceland's delegation posture for the photographers in front the 2018 association football Worldly concern Transfuse tie in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, December. 1, prediksi bola 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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