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ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 31. /TASS/. Fans of the national team of Iceland count on a good team performance in the world championship on football of 2018 which will pass in Russia. Such opinion to journalists was expressed by the former Icelandic national team striker, top scorer in team history Eidur Gudjohnsen.
On Saturday on the Theatre square of Rostov-on-don was launched in the Park of the football 2018 world Cup, Gudjohnsen became his guest of honor.
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The European championship 2016 in France became Iceland’s first major tournament in history . Icelanders went to the playoffs, finishing second in the group with Portugal, Austria and Hungary. In the 1/8 finals of the Icelandic team beat England (2:1), and in the quarterfinals defeated the French (2:5). That game was for gudjonsen latest in the national team.
“I think at the end of the championship we have shown ourselves not only as team, but as a vibrant country, said Gudjohnsen. – In General, from the upcoming world Cup very high expectations and I, and my country. Many fans bought tickets and decided to watch matches in Russia. We should be treated the same as the European Championships, so let’s play well, this must be the key.”
“In recent years, the team of Iceland believe in themselves, they are all comfortable to play. The team has a big heart, strong mind, they used to play in the position of the weaker teams when they seem to be weaker with strong opponents, I think they will cope at the world Cup,” – said the Icelander.
“Glad when Icelandic players succeed”
“This is my second time in Russia, first came to Chelsea, when we played against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, Gudjohnsen said. – I have not had the opportunity to see the sights, but now I have two days, I hope to see much more. Glad I could come here now, before you go back in the summer.”
To play at the world Cup in the national team of Iceland can at once three players “Rostov” – the defenders of Ragnar Sigurdsson and Sverrir Ingason, and forward Bjorn Sigurdarson. “I know them well, especially familiar with Sigurdsson, because we’ve been playing with him in the team. With all in good relations. Always nice to see Icelandic players when they achieve success,” said Gudjohnsen.
Iceland in the group stage of the world championship will play against Argentina on 16 June in Moscow, with the Nigerians on 22 June and Croats on 26 June in Rostov-on-don.