The Icelandic national football team (Íslenska karlalandsliðið í knattspyrnu) represents Iceland in international football. The team is controlled by the Icelandic Football Association.
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The team was successful in the second half of the 2010s. In qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Iceland reached the playoffs before losing to Croatia. Iceland reached its first big tournament, the UEFA Euro 2016, following a qualifying campaign that included home and away wins over the Netherlands. After reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England in the round of 16 and moved into the quarter-finals, losing 5-2 to France. Qualifying for the 2018 tournament on October 9, 2017, they were the smallest nation in the world to ever claim a berth at a FIFA World Cup.
Although the Icelandic football league Úrvalsdeild was founded in 1912, took place on July 29, 1930, the country's first international match against the Faroe Islands. Although Iceland won 1-0 away, both sides were not tied to FIFA at the time. The first game officially recognized by FIFA took place on 17 July 1946 in Reykjavík, a 3-0 defeat by Denmark. The first international victory was against Finland in 1947. In the first 20 years of the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ), most of the team did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship. Iceland applied in 1954 for participation in the qualification for the World Cup 1954, the application was rejected. In qualifying for the 1958 World Cup Iceland finished with zero wins and 26 conceded the last place in his group.
In 1980, Iceland won the first edition of the Friendly Tournament, known as the Greenland Cup.
Since 1974, the team participates in qualifying for each World Cup and European Championship. In 1994, the team reached the 37th place their best position in the FIFA world rankings. This record lasted until 2016, when they reached 21st place. During a friendly against Estonia on April 24, 1996 in Tallinn, Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen replaced his father Arnór. This was the first time that a father and a son played in the same international match.
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