Iceland league cup
Football is the most popular sport in Iceland. Iceland hosted the U-18 European Championship in 1997, but an Icelandic national team has only qualified five times for the finals of a major tournament - three times by the women's team at UEFA Women's Euro in 2009, 2013 and 2017 and twice by the men's team UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The only Icelandic teams to leave the group stage in a major tournament are the Women's 2013 and Men's 2016.
Iceland's most famous football player is Eiður Guðjohnsen. He has won two Premier League football titles for Chelsea FC. LaLiga football, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League title for FC Barcelona. There are 20,000 players (men and women) registered in the clubs.
For each championship an official sponsor name or a name is given. The number of participating clubs in each level is set in advance. At the end of each season, clubs that finish last in their league descend into a lower league (unless the clubs are in the lowest league), and the clubs that occupy the highest place in their league are promoted to a higher league. The club that finishes the season at the top of the highest league is the national champion. The highest level of Icelandic men's football is Úrvalsdeild karla.
The Iceland Cup has been held since 1960. It unites the clubs of the five national divisions of the country and is held from May to October. The finale is traditionally held in the National Stadium Laugardalsvöllur. The winner qualifies for the Europa League. The Deildabikar is a competition for clubs in the top two national divisions. Unlike the Iceland Cup has a first group phase before it ends with knockout games from the quarterfinals.
The since 1969 discharged Icelandic Super Cup sees the master of Úrvalsdeild and cup winner in Iceland. This is traditionally the game that opens the season before the championship starts. If a club won the Úrvalsdeild title and the trophy, he has to face the club second in the league.
The national team deny in 1930 the first game in their history against the Faroe Islands - a game that was won with a goal to zero. After joining the association to FIFA in 1947 and UEFA in 1954, the selection was first set in the World Cup qualifiers in 1957.
Iceland qualified for the first final of an international competition at the 2016 European Championship and reached the quarter-finals of this competition. The team plays its home games at the stadium Laugardalsvöllur with 15,000 seats, which was built in 1958 in the capital Reykjavik. The current coach is Heimir Hallgrímsson, who co-managed Sweden's Lars Lagerbäck before leaving after the 2016 European Championship and taking over the Norwegian position. Iceland finished 36th in the 2015 FIFA World Ranking, reaching its highest ever time in July 2017 (19th place).
Iceland was the smallest nation in the world to ever clinch a FIFA World Cup ™ position when they defeated Kosovo 2-0 on 9 October 2017 to qualify for the 2018 tournament.
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