After a 5-0 victory over Serbia in the 2011 World Championship qualifying round in Reykjavík on Saturday, the Icelandic women’s football team is ready for the first game in the European Championship in Finland, against France on Monday.
Chairman of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) Geir Thorsteinsson told Morgunbladid that Iceland is as prepared as they can be. “Nothing has been saved to prepare the team as well as possible. The national women’s team is our pride and the positive image of football in Iceland is largely based on this team.”
Thorsteinsson will watch Iceland’s first game in the European Championship on Monday and plans to pay close attention to “our girls” in the following games. This is the first time that an Icelandic football team has qualified for major tournament.
“The attention on women’s national teams is constantly growing and it appears as if the business environment towards women’s football is awakening and the television market is opening up. That is incredibly important,” Thorsteinsson stated.
Iceland is in qualifying group B with France, Germany and Norway. “[The coach] says the goal is to qualify out of the group. It’s an ambitious goal and I hope it works out. We have a good team and I believe our girls have to ability to beat the best,” Thorsteinsson concluded.