Iceland Beats World Champion in Handball at Olympics Skip to content

Iceland Beats World Champion in Handball at Olympics

The Icelandic men’s handball team beat Germany, the current world champion, 33-29 at the Beijing Olympics yesterday. The Icelandic handball team now has four points in qualifying group B and is the only team in that group without a loss.

“This victory is a positive sign of us being a good team,” captain Ólafur Stefánsson told reporters after the game, Morgunbladid reports.

“It was an amazing victory because it is not every day that we beat the world champion at the Olympics. It doesn’t get much sweeter than this,” Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson told Fréttabladid.

“I am very satisfied with how we played and except for the beginning, everything worked out as planned. The fight went great, we were aggressive and they couldn’t handle it,” Gudmundsson said.

Iceland will play against South Korea tomorrow, the Asian handball champion. South Korea beat Denmark, the European champion, yesterday.

Click here to read about Iceland’s victory over Russia.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article