The Icelandic national team in men’s football lost to Hungary by four goals in a friendly game in Hungary yesterday. The final score was 4-0 and this is the team’s largest loss since its current coach, Ólafur Jóhannesson, took the reins.
Iceland plays England in 2003. Icelandic key player Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen is on the left. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Jóhannesson has admitted that the team is deprived of self-confidence, which doesn’t look promising for the coming preliminary round for the European Championship, Morgunbladid reports.
According to mbl.is, Hungary was the stronger team throughout the game and had a fair victory; Iceland’s mistakes were too bad and too many.
No Icelandic player had a particularly good game, although goal keeper Stefán Logi Magnússon and Birkir Bjarnason were considered to have made the fewest mistakes. Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen and Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson performed adequately in the first half.
Young Icelandic footballers are more victorious than the A-team; Iceland’s U-17 national team in men’s football recently became Nordic champions. Icelandic women’s football teams boast equal success.
Click here to read more about Iceland’s U-17 teams in football.