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Iceland Loses against France, Has Shot at Olympics

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball lost 34-28 against France at the World Championship in Sweden yesterday. However, because of the final scores in other games, Iceland will play for the fifth place against Croatia on Friday and has also secured its right to play for a slot in the 2012 London Olympics.


The Icelandic team gives autographs after winning the bronze at the European Championship last year. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“I’m sick of losing against France,” commented Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson to “But what I found positive about this game is that we had a marvelous offense. There was a lot of movement in the team and we scored all kinds of goals.”

“However, we didn’t take advantage of many clear shots in the second half and the difference [in the final score] could have been smaller,” the coach added.

“I’m very disappointed in not getting any points out of the intermediate heat. There are two games that sting: I’m very frustrated about the game against Germany and obviously I’m not satisfied with the game against Spain either,” Gudmundsson said.

“Yet, we are in the position to play for the fifth seat in the World Cup and with victory against Croatia we can equal Iceland’s best results at the World Cup,” the coach concluded, determined to end the tournament in a positive manner.

Click here to read about the game against Spain.

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