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Icelandic Footballer Wins FA Cup with Portsmouth

Icelandic footballer Hermann Hreidarsson, who plays for the Icelandic national team, became the champion of the English FA Cup on Saturday with his teammates in Portsmouth with a 1-0 victory over Cardiff at Wembley stadium in London on Saturday.

Nearly 200,000 people cheered the Portsmouth team when they brought the cup home yesterday, Morgunbladid reports.

Portsmouth’s victory is considered historic because for the past 13 years only the largest teams in England, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, have won the FA Cup.

“It was the most successful moment of my career. There is nothing better than winning the largest cup competition in the world in the most magnificent stadium in the world and then receive a cup which the four largest teams here in England have monopolized for the past 13 years,” Hreidarsson said.

In its coverage of Portsmouth’s victory, UK daily The Guardian described a scene in a London underground on Saturday where Portsmouth fans ran into a group of 20 Icelanders who happened to be Hreidarsson’s extended family on their way to watch the game.

The Icelanders were all wearing t-shirts with a picture of their relative with a mean look on his face reading “The Herminator: Only God Can Judge Him,” which apparently native Portsmouth fans thought was rather suitable.

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