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Men’s National Football Team Announced, Captain Reinstated

By Ragnar Tómas

Aron Einar Gunnarsson - Iceland Football National Team

At a press conference today, Arnar Þór Viðarsson, head coach of the men’s national football team, introduced his squad for the upcoming fixtures. Former team captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson has been handed the armband again, having not been selected to the team since 2021, RÚV reports, following accusations of sexual misconduct.

Squad announced

At a press conference at KSÍ (Football Association of Iceland) headquarters today, Arnar Þór Viðarsson, head coach of the men’s national football team, announced the squad for the team’s upcoming fixtures. The team will play a friendly against Venezuela on September 22 before facing off against Albania five days later, in what will be an important match in the Nation’s League.

Police investigation against Aron Einar dropped

Notable inclusions in the squad include former captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson, who returns to the team after accusations of sexual assault surfaced in the summer of 2021. The police opened an investigation into the matter September of that year, and when he was left out of the squad a month later, Aron Einar released a public statement accusing KSÍ’s board of directors of yielding to “cancel culture.”

As reported by RÚV, coach Arnar Þór subsequently called for KSÍ and ÍSÍ (the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland) to set clear rules for which players could be selected to the team. New rules were later established, RÚV notes, which stipulate that players cannot be selected for the national team if they are under police investigation. Aron Einar Gunnarsson is currently eligible for selection as his case was dropped in May.

Notable inclusions, exclusions

Forward Alfreð Finnbogason, who plays with Lyngby in Denmark, also returns to the team after a near two-year hiatus, following prolonged injury, as do defender Guðlaugur Victor Pálsson and goalkeeper Elías Rafn Ólafsson.

Perhaps the most notable exclusion from the team is Albert Guðmundsson; during the press conference, coach Arnar Þór expressed disappointment with Albert’s attitude during the last international break. “To me, it’s a great honour to play for the national team, and that calls for 100% focus, every day, always. You’re either 100% with us or you’re not,” Arnar explained.

Brynjar Ingi Bjarnason was also left out of the team; Sverrir Ingi Ingason and Arnór Ingvi Traustason announced that they were unavailable, owing to personal reasons; and Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is recovering from a minor injury.

The squad:

Patrik Sigurður Gunnarsson – Viking FK – 1 cap
Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson – Alanyaspor – 17 caps
Elías Rafn Ólafsson – FC Midtjylland – 4 caps

Daníel Leó Grétarsson – Slask Wroclaw – 10 caps
Hjörtur Hermannsson – Pisa – 25 caps, 1 goal
Hörður Björgvin Magnússon – Panathinaikos – 41 games, 2 goals
Davíð Kristján Ólafsson – Kalmar FF – 7 caps
Guðlaugur Victor Pálsson – D.C. United – 29 caps, 1 goal
Alfons Sampsted – Bodo/Glimt – 13 caps

Aron Einar Gunnarsson – Al Arabi – 97 caps, 2 goals
Hákon Arnar Haraldsson – FC Köbenhavn – 3 caps
Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson – FC Köbenhavn – 13 caps, 1 goal
Þórir Jóhann Helgason – Lecce – 12 caps, 2 goals
Stefán Teitur Þórðarson – Silkeborg IF – 12 caps, 1 goal
Birkir Bjarnason – Adana Demirspor – 110 caps, 15 goals
Aron Elís Þrándarson – OB – 14 caps, 1 goal
Mikael Neville Anderson – AGF – 14 caps, 1 goal
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson – OH Leuven – 21 games, 4 goals
Mikael Egill Ellertsson – Spezia Calcio – 6 caps
Arnór Sigurðsson – IFK Norrköping – 21 games, 2 goals

Alfreð Finnbogason – Lyngby BK – 61 games, 15 goals
Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen – IFK Norrköping – 9 caps, 2 goals
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen – IF Elfsborg – 16 caps, 1 goal

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