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Two years ago, it was Iceland’s turn

Interest in the 2006 World Cup was intense in Iceland, the final between Italy and France topping off the seaosn for eager fans who have been watching games for a month now.

Both the French and Italian teams are well known to Icelandic soccer fans. After the French team became Word champion in 1998, the team came to Iceland and was lucky to get a 1-1 draw. The French team included all the stars including goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, hero-turned-villain Zinedine Zidane, and Thierry Henry.

In 2004 coach Marcello Lippi came to Iceland for his first game at the helm of Italy. He brought all his stars with him for a friendly game with the Icelanders. The Italian team included eight of the would be world champions. The Icelanders turned out to be anything but friendly and beat the Italians with two goals to nil. Among those playing on the Italian side were Marco Materazzi, Luca Toni and goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The game was played at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík to a record number of attendees, 20.204 people came to see the world famous stars being taught a lesson by a strong Icelandic team.

Incidentally, third place Germany also came to Iceland three years ago and was considered lucky to get away with 0-0.

The Icelandic team has clearly been able to play the best and show no respect. However the team has not been steady enough to stay among the very best.

Before World Cup 2006 began a poll indicated that most people in Iceland expected Brazil to win.

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