Captain Commends Team’s Effort in 0-2 Loss to Germany

Women's National Football Team

Captain Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir expressed pride in the Women’s National Football team’s performance, despite a 2-0 loss to Germany. The team’s reaction after conceding a penalty was commendable, although they missed the chance to equalise.

Proud of the team’s performance

In a post-match interview with Vísir yesterday, Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, Captain of the Women’s National Football team, stated that she was proud of the team’s performance despite a 0-2 loss against Germany: “They took their chances, and we didn’t. I think that’s what separated the two teams, first and foremost,” Glódís remarked. The game was part of the UEFA Women’s Nations League; Iceland sits in third place in Group A3, behind Germany and Denmark.

Despite the loss, she felt that the team had stuck to its game plan: “I felt we were successful in shutting them down, just as we had planned before the game. They weren’t getting many opportunities to cross the ball towards unmarked players inside the box – at least not as much as we had anticipated. I felt we were coming out on top in the one-on-one situations and close encounters during the game, really making our presence felt.”

Glódís also remarked that the team had reacted well to the concession of a penalty, noting that if the team had taken the opportunity to equalise, it could have altered the trajectory of the game. “Instead, we conceded another goal, which is not uncommon when you’re chasing. We were aiming for a point,” Glódís observed.

Penalty call questionable

As noted by Vísir, the Icelandic team was on the defensive for the majority of the game, which cost a lot of energy. “Of course, it requires a lot of energy,” Glódís stated. “The players, especially those in front of the back line, put in a lot of hard work. They made our job easier. I think they performed exceptionally well today.”

The German team took the lead in the second half with a goal from a penalty kick after goalkeeper Telma Ívarsdóttir was adjudged to have fouled Lea Schuller. Glódís is not convinced by the merits of the decision.

“I don’t know. I just heard Telma shout. I couldn’t see much, aside from Lea getting a free header. I don’t think it’s fair, for her to get a free header and a penalty. But like I said, I don’t know what happened. I think it was the wrong decision, but that’s how it is,” Glódís concluded by saying.

Cristiano Ronaldo: “Iceland Have a Very Good Team”

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The men’s national football team of Portugal trained at the Laugardalsvöllur stadium last night, in preparation for tonight’s game against Iceland in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo, who expects “a tough match,” will play his 200th international match tomorrow.

Major milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo

Following a disappointing 1-2 loss against Slovakia on Saturday, Iceland’s men’s national football team currently sits fifth in Group J of the EUFA Euro 2024 qualifying tournament. The winners and runners-up from the ten groups will qualify directly to the final tournament, which will take place in Germany next summer (the other three qualifiers will come from play-offs based on last year’s Nations League: a total of 24 teams will compete in the finals).

Tonight, Iceland will face off against group leaders Portugal, who have won all of their three matches in the qualifiers. In preparation for the game yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo fielded questions from the media at a press conference. He told reporters that he expected a tough game. “They [Iceland] have a very good team, in my opinion. They have a strong team. And, you know, when they play at home, it’s always tough to beat teams with their support, their fans, their stadium.”

Nonetheless, the Portuguese observed that he had full faith in his team: “I believe in our team. I believe in our players. We know what we should do on the pitch to score goals, and I hope that things go the way we want. I know it’s tough, I repeat. But I think Portugal, we should show that we have a better team than them.

As noted by RÚV, Ronaldo played his first international match on August 20, 2003, in a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan. He was 18 years old. Tomorrow, some 20 years later, Ronaldo will make his 200th international appearance – a feat that no male footballer has achieved before – when Portugal faces off against Iceland at the Laugardalsvöllur stadium.

Swapping jerseys

The Icelandic national team last competed against Portugal at the 2016 European Championship when the teams drew 1-1. The game marked Iceland’s first match at a major tournament. As noted by RÚV, Aron Einar Gunnarsson, Iceland’s captain, attempted to swap jerseys with Ronaldo after the game – but was rebuffed. At yesterday’s press conference, Aron was asked if he intended to make another go at it tonight.

“I think I’ll let it go,” Aaron said with a grin. “It’ll be his 200th international appearance so he’ll probably want to keep his jersey. So I think I’ll let it be this time.”

New National Stadium to Cost ISK 14.2 Billion

It will cost an estimated ISK 14.2 billion [$99.8 million; €92.1 million] to build Iceland’s new national stadium, RÚV reports.

The overall cost of the project is to be split between the state and the City of Reykjavík, but it has yet to be determined how the expense will be divided.

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The new stadium, intended to be ready for use by 2025, will be 19,000 sq m and accommodate 8,600 people for sporting events and 12,000 people for concerts. It will have facilities for handball and volleyball matches, basketball and football games, and more.

Ed Sheeran Arrives in Iceland

British pop star Ed Sheeran arrived in Iceland on Thursday ahead of two concerts he’ll hold at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík this weekend, RÚV reports. The concerts are expected to draw 50,000 attendees.

Sheeran performed in Hungary on Wednesday and then flew straight to Iceland – possibly, it’s speculated, to give himself some time to do a little sightseeing. (This will be the musician’s first time putting on concerts in Iceland, but it isn’t his first time visiting. His last visit wasn’t all fun and games, though: as he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, he burned his foot in a hot spring while visiting the country for his 25th birthday.)

Some 200 staff are now in the process of setting up the stage and preparing for Sheeran’s weekend shows. The musician actually brought his own stage, weighing 1,500 tonnes, with him, as well as 55 shipping containers with other equipment.

Ed Sheeran Tickets Sell Out in Two Hours

All 30,000 tickets on offer for the Ed Sheeran concert at Laugardalsvöllur in August 2019 sold out in two and a half hours, RÚV reports. The tickets went on sale on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM and sold out in two and a half hours.

There were 24,000 people waiting to buy tickets when the sale began; 15,000 people were waiting to purchase tickets when the concert sold out.

Ed’s performance will take place on August 10, 2019. It won’t the first time he’s visited Iceland—he famously burned his foot in a hot spring when visiting the country for his 25th birthday in 2017—but it is the first time he will be playing a concert here.

Ed Sheeran to Perform First Concert in Iceland

Ed Sheeran will be playing a concert in Reykjavík as part of his 2019 world tour, mbl.is reports. As he stated in the personalized tour greeting video he recorded for Iceland, Ed has visited Iceland before as a tourist, but this is the first time he’ll be performing in the country.

Per Ed’s preference, there will be no sponsors for his concert in Iceland, nor anywhere else on his tour, and there will also be no ticket pre-sale and no tickets sold to companies. Ticket sales are limited to eight tickets per person.

Per the Iceland-specific FAQ page on his website, there are also special measures in place to “personalize” each ticket sold. This is done, the website says, “[i]n order to put a stop to the secondary ticketing market, absurd prices and fan rip-offs.” However, it also means that since the name of the ticket purchaser is printed on the tickets, “[a]t the time of admission, at least the surname printed on the ticket must correspond with the identity document to be presented; the second (and possibly third and fourth) person only receives access at the same time as the person issuing the identity card.”

Tickets, which, in Iceland, start at ISK 15,990 [$145.62; €123.63] “for pitch standing area” will go on sale everywhere at the same time: September 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Ed’s performance in Iceland will be on Saturday, August 10 at Laugardalsvöllur. Tickets will be sold through Tix.is/ED.