New Coach Speaks Out on the Case of Gylfi Þór

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Åge Hareide, the newly appointed coach of the Icelandic men’s national football team, has commented on the situation involving Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson to Norwegian media. Notably, Åge’s contract with the Football Association of Iceland was barely finalized when it was announced that the charges against Gylfi Þór had been dropped.

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As IR has reported, Gylfi Þór had been accused of multiple offences against an underage individual. Now, the new National Men’s Football coach has spoken openly about the matter. The 69-year-old coach said that he is on his way to Iceland today, Monday, to meet with his staff at the Icelandic national team.

“He hasn’t played for a long time. He was possibly the best player Iceland has ever had. He ended up in a difficult position. I hope he puts on his shoes again. All teams can benefit from a player with his abilities,” said Åge when asked about Gylfi Þór.

Gylfi Þór has not played football since 2021, when he was arrested. With the case against him now dropped, he will be available for selection by the national team.

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Coach Hareide said he hoped the player would return to playing soon and that he had not decided on how to handle the situation around him. “I know very little about this matter. I need to look into it further before I say more,” replied Åge when asked if he would personally contact Gylfi Þór.

Vanda Sigurgeirsdóttir, the chairperson of the Football Association of Iceland, has stated that there is nothing stopping Gylfi Þór from being selected for the national team in the future, now that the charges have been dropped.

Men’s Football Team Takes on Turkey in Clutch Match

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The Men’s National Football Team will compete against Turkey this afternoon in a crucial match for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Two rounds are left of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Turkey sits at the top of Group H with 19 points (level with France) and will advance to the UEFA European Championship if it manages a tie against Iceland. Iceland, on the other hand, is in third place with 15 points and must win the next two matches to advance (while also hoping that Turkey loses points against Andorra on Sunday).

In the event that Iceland loses against Turkey, the team may still qualify via play-offs next March. It remains unclear what teams will advance through to the play-off round. It will not be determined until after the qualifiers.

Iceland will play without team captain Aron Gunnarsson (Al-Arabi) and fellow midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley), both of whom are injured. Turkey will be without forward Cenk Tosun (Everton) who is injured. Team captain, Emre Belözoğlu (Fenerbahçe), remains a doubt.

The match will begin at 17:00 and it will be played at the Türk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul (home stadium of Galtasaray S.K.). The match will be broadcast live on RÚV.

Iceland qualified for the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2016. The team advanced through the group stages and secured a 2-1 victory against England in the round of 16. The lost 2-5 against France in the quarter-finals.