I’m looking for an old football programme from Iceland. Where can I look?

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We admit we’re a little out of our depth with this one as the original question specifically referred to a 1967 match between Aberdeen and KR.

Although we have already outlined some tips for antique hunters looking for Icelandic used books, vintage coins, stamps, and so on, we thought this was also a good opportunity to point amateur researchers and historians to some useful resources.

Tímarit (timarit.is) is an excellent place to begin if you’re looking for anything historical in Iceland. It’s a digitised database of nearly every newspaper that’s been in print in Iceland for the last century, meaning that every day’s headlines reaching back to the turn of the century are available for browsing, free, anywhere in the world. Other periodicals are also available on Tímarit as well.

A quick search turned up the daily news coverage of the match in question, for example.

Another useful resource that’s more specialised, but still worth pointing out, is handrit.is.

At Handrit, you can access digitised versions of manuscripts found in several major manuscript collections, such as the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, and collections at the National Library of Iceland.

While generally a tool for scholarly research, it’s free to use for all. Amateur historians can, for example, peruse the recently rediscovered manuscripts found in the archives at Handrit, and also access the original sources for much of mediaeval Icelandic literature.

‘It’s the worst country I’ve ever been to’: Polish Football Player Leaves Iceland, Cites Xenophobia, Discrimination

Polish football player Chris Jastrzembski, formerly of UMF Selfoss in South Iceland, joined the team prior to the start of the current season and made 13 league and cup appearances before transferring to Prey Veng in Cambodia last month. Vísir reports that Jastrzembski endured repeated xenophobic comments and discrimination on the basis of his nationality while living and working in Iceland.

The 25-year-old defender opened up about his experience in Iceland in an interview with the Polish paper Gazeta on Thursday.

“It’s the worst country I’ve ever been to,” he said. “I will never go back. Many Poles live there and they’re fine, but my experience of Icelanders is terrible. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. People are sorted into categories there.”

“The club treated me worse because I have a Polish passport. From day one, those people had no respect for me.”

In the interview, Jastrzembski recalled an incident in which he was putting up scaffolding at the stadium in Selfoss. He was doing so from a ladder that an Icelandic woman was holding for him.

“Then the boss came and told her to stop helping me because the wind wasn’t that strong, and I’d be fine. The woman left and I fell,” Jastrzembski said, adding that the woman had felt bad about the accident and he’d told her not to worry. The supervisor then began speaking to her in Icelandic and she translated what he said for Jastrzembski. According to the woman, what the Icelandic man said was: “To hell with him. He’s just a Pole. If he dies, there are plenty of Poles who can take his place.”

‘Requested to be released from his contract for personal reasons’

In a Facebook post about Jastrzembski’s departure from the team in July, the team wrote:

“Defender Chris Jastrzembski has played his last game for Selfoss. The player requested to be released from his contract with the club for personal reasons and the club has granted that request. Chris joined the team in the winter and played 13 games this summer and scored one goal. We thank Chris for his time here in Selfoss and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Prior to playing for UMF Selfoss, Jastrzembski played in the Faroe Islands, Germany, and for Poland’s national youth football team.

Unbeaten Iceland Out of European Championships

Iceland is out of the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship after a tie game against France. Iceland landed in third place in their group after all three of their matches – against Belgium, Italy, and France – ended in 1-1 ties. Team captain Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir told RÚV she is proud of the team’s efforts, though the result is disappointing.

Iceland’s women’s team gave their all during last night’s match against France. Though they did not win, the tie result was nevertheless impressive, as the French team had won their last 17 matches, and only lost one of their last 33 games.

“We showed character and gave the French a proper match today,” Sara Björk stated in an interview after the game. “We were playing against one of the best national teams in the world and we have a damn good chance. It was a great game. Our best one in the championship. Unbelievably proud of the team and the group.”

The result, though disappointing, can still be seen as an improvement from the last UEFA Championship, in 2017, when Iceland lost all of its matches.

Six National Team Players Accused of Violence and Sexual Assault

Former national team member Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Six members of Iceland’s men’s national football team have been accused of sexual assault. The board of the Football Association of Iceland received a confidential email from activist group Öfgar naming six members of the team and dates of their alleged violent and sexual offences, according to mbl.is sources. The national team coach was also accused of belittling the alleged victims in the wording of his statements to media.

Aron Einar Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, and Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson have all been named in Icelandic media in relation to violent or sexual offences. The other three players remain unnamed. The players will not play on the national team while the cases are being investigated.

Read More: Football Association Accused of Silencing Sexual Assault

Sigurbjörg Sigurpálsdóttir, Sports and Youth Activities Communication Counselor is overseeing the investigation. Her position was created last spring under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture to address bullying and violence in sports and youth activities and to “contribute to a safe environment within sports and youth activities” as per the position’s official website.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a more accurate photo.


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Icelandic Football Team Qualifies for Euro 2022

Iceland’s National Women’s Football Team has qualified for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro. The team ensured their place in the European tournament with a 1-0 win over Hungary on Tuesday.

The Icelandic team finished the qualifying tournament with a score of 19, landing them in second place in their group, behind Sweden. Teams were separated into nine groups in the qualifiers, with the team in the top spot of each group automatically qualified for the championship. In addition, three second-place teams qualify for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro, and the Icelandic team had to rely on other match results to ensure their spot. Luckily, in the end, their performance ensured them the chance to compete in the 2022 tournament.

“It would have been fun to celebrate after the game today, but it is a crazy feeling to have secured our place at the European Championships,” National Team midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir told RÚV. “We had an incredibly strong team in this qualifier. We were well prepared for the 2017 Euros but I personally did not feel we had a good tournament. We were not able to show what we had in us and now we have the opportunity. The group has gotten stronger and strong players have joined the group.”

Sara Björk won the UEFA European Champion’s League this year with her team Olympique Lyonnais, becoming the first Icelander to do so.

The 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro will take place in England.

English Footballers Fined for Breaking Quarantine in Iceland

English national football players Mason Greenwood (18) and Phil Foden (20) have been fined ISK 250,000 ($1,780/€1,510) each for breaking quarantine rules while in Iceland for a match with England’s national men’s team last weekend, Vísir reports. The players have both issued apologies for meeting two Icelandic women in their hotel, a violation of the “working quarantine” regulations visiting athletes are required to follow.

Foden, who has a girlfriend and one-year-old son, has issued an apology on his Twitter page. In the statement, he admitted to breaching COVID-19 protocols, calling it a “poor decision” that “didn’t meet the standards expected of [him].” Foden apologised to team manager Gareth Southgate, as well as staff, supporters, and his family.

Greenwood’s apology, issued via Manchester United, was more concise. “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,” it reads. “It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.” Greenwood also apologised to Southgate and promised he would learn from the incident.

Women Express Regret

The two women who met with Greenwood and Foden have both expressed regret over the incident, stating they were not aware the players were in quarantine. Lára Clausen (18), one of the young women, posted a series of videos on her Instagram account last night taking responsibility for recording the videos of the players, which she says were leaked from her private Snapchat account. Lára called the meeting a “huge mistake and complete thoughtlessness” on her part. “I honestly had no idea how famous these boys were. I don’t follow football and never have and had no idea what I was putting on the internet.” Lára stated that the players did not tell the women they were in quarantine.  “If we had known better we would have never gone, knowing they were in quarantine.”

Nadía Sif Líndal, the other local who met with the players, posted several Instagram stories insisting that she did not know the players were in quarantine and did not record the Snapchat videos or leak them to the media. Both girls have faced harassment on social media due to the incident. Politicians Hanna Katrín Friðriksson and Helga Vala Helgadóttir are among several public figures that have denounced the vitriol. “Raise your hand if you’ve never done anything stupid,” Helga Vala wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. “Shouldn’t we give them a bit of a break?”

English Footballers Break Quarantine in Reykjavík

By inviting Icelandic women into their hotel rooms, two English national team members broke quarantine rules in Iceland. Players Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were in the country with the English men’s national football team to play a match against Iceland this past weekend. Snapchat stories show the two broke “working quarantine” rules that apply to visiting athletes.

Martyn Ziegler of UK paper The Times reports that the two did not travel home with the rest of the squad after the Iceland match. England’s national football team manager Gareth Southgate stated the two players have apologised and said “nothing happened” in the areas the team occupied in the Reykjavík hotel.

Athletes visiting Iceland from abroad for the purpose of matches or competitions are not required to undergo double testing and five-day quarantine that applies to most travellers. They are instead subject to strict “working quarantine” guidelines that prohibit most activities outside of their work.

Greenwood and Foden were not at practice this morning, as they must remain isolated from their team members.

At a COVID-19 briefing in Reykjavík today, Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, Assistant to the Chief Superintendent was asked whether the two players would be fined for the violation. Rögnvaldur stated that Capital Area Police were investigating the incident and the case was nearly closed.

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Sara Björk Wins European Championship

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Icelandic football player Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir has won the 2020 UEFA Champions League alongside her team Olympique Lyonnais. In the finals last Saturday, Sara became the first Icelander to score a goal in a European championship match. Lyon snatched the title with a 3-1 victory against Sara’s former club Wolfsburg.

“I’m just coming back down to Earth and realising that I’ve become a European champion,” the midfielder said in an interview with Vísir yesterday. “It’s been a dream and a goal for a really long time. It’s unbelievably sweet to have the title in your hands.”

Lyon, which has often been called the strongest women’s team in the world, acquired Sara just this year. The club is defending champion of Division 1 Féminine, having won the league for 14 consecutive seasons, a world record in any sport. This is its seventh Champions League title.

Sara thanked her well-wishers in an Instagram post this morning, saying she was “proud to be an Icelander.” She dedicated her title to the girls and boys who dream of making a career in football. “There are no limits.”