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Argentina draw becomes most-watched Iceland sporting TV event in history

Smallest country to feature in World Cup made huge domestic TV debut, with 99.6% of everybody watching TV tuning inIceland’s National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, has announced that 99.6% of Icelanders who were watching television on Saturday afternoon c…

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Joy, despair and crunching tackles: the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the opening four days of the World Cup 2018• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Lionel Messi penalty saved by Halldórsson as Iceland hold Argentina

With 64 minutes gone on a tight, bruising afternoon Argentina finally seemed to have found a break in a game in which their revered attack struggled to find its gears against an excellent Iceland team.The score was already 1-1, as it would finish. Icel…

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World Cup 2018: Argentina v Iceland – live!

Latest updates from the 2pm BST Group D kick-offFrance 2-1 Australia: Pogba rescues stuttering sideFeel free to drop your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 1.55pm BST The players emerge from the tunnel, with both sides looking very relaxed. Right h…

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Argentina beware: Iceland’s warriors show size does not matter | Jorge Valdano

Argentina’s first opponents are following in the tradition of Uruguay by achieving big results from such a small base and it may require Leo Messi’s genius to crack their rock-like resolveHow many inhabitants does a country need before we have a right …

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Iceland’s Heimir Hallgrímsson: I have one of the best jobs in the world

The manager of the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup says: ‘If we qualify for the last 16, we shouldn’t fear anyone’Less than a week after Iceland had finally packed up and left Annecy, Heimir Hallgrímsson went back. The Alpine town had b…

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading…

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Iceland World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Heimir Hallgrímsson has adapted the team’s shape but a tight-knit unit will depend on key players returning from injuryThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations fr…

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Hannes Thór Halldórsson: keeper and film director ready for Iceland sequel

Early failures in the Icelandic lower divisions did not deter their No 1, whose other career brings perks for his team-matesThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisatio…

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Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson may miss World Cup after damaging knee joint

• Iceland midfielder faces scan to determine length of layoff• World Cup now a concern for the influential playmakerEverton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is to see a specialist amid concerns his season has been ended by a knee injury which could also put his Worl…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…

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Bristol City’s Hordur Magnusson: ‘The Iceland mentality is quite different’ | Ben Fisher

Bristol City’s Hordur Magnusson recalls Iceland’s shock win over England as Roy Hodgson, the beaten manager that day, brings Crystal Palace to Ashton GateHordur Magnusson is speaking about an unforgettable 18 months playing for Iceland when he is remin…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Germany on top among qualified 23 | Nick Ames

Twenty-three nations have booked their places for the World Cup in Russia, with the holders and Brazil looking in good shape but we rank England in 13th place, below Iceland

If the world champions were frustrated by their failure to win continental honours at Euro 2016 they have certainly taken it out on everyone else since. Germany won 10 qualifying games out of 10 and, even if San Marino’s presence in Group C needs taking into account, a record 43 goals scored suggests things are back in their old working order. So too did their Confederations Cup title in July, achieved with an experimental squad; Joachim Low can select from an unrivalled depth of talent and, while winning back-to-back World Cups remain a huge task, none of next summer’s contenders has an equivalent selection of tools with which to tackle the different challenges they will face.

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Iceland get the party started after showing they are no one-hit wonders

Iceland are going to their first World Cup and have reached the big time again without losing any of their small-time charm, with the coach addressing fans in a bar before the decisive win over Kosovo

Amid the flurry of bodies there was, fleetingly, a moment when Gylfi Sigurdsson just wanted to take it all in. Three hours had passed since full-time and the music had never really stopped; now Iceland’s players and staff were dancing on stage with the local rapper Emmsje Gauti and if a football match is exertion enough then this, feeding from the energy of the thousands who had greeted them on Ingolfstorg Square, was an exercise fuelled purely by adrenaline. Sigurdsson paused, puffed out his cheeks slightly and had a word in the ear of his team‑mate and captain, Aron Gunnarsson. Both men glanced at the blue-clad throng in front of them, and back at each other. The grins that spread across their faces rendered further conversation unnecessary.

“I thought that, after the Euros, the toughest thing to do would be to restart,” the Iceland manager, Heimir Hallgrimsson, had said back at the Laugardalsvollur stadium, which emptied swiftly after the 2-0 victory against Kosovo in order that the celebrations might continue in Reykjavik city centre. “The first beer the day after a party is not good-tasting; I think tomorrow it won’t taste as good as now.”

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Celebrations as Iceland become smallest country to qualify for World Cup – video

Icelanders celebrate after sealing a place in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik. The victory makes Iceland the smallest nation to have qualified for a World Cup. Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored five minutes before half-time and set up the second for Johann Berg Gudmundsson midway through the second half. 

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Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

• Win over Kosovo secures place at World Cup 2018 in Russia
• Serbia seal qualification, Croatia confirm play-off place

Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team knew a win against Group I’s bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time.

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Spain seal finals spot while Iceland take giant stride towards first World Cup

• Pique again the target of jeers as Spain seal place in Russia
• Iceland edge closer, while Italy are held by Macedonia

Spain sealed their place in next year’s World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania, while Iceland are on the verge of their first finals after recording a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Turkey in Istanbul.

First-half goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago helped make it eight wins from nine matches in Group G for Julen Lopetegui’s unbeaten Spain side, in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.

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Spain seal finals spot while Iceland take giant stride towards first World Cup

• Pique again the target of jeers as Spain seal place in Russia
• Iceland edge closer, while Italy are held by Macedonia

Spain sealed their place in next year’s World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania, while Iceland are on the verge of their first finals after recording a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Turkey in Istanbul.

First-half goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago helped make it eight wins from nine matches in Group G for Julen Lopetegui’s unbeaten Spain side, in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.

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World Cup qualifiers: previews for five of the week’s most intriguing matches

A look at Scotland v Slovakia, Northern Ireland v Germany, Montenegro v Denmark, Turkey v Iceland and Bulgaria v France

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Slovakia’s visit to Glasgow is enormous for Gordon Strachan’s men, who know they will finish second in Group F if they win their final two qualifying games. Anything other than a win on Thursday night will probably be too little for Scotland. Defeat would end their hopes entirely, leaving Slovakia and Slovenia to fight it out for a top-two spot with England; while a draw would give Slovakia a one-point advantage before the final round of fixtures, when they have a favourable home game against Malta. Jan Kozak’s side wouldn’t be disheartened with a share of the spoils provided their neighbours Slovenia, who are also in with a shout of qualifying, don’t spring an upset at Wembley.

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