Women’s Euro 2022 team guide No 15: Iceland | Iceland women’s football team

This article is part of the Guardian’s Women’s Euro 2022 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organizations from the 16 countries who have qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 6 July.

Overview

Iceland may have finished second in qualifying Group F but had won enough points to reach England 2022 as one of the best runners-up. “We have reached the finals three times before and this time we want to make our mark on the competition,” the captain, Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, told Morgunbladid after the decisive victory in Budapest back in December 2020.

“We are all very excited to play in England, on some of the country’s most famous stadiums and I think this will be a fantastic tournament. She later criticised the organizers for some of their stadium choices, with Iceland due to play two games at the Manchester City Academy ground, which were quickly sold out. “I’m a little bit disappointed with some of the stadiums that we got,” she told the Their Pitch podcast. “It’s shocking. You’re playing in England, you have so many stadiums, and we have a training ground from City. It’s just embarrassing. ”

The coach who achieved the qualification, Jón Thór Hauksson, will not be in England with the team, however, having had to resign after using inappropriate language towards some of the players under the influence of alcohol following that decisive win.

Thorsteinn Halldórsson will be the man in charge in England, having taken over in January 2021 and he is likely to get his team to line up in a 4-3-3 formation. They will go into the tournament confidently having taken 18 points from the 18 available against Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia and drawing at home against Sweden before losing away 2-0.