Iceland brings 24 players to Skopje

The national team of Iceland has arrived in Skopje for Sunday’s closing 2022 World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.

photo by KSÍ: Iceland in Bucharest

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Coach Arnar Þór Viðarsson has set an eye to a victory in Skopje in order to catch Armenia for the 4th place, the maximum the Iceland can get with the current situation in Group J. Iceland did not do well in these qualifiers but their players having just held Romania to a goalless draw are now eager to prove that they can do more.

Iceland arrived in Skopje with 24 players, but Viðarsson is facing several problems. Center forward and leading goalscorer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson has been expelled from the team since the September matches and is currently injured. Keeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson and central defender Kári Árnason retired from the national team after the September matches, central defender Jón Guðni Fjóluson has a cruciate ligament injury and will be out for a long time, while defensive midfielder Victor Pálsson, central midfielder Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson, forward Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson and star player and trequartista Gylfi Sigurðsson have all been distanced from the national team due to issues with the federation.

Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson – OH Leuven Belgium
Elías Rafn Ólafsson – Midtjylland Denmark
Hákon Rafn Valdimarsson – Elfsborg Sweden

Birkir Már Sævarsson – Valur Iceland
Ari Freyr Skúlason – Norrköping Sweden
Guðmundur Þórarinsson – New York City
Brynjar Ingi Bjarnason – Lecce Italy
Alfons Sampsted – Bodø/Glimt Norway
Daníel Leó Grétarsson – Blackpool England
Ari Leifsson – Strømsgodset Norway
Ísak Óli Ólafsson – Esbjerg Denmark

Birkir Bjarnason – Adana Demirspor Turkey
Arnór Ingvi Traustason – New England Revolution
Albert Guðmundsson – AZ Netherlands
Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson – Aarhus Denmark
Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson – København Denmark
Andri Fannar Baldursson – København Denmark
Aron Elís Þrándarson – Odense Denmark
Stefán Teitur Þórðarson – Silkeborg  Denmark
Þórir Jóhann Helgason – Lecce Italy
Mikael Egill Ellertsson – SPAL Italy

Viðar Örn Kjartansson – Vålerenga Norway
Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen – Elfsborg Sweden
Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen – Real Madrid Spain

The match will be played on Sunday at 18.00 CET at the Toshe Proeski stadium in Skopje. The tickets are in sale online at mkTickets and at several points in the capital as well as in the cities of Bitola, Gostivar, Kumanovo, Ohrid, Prilep, Tetovo and Veles.

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