Things to know about Super Eagles' World Cup foes Iceland
World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 02/12/2017
Nigeria will play Iceland in their second group match at the 2018 World Cup, and it could be a game that will determine the Super Eagles’ fate at the biggest football showpiece. Both countries will meet for only the first time at senior level in Russia, and in some way, could determine both side’s fate at the mundial.The Nordic country are on a high, and their football is on the rise – a rise which is believed to have been precipitated by their quarterfinal finish at the last Euros in France. While not being one of the more famous football countries from Europe, one must not ignore how far they have come.Here, we take a look at some of the things you may not know about the Iceland national football team.Who are their top players?Gylfi Sigurðsson readily comes to mind, as he plays in the Premier League in England. The former Tottenham and Swansea midfielder currently plays for Everton, and is the most recognizable name in the current team, but there are others who equally make them thick.The likes of Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and captain Aron Gunnarsson are key members of the team, and have both contributed immensely to how they have been able to grow in leaps and bounds.Who is their coach?The Icelanders are currently led by Heimir Hallgrímsson. The 50-year old mostly coached female teams in Iceland, before becoming assistant to former coach Lars Lagerback in 2011. He became co-head coach with Lagerback in 2013, and together they reached the quarterfinals of the last Euros, before he led them to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup after Lagerback stepped down.What is their style of play?