This year’s Cinderella story at Euro2016 is obviously Iceland. The country barely has any people, just over 300,000 of them, and is best known as a popular layover for people taking cheap Icelandair flights to Europe. But they can obviously play soccer there.
The play of the national team has been so good that they not only escaped the group stage but also finished off an England manager (Roy Hodgson) and made it all the way to the final eight of this tournament, where they take on the France on Sunday. Their success has captured the imagination of the world’s sports fans — many of them amused by the Iceland play-by-play guy’s crazed reaction to every goal.
Since it is clear this Iceland squad is completely overmatched against France (Euro2016 hosts) and will surely be eliminated, here is a timely piece from ESPN about their amazing run and the reaction in that country. It’s been fun while it’s lasted.
Update: And so it ends, 5-2. In the semifinal round it will be France versus Germany, and Portugal versus Wales. (Wales?!)