Icelandic men's national handball team

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Nickname (s) Strákarnir okkar
Association Handknattleikssamband Íslands (HSÍ)
confederacy EHF
Trainer Guðmundur Guðmundsson
Most goals Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson : 1875
Most games Guðmundur Hrafnkelsson : 407
Olympic games
Participation 7 of 13 (First: 1972 )
best result Silver ( 2008 )
Handball world championship
Participation 19 of 26 (First: 1958 )
best result 5th ( 1997 )
European handball championship
Participation 10 of 12 (First: 2000 )
best result 3rd ( 2010 )
(Status: unknown)
The Icelandic men's national handball team at the 2010 European Handball Championship in Austria

The Icelandic men's handball team representing Iceland in international tournaments in men's handball .

Next to soccer, handball is the most popular sport in Iceland. The men's national team has been one of the best in the world since the 1980s.

For the first time Iceland reached the semi-finals of an international championship at the 1992 Olympic tournament . There you lost to the United Team of the countries of the former Soviet Union with 20:22. The game for the bronze medal was lost against France with 20:24.

At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Iceland achieved the greatest success in the country's sporting history when it reached the final after a 36:30 against Spain on August 22, 2008. In the final on August 24, France lost 23:28. A few minutes after the final whistle, the Icelandic President announced a public holiday, so that all Icelanders were given a day off. In the subsequent qualification for the 2009 Handball World Cup, Iceland surprisingly failed to Macedonia.

Another semifinal participation was achieved at the 2010 European Championships . There the team lost again to France, but then won the bronze medal with a 29:26 victory over Poland.

At the Olympic Games in London in 2012 , Iceland reached the final round as the group first without a loss point, but lost the quarter-finals against Hungary just 33:34. Following the tournament Guðmundur Guðmundsson ended his activity as national coach. His successor was Aron Kristjánsson , who resigned from the Icelandic team at the 2016 European Championships after the preliminary round . In March 2016, Geir Sveinsson took over as coach. After the European Championship 2018 , Guðmundur Guðmundsson took over the coaching position of the national team again.

Participation in championships (hall)

Olympic games

Handball world championship

European handball championship

Current squad

No. Surname Date of birth society position size
20th Ágúst Elí Björgvinsson 04/11/1995 IK Sävehof TW 1.86
1 Björgvin Páll Gústavsson May 24, 1985 Skjern Håndbold TW 1.93
16 Viktor Gísli Hallgrímsson 07/24/2000 GOG Håndbold TW 2.03
8th Bjarki Már Elísson May 16, 1990 TBV Lemgo LA 1.91
9 Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 08/08/1979 Paris Saint-Germain LA 1.96
17th Arnór Þór Gunnarsson 10/23/1987 Bergischer HC RA 1.80
22nd Sigvaldi Guðjónsson 07/04/1994 Elverum Håndball RA 1.91
Circular rotor
21st Arnar Freyr Arnarsson 03/14/1996 GOG Håndbold KM 2.01
3 Kári Kristján Kristjánsson 10/28/1984 ÍBV Vestmannaeyja KM 1.94
Sveinn Jóhannsson 06/16/1999 SønderjyskE Håndbold KM 1.95
11 Ýmir Örn Gíslason 07/01/1997 Valur Reykjavík KM 1.92
Back room
4th Aron Pálmarsson 07/19/1990 FC Barcelona RL 1.92
13 Ólafur Guðmundsson May 13, 1990 IFK Kristianstad RL 1.94
15th Daníel Þór Ingason 11/15/1995 Ribe-Esbjerg HH RL 1.95
25th Elvar Örn Jónsson 08/31/1997 Skjern Håndbold RM 1.85
24 Haukur Þrastarson 01/14/2001 UMF Selfoss RM 1.92
33 Janus Daði Smárason 01/01/1995 Aalborg Håndbold RM 1.84
15th Alexander Petersson 07/02/1980 Rhine-Neckar lion RR 1.86
28 Viggó Kristjánsson 12/09/1993 HSG Wetzlar RR 1.90

As of December 16, 2019

Well-known former national players

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Champion in five countries and Olympic silver: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson with the end of his career, accessed on April 29, 2020
  2. A small country with a great love, August 7, 2012, accessed on December 9, 2012
  3. France takes first handball Gold Focus online, August 24, 2008, accessed on December 9, 2012
  4. The whole of Iceland is excited about the handball final with Focus online, 23 August 2008, accessed on 9 December 2012
  5. Aron Kristjánsson lætur af störfum , accessed on January 22, 2016
  6. Iceland has a new national coach: Former Bundesliga coach takes on responsibility , accessed on March 31, 2016
  7. Guðmundur getur komið okkur í Fremdstu röð , accessed on February 7, 2018