team Iceland

Rarely, a national bank holiday is given to a country from it’s government because of handball - this history happened in Iceland one day after the handball team sensationally won their first ever Olympic silver for their country in 2008 in Beijing. Though ten years have gone by since this big success of Icelandic sports, some of those Olympic heroes are still in the current team, including Icelandic record player and scorer Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson and goalkeeper Björgvin Pal Gustavsson. Besides, both won the 2010 EURO bronze medal at Vienna with Iceland. In the last years, the Vikings could not continue this series of success, their last top result was the fifth position at the London Olympic Games. They re-engaged the mastermind behind the 2008 silver medal, former Danish national team coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson. After steering the Danes to the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, he had taken over Bahrain, leading them to the silver medal at the Asian championship and the 2019 World Championship. Now he will continue where it all started.

Competition records:

World Championship match results: 1958: 10, 1961: 6, 1964: 9, 1970: 11, 1974: 14, 1978: 13, 1986: 6, 1990: 10, 1993: 8; 1995: 14, 1997: 5, 2001: 11, 2003: 7, 2005: 15, 2007: 8, 2011: 6, 2013: 12, 2015: 11, 2017: 14

Olympic Games match results: 1972: 12, 1984: 6, 1988: 8, 2004: 9, 2008: SILVER, 2012: 5.

European Championship match results: 2000: 11, 2002: 4, 2004: 13, 2006: 7, 2008: 11, 2010: BRONZE, 2012: 10, 2014: 5, 2016: 13, 2018: 13

Qualification for Denmark/Germany 2019: winner of the European Playoff against Lithuania

Coach: Gudmundur Gudmundsson