Slovakia is ready for Iceland and wants to win

March 25, 2008

Head coach of Slovakian national football team Ján Kocian hopes that his team will win the first game in this year on Wednesday night.  Kocian nominated 18 players and didn’t make any changes in his nomination from the last friendly match with Hungary 

He doesn’t know what to expect from Icelandic national team because Iceland is able to win hard games but also able to loose easily with such football dwarfs like Liechtenstein. Kocian compares Iceland to teams like Ireland or Wales with no lack for will. According to him the team of Slovakia must try to eliminate the most dangerous Icelandic player Eidur Smári Gudjonssen and try to make more combinations, because Iceland can easily destruct calm Slovakian way of play.  

The friendly match promises nice football with a will for win. Both teams need to win because they would like to rise in FIFA ranking.  

The head referee of the match will be Gerald Lehner with his assistants Raimund Buch and Dieter Muckenhammer from Austria.


Easter in Iceland

March 18, 2008

alamy-ad476y.jpg Easter customs in Iceland are not so special. There is almost no specific country’s tradition. During the holiday Icelanders enjoy their free time to be together or to have a family dinner.   

There will be no real holiday for Icelanders if they don’t travel. They usually go out of town or country. Icelanders loves travelling, indeed.  

Easter in Iceland begins with Holy Thursday as in many other countries of the world. The most offices closed this day and re-open their business on Tuesday. Only movie theatres stay open during the holiday.  

On Easter Sunday children receive a big Easter egg full of other sweet stuff inside from their parents and grandparents. Instead of lack of Easter Icelandic traditions, the holiday is quite nice business for shop-keepers. Chickens, rabbits, sheeps, of course big chocolate eggs (bigger means better) and other decorative symbols of coming spring can’t be missing in a house.


Football: Renewed Iceland team easy beats Faroe Islands

March 17, 2008

The match of two European football dwarfs finished better for Iceland 

Iceland with five debutants in the national team was better for all 90 minutes. First 25 minutes the team of Faroe Islands was able to emulate with Iceland when they had several chances to score. Goalkeeper Adalsteinsson first capitulated 30 seconds before break when Jónas Gudni Sævarsson headed the ball into the net completely forgotten by Faroese defence. Iceland doubled they lead in second half when Benjamínsen touched Gudmundsson´s pass to into his own net. And 7 minutes later the comfortable indoor win in Kopavogur was sealed by Tryggvi Gudmundsson himself. 

Renewed Iceland’s squad with score 3 – 0 over Faroe Islands has plans to make good results in the next World Cup qualification and looks up for better than 89th position in actual FIFA ranking. The next friendly match of Iceland is on programme on Wednesday, 26th March in Slovakia.


Icelandic football women’s team beats Finland

March 13, 2008

The national women’s football team beat Finland yesterday in final game with score 3 – 0 and finished on 7th place in Algarve Cup.  

The first goal was scored in the 12th minute by the young star Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir, the second one in 41st minute by Rakel Hönnudóttir and the third one in the 90th minute by Gudrún Sóley Gunnarsdóttir.

Margrét Lára, 21 years old footballer, became the top scorer of the tournament and it was her 8th game for national team in a row in which she scored. The young football star plans to stay in Iceland for near future and to continue to play for Valur.


Spassky at Fischer’s grave

March 12, 2008

There is no doubt that Boris Spassky, former Soviet chess champ, and Bobby Fischer, former American chess champ, were the biggest rivals in the history of chess. Fischer beat Spassky in 1972 and became first American chess champion of the world. He beat Spassky again in rematch in 1992 in former Yugoslavia. Even though they were big rivals in chess, they were also very good friends. Fischer died in January 2008 in Reykjavík where he lived since 2005. Spassky who is living in Paris came to Iceland to honour a memory of his friend at his grave.

He brought flowers, laid them down, then he straightened up and stood at Fischer´s grave for couple of minutes while wiping his eyes. Afterwards he told reporters a joke if the spot next to Bobby Fischer is available.


Women’s football: Iceland beats Portugal

March 11, 2008

Icelandic national women’s football team beat Portugal 3 – 0, yesterday. Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir scored the first two goals for Iceland in 15th and 18th minute. The last goal of Iceland was scored by the captain of the team, Katrín Jónsdóttir in 69th minute when Portuguese Seleção team regularly resignated. Iceland was definitely better team in a field for all 90 minutes. 

 

It was the final game of qualifying round C in the Algarve Cup. After this win, Iceland will play tomorrow against Finland for 7th place in the tournament.


Fabiano Caruana – another young surprise of Reykjavik Open

March 10, 2008

Caruana in action

Another young chess star, four years older than Nuzhnyk, but still only 15 years old Fabiano Caruana, is one of the biggest surprises of the Reykjavík Open 2008. After five rounds Fabiano leaded the tournament ranking ahead of Icelandic Hannes Stefansson. After 7th round, he is on the 4th place.

Fabi was born in Miami, USA to Italian parents; therefore he has dual citizenship – American and Italian. He decided to represent Italy. Caruana started to play chess when he was six years old. To pursue his professional chess career the family decided to move to Spain and Hungary. In spite of his young age, this teenager has score 2598 of ELO points, at the moment.