Iceland has become the media darling of Euro 2016. The team from the tiny country was one of the expansion teams added to this year’s tournament, and has overcome the odds to advance to the round of 16. After tying with Portugal and then Hungary, Iceland went on to defeat powerhouse Austria 2-1 in the last second on Wednesday. The reaction of the Icelandic announcer is one for the books.
The full video and a translation is at the Reykjavík Grapevine:
“It’s all open! Theodór Elmar is alone here on their side of the pitch. They are three on two! Emmi (short for Elmar)! Go into the box! Go into the box! EMMI! Ahhh… Yes… yaaaaa… yaaaaaaaaa… JAAAAA… JAAAAA… Jarghaah… we are winning this! We are through to the final 16! We are through to the final 16! We are winning Austria! The voice has gone! But that doesn´t matter! We have qualified! Arnór Yngvi Traustason scores! Iceland two Austria one! Þvílíkt og annað eins*! Þvílíkt og annað eins! What? The final whistle has been blown here, and never, ever have I felt so good! Arnór Yngvi Traustason securing our first victory! Never lost! Don’t forget… never lost! But the first victory a fact! Iceland two Austria one! Thanks for coming Austria! Thanks for coming!”
The Reykjavík Grapevine, an English language magazine that’s always a treat, is following the saga on its Twitter account with some awesome Tweets, from before the tournament started to trash talking the next opponent.
The image at the top is from the Reykjavík Grapevine Instagram account, featuring the art of Hugleikur Dagsson. The Grapevine has been pointing much of its trash talk toward Cristiano Ronaldo of Spain’s Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team, the biggest soccer star of the day …so far. Iceland plays England next, on June 27th.