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05-03-2010, 02:49 PM
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Hence their silver medal in Olympic handball.

They're also much better at the football than you would expect (average fifa ranking: 68th, just above Canada).

If anything, that's pretty impressive for such a small country.
Handball is only popular in a handful of countries though, mostly the other Scandinavian countries. Still impressive, but the competition is basically only coming from the other Scandinavian countries.

The FIFA ranking is downright shocking to me, though.


My experience there in August basically brought nothing up in sports. The league soccer games in Reykjavik may as well not have existed considering sparse attendance in a miniscule stadium, but I'm sure they probably watch the better European leagues. In general though I just never saw anything sports related there outside of a English-styled pub showing the Premiership (I actually watched a couple games with the locals...good times, though most of them weren't native Icelanders, but were Irishmen who married Icelandic women and moved there). I saw an Icelandic soccer/football jersey in the airport, but that was it. Team sports just aren't that important in the day-to-day lives...and when you're surrounded by the impeccable beauty that is Iceland its not unsurprising. Here in Montana outside of college football team sports are non-existent, replaced by hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc.


That's my view as an outsider who's experience with Iceland was only a week in person and a the input of an Icelandic friend who I studied abroad with.



I really want just one Icelandic player to make it into the NHL at some point though. I love everything about that place.

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05-03-2010, 09:30 PM
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Handball is only popular in a handful of countries though, mostly the other Scandinavian countries. Still impressive, but the competition is basically only coming from the other Scandinavian countries.

The FIFA ranking is downright shocking to me, though.

My experience there in August basically brought nothing up in sports. The league soccer games in Reykjavik may as well not have existed considering sparse attendance in a miniscule stadium, but I'm sure they probably watch the better European leagues. In general though I just never saw anything sports related there outside of a English-styled pub showing the Premiership (I actually watched a couple games with the locals...good times, though most of them weren't native Icelanders, but were Irishmen who married Icelandic women and moved there). I saw an Icelandic soccer/football jersey in the airport, but that was it. Team sports just aren't that important in the day-to-day lives...and when you're surrounded by the impeccable beauty that is Iceland its not unsurprising. Here in Montana outside of college football team sports are non-existent, replaced by hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc.

That's my view as an outsider who's experience with Iceland was only a week in person and a the input of an Icelandic friend who I studied abroad with.

I really want just one Icelandic player to make it into the NHL at some point though. I love everything about that place.
Enjoyed this thread, here are a few facts:
The most popular sport is soccer (the most boring game ever), second after that is probably golf and then handball. We have allot of players in European leagues, including the UK premier league. The biggest handball nations besides Iceland are Germany, France, the old Soviet Union nations and the east Europe nations... and the other Scandinavians. USA and Canada have national teams as in handball as well and probably more money and ppl to work with so....
We have three rinks, two in Reykjavík and one in Akureyri, the first two (one in Reykjavík and one in Akureyri) got built some 10 years ago and were the first real rinks in the country. The third one got build just few years ago.
It will take a little more time to build up a competitive team internationally. It's true that there's only 300k of us but you just wait
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Handball is only popular in a handful of countries though, mostly the other Scandinavian countries. Still impressive, but the competition is basically only coming from the other Scandinavian countries.
The other two countries on the podium were France and Spain. Hardly Scandinavian countries. Handball is not really a global sport, but it is popular in as many countries as ice hockey is.


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My experience there in August basically brought nothing up in sports. The league soccer games in Reykjavik may as well not have existed considering sparse attendance in a miniscule stadium, but I'm sure they probably watch the better European leagues.
Local football league attendance is not really minuscule given the population: almost half of Slovakia's and bigger than Slovenia's http://www.european-football-statistics.co.uk/attn.htm So they do seem to be more into football than some if not most other countries, however small their national stadium may be.

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When the WCs are played in Reykjavik and volcanic ash prevents any other teams from coming.

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Handball is only popular in a handful of countries though, mostly the other Scandinavian countries. Still impressive, but the competition is basically only coming from the other Scandinavian countries.
Nah not only the Scandinavian countries. It's also quite popular in Eastern Europe and Russia. Not that i understand them, though. The game sucks.

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Iceland's a joke...They lost to Israel; a Norse country losing to a giant desert at a winter sport. What fail!
That's like a team from Florida or California winning the Stanley Cup.

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Handball is only popular in a handful of countries though, mostly the other Scandinavian countries. Still impressive, but the competition is basically only coming from the other Scandinavian countries.
Handball >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hockey

As far as popularity is concerned.

From wiki: By July 2009, the IHF (The International Handball Federation) listed 166 member federations - approximately 795,000 teams and 19 million players

If all 1,443,498 hockey players would be divided into all handball teams, there would only be 2 players per team. I agree that it's a dumb sport, but it's way more popular than hockey.


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Greenland is part of the Danish empire. There exist none official national teams from Greenland in any sports. I know Greenland has a national team in soccer but they can't play in any official tournaments.
It's rather irrelevant to the thread, but just for the sake of being precise:

Greenland actually has a national team in handball (see a pattern here?), and all things considering they're actually not that bad. They even managed to qualify for the World Championships a few times (they play in the North American qualifying group, and they beat Canada and US on a regular basis). I suppose most (or all) of their players play in Denmark, even if the only one I can remember off-hand is Jakob Larsen, formerly of GOG. I would be surprised if there is a better player to be found in NA though.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenla..._handball_team

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