FCA striker Alfred Finnbogason made national team history this week: for the first time in their history Iceland qualified for a World Cup. After his return to Augsburg, Finnbogason reflected on the decisive match against Kosovo, the celebrations in Reykjavik and the anticipation for next summer’s competition.
Welcome back to Augsburg, Alfred, and many congratulations. You’ve qualified for the World Cup – Iceland are going to Russia 2018. How have the past couple of days been?
Finnbogason: “Thank you very much! The whole nation has been celebrating because it’s the first time ever that we’ve qualified for a World Cup. Everyone knows how small our country is – things like this don’t happen every day. The past few days have been crazy! When I think back to the game against Turkey, that was one of the most challenging fixtures we could’ve had, and we came out 3-0 winners. But also the game against Kosovo, those two matches were just brilliant team performances.
Iceland is the smallest country in terms of population size to qualify for the World Cup. The final whistle after the match against Kosovo must have sparked amazing scenes in Iceland.
Finnbogason: “Absolutely! All my family and friends were in the stadium. There was a big party until the early hours of the morning. Everyone here celebrated the qualification!”
We’re intrigued! How did you celebrate – tell us!
Finnbogason: “After the game the whole team went to the main square in Reykjavik. There was a stage and an Icelandic rapper performed. We celebrated the win with the fans before going to a private party with family and friends, the whole Icelandic football association was there. Iceland’s a small country so it really was a fun celebration. We had good reason to (laughs)!”