The men who will lead the national team this evening

14.10.2020 - 16:14
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Iceland’s men’s national football team will be led in their UEFA Nations League match at home against Belgium this evening by an unfamiliar coaching team.

Arnar Þór Viðarsson, Davíð Snorri Jónasson, and Þórður Þórðarson are registered as the team’s coaches this evening, as all regular coaches and other vital support staff are in COVID-19 quarantine.

Arnar Þór Viðarsson is 42 and played 52 games for the national team, scoring two goals between 1998 and 2007. He grew up with FH in Hafnarfjörður and is best known as a player for Lokeren and Cercle Brügge--which are appropriately both Belgian clubs, given tonight’s opponents. He has since coached at both clubs as well. He is the Iceland U21 head coach today. 

Davíð Snorri, aged 33, is the Iceland U17 head coach and U19 assistant coach. He is also a close colleague of the senior team assistant coach Freyr Alexandersson, who is in quarantine. 

Þórður Þórðarson (pictured) is the stand-in goalkeeping coach in the absence of Lars Eriksson. Þórður is 48 and was a professional goalkeeper for 12 years with ÍA, Norrköping in Sweden, KA, and Valur. He played one game for the national team: a friendly against Cyprus in 1996. He has been a coach since 2008; most notably for the national women’s team. 

Head and assistant coaches Erik Hamrén and Freyr Alexandersson will watch the game from a sealed glass room at Laugardalsvöllur stadium and will be in live radio contact with their replacements, running proceedings remotely. Despite not being registered as the coaches tonight, they are expected to make most of the major decision during the game. 

The Iceland-Belgium game starts at 18.45 (UTC). RÚV will feature live radio commentary in Icelandic on Rás 2. 

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager
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