Iceland to play 500th game in Germany

07.01.2021 - 15:58
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It was revealed yesterday that Iceland’s first qualifying match for the 2022 men’s football world cup will be against Germany and played in Duisburg this March.

Germany plays national home games at cities around the country, rather than at a specific home stadium. 

The last national game in Duisburg was 14 years ago, in March 2007, when they lost a friendly against Denmark 1-0. Now, Germany will open their world cup qualifying campaign there against Iceland on 25th March, and will play North Macedonia at the same venue on 31st March. 

The first qualifier for both teams will also be the first national team game under coaches Arnar Þór Viðarsson and Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen. Not only that: it will also be the Icelandic men’s A-team's 500th ever match. 

Iceland will play three world cup qualifiers in March, against Germany on 25th, Armenia on 28th, and Liechtenstein on 31st. All Iceland qualifiers will be live on RÚV. 

If Ragnar Sigurðsson plays all the matches, the game in Liechtenstein will be his 100th national team cap. He has played for the national A-team 97 times as it stands today. Only Rúnar Kristinsson has played more, and is the only Icelandic player to break the 100-match barrier, having played 104 times. 

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