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The Iceland stars who could earn big-money moves this summer

10:30 GMT+3 03/07/2016
Iceland players Euro 2016
The Euro 2016 underdogs have become renowned for their teamwork but there is plenty of individual talent within the squad deserving of a chance at a higher club level

The team on everyone's mind at Euro 2016 is Iceland. Forged together by Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson, this impressive band of outsiders have taken out Austria and, in stunning style, England. While teamwork plays a key part of Iceland's strategy, there can be no denying that individuals have also stood out in their ranks. 

Some have been on the radar of Europe's biggest clubs and could be ready to make a move this summer as a result of their heroic efforts in France. Whatever the result at Stade de France against the hosts on Sunday, certain Icelanders have done enough to prove that they can cut it at the highest level.


A mainstay of the Iceland defence for the best part of a decade, it is only now that the 30-year-old is receiving wider recognition. Sigurdsson is currently playing for FK Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League, the club he helped to a fourth-place finish last season.

He moved to Russia from Copenhagen in Denmark, where he picked up plenty of European experience, and looks destined now to play his football at a higher level. Sigurdsson has already been linked with Premier League high-flyers Leicester City and Tottenham and the player himself has admitted that his agent has been fielding enquiries on the back of his performances at Euro 2016.

His was the goal which brought Iceland level against England in the last 16, while his presence at set pieces in both boxes marks him out as a strong asset for any interested clubs.


Gunnarsson has already provided the iconic image of Euro 2016 by leading legions of Iceland fans through their 'Hu' thunder-clap celebration following their win against England.

He is the natural leader of his country. Despite the presence of plenty of more experienced heads, Gunnarsson was entrusted with the captaincy at age 23. The core of this Iceland team established itself on the continental stage with qualification to the European Under-21 Championship in 2011, where Gunnarsson played alongside the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

The 27-year-old has since become the beating heart of the midfield at senior level, pressing out of possession and snapping into challenges. His ability from long throws, of course, is well documented.

Gunnarsson's future is up in the air at club level. Currently a Cardiff City player with about 200 matches under his belt, he was by no means a certain starter last season and was tipped before the Euros to move on this summer. A switch out of the Championship looks likely.


With his long blond hair and his nickname of 'Thor', Bjarnason is one of the most recognisable players in this Iceland team and has even been offered a modelling contract offer by one British retailer this summer.

Clubs in the big leagues have long been aware of the talent of the right-sided midfielder but his move to Sampdoria in Serie A didn't work out. Euro 2016 has given him another chance to impress potential suitors.

The 28-year-old's dynamism and stamina have been vital. With two players usually picked up front, it is up to Bjarnason to cover even more ground than he might reasonably be expected to. He does it happily and got his reward with that historic goal against Portugal.

A Swiss title winner with Basel last season, he could become the next big player of theirs to be sold on for a great profit.


It sounds unthinkable given his status as one of the players of the tournament but Gudmundsson is currently signed to an English third-tier club. Charlton Athletic were relegated to League One last season, but the 25-year-old's relatively high wages and his performances in France will surely see him handed a chance in a top flight somewhere in Europe.

The left-footed winger, who plays on the right, has already attracted the interest of Ligue 1 side Metz thanks to his accurate crosses and powerful shots. His was the ball which Birkir Bjarnason converted for Iceland’s first-ever tournament goal against Portugal.

Once on the books of Chelsea, he first made his name on the international scene with a stunning hat-trick in the 4-4 draw with Switzerland in 2013.


Iceland’s best-known player before Euro 2016, the Swansea City midfield player’s stock has risen again as a result of a string of impressive displays. He might be the star of the team, but there is no question that he works just as hard as everyone else.

Playing alongside Gunnarsson in the centre of midfield, he also has to fulfil the role of playmaker further forward. A set-piece specialist, he scored the penalty in the 1-1 draw against Hungary and is seen as Iceland's creative hub.

Sigurdsson was already a national hero after scoring all three goals against the Netherlands in their two qualification victories. His first big move – to Tottenham – didn’t work out but he will have again caught the eye this summer. New Everton boss Ronald Koeman has already admitted he is a fan.

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