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Read an article about Iceland's youth team in The Herald this morning. They are being called the 'Golden generation'

7 of the squad usually are in the senior side but have been brought back into the U21-side. They beat Germany 4-1 not long ago.

Childern from the age of 5 can be coached up to 6 times a week in new indoor training facilities with proper football coaches.

It's no suprise Iceland are beating us.

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thought iceland were a great bet tonight , beat the germans 4-1 and scored more goals than any other team in qualification, just wish i had more cash on them

Not much to look forward to if our next generation of players can't beat a team of fish gutters etc. :anguish:

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The Iceland team to face Scotland in the European Under-21 Championship play-off this evening carry the hope of a nation that this generation of players can have a significant impact on the country’s footballing fortunes.

Already they are described as being “golden”, and tonight at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium, they have the chance to shine when it really matters.

Such is the desire to qualify for the finals in Denmark next summer that seven players who would be expected to be called up for senior duty when Iceland play Portugal in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday will remain with the younger age group. If they do qualify, the feeling is they can do well.

Thirteen members of Eyjolfur Sverrisson’s squad play outwith Iceland, although the technical ability of this batch of players is the reward for investment in indoor training facilities and coaches that allow children to be coached six days a week from the age of five onwards.

“We are the first generation who are benefiting from all the good facilities,” says Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, the 20-year-old AZ Alkmaar striker. “Premier League teams are all amateurs and it surprises me that countries like Scotland and England haven’t similar facilities, especially when they have professional clubs and far more money than us.”

Sigthorsson was considered such a gifted player at 16 that Arsenal tried to sign him four times, before he opted for Alkmaar, where he felt he would break into the first team more quickly. The insight was hard-earned, as his elder brother Andri signed for Bayern Munich when he was 16, but had his career ended by injury when he was 25.

At Alkmaar, Sigthorsson is keeping Brett Holman, the Australian internationalist, out of the side, and plays alongside 19-year-old countryman Johann Berg Gudmundsson, another forward. Gudmundsson had spells at Chelsea and Fulham as a youth, before returning home to sign for Breidablik. In January last year, he moved to Alkmaar.

Iceland defeated Germany 4-1 at home and drew with them away, consigning the holders to third place in their group and keeping them out of the play-offs, so the expectation is that a full-strength side will prove too accomplished for the Scots.

“All our players are technically schooled, so the old Icelandic style with a flat back four and the long ball tactic has been abandoned long ago,” says Gudmundsson. “Scottish football is aggressive and they give everything for the game. Scotland don’t score a lot, but they don’t lose a lot of goals. So it’s up to us to break them down.”

They are part of a new breed of Icelandic footballers who hope their talent will carry them to new ground.


There's the article actually.

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Martin, Caddis, Scobbie, Wilson, Hanlon, Arfield, Wotherspoon, McGinn, McGuire, Murphy, Bannan.

Subs: Gallacher, Perry, Marr, Goodwillie, Griffiths, Templeton, Shinnie.

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