celand keeper Halldorsson swaps film-making for World Cup drama

By Philip O’Connor GELENDZHIK, Russia, June 20 : Iceland film maker-turned-goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson showcased his skill at creating drama in his side’s 1-1 World Cup draw against Argentina, taking centre stage as he saved a penalty from Lionel Messi in front of millions of TV viewers. To complement the modest wages on offer as he […]

Iceland’s Pirates head for power on wave of public anger

By Stine Jacobsen REYKJAVIK, Sep 29 : A party that hangs a skull-and-crossbones flag at its HQ, and promises to clean up corruption, grant asylum to Edward Snowden and accept the bitcoin virtual currency, could be on course to form the next Icelandic government. The Pirate Party has found a formula that has eluded many […]

We’re like an army taking on England, says Icelandic coach

By Brian Homewood NICE, Jun 26 : Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson likened his team to an army today heading for a “win-win” second-round battle with England at Euro 2016.Iceland are the smallest country at the tournament with a population of just 332,000, the size of a city such as Leicester whose club won the English […]

Coaching revolution takes Iceland to top table

By Brian Oliver UNDATED, May 23 : Siggi Eyolfsson had only modest success as a professional footballer abroad, but he worked wonders when he returned home to launch a coaching revolution that many credit for Iceland making their European Chammpionship debut this year. With a population of about 329,000 – roughly that of England’s soccer […]

Iceland protesters call for govt to quit, want immediate vote

By Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir REYKJAVIK, April 7 : Icelanders, not satisfied with the departure of the prime minister and a promise to hold elections this autumn, took to the streets again today to demand the government quit over the Panama Papers leaks. About 2,000 people showed up at parliament for another day of demonstrations, banging pots […]

A poet and pirate offers alternative for Iceland

By Gwladys Fouche and Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir OSLO/REYKJAVIK, April 7 : A poet and former WikiLeaks supporter who says revolution is her favourite word, Birgitta Jonsdottir would probably become Iceland’s next prime minister if elections were held tomorrow. She leads the Pirate Party, set up by a group of outsiders and activists in 2012 with the […]