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And now for the sports news

So, the Icelandic national under-21 football team [men’s!] beat Scotland this evening 2-1, which means Iceland is headed to the u-21 European Championships for the first time ever in the history of the republic.

According to EPI there are all these young and talented footballers coming up in Iceland now because around five years ago Iceland got its first indoor arena, so now they can train all year round — as opposed to just in the summer, as before.

Just thought I’d pass on that little bit of trivia that EPI was kind enough to share this evening.

Also? Ronaldo is in town, or so AAH tells me. [Apparently young Icelandic females are seriously losing their cool over that one.] [Although I hasten to say that AAH is not one of them.] [In fact she cringed when she described some of the escapades engaged in by members of her own sex.] [But is still kind of thrilled .]

She couldn’t believe that this highly significant chunk of information had bypassed her mother, who up until half an hour ago was blissfully ignorant of the fact that Iceland plays Portugal tomorrow — about four kilometres from our house.

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  • Chris October 11, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Looks like different opinions about whats important. By the way, I haven’t foubd the icelandic idiom you explained. Maybe I am just blind, but I don’t see it.

  • alda October 11, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Well, that would probably be because I edited it out and didn’t remove what I wrote on the bottom. I should have listened to my 8th grade English teacher — the one who told me always to read over what I handed in. 🙂

  • Chris October 11, 2010, 11:09 pm

    🙂
    Ok, I am not the only one who edits posts later on for this reason.

  • JB in San Diego October 11, 2010, 11:12 pm

    You have a footnote with no precedent; now I really want to know what that idiom is. The suspense is almost as strong as finding an asterisk without a footnote!

    Also, do you really mean Ronaldo (from Brazil), or Cristiano Ronaldo (from Portugal)? Both great footballers, but I’m guessing the latter is more apt to make young women swoon.

  • sylvia hikins October 12, 2010, 12:04 am

    Will the fans be allowed to use vuvuzelas? Then it really will sound as if the wasps have returned to Iceland with a vengeance!
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • alda October 12, 2010, 12:34 am

    The idiom is: Ég sel það ekki dýrara en ég keypti það, meaning (literally) I’m not selling it dearer than I bought it. Which basically means that I take no responsibility for the validity of the information.

  • Easy October 12, 2010, 12:48 am

    Well, I guess this should keep people quiet and proud for a while.
    Who cares about foreclosures, we are going to the U21 championship!!!

    More bread and circuses, anyone??

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 12, 2010, 1:07 am

    Regular non stop military intelligence machine, what is about young females and sportspeople that have personal fortunes of €50 million I just dont get it, mind you thats probably the reason I can not afford a vacation to Iceland comrade citizens.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 12, 2010, 1:13 am

    @Easy way cool dude

  • mb October 12, 2010, 1:33 am

    Must be Cristiano Ronaldo – though I always love to go see the wikipedia disambuguation page for Ronaldo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronaldo_%28name%29 (there are 6 Brazilian footballers listed named Ronaldo)

  • Spyder October 12, 2010, 8:16 am

    A very impressive result. Icelanders are great at sports, perhaps the best in the world per capita. This is because of natural selection (many tens of thousands of weak Icelanders have been weeded out of the gene pool during the past millennium of non-stop disasters and horrible living conditions), and because Icelanders are #1 in the world in self-confidence and impulsive behavior, which is a big advantage in sports.
    On the other hand, Icelanders are no good at finance, business, economics, philosophy and so on because these fields require caution, circumspection and nuance, and the ability to understand and cooperate with other people.

  • PeterRRRRR October 12, 2010, 10:49 am

    Always get a chuckle when someone who obviously really, really isn’t interested in any way in sports tries their hand at sports news. It just always comes out sounding a bit clumsy, forced, almost comical. Not a criticism, just an observation. I’m sure your 8th grade English teacher must have also told you — Write What You Know.

  • alda October 12, 2010, 11:17 am

    Peterrr – it just always comes out sounding a bit clumsy, forced, almost comical. — Uuuuh, that was intentional, and the “sports news” in the title was meant to be facetious.

    @ JB – apologies, I didn’t respond to your second question — yes, it is Christian Ronaldo.

  • James October 12, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Congrats to Iceland! I’m currently browsing while watching an England vs Montenegro qualifier for the 2012 European Championships – and it’s over 65 mins in with no goals 🙁

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 13, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Icelandic girls hanging outside the hotel in a forlorn attempt to become the first official Icelandic WAG how touching 🙂

    http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16539&ew_0_a_id=368822