Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Europe's kookiest nation about football"

I was delighted to see Iceland get a draw with Portugal last night.

Soccernomics, a book I read a couple of years ago (Icons passim), crunched the numbers to crown them "Europe's kookiest nation about football."

Chapter 12 The Country That Loves Football Most ends prophetically musing about the Icelanders that "if these people ever make it to a tournament they might really start to like football." Iceland has a population of 340,000 people (less than Leicester), of which one in ten are thought to be in France for Euro 2016.

In a perfect world they would meet Wales in the final.
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