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EURO 2014: Focus on, Iceland

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National team of IcelandIceland-Handball-Team

Journey:

Iceland started their qualification matches in Group 6 from Reykjavík with impressive victory against Belarus, and continued in that note against Romania in Piatra Neamț. But the key duel was against the great team of Slovenia which they won with only one goal difference both home and away. They have already finished their job qualifying for the EURO 2014, when they experienced their first defeat in the qualification stage in Minsk against Belarus. But that was not enough for Belarus to win the Group 6 and Iceland as winner from Pot 2 was assigned to Group B alongside Spain Hungary and Norway.

Key Player(s):

palmersonAron Pálmarsson is an Icelandic handball player, currently playing for THW Kiel in the Toyota-Handball-Bundesliga. 23 years old middle back also plays for the Icelandic national handball team and played a big part for the team as they earned a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and the bronze medal at the 2010 European handball championship in Austria.

He gained attention while playing for the team FH Hafnarfjörður before he transferred to THW Kiel.

Aron played his first game for FH when he was only 15 years old against ÍBV in March 2006. FH won the game 30-28 and the young player managed to score one goal.

The 2008/09 season was very successful for Aron. Aron scored 115 goals in 16 games. FH finished 5th in the league. He was voted the most promising player, the best offensive player and was selected in the team of the season. That year, he was also selected in the iceland national handball team. His clarity over the game and strong shooting arm makes this young player the leader in Icelandic national team.

Strengths:

This team is mix of youth and experience, with quality players and very fast transition. Aron Palmarsson is one of the best middle backs in the world, and his colleague from THW Kiel, Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson also has world class quality and experience.

Weaknesses:

Their back line is not very dangerous from the outfield (from 9 meter line), so they play with breakthroughs on the 6 meter line. If the opponent’s defense is fast enough, they can overcome Icelandic attacking play. The only real danger is Aron Palmarsson’s surprise shot from distance.

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