World Cup: Messi's Argentina to face Iceland's 'Vikings' in Russia

WION Web Team
RussiaUpdated: May 22, 2018, 03:31 PM IST

FIFA 2018 Photograph:(WION)

Iceland made a history by qualifying for the 21st edition of FIFA World Cup and the football fraternity might witness the rise of small nations with Panama, Peru, Egypt heading out against the big guns with Iceland leading the charge.

A country with less than 4 million population which has little land space and fewer facilities and to top it all is almost always covered in snow, just made it to the World Cup final in Russia.

If you are surprised how the country made it to the world's biggest football stage in Russia, look no further than Euro 2016 when eleven brave Icelanders ejected Wayne Rooney's England from the European stage.

Iceland have been placed in group D and will play their first match against Argentina and rest other games with Croatia and Nigeria and the Iceland team has the potential to stun Messi's Argentina in their opening match, just like Italia 90 when Maradona's men were blasted out by Roger Milla's Cameroon.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has played an integral role in Iceland reaching Russia 2018. He was named Icelandic Player of the Year for continuous five seasons. In an interview, he said: "We're looking forward to seeing the thunderclap in Russia”.

What is the thunderclap?

It is the magnificence of the Viking Clap which has captivated audiences from all over the world, Iceland supporters performing the 'thunderclap' is an extraordinary sight to watch.

A noisy and visually spectacular display of synchronicity and passion, it has the ability to give those watching – and those taking part real-time goosebumps.

For a small nation like Iceland, it was extremely difficult to qualify in the biggest sporting events on earth and only the arrival is worth celebrating and the celebration is incomplete without the Viking Chant.

Here is the video of the famous Viking Chant a.k.a. 'thunderclap' :