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🌍 Dates for the diary to watch Jón Daði in the World Cup

Mark your calendars and cheer on Royal representation at the world's biggest tournament

12 May 2018

We'll have a Royal on the world stage in Russia for the World Cup this summer, so keep your eyes out for Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Iceland once the tournament gets underway!

Iceland have been drawn into a tough group on their first ever appearance at the tournament, becoming the smallest country ever in terms of population size to play at the World Cup. Their population of around 350,000 is only marginally larger than the town of Reading!

Their first test in the World Cup could be their toughest on paper, taking on the mighty Argentina in Moscow on the third day of the tournament, with Böðvarsson lining up against five-time Ballon D'Or winner, Lionel Messi, as well as a wealth of attacking talent on show from the South Americans.

The 2014 runners-up in the tournament will be wanting to go one better this time around, after losing out to Germany in the final in Brazil four years ago.

Iceland will be taking on the two-time world champions at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, on Saturday 16th June2pm kick-off GMT.

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Jón Daði is off to the World Cup!

11 May 2018

Next up for the Iceland squad will be a stern test against Nigeria. After qualifying for the tournament for the first time in 1994, Nigeria have been almost ever-present at the World Cup since, only missing out in 2006 due to an inferior head-to-head record against Angola.

Nigeria are a side to be reckoned with at the tournament with a good previous record, having made it through to the knockout stages in three of their five appearances on the world stage.

Their side is awash with current and former Premier League talent as well, in the shape of Leicester pair Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho, former Watford striker Odion Ighalo and former Chelsea stalwart, John Obi Mikel. 

The match will take place in Volgograd on Friday June 22nd, kick-off 4pm GMT.

Croatia will be familiar opponents to the Iceland squad, with the Croatians finishing runners-up behind Iceland in the qualifying stages of the competition.

A 90th minute winner from Hordur Magnusson gave Iceland a 1-0 win over the Croats in qualifying, while they suffered a 2-0 loss away from home earlier in the qualifying process.

It's sure to be a tight tussle in Rostov-On-Don in the final clash of the group stages, which could well prove pivotal in the fight to qualify for the knockout stages. You can watch that take place on Tuesday 26th June, 7pm kick-off GMT.

Should Iceland get the results they need to advance to the knockout stages, a tie against one of the teams from Group C will await them - so either France, Australia, Peru or Denmark could be the opponents after the group matches have played out.

We will be following Jón Daði every step of the way in Russia and we wish the Iceland squad the very best of luck at the tournament!

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