Iceland FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

Iceland were the undoubted team of the tournament at Euro 2016. With the Viking Clap behind you, can create history again on the FIFA 18 World Cup update?


Iceland shocked the whole of Europe at Euro 2016 when they marched all the way to the quarter-finals knocking out England along the way. Powered by the ‘Viking Cap’, Iceland have continued to perform after that successful tournament, and have qualified for their first ever World Cup this summer.

A by no means impossible group gives Iceland hope they can reach the knockout stages once again, especially with the talents of Gylfi Sigurdsson and other Premier League players Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Aron Gunnarsson at their disposal.

With the added bonus of the Viking Clap actually being on the World Cup update for FIFA 18, Iceland are a great choice to manage during the tournament. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Team rating

Iceland have a four star rating on FIFA 18’s World Cup update. This is made of up a 75 attack, 78 midfield and 74 defence. 

Iceland’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Argentina

Nigeria

Croatia

Round of 16

France

Quarter-final

Portugal or Uruguay

Semi-final

Brazil or Belgium

Final

Germany or Spain

It’s a baptism of fire at the World Cup for Iceland, with Argentina awaiting them in the opening game of Group D. If you can hold out Lionel Messi & co., that should set you up for the marginally easier group games against Nigeria and Croatia. 

Six points should be your target, and that should be enough to earn you second place, meaning you would face France in the Round of 16 in a rematch of the Euro 2016 quarter-final. The French have heaps of talent, but they have struggled in recent tournaments. It will be a tough task, but if you can keep the defence tight, you may just be able to hit them on the counter-attack.

A win over France would open up the draw, and that should give you confidence to defeat Portugal or Uruguay in the quarter-finals. The semi-finals is likely to be the absolute furthest that you can reach, with the quality of Brazil or Belgium waiting, and Germany or Spain expected to make the final. 

Formation

Iceland’s default formation is a 4-4-2, but in order to get the best out of Gylfi Sigurdsson, this should be switched into a 4-2-3-1 system

Hannes Thor Halldorsson is in goal, with Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson making up the back four. 

Captain and the forceful Aron Gunnarsson (84 aggression) partners Emil Hallfredsson in defensive midfield, whilst the threat of Johann Berg Gudmundsson (84 shot power), architect Gylfi Sigurdsson (87 short pass) and Birkir Bjarnason operate behind goal scorer Alfred Finnbogason (85 attacking positioning). 

On the bench, go for Ingvar Jonsson, Ari Freyr Skulason, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

Tactics

Gylfi Sigurdsson lines up in the attacking midfield role in our side, so you must look to get him on the ball as much as possible to make the most of his talents. Head to the instructions tab and select ‘free roam’ on positioning freedom.

Not only that, the Everton record signing is also a demon from set-pieces (89 free kick accuracy), so you must make the most of dead ball situations. Make sure you practice in a few kick-off matches and perhaps back in the FIFA 18 arena, both striking at goal and whipping the ball into the box.

Alfred Finnbogason is an underrated striker, with the Augsburg man netting 12 goals in the Bundesliga last season. With Sigurdsson behind him and his positioning, you shouldn’t need to worry about him getting into goal scoring positions, which he will more often than not put away (84 finishing).

The Viking Clap sounds again

After that remarkable Euro 2016 campaign, Iceland could be forgiven for just enjoying the World Cup rather than aiming to seriously compete. You get the sense that this Iceland team isn’t like that, and they have far too much talent to do so.

Getting out of this group is not unquestionable, in fact it’s quite reasonable. Yes, Iceland are the weakest team in Group D, but Nigeria lack consistency, Croatia can fall flat and Argentina are the tournament bottlers. Three draws wouldn’t get Iceland through to the knockout stages, but a win and two draws just might. Can you do it with the Vikings and begin another fantastic story in Russia?

Iceland squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers





Hannes Thor Halldorsson

34

GK

Randers

74

Ingvar Jonsson

28

GK

Sandefjord

67

Runar Alex Runarsson

23

GK

Nordsjaelland

66

Ogmundur Kristinsson

28

GK

Excelsior

66

Frederik Schram

23

GK

Roskilde

62

Defenders





Ragnar Sigurdsson

31

CB

Rostov

77

Kari Arnason

35

CB

Vikingur

75

Birkir Mar Saevarsson

33

RB

Valur

74

Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson

25

LB

Bristol City

74

Sverrir Ingi Ingason

24

CB
RB

Rostov

74

Ari Freyr Skulason

31

LB

Lokeren

73

Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson

27

CB
RB

Levski Sofia

69

Hjortur Hermannsson

23

CB

Brondby

68

Jon Guoni Fjoluson

29

CB

Norrkoping

68

Haukur Heidar Hauksson

26

RB

AIK

65

Vidar Ari Jonsson

24

RB
LB

Fimleikafelag Hafnarfjardar


64

Midfielders





Gylfi Sigurdsson

28

CM
CAM

Everton

85

Johann Berg Gudmundsson

27

RM
CAM

Burnley

79

Aron Gunnarsson

29

CDM
CM

Cardiff

78

Birkir Bjarnason

30

LM
CAM
CM
RM

Aston Villa

76

Emil Hallfredsson

33

CM
CDM

Udinese

76

Rurik Gislason

30

RM
LM
ST

Sandhausen

71

Arnor Ingvi Traustason

25

LM
RM

Malmo

71

Olafur Ingi Skulason

35

CDM
CM

Lokeren

71

Runar Mar Sigurjonsson

27

CDM

CM

St. Gallen

68

Arnor Smarason

29

CM
RM
LM

Hammarby

67

Theodor Elmar Bjarnason

31

LM
CM

Elazigspor

67

Aron Sigurdarson

24

LM
RM

Start

67

Aron Elis Thrandarson

23

LM
ST

Aalesund

65

Holmbert Fridjonsson

22

CM

Aalesund

63

Attackers





Alfred Finnbogason

29

ST

Augsburg

80

Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson

27

ST
RM

Rostov

74

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

26

ST

Reading

73

Vidar Orn Kjartansson

28

ST

Maccabi Tel Aviv

71

Albert Gudmundsson

20

ST
RM

PSV Eindhoven

65

Ottar Magnus Karlsson

21

ST

Trelleborg

65

Elias Mar Omarsson

23

ST

Goteborg

64

Kjartan Henry Finnbogason

31

ST

AC Horsens

66

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