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The Smiters Reawaken: Our Girls To Shatter German Psyche, “Horror Hooves” Provokes Limb Frenzy & More

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The football – and thereby the smiting – is returning to European shores, but the times they are a-changin’. Coach…

The Smiting Never Ends: Women’s World Cup, Aron & Hannes Contracts & More

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After a fascinating World Cup tournament reached its finale, the Icelandic men’s team are regrouping for some coming tournaments, while…

Meet The Smiters: Guardians Of The Bench

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Football is war. So if one of Iceland’s perfect eleven should accidentally lose a leg or a head (other than…

#SmiteTheWorld News: #ISL’s Latest Odds, Lanzini Out, Spain Cursed & More

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The World Cup is here! The horde are camped out in a Russian forest practicing their long throws, shield walls…

Iceland Goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson Directs Rousing World Cup Ad

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As you may have noted if you’ve been following our Meet The Smiters series, Hannes “Wild Claws” Halldórsson—Iceland’s number one…

Meet The Smiters: Ari Freyr “The Unforgiven” Skúlason

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What Ari Freyr Skúlason lacks in height, he makes up for in sheer, unadulterated psychopathy. In fact, Ari’s capacity for…

Meet The Smiters: Samúel Kári “The Hammer” Friðjónsson

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“Friðjónsson can hit them from here,” Guy Mowbray will say, preemptively, as Sammi lines up a 35-yard piledriver against the…

Meet The Smiters: Ólafur Ingi “The Shaman” Skúlason

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When Ólafur Ingi Skúlason was a child, his father would tell him a story about the humble people of Vestmannaeyjar….

Meet The Smiters: Jóhann Berg “The Berginator” Guðmundsson

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It is written that in the year of 1990, a strange iceberg drifted into Reykjavík’s smoky bay and washed ashore…

The Azzurri Of The North: Italy Adopts Iceland For The 2018 World Cup

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An Italian journalist has made headlines here in Iceland recently for his interview with the President of Iceland, Guðni Th….

Photos: Iceland’s Smiters Train For World Cup Combat In Reykjavík

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Ahead of their first ever foray into a World Cup tournament, the Icelandic men’s national team held an open training…

Russian Sanctions On Iceland Hinder World Cup Preparations

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The trade sanctions imposed by Russia on Iceland three years ago have had a grave impact on Iceland’s preparations for…

Meet The Smiters: Alfreð “Arctic Fox In The Box” Finnbogason

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Alfreð Finnbogason is strákarnir okkar’s “Arctic Fox in the Box,” whose cunning spearheads Heimir Hallgrímsson’s side. Alfreð is always lurking…

Meet The Smiters: Emil “The Emilinator” Hallfreðsson

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Part-man, part-glacier, Emil “The Emilinator” Hallfreðsson is so strong that Hafþór Júlíus “The Mountain” Björnsson addresses him as “Master.” This…

Meet The Smiters: Birkir Már “The Steriliser” Sævarsson

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Birkir Már Sævarsson is ever-present in Berserkirnir Okkar’s rearguard. He’s a fully certified bore-draw fanatic, as spindly as he is…

Meet The Smiters: Birkir “Horror Hooves” Bjarnason

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Much like Freyfaxi—the galloping stallion of Hrafnkels Saga—Birkir Bjarnason is a glorious creature to be admired—but not insulted by the…

Meet The Smiters: Jón Daði “The Scythe of Selfoss” Böðvarsson

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Jón Daði “The Scythe of Selfoss” Böðvarsson is so big that his hometown considers him a landmark as well as…

Meet The Smiters: Kári “The Disciple of Doom” Árnason

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Born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised in Reykjavík, Kári “The Disciple of Doom” Árnason has been canonised on terraces in…

Meet the Smiters: Ragnar “Shaggy Breeches” Sigurðsson

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Ragnar Sigurðsson is a burly blockade at the rear-end of strákarnir okkar (“our boys”), and a fierce defender of national…

Meet The Smiters: Hannes Þór “Wild Claws” Halldórsson

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Hannes Þór Halldórsson is more than just Iceland’s goalkeeper; he is the nation’s last line of defence and last bastion…

Meet The Smiters: Aron “The Annihilator” Gunnarsson

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For many, Aron “The Annihilator” Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson is the face of the Icelandic national football team. A dogged, ever-committed…