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Iceland isn't famous for much.
I mean, they've got the northern lights. And it's one of the most beautiful and intriguing landscapes on Earth what with all the volcanoes, mountains, fjords, glaciers, lagoons, black sand beaches, lava caves and seaside cliffs. Yeah, ok, it's also home to the youngest place on Earth, Surtsey Island, that came up from the ocean floor in 1963.
And they've produced some of the strongest men to ever walk the Earth, including four-time World's Strongest Man Magnús Ver Magnússon and that bloke from Game of Thrones you might have heard of, Hafþór Björnsson or 'The Mountain', as he's better known.
One thing they haven't really had too much to shout about is their football. They didn't even enter a World Cup until 1954 when FIFA rejected their entry. Then they didn't qualify in 1958 before a World Cup hiatus of sorts when they chose not to enter again until 1974. Since then, they've not qualified for a single major tournament, including European Championships, until France 2016, starting on Saturday.
But for former Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona and Bolton Wanderers legend and all-round good guy Eiður Guðjohnsen, and now the rising star of Gylfi Sigurdsson, they haven't really had too many footballing idols to shout about either.
Iceland's first match at a major tournament is going to be against a Portugal team lead by none other than one of the greatest players ever to grace a football pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo. Coming up against Ronaldo is scary for even the biggest and best defenders in the world, let alone the relative unknowns of Iceland.
But luckily for Iceland's footballers, they've got their strongmen backing them, the most vocal of which is Game of Thrones' The Mountain.
He had this message for Ronaldo and it's a threat the Real Madrid star may want to listen to carefully...
Credit: Steve Crossman - BBC
If Ronaldo is a Game of Thrones fan, he might not want to step on that pitch next Tuesday knowing how gruesome the end was for Prince Oberyn. Either that or, if he misses a last minute penalty to win the match, we know The Mountain is in his head. And worst comes to the worst for Ronaldo, he sees Björnsson line up at centre back on Tuesday.
We shall see.
Words by George Pavlou
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