Iceland prepared for FIFA 2018 World Cup debut with two games in Qatar

Iceland will make its World Cup debut in Russia as the smallest nation by population ever to qualify.

By: AP | Reykjavik | Published:October 18, 2017 7:28 pm
Iceland, Qatar, Czech Republic, Felix Sanchez, FIFA 2018 World Cup Iceland will play two friendlies in Qatar for its first preparation games since advancing to play at next year’s World Cup. (Source: Reuters)

Iceland will play two friendlies in Qatar for its first preparation games since advancing to play at next year’s World Cup.

The Iceland soccer federation says the games are against the Czech Republic on Nov. 8 and 2022 World Cup host Qatar on November 14.

Iceland will make its World Cup debut in Russia as the smallest nation by population ever to qualify.
Qatar will face the Czechs on November 11 as part of the round-robin series.

Neither Qatar nor the Czech Republic qualified for next year’s tournament. The Qatar federation says coach Felix Sanchez “is looking to try new players in a bid to form a powerful side” for its World Cup debut in 2022.

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