Iceland coach Hallgrimsson hired by Qatari soccer club
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Iceland's coach at the World Cup has been hired by Qatari soccer club Al-Arabi.
The club announced the move in a video on its Twitter account , saying part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson will attend a news conference Tuesday.
It's the first coaching job outside Iceland for the 51-year-old Hallgrimsson, who left the national team after its group-stage elimination in Russia.
Former Sweden coach Hamren set to take over at Iceland
STOCKHOLM (AP) — South African soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns says former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been released from his contract to take over Iceland's national team.
Swedish Radio says Hamren, who coached Sweden's national team from 2009-16 and worked as technical director for the Sundowns, will be presented on Wednesday in Reykjavik.
The Iceland soccer federation would not confirm the report.
Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down.
The Icelandic Football Association says Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to leave at his own request, ending seven years in the role.
Hallgrimsson was the co-coach with Lars Lagerback of Sweden at the European Championship in 2016, when Iceland reached the quarterfinals after beating England.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Iceland's coach isn't dwelling on worldwide media attention, potential offers from big clubs, or even the prospect of having a hand in eliminating Lionel Messi and Argentina from the World Cup.
MOSCOW (AP) — Iceland is showing the charming, funny, friendly style that has won friends worldwide before the team's World Cup debut against Argentina.
In a witty meeting with international media Friday, Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson began by welcoming the room in Russian, praised his team's hosts and its first opponent, then disarmed his inquisitors by heading off the usual question about his day job.
"I am still a dentist and I will never stop being a dentist," the coach said in Icelandic.