Iceland Manager Referees A Kids' Football Tournament Three Days After World Cup Elimination
Iceland were not able to replicate their Euro 2016 heroics in their World Cup debut in Russia, having been knocked out in a tough group that saw Croatia and Argentina progress to the knockouts.
But just three days on from their 2-1 Group D defeat to Croatia, manager Heimir Hallgrímsson wasn't putting his feet up - he was back home refereeing a youth football tournament.
The 51-year old, who is a dentist as well as being an international football manager, proved what a top bloke he is by turning up in his hometown of Vestmannaeyjar and getting involved with the officiating.
:muscle: Fresh from the @FIFAWorldCup our manager, Heimir Hallgrímsson, is refereeing at a huge youth football tournament in his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/8m0rXs9on6
- Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 29, 2018
Tuesday: Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrímsson is managing his country in a World Cup against Croatia...
Thursday: He goes to back to his normal life refereeing a youth tournament. pic.twitter.com/yS0GGychHQ
- kwiff (@KwiffOfficial) June 29, 2018
Two days after being eliminated from the #WorldCup Iceland's manager, Heimir Hallgrímsson, went straight back to normality and refereed in a youth tournament #ISL pic.twitter.com/eI8WEuXfx0
- Club Legends (@ClubLegendsUK) June 29, 2018
Two days ago, Iceland's coach Heimir Hallgrímsson returned from Russia. Today, he refereed a U12 tournament in his hometown Vestmannaeyjar. https://t.co/VDY5duA8wK
- Lukáš Vráblik (@LukasVrablik) June 29, 2018
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A couple days on from managing his team in Russia and it's back to normality for Hallgrímsson. Just a brilliant story.
Two years back, he led the minnows to the quarter finals of the European championships, memorably dumping out England in the round of 16 in a dream run.
It didn't pan out for the small nation this time around but Hallgrímsson was more than pleased with their efforts.
"I'm so proud, not just of the players but also the staff, the training team, everyone with the FA, I'm in the best job in the world and have very good people around me," he said via Sky Sports.
"This team is on a certain route, this was just one step. Now we're at the top of the national league, which is like the Champions League of teams in Europe, and the players have earned this.
"We have to sit down and digest what the next step will be, both for the FA and me, but I think we can be proud of this World Cup and I think we have been praised for our performance in this tournament."
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