Iceland recently became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup. Such an unprecedented underdog status is bound to win over fans from all around the world.
And the number of fans is most likely far greater than the entire population of Iceland.
While training in Quatar, three players in the Iceland men’s national football team were asked questions from fans by reporter Jo Gasiorowska from Al Jazeera News, including one regarding the origin of the now famous (and weirdly divisive) viking clap.
Gasiorowska asked left-back Ari Skúlason and midfielders Theódór Elmar Bjarnason and Kári Árnason which country they would preferably like to avoid playing against during the WC. Elmar stated that, if given a choice, he would skip Germany and Brazil, noting that they wouldn’t want to be humiliated against those two while the the whole world would be watching.
Apart from that the boys don’t seem to be rather indifferent towards their recenly found fame that’s been accompiniying the team’s smashing success. They seem very humble and thankful for their fans.
Gasiorowska askes Kári how the viking clap came to be. “I think it comes from Scotland,” he states and doesn’t shy away from the fact that this tradition has become a little tired in the homeland, seeing as you can hardly turn your head in Reykjavík without witnessing someone attempting to do the viking clap. Jo then informs the lads that some fans have made an attempt to replicate it on video, pending their approval – so to speak.
When they’re asked to rate the said clap, the verdict isn’t particularly kind, proving that it looks way easier than it is, to non-Icelanders at least.
But a far more important question concerns whether or not the boys like to grab a bit at McDonald’s, seeing as their home country doesn’t even have one of those. You can find their answer – along with the rest of the interview – right below.