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Iceland's Fridriksdottir has football in her blood

Iceland's midfielder Fanndis Fridriksdottir celebrates after scoring against Iceland (Photo: Getty Images)
by Antonio Lamorte, AIPS Young Reporters, Italy

DOETINCHEM, July 26, 2017 - When you have a famous last name sometimes it can be hard to live up to expectations. It can become too easy to feel you are betraying the supporter of you parents. Maybe you feel too much pressure which prevents you from doing your best.

Sometimes all of this is true. But not in the case of Iceland midfielder Fanndís Fridriksdottir. With a goal from a counter-attack in her team’s match against Switzerland, Fridriksdottir inspired the celebratory roars of three thousands Iceland supporters in the stands of De Vijverberg Stadium in Doetinchem.

Her stunning finish might not have been enough to beat Switzerland, but it showed certainly showed her talent.

“I grew up in a sporting family,” Fridriksdottir told AIPS. “My father, Friorik Frioriksson, was the goalkeeper in the national team while my mother, Nanna Leifsdottir, was an Olympic alpine skier. Who knows? Maybe I inherited something from my parents,” she said with a smile.

Fanndís, who now plays for local club Breidablik, started her career in the youth team of IBV Vestmannaeyjar. Her first call-up to the U-7 national team arrived when she was only 15. During the 2013/2014 season she went abroad and played for Norwegian side Kolbotn Fotball. She is now back in Iceland but she is not shying away from another experience abroad in the future. “But now, I am totally focused on the national team,” Fridriksdottir insists, despite her team failing to make it out of the group stages after the two defeats in their first two matches at the UEFA Women’s EURO. “Anyway, we want to win our next game. We are totally focused on winning a match in this Euro Cup and on getting three points.” A victory for Iceland would also be the perfect present for their supporters, who arrived in thousands to support their team in the Netherlands. “We are proud of our supporters,” Fanndís says. “Their presence at our matches is a proof of how the Icelandic football has developed. And women’s football forms part of this development.”

Iceland play Austria on Wednesday evening in their final match of Group C at the UEFA Women’s EURO.

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