Iceland appoints Swede as national football team coach

KSI, the Icelandic football association, yesterday revealed who the new coach is for the national senior men’s team.

The Swede Lars Lagerback was publicly appointed to the post at a press conference at the national stadium in Reykjavik yesterday — as was his deputy; former IBV coach Heimir Hallgrimsson.

Lagerbeck is 63 years-old and has previously been main coach for the national teams of Sweden and Nigeria.

Under his regime, the Swedes competed in the European championship finals in 2000, 2004 and 2008 — and in the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006. He also got Nigeria to the World Cup finals in South Africa last year, RUV reports.

Iceland has never made it to the finals of any European or World Cup championship so far.

Lagerback is Iceland’s 15th foreign coach; but the first since 1989.