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Will mastermind Aron Palmarsson be fit (enough) for the EHF EURO 2022? This is the main question for Icelandic handball, after the superstar was injured twice since his transfer to Danish side Aalborg last summer.

Iceland already had to replace Palmarsson at the IHF Men’s World Championship 2021 in Egypt and finished only in 20th position. Two years ago, at the EHF EURO 2020 – when Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson played his last major event – Iceland finished eleventh, a little better than at the two previous final tournaments, when they finished 13th both times.

Coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson – who steered Iceland to their biggest successes in his first stint in the job, silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and bronze at EHF EURO 2010 in Austria – can still count on some highly decorated players.

In particularly outstanding form is right back Ómar Ingi Magnusson, who was top scorer in the Bundesliga, EHF European League winner and IHF Super Globe winner with SC Magdeburg, all in 2021. But Magnusson has not had such an impact in the national team so far, as he was ruled out by injuries in 2020 and 2021, playing only four matches at the World Championship.

Besides Palmarsson, Gudmundsson also has at his disposal some highly experienced players such as goalkeeper Björgvin Pall Gustavsson and left wing Bjarki Mar Elisson, but did not nominate line player Kari Kristjansson.

In the EHF EURO 2022 qualification, Iceland finished second in their group below Portugal.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
14 Magnusson, Ómar Ingi 8 59 80 73.75 21 / 25 0 0 4 377
22 Gudjonsson, Sigvaldi Bjørn 8 29 41 70.73 0 / 0 1 0 2 463
7 Kristjánsson, Viggo 8 13 26 50 1 / 1 0 0 0 115
11 Gíslason, Ýmir 8 8 10 80 0 / 0 3 1 7 334
28 Þorkelsson, Orri Freyr 8 8 15 53.33 0 / 0 0 0 0 163
23 Kristjánsson, Kristján Örn 7 1 2 50 0 / 0 0 0 0 5
18 Viðarsson, Elliði 6 9 17 52.94 0 / 0 0 0 2 170
24 Einarsson, Teitur Örn 6 4 5 80 0 / 0 0 0 0 21
8 Elisson, Bjarki Mar 5 27 32 84.38 4 / 6 1 0 0 305
36 Ásgeirsson, Elvar 5 12 24 50 0 / 0 0 0 2 200
9 Jónsson, Elvar 5 12 16 75 0 / 0 0 0 5 188
3 Smarason, Janus Dadi 5 12 20 60 0 / 0 0 0 3 82
4 Pálmarsson, Aron 4 13 27 48.15 0 / 0 0 0 2 133
13 Gudmundsson, Olafur Andres 4 3 6 50 0 / 0 1 0 0 77
21 Arnarsson, Arnar Freyr 4 2 2 100 0 / 0 0 0 4 61
37 Magnússon, Magnús Óli 4 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 10
10 Kristjansson, Gisli Thorgeir 3 12 16 75 0 / 0 0 0 0 67
39 Jònsson, Thràinn Orri 3 2 2 100 0 / 0 0 0 0 30
19 Ingason, Daniel Tor 2 2 2 100 0 / 0 0 0 2 45
38 Aronsson, Darri 2 1 1 100 0 / 0 0 0 1 9
27 Stefánsson, Vignir 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 19
40 Gautason, Dagur 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
17 Gunnarsson, Arnor Tor 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
26 Heimisson, Heimir 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
5 Jóhannsson, Sveinn 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
33 Olafsson, Oskar 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
29 Ólafsson, Einar Þorsteinn 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
2 Rikhardsson, Odinn Thor 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
35 Rúnarsson, Andri Már 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
32 Stefánsson, Finnur Ingi 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
15 Styrmisson, Hakon Dadi 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
25 Thrastarson, Haukur 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
31 Valdimarsson, Bjarni 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
34 Vignisson, Hafþór 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 229 344 66.57 26 / 32 6 1 34
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
16 Hallgrímsson, Viktor 8 51 168 30.36 2 / 14
1 Gustavsson, Björgvin Pall 4 24 90 26.67 1 / 8
20 Björgvinsson, Agust Elí 4 8 32 25 2 / 8
12 Andresson, Daniel Freyr 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
30 Gudjonsson, Gretar Ari 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 83 290 28.62 5/30

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