Iceland Is The Smallest Nation To Reach The World Cup

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People in Iceland are looking forward to another summer packed with thrilling action on the soccer field after their national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup last night. Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0, securing the precious ticket to the tournament in Russia, continuing one of soccer’s greatest fairytales. Iceland’s emergence as a soccer power has been surprising given that the country only has a population of 340,000 people. Kosovo has a population nearly six times larger and it’s roughly equivalent to the number of inhabitants in Santa Ana, California. Despite its serious shortage in manpower, however, Iceland has managed to punch well above its weight on the soccer pitch in recent years.

The tiny nation’s remarkable performances can be attributed to a plan formulated almost two decades ago. That saw heavy investment in indoor sports complexes and heated pitches as well as a sharp focus on education and coaching in particular. That resulted in the country producing some 600 qualified coaches, 400 of whom have a UEFA B license, equating to one coach per 825 inhabitants. England has one coach per 11,000 inhabitants.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Paraguay competed in the 1930 World Cup with a population of 860,000 people. However, that tournament did not actually involve qualification so it is better to compare Iceland’s achievement with that of Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean island nation qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with a population of 1.3 million people. As impressive as that achievement was, Iceland have made it to Russia with less than a quarter of Trinidad and Tobago’s population.

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Which Sports League Sees the Most Action on Instagram?

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the major sports league with most action on Instagram. According to data provided by InfluencerDB, the number of hashtags #NBA peaked at around 27.9k in June when the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

Even the National Football League (NFL) couldn’t beat this, accumulating 16.7k #NFL hashtags with the final games having been played in January 2017. The monthly count for September is slightly higher, standing at 17.5k. Maybe #NBA beats #NFL because the audience is sitting closer to the action during the games and smartphone photos yield better results that way.

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There are many Follr features that people tell us they love but content sharing gets more than most.

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Premier League Clubs Break Summer Transfer Record

Premier League clubs smashed the summer transfer record yet again, splurging £1.43 billion on players. As the window finally shut yesterday, they also took transfer deadline day spending to a record £210 million, despite many of the highest-profile moves never happening. Romelu Lukaku made the most expensive Premier League move of the summer, switching from Everton to Manchester United for £75 million. Local rivals Manchester City had the highest transfer spending at £215 million, ahead of Chelsea’s £192 million.

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COPA90 US – Is The Transfer Window Even Fun Anymore?

Heath, Aaron & Pat discuss this insane transfer window as deadline day approaches. Why does everyone all of a sudden want to join Liverpool? Will Barcelona add another player this week? Plus, they look ahead to an intriguing International Break full of World Cup Qualifiers. How many points will the USMNT walk away with?