Wednesday 11 December 2019

Passionate Icelandic commentator loses day job less than a week after becoming viral sensation

Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Iceland and Austria at Stade de France on June 22, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Nolwenn Le Gouic/Icon Sport) (Photo by Nolwenn Le Gouic/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Iceland and Austria at Stade de France on June 22, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Nolwenn Le Gouic/Icon Sport) (Photo by Nolwenn Le Gouic/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Well this is one story that doesn't have a particularly happy ending.

Most football fans have adopted Iceland as their second team during Euro 2016, as a nation with just over 320,000 people somehow finished ahead of Portugal and Austria to claim the second spot in Group F.

They did so by scoring a last minute winner against the latter, which prompted Icelandic commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson to go absolutely insane. No doubt you have seen the clip by now, which has been picked up all over the world.

Benediktsson returned home to Iceland after the game, but wasn't greeted with the adoration that hit him from all corners of the globe after his display of incredulous emotion.

He is also the assistant manager of KR Reykjavik - or at least he was before his trip to the Euros. The Icelandic side have lost five of their last six games and according to The Guardian, both Benediktsson and manager Bjarni Gudjonsson Eggert have been removed from their positions.

At least Benediktsson knows that is future in commentary his definitely secure. What's more, he will head into the Iceland v England broadcast with a point to prove, and should offer viewers even more commentating theatrics on Monday night.

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