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Calling Iceland‘s starlit run through this year’s Euro 2016 a “miracle” wouldn’t be farfetched at all.
Ranked 34th in the World FIFA Rankings, the country had no right (at least on paper) to beat the likes of England and Austria, while drawing stubbornly against Portugal.
Still, by playing entertaining football, the team clawed its way into the quarter finals, where it finally met its match in hosts France.
Beaten 5-2 in an open an fluid game, many were sad that Wales vs. Iceland wasn’t the final we were getting. But instead of crying, Iceland’s fans took to Twitter to pay homage to the team who totally upset the footballing world, and more importantly, introduced the rest of the world to the Viking Clap.
The latter will undoubtedly become a meme sooner rather than later.
Here’s some of the reactions spotted on Twitter:
🇮🇸 best supporters award goes to Iceland 🙏 🏆
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) July 3, 2016
This. Is. Incredible.
— 90min (@90min_Football) July 4, 2016
— Laura Leishman (@lauraleishman) July 2, 2016
— Síminn (@siminn) July 3, 2016
— Mazen Abd Rabbo (@MAbdRabbo) July 3, 2016
— GAME Telford (@GAMETelford) July 3, 2016
— hugleikur dagsson (@hugleikur) July 3, 2016
Fights are not always won, but heroes remain heroes.
— Superman (@SupermanTweets) July 3, 2016
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) July 4, 2016
— The Away Fans (@theawayfans) July 3, 2016
— Rez Omidvar (@RezaOmidvar) July 4, 2016
— Martin Dixon (@JMartinDixon) July 4, 2016
Iceland fans didn’t want to go home pic.twitter.com/NFmXbsWDzi
— Simon Evans (@sgevans) July 3, 2016
— KING ERIC (@KickAssCantona) July 4, 2016
And the best tweet, you ask? That comes from Icelandic Football.
Nobody in Iceland is angry, nobody is disappointed. We are more proud of our team than words can describe. They are true warriors and heros!
— Icelandic Football (@icelandfootball) July 3, 2016
The tournament now heads into its semi-final stage, with Portugal facing Wales, and Germany facing France for a spot in the final.
Feature image: JasonParis via Flickr