Jezz: In “Finding Football, ” we’ll bring you the best football talent, celebrity musicians, unique football pitches, and explore the beautiful game across the globe.
Billy: Today we’re in Iceland to discover how this tiny country defied the odds to becomethe smallest nation to every qualifyfor a World Cup.
( cheering ) Jezz: We’ll see what it’s like to live like a modern-day Vikingpumping iron, with some of the fittestwomen on Earth.
– ( laughs )- Stop being disappointed! Dining on sharksand sheep’s head.
– How did you just do that?- Playing a match against an Icelandic all-star team, including rock legendSigur Rós.
And take our tekkers to some of the most unforgiving, scenic locations on planet Earth.
( music playing ) Until recently, Iceland wasmost known for glaciers, volcanoes, and Bjork, but then in 2016 they burstonto the world football scene by qualifying for Euro 2016 and get into the Quartersby beating England.
That’s just the tipof the iceberg, Jezz, because they then go on to qualify for the World Cup.
The smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup.
They must be doing something incredibly right.
The population of Iceland is 330, 000 people.
There’s more people in Croydonthen there are in Iceland.
If you count how many men are in this country from the age of 20 to 40, there’s a one in 2, 000 chance they’re gonna make it on to the national team.
Whereas if you consider that in England, it would be a one in 300, 000 chance.
Jezz: From 2012 to 2017, Iceland have gone from 131st in the FIFA rankings to 18th.
Mate, that’s an incredible jump.
And I’ll tell you what.
We need to find out exactlywhat’s brought this success on.
( music playing ) Jezz: On October 9, 2017, Iceland became the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup.
And the place went crazy.
( all cheering ) ( chanting ) Jezz: Perhaps no one is more responsible for the Iceland miracle than this part-time dentist of the tiny town of Heimaey.
He also happens to be the coach of the men’s national team.
I can’t believeyour the nationalteam coach manager – and you’re also a dentist, right?- Yeah.
In any other countrythat just wouldn’t work.
When I was starting, every coach had a second job.
I worked until 4:00at the clinic and then I wentto the training.
So, that’s just life in Iceland.
Billy: If you’re playing a position you might needa filling.
Did I veneer off course there from the script? – I’m toothless.
– The best thing about Iceland is the kids have really good coaches and the players have played together at youth level.
I think that’s one of the reasons why there’s good chemistryin the Iceland national team.
That we know each otherprobably much better than the playersin the other national team.
There was a guy in the parliament who said, “We’re too few to have an army.
We would be easilydefeated just because of numbers.
” So the sport teams are our army.
What’s been the secret in the last– was it five to seven yearsthat the national team really excelled and developedand gone further than ever before.
I think it’s our identity.
We know that Icelandcannot be best in all areas.
It’s better to be bestin six areas out of 10 than semi-good in 10 out of 10.
We’re not bothered about thingslike having the best players.
You know, we don’t havethe Ronaldos or the Messis, but we like to havethe best team spirit, we like to be the hardestworking team and so and so.
We’re just tryingto do it a little bitdifferent than others.
We would totally disrupt.
It’d all be about us.
I’d be like, “I want goal kicks, free kicks, pens, throw-ins.
” His strategy is so smart.
Play to your strengths and focus on whatyou’re good at.
Pick the best team not necessarilythe best player.
Jezz: We’ve noticed that Icelandic people are very optimistic, like extremely optimistic.
That’s the crazy thingabout Iceland.
We expect to go to thesemifinals in the World Cup.
The national sayingis “Thetta Reddast.
” It means, “Everythingwill work out.
” And you can see thatin everything they do.
It’s like a sense of optimism.
We’ve got unlimited respectfor what you’re doingwith the national team.
– Thank you.
– Who knows how good you could be if you gave up the dentistry?That’s all I’m saying.
( music playing ) I can’t believe, right, that he would prefer – not to have a Messi or a Ronaldo.
– I know.
But then I thought, “You know what? You’ve got to the World Cup.
” He’s got the stats on his side.
They’ve got to play to their strengths, right? Be united, play as a team, come together.
And he feels that if youadd a Messi or Ronaldo, it would disturb the team.
If we kick the ball across, do you reckon it’ll duck? The Iceland men’s teamhas an incredible work rate.
Extreme fitnessis a national tradition here.
Jezz: Iceland is known for having a higher concentration of athletic accomplishments, especially on a per capita basis.
Billy:It’s not just the football team that’s successful, Iceland is home to a horde of CrossFit and strongman champions.
Jezz: We’re heading to a gym called Mjolnir, aka Thor’s Hammer, to meet two Icelandic athletes, but we’re having a hard time finding it.
– Jezz, where’s this gym?- I’m not sure, mate.
You reckon that means gym? It looks like he’sa bit long for gym.
We weren’tfar off, mate.
Not gym, gin.
That’s where we were wrong.
( music playing ) Right then, Jezz.
You hit that signwe go that way, but if you misswe go that way.
Oh! Jezz, I bet it’s that way.
( music playing ) Jezz: This is CrossFitter Sara Sigmundsdóttir.
Today she’s here to give us a taste of fitness Icelandic style, and help explainwhy Icelanders are so athletic.
Sara: We have to be really strongbecause of our conditions here.
In wintertime we only get likethree hours of daylight.
So I think that just toughens us up.
So we put the kettlebellsoverhead, lunge with it, straight after thatwe put the kettlebells down to a front right position, do 12 squats with it and then do 12 shoulderto overhead with it.
Yeah! All right, right leg.
( screams and laughs ) I need a minute here.
Only 11 to go.
Oh my God! I’m– – I can’t.
– It’s a small population and I think we’re just a really close community.
I’ve got twoand I’m getting it done.
Yeah, me, too.
When I’m competingat the CrossFit games, I look around to the standsand, like, I can see the Icelandic flagis everywhere and our Icelandic crowd is the loudest.
I’m disappointedin myself.
Stop being disappointed.
We’ll get ’em now.
– I’ll take it seriously now.
Are you sure my weightsaren’t heavier than yours? Has someone got some scales? – Are these even heavier?- Now I have 20 kilos.
You can’t whine anymore.
You sound like my Mrs.
When the Icelandic national team made it to the World Series football, words can’t describe how proud the nation was.
It really hurts your arm.
You’re always whining.
I’m not CrossFit.
But on the ball, I’m calling it, I’ll take anyone to school.
– Gonna do a burpee.
We are not–I’m never going up there.
Jezz: There’s no two ways about it, she’s a straight up beast.
I mean, Sara’s a one in a million and there’s not even a million people in this country.
There’s only 330, 000.
And there’sa whole team of Sarahs.
What is it about Iceland? Well, I feel prettywarmed up now, Jezz.
That’s good, Bill, ’cause next up we’re supposed to work out with someone who calls herself Tsunami.
Another Icelandic champion is Sunna “The Tsunami” Davidsdottir.
An undefeated MMA fighter who trains amongst legends like Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson.
She’ll be our personal combat coach for the day.
This is Svenn.
– Svenn?- Yes.
– He loves to be punched.
– Billy: I can relate to Svenn.
So don’t be afraid of him.
He’s not gonna punch you back.
Bring your elbow up.
You’re gonna open up your body and just go full poundingon the head of it, and then you’re gonnado the illegal elbow.
( music playing ) Three, two, one.
He’s not– he’s not–he’s not coming to.
You killed him.
Go! – You got this.
– Mate, I’m getting beat by him.
Keep working, keep working.
Go back down and extend.
Go back down and extend.
Nice! Up! Up! Up! Up! – Boom, boom.
– ( grunts ) – This is not a joke!- There you go.
Okay, back to the groundand pound.
Down and pound.
Go down! If it came to blowsbetween me and her.
How quickly would you’veget him to the floor? – Just give me a few seconds.
– Really? .
she wouldn’t jumpin a octagon with me.
Are you mad? Can I challenge him–you to do it? – Yeah.
– What’s up?- I’ve got a challenge for you.
Try and stay upfor longer than a minute.
If you wanna demoralizeyourself, Sunna.
Oh! You’re nervous, you’re nervous.
I’m, like, feeling excited.
Go! No running.
Billy: Nice! Jezz, seeif you stay– stay without dancinglike that.
Oh, she’s got– This is good.
This is good.
Look at her tekkers.
Oh, wow! Oh.
Well done, guys!That was incredible.
Afterwards you feel like–warm towards them.
– You know what I mean?- Yeah.
– ‘Cause you both shared an experience.
Love and respect.
– Full of love, full of respect.
Jezz, you know that expression, “You are what you eat?” Well, everybody here is super fit and super tough.
Wonder if it’s in the food.
I see where you’re goingwith this.
I’m a bit peckishafter that workout, to be fair.
Fancy a bite of Icelandic? What is Icelandic? We’re about to find out.
My name isGudmundur Kristjan Ragnarsson, and I am the cookof this restaurant.
How’s it going?Nice to meet you.
Jezz: Joining us is Villi Jonsson.
A comedian and educator who’d dine alongside us in a taste of classic Viking cuisine.
There’s the stuffthat makes legends.
We’re going to see somethingof old Viking food, which would makethe Vikings very strong.
What even is that? I mean, without being disrespectful.
The Viking didn’t haveany freezer or any cooler.
So, they make this liquid.
It is whey.
They put all food in it, that they could storefor two years.
If you imagine lifea hundred years ago here, it was pretty tough.
No electricity, terrible weather, and really shortgrowing seasons.
Mate, they had to makedo with what they had.
I thought I was gonna comeand eat some like terrible types of food.
This is actually delicious.
To survive they used every bitof the animals that they killed.
So they ended up withsome pretty weird foods.
So we have herehaggis with blood.
– I don’t like the sound of it.
– No, try it.
That is basically dog food.
Icelandic shark, which have been working inthe ground for about one year.
Oh, my God! I don’t thinkI can eat that.
Oh! It’s just when you told meit stinks, I smelled it.
I wish I wouldn’thave done that.
This food is big part why football playerscan do it, because they arein the blood.
They have Viking bloodin their body, and if you have Viking bloodin the body, you can do everything.
That smells like off– – This is World Cup food.
– Yeah, this is World Cup food.
You look likeyou’re gonna cry.
The more you chew it, the more cheesier it gets.
We have here seal jam.
Vill: There’s a smellof protein.
Billy: Yeah, protein.
Oh, my God! That is– oh, my God, that is disgusting! Like, if you gave methe option to literally sniffyour butthole right now or that, I’d have to thinkabout it.
I’d be like.
I’m picturing thatand I don’t need–I’d rather eat the seal.
It’s seal hands, basically.
Poor seal withthe floppy hands.
How did you just do that? I can’t swallow it.
You haveto swallow it, mate.
( gags )Gonna be sick, I think.
I had visions of him being sick all over my plate– That’s my gag reflex, once it kicks in I can’t stop.
We’re going for the last oneright now.
All right? This is likethe Icelandic– I don’t know, like Vikingprotein bar.
Then the best part of itis this here.
It looks like cheesecake.
There’s like vinegar.
What is this? It’s not like–it’s not.
– No, it’s not unhealthy.
– Rams’ balls.
Wow, that is massive! There we are.
( gagging ) And there we go.
You haven’t saidwhat it is, though.
So what you’vejust eaten, what this is is–it’s like sourrams’ balls.
We asked you straightto your face, looked us in the eyeand told us it wasn’t genitals.
No, but I’m from Iceland.
I don’t understand the wordgenitals.
I just ate gonads.
Hang on a minute.
That’s a quarterof it, right? How big is this ram?Look at the size of it.
What’s that? That’s a head! All right, Jezz, time to test your knowledge.
Three thingsthat Iceland is famous for.
All right, I’m up for this.
Volcanoes, glaciers, and indoor football pitches.
Billy: Even in the summertime, the average temperature only reaches 55 degrees, and in the wintertime there is just five hours of daylight.
Jezz: It’s a driving factor as to why Iceland has built over 150 indoor pitches.
Bill, your turn.
Three famous thingsabout Iceland.
Well, I’ll say Northern Lights, Vikings, and trippy music.
Yeah, you got Of Monstersand Men, Bjork, and also one of their mostfamous exports, Sigur Rós.
Bassist Georg Hólm and drummerOrri Páll Dyrason are not just famous rockers.
They’re also Icelandicfootball superfans.
Everyone in Icelandwas kind of behindthe national team.
Being there in the atmosphere, it was really special.
Billy: It seems to me like you’re not just individualpeople coming together, you’re more likea family almost.
They make us proudto be Icelandic.
– Guys!- We got a surprise for you.
Classical overhead kick.
( music playing ) Jezz: They say drummers do the best with women.
What’s your offenseto that? Uh, yeah, I agree.
And it doesn’t, you know– it helpswhen the singer’s gay.
( music playing ) Billy: Talk to us about your family.
Do you play football? Does it run in the family? My dad played a lot of football.
He was in the– played some Argentine games.
– National team as well, yeah? – Yeah.
That’s a pretty successful family, like, your dad represented the country.
You’ve had incrediblesuccess with the band.
Are all your familylike this or.
( music playing ) Billy: I love how everyone is connected here.
And to prove the pointSigur Rós have invited us to play in a celebrityfootball match where everybody knowseach other.
And most of the playershave played either in the men’s or women’s national team, including Orri’s father Dyri.
( music playing ) ♪ Turn it up.
♪ Welcome to Iceland’sAll-star game.
Special guests Sigur Rós and F2.
( music playing ) Hey! ♪ Turn it up.
♪ ( cheering ) ( chanting ) ( cheering ) Man: “And the traveler hopes, ‘Let me be far from any physician’ and the ports have names for the sea, The citiless, the corroding, the sorrow, and North means to all Reject.
For Europe is absent.
This is an island and therefore a refuge where the fast affections of its dead may be bought by those whose dreams accused him of being spitefully alive.
Let the good citizen here find natural marvels.
The horseshoe ravine, the issue of steam from a cleft in the rock, and rocks and waterfalls brushing the rocks and among the rocks birds.
As he nears the glitter of glaciers, the sterile immature mountains intense in the abnormal day of this world, and a river’s fan-like polyp of sand.
The promise is only a promise, the fabulous country impartially far.
This is fun, man.
Oh, it’s stuck! It’s proper stuck.
( music playing ) Ready for this, Jezz? Yeah.
Oh, my goodness.
You ever seen anything like this, Bill? Never, mate.
50 kilometers of this.
– It just doesn’t seem real, man.
Like, we’re looking up and it’s truly special, mate.
Jezz: Let’s go in.
( music playing ) Bill: Oh, wow! Jezz! Look at that! That is incredible.
Now, as romantic as it is lyingdown here next to you, Bill, it’s not what we’vecome here to do, is it? No.
We didn’t come herefor a slow dance, did we? No, we didn’t.
We come hereto produce some steps.
( music playing ) Billy: My face is ( bleep ) freezing.
We’ve been embracedby the people of Iceland and amazed by its beauty.
This small country with a population tinier than Plymouthare making huge strides in the football world, and coming here, it’s clear to see why.
Jezz: Whether it’s their Viking roots that help produceworld class athletes like Sara, or their powerful sense of community spirit, Iceland’s togetherness is an example to us all.
Billy: We hope you’ve learned as much about Iceland as we have.
I’ve been Billy Wingrove, he’s been Jeremy Lynch.
This is a hot spring, and until next time.
Love, peace, and tekkers.
Go! ( both scream ) Get in, Jezz!.