EURO STAR: Swansea City and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson
9th June 2016
With a country boasting a similar population to Coventry, the Nordic island nation of Iceland is comfortably the smallest involved in Euro 2016.
A nation populated by just 336, 728, the size of their achievement should never be underestimated.
The first nation to quality for the tournament in France may have - to some - been one of the most unfancied to achieve it, but this small nation is now ready to make a big impact on its first appearance at a major tournament.
It is a fantastic football story.
Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Lars Lagerbäck/Heimir Hallgrímsson
Leading scorers: all-time - Eidur Gudjohnsen (25); current - Eidur Gudjohnsen (26)
Most appearances: all-time - Rúnar Kristinsson (104); current - Eidur Gudjohnsen (81)
Association formed: 1947
Nickname: Strákarnir okkar (Our boys)
Where they play: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik
Overall: P 96; W 24; D 17; L 55; F 81; A 146
Qualifying: P 96; W 24; D 17; L 55; F 81; A 146
Euro 2016 fixtures
Tuesday, June 14, 8pm (St-Etienne): Portugal v Iceland - Group F
Saturday, June 18, 5pm (Marseille): Iceland v Hungary - Group F
Wednesday, June 22, 5pm (St-Denis): Iceland v Austria - Group F
Their meteoric rise has included jumping 100 places in the Fifa rankings over the last five years, while 11 members of their Under-21s team that beat Scotland to reach the U21 European Championships in 2011 make up their current senior squad.
That day, Iceland ran out 4-2 winners on aggregate, with a certain Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring both goals in the 2-1 second-leg win in Scotland.
His influence remains as strong in the senior side as it was at U21 level.
A shining light in their qualification campaign, the Swans midfielder scored six goals in ten games as Iceland progressed in a group also involving Turkey, Czech Republic and Holland, with the latter failing to qualify.
Now Portugal, Hungary and Austria provide the opposition for a team led by joint-managers Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrímsson, who is a part-time dentist.
The reality of their achievements will sink in when Iceland's national anthem Lofsöngur (Song of Praise) belts out at St Etienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard on Tuesday when they take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal - a country with more than 30 times its population.
And it is a moment Sigurdsson and his nation will cherish.
"I remember people saying to me 'ah you're from Iceland, it's a shame you'll never play at a major tournament'," said Sigurdsson, who has 13 goals in 39 caps for his country.
"I always believed we had good enough players and that we could do something special and play at a major tournament.
"Qualifying was a massive achievement for the country, but now we are there we want to do Iceland proud.
"There won't be much pressure on us, apart from within Iceland, but we just want to make our nation feel proud.
"All the players are very proud of our achievements.
"It is a dream of every footballer to play for your country, and to go on and play at a major tournament is fantastic for us.
"It's great playing for your club in the Premier League, but when you hear your national anthem it's a different feeling."
See the third installment of our Euro Star feature on Friday as Lukasz Fabianski discusses Poland's participation in the competition.