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Minnows mix with giants at World Cup

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Trained dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson took over as sole manager of Iceland after their run to the last eight at Euro 2016. He has extracted performances from his players that have led them to their first appearance at the World Cup.
Trained dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson took over as sole manager of Iceland after their run to the last eight at Euro 2016. He has extracted performances from his players that have led them to their first appearance at the World Cup. Reuters/Umit Bektas

During the last round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, France advanced along with debutants Iceland. England, Spain and Germany will also be there. Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela called a national holiday after the team secured the country's first appearance at the finals.

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