On June 16 Icelandic goalkeeper Hannes Dor Halldorsson blocked a penalty kick from Argentine Lionel Messi, helping Iceland draw 1-1 against their more accomplished competitors at the World Cup.
He dived low to his right to deny Messi (who has a passing resemblance to Sergey Lazarev). It was a move Hannes had planned ahead of the tournament.
“I did some homework because I knew this was a situation that could come up. It was a long shot but it happened,” he said.
But as it turns out Icelandic goalkeeper isn’t just useful on the pitch.
Way back in 2012 he actually directed the music video for “Never Forget” — Greta Salome’s Eurovision 2012 entry for Iceland.
As you’ll recall, the video captured the mysterious, somewhat sinister feel of Greta and Jonsi’s Eurovision 2012 number.
It saw two children walking through a series of sweeping Icelandic vistas — think snow, shadows, moon and mountains — as Greta and Jonsi vogued and pouted to the camera.
Hannes previously worked full-time at the Icelandic film studio SagaFilm and has reportedly been promised his job back once his soccer career ends.
Iceland’s first-ever appearance in a World Cup football match follows its success at UEFA Euro 2016.
They delivered perhaps the most memorable storyline of the tournament by drawing with Portugal — Ronaldo was not happy— and then beating England in the knock-out rounds. They bowed out to France in the quarter-finals.
The perfectly synchronized chanting from Iceland’s small, but spirited contingent of fans also left non-Icelanders in shock and awe.
That Iceland viking chant is still terrifying when there’s only 50 of them. https://t.co/c3CHpMU5Yz
— Tommy de la touche (@john_neptune) June 15, 2016