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

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AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Iceland is doing great in football the last couple of years. First the Euro cup, then they qualified for the world cup. And above all, their great match with Argentina (not the great team we knew until now). 1-1, and this guy the article is about saved a penalty shot by MESSI! Well done Iceland. Even if you don’t qualify, you will still be successful!

Aisling
Aisling
2 years ago

He saved a penalty that Messi shot so I’d say he’s a very good goalie.

MyrtleP
MyrtleP
2 years ago

I still remember that music video. It elevated the song so well!!

Ulises
Ulises
2 years ago

Wiwibloggs, you clearly have no news. Do you?

PolLan
PolLan
2 years ago

A lots of Prince Polo for Iceland <3

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
2 years ago

A man of many talents! I was impressed by his performance against Argentina.

World Cup and ESC connection, that’s nice.

Natalie
Natalie
2 years ago

Haha! I knew that William Lee Adams had written this article as soon as I saw the phrase “soccer career.” It’s “football” here, in Europe.

That Viking chant is terrifying. You could almost imagine them crossing the ocean to murder you.

Minerva
Minerva
2 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

Yeah, that chant is great. I love it!

Aisling
Aisling
2 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

Lol actually in Ireland you can’t really say football unless you’re talking about our own sport – gaelic football. Just to not be confused, I say soccer.

Riri Vincent
Riri Vincent
2 years ago

Good looking, athletic and romantic. Some people have it all.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

So they’re “boycotting” Israel for human rights concerns but not Russia?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago

#logic

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago

Haha, that’s iceland xD some groups of people are more sad than others apparently.

Riri Vincent
Riri Vincent
2 years ago

I would boycot Russia just for the way they treat animals like that poor bear. Otherwise i don’t care for their genuine love for putin and for planting models in the arena to pretend they are random fans.

KESC
KESC
2 years ago

As if anyone would ever boycott Fifa..

Lazarevfan
Lazarevfan
2 years ago

boycotters=losers

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago

GO ICELAND, HÚH HÚH HÚH!!! <3

Soph
Soph
2 years ago

It’s crazy how every Icelandic soccer player has something to do with someone or something else important in Iceland.

Hada
Hada
2 years ago
Reply to  Soph

Every Icelandic person has something to do with someone or something else important in Iceland because there’s only 300.000 of them. I bet everyone in San Marino is connected to someone important in San Marino too.

Herr Frau
Herr Frau
2 years ago
Reply to  Soph

It’s football not soccer, Americans…