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Iceland Did One Last Viking Clap With Their Fans

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Iceland lost to France 5-2 in the Euro quarterfinals, after getting bum rushed for four goals in the first half. But the fact that Iceland—population: the same as Santa Ana, California, a city you didn’t know existed—even advanced far enough to get knocked out by France was a tremendous accomplishment for a nation that had never before qualified for the Euros or World Cup.


The Iceland team returned home yesterday, and were greeted as conquering heroes, with a bus top procession through the streets of Reykjavik.

Once there they were each cheered individually, sang some White Stripes, but most importantly, did one last Viking clap with what seemed to be half the population of the country:

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