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National sport success and the emergent social atmosphere: The case of Iceland

Published on Apr 19, 2020in International Review for the Sociology of Sport
· DOI :10.1177/1012690220912415
Vidar Halldorsson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Iceland)
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Iceland attracted international attention when its national football team qualified for the 2018 Men’s World Cup. This surprise qualification made Iceland the smallest nation to qualify in the 88-y...
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