The average height of players on Iceland’s World Cup team is 1.85 meters (over 6 feet), making them the tallest team participating in this year’s World Cup, mbl.is reports. Iceland will play its first match on Saturday against two-time World Cup champions Argentina, who with an average height of 1.79 meters (5 feet, 10 in), are among the shortest teams competing this year.
Iceland’s height advantage will hopefully come in handy, particularly during aerial challenges. According to 101Sports.com, this potential advantage has lead Argentina’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli, to “put special emphasis on height during tactical work at the team’s training center in the Moscow suburb of Bronnitsy.”
“It’s going to be a very tough match,” Argentinian goalie Willy Caballero remarked. “They defend well as a group, with two very tight lines. It will be difficult to get in through the middle. We’ll have to use the wings.”