Against the Elements

Against the Elements

The Eruption of Icelandic Football
Matt McGinn
216 x 138


With a population of just 350,000, Iceland stunned the world when it went toe-to-toe with the elite at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. So how was such a tiny nation able to take on the giants of world football? Part travelogue, part thematic investigation, Against the Elements searches for the reason for Iceland's remarkable, unprecedented rise.

Click here to read a feature on the book in The Guardian

Click here to hear Matt McGinn on Talk Radio Europe

Click here to hear Matt McGinn on Outside Write podcast

About the author

Matt McGinn is a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham who specialises in the relationship between sport, national identity and memory. Matt has written about football for ESPN, the Guardian and Howler. He is interested in football writing as a means to explore personal stories beyond the pitch and to reveal the cultural and sociological patterns that shape the game. Against the Elements is his first book.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our newsletter

We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use