Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason was in free-scoring form for FC Augsburg during the second half of 2015/16. - © © imago
Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason was in free-scoring form for FC Augsburg during the second half of 2015/16. - © © imago

Fire, ice and Finnbogason: introducing Iceland's great white hope

He may represent the smallest nation at this summer's UEFA European Championships, but there is nothing in the slightest bit inconspicuous about FC Augsburg's Iceland international striker Alfred Finnbogason.

'A good mentality'

With seven goals in just 14 Rückrunde appearances, the 27-year-old had a massive hand in keeping Augsburg afloat in 2015/16 and will doubtless be just as important to Iceland's hopes of getting through UEFA Euro 2016 with their pride intact in the weeks ahead.

"He's just always in the thick of things," said Augsburg defender Philipp Max after Finnbogason netted the only goal of the game in Matchday 30's relegation six-pointer at home to VfB Stuttgart back in April. "What he did was world-class."

Max is not alone in his admiration for a player who only joined the club at the turn of the year - initially on loan and later on a permanent deal. "Finnbogason fits very well with the team because he is a good guy and has a good mentality," explained former Augsburg head coach Markus Weinzierl. "That's why it hasn't taken long for him to integrate."

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