February 29th will see two of the world’s soccer powerhouses collide when Montenegro faces Iceland in an international friendly. Let’s take a look at some speculative lineups:
GK-Mladen Božović, D-Savo Pavićević, D-Elsad Zverotić, D-Miodrag Djudovic, D-Stefan Savic, M-Nikola Drinčić, M-Vladimir Božović, S-Stevan Jovetic, S-Mirko Vučinić, S-Fatos Beciraj, S-Dejan Damjanović
GK-Stefán Logi Magnússon, D-Sölvi Ottesen, D-Birkir Már Sævarsson, D-Indriði Sigurðsson, D-Grétar Rafn Steinsson, M-Eggert Gunnþór Jónsson, M-Gylfi Sigurðsson, M-Emil Hallfreðsson, M-Aron Gunnarsson, M-Emil Hallfreðsson, S-Alfreð Finnbogason
Most evident is Montenegro’s attacking prowess, with four boldly-named strikers. The “Black Mountain” side is clearly outmatched in “-sons”; however, they make up for it in a powerful Stefan/Stevan duo. Vegas has the odds 1.1438:1 in favor of Iceland, but bookies might be surprised to find an in-form Jovetic running at the Icelandic defense. One player to watch will certainly be Sigurðsson, whose spat with coach Lars Lagerbäck might effect his concentration. We can only hope to see a match reminiscent of the Helsinki episode of 1919, and we all know how that turned out.
Let’s leave it at this: if two teams with punchless offenses, playing a game with nothing to gain, cannot put on an entertaining show, then what’s right in this world?
Aside: My copy of FIFA Soccer for the Vita arrives tomorrow. My first action would be to sim Montenegro vs. Iceland, if only the teams were in the game.