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This Icelandic Twitter account is one of the best things about the Euro 2016 soccer tournament

'Lol. Ronaldo. Lol.'


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Jun 15, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:42 pm CDT

Much like training for the physical sport of soccer—sorry, football—live tweeting and subtweeting are social-media crafts that take months, possibly years, to perfect. 

After Iceland’s 1-1 tie of Portugal in the UEFA European Championship, it would appear that the owners of the account Reykjavík Grapevine have been training their Twitter fingers for this momentous tournament.

On Tuesday, Portugal—the eighth-ranked team in the world—played Iceland, the smallest country to qualify for Euro 2016 and which is ranked No. 34. During the match, the Twitter account for the Reykjavík Grapevine, an English-language tourist publication for all things Iceland, reacted as any other impassioned fan cheering for a David against a team of Goliath-regarded proportions would: It trash-tweeted Portugal straight through it.

From Iceland launching into the offensive to Portugal’s players collapsing one-by-one, the crew at the Reykjavík Grapevine kept Twitter fans engaged with biting comments and majestic hyperbole. The Guardian chronicled and contextualized the account’s Twitter rampage, but here is just a handful of our favorite drags.

Throughout the match, Iceland fans praised the publication’s brilliant commentary, with some expressing hope that the team makes it to the Euro 2016 finals, if just to read the account’s cheeky burns. Even Twitter’s UK Moments picked up on the action.

After Iceland’s win/tie, the Reykjavík Grapevine even jabbed at Portugal team captain Cristiano Ronaldo for his childish reaction to his team’s loss. 

Iceland plays Hungary next on Saturday at 12pm ET. Hopefully the team can pull its weight and continue to let Twitter bask in the glory that is #EuroSaga—at least for a few more weeks.

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*First Published: Jun 15, 2016, 11:39 pm CDT