Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland's dentist-coach, steps down

Heimir Hallgrimsson, the dentist who coached Iceland to the World Cup for the first time, stepped down as head coach after seven years on the job.

"If I had to continue, I would have done it with the same preparation, the same motivation," he said at a press conference in Reykjavik on Tuesday, "but at some point, this kind of routine can lead to a certain weariness."

Hallgrimsson and Swede Lars Lagerback served as co-coaches when Iceland reached the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, where it lost to France, 5-2, after beating England in the round of 16.

Hallgrimsson was in charge when Iceland became the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup. It tied Argentina, 1-1, in its opening game but then lost to Nigeria (2-0) and Croatia (2-1) to finish last in Group D.
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