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4 Apr 2019

Alumnus earns new role with Iceland national football team

Tom Joel has earned a new role with the Iceland national football team.

Tom is currently a first-team sports scientist at Leicester City, analysing the squad’s fitness during training and matches and aiding injury prevention.

Although he will maintain this role, during international breaks he will join up with the Iceland team as their first-team fitness coach.

Iceland have captured hearts of football fans worldwide in recent years, qualifying for their first European Championship in 2016. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals, having beaten England in the previous round.

The Nordic nation, with a population of just over 350,000, also qualified for the 2018 World Cup, their first appearance at the tournament. However, they were knocked out at the group stage.

Tom’s first month in his new role has seen Iceland begin their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020. He has previously spent the last eight seasons with Leicester.

He is perhaps most well-known for being sent to the stands by referee Jonas Eriksson in Leicester’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. When handing a Leicester player a water bottle, Tom inadvertently stepped into the Atletico dugout, and was sent to the stands.

Fortunately for Tom, when Iceland boss Erik Hamren was asked about the incident, he replied with a smile, “I knew about this.”

Tom first joined Leicester on his placement year as an intern, before graduating from Loughborough in 2013 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He returned to the Foxes as a full-time employee that year with the Development Squad, before being promoted to work with the first team a year later.

Congratulations to Tom on his new role.

 

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