National Geographic : 2007 May
FLASHBACK On the Fence Balancing on bicycles, Icelanders watch British soccer players practice. This photo was acquired by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC in 1943 and was probably taken in the early 1940s, when World War II engulfed most of Europe. Officially neutral, Iceland played a strategic role in the conflict, allowing British and U.S. forces to operate from bases on the island and secure Allied control of the North Atlantic. Soccer had come to Iceland only 50 years or so earlier and had found instant popularity. Today, the men's national team hasn't yet made it to a World Cup, but the women's team consistently ranks among the top 20 soccer clubs in the world. -Siobhan Roth R Flashback Archive See all the photos plus e-greetings at ngm.com/0705. PHOTO:WILLIAMMcGREAL,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICIMAGECOLLECTION NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517TH ST NW.WASHINGTON.DC200364688. $34.00 A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY.$6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.PO BOX 4412 STN. A. TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2.UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.85. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.PO BOX 63002,TAMPA, FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS US THATYOUR MAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WE HAVENO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.