The nation of Iceland has seen a massive boost in new borns nine-months after their international team recorded a unexpected win over England.
Iceland’s journey in last year’s Euro 2016 was inspiring to say the least and their fans we’re just as captivating as the players with their infectiously charming ‘viking clap’.
The height of their ‘giant-killing’ powers saw them come from behind to defeat England 2-1 in the second round knockout stage, shocking (sort of) the footballing community.
Nine months after that famous win Iceland, who previously had a population of just 332,529, have seen a growth in new life.
In fact, local Icelandic newspaper Visir reported that since their win over England, the country has seen an exponential rise in birth rate.
9 months to the day after Iceland beat England, an Icelandic hospital resident reports a "record number of epidurals in the maternity unit" https://t.co/iZE2KzTg72
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) March 27, 2017
And this isn’t the first time something like this has happened as a result of football.
When Italy beat France in the final at the 2006 World Cup in Germany to secure the country’s fourth world cup, Italian fans were so overcome with joy that couples across the country decided they had to ‘consummate’ the victory.
Nine months after their epic win (thanks in-part to a Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi) Italy saw their birth rate boom.
On the other hand, it seems like England fans will have to wait w while until they get to experience something like this – the international team has been so disappointing I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve all become sterile as a result of their short comings.
Maybe Russia 2018 will be a different story, don’t hold your breath though…
We’ll never be able to do this will we?
Surely 52 years is long enough to wait for a tournament win…