Sarcastic Backlash to Stjarnan’s Goal Celebrations in IcelandBy: Daryl | September 13th, 2010
Icelandic team Stjarnan have become internet famous recently, entertaining us with their carefully choreographed goal celebrations. If you’re late to the party then check out the brilliant fish celebration which got everyone’s attention back in July, and their later – and more challenging – work, the human toilet. Which sounds like a terrible terrible horror film, but is actually pretty clever.
However, seems Stjarnan’s exploits haven’t gone down quite as well with their rivals in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild karla league as they have with YouTube viewers and bloggers. Stjarnan were beaten 5-1 away to Valur yesterday, and Valur forward Arnar Sveinn Geirsson celebrated the third goal with a sarcastic recreation of the Stjarnan’s fish routine.
Seems harsh maybe. A little bitter perhaps. But imagine you’re a team in Stjaranan’s league, and you see all the attention they’re getting for – in many ways – turning the Úrvalsdeild karla from a professional football league (it’s the top division in Iceland) into a sort of bizarro circus act. I don’t imagine you’d be entirely happy.
As the good people at 101GG point out, Stjarnan did not perform any wacky celebrations after scoring their consolation goal. Maybe that’s because no one celebrates a consolation goal, but maybe it’s also because Valur have now shamed Stjarnan into taking their football a bit more seriously.