Iceland's EURO 2016 legacy lives on as France borrow Viking clap

France celebrated their 2-0 EURO 2016 semi-final victory over 2014 FIFA World Cup champions Germany with a round of the famous Iceland Viking clap.

French viking clap

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After the final whistle confirmed Les Bleus' progression to the final, the french players rejoiced with their fans, using the iconic celebration made famous during EURO 2016 by Iceland - the team they eliminated in the quarter-finals.

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Like the vuvuzelas at the 2010 World Cup, the Viking thunder clap has become a symbol of this tournament.

The France team, led by stars Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, bought into the trend, which Wales also adopted after eliminating Belgium in the quarter-finals.

While the French could argue imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, many have taken to social media to criticise the 'copycats' for being unoriginal.

France's semi-final win saw them progress to their first major final since the 2006 World Cup, and condemned Germany to their first tournament loss since the EURO 2012 semi-finals.


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Published 8 July 2016 at 10:41am
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