After a spirited 0-0 draw at home to Croatia, Iceland are looking to create history and become the smallest nation to participate in a World Cup. Which got me thinking, who are the smallest countries to have participated in the World Cup. For which, after a lot of digging, I managed to find the answer to.
The list is in terms of the population of the nation and the size.
At fifth place is Jamaica, a country known more for its music and its flamboyant cricketers than its football. Although it is the fifth largest of the Caribbean islands, with a population of little over 2.7 million inhabitants, it is one of the smallest nations to qualify for the World Cup. Up until 1998, Jamaica were relatively unknown in the football arena, but their qualification for the World Cup in 1998 came as a shock to everyone.
They came into the World Cup without too many expectations and were handed out their first defeat in the World Cup by Croatia, who beat them 1-3. This was followed by a demoralizing 5-0 defeat to Argentina. However, in their final game against Japan, they redeemed some pride by beating Japan 2-1, which ensured that they finished 22nd out of a total 32 participants.