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Rúrik Gíslason (born 25 February 1988) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for SV Sandhausen.

Rúrik Gíslason
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Gíslason playing for Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Rúrik Gíslason[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Forward
Club information
Current team
SV Sandhausen
Number 9
Youth career
HK
Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 HK 12 (1)
2005–2007 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2007–2009 Viborg 46 (16)
2009–2012 OB 87 (10)
2012–2015 Copenhagen 68 (5)
2015–2018 1. FC Nürnberg 30 (0)
2018– SV Sandhausen 42 (3)
National team
2003–2004 Iceland U17 14 (5)
2005–2007 Iceland U19 15 (5)
2005–2011 Iceland U21 19 (6)
2009– Iceland 53 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2018

Contents

CareerEdit

Rúrik started his career with HK Kópavogur in his youth. Following a youth stint at R.S.C. Anderlecht, the then-champions of Belgium, he made his senior debut with HK Kópavogur.

At the end of August 2005, Rúrik signed for Charlton Athletic, but failed to make an appearance for Charlton's first team.

International careerEdit

In 2011, Rúrik was chosen as part of the squad to represent Iceland at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Denmark. The striker was named on the bench for the opening game against Belarus.

In May 2018 he was named in Iceland's 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Rúrik was a candidate for the centre-right Independence Party in the 2016 Icelandic parliamentary election and 2017 Icelandic parliamentary election.[3]

After Iceland's World Cup Group game against Argentina, Rúrik's Instagram profile went viral, as his followers increased by 250,000 after the game.[4] His follower count is now right under one million, more than triple the size of Iceland's current population.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of match played 19 November 2018[6]
Iceland
Year Apps Goals
2009 4 0
2010 5 1
2011 4 0
2012 8 0
2013 5 0
2014 7 1
2015 4 1
2016 0 0
2017 6 0
2018 10 0
Total 53 3

International goalsEdit

Score and Result shows Iceland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 11 August 2010 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland   Liechtenstein
1–0
1–1
Friendly [1]
2. 10 October 2014 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia   Latvia
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [2]
3. 31 March 2015 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia
1–0
1–1
Friendly [3]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Iceland" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/amp/news/world-cup-squad-injured-gylfi-sigurdsson/17guw991qjit61qqhhfn9lyhon
  3. ^ "Politics, dentistry and horror films: Iceland's incredible stories". Onefootball English. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Iceland player gains 250,000 Instagram followers after substitute appearance against Argentina". RT. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Icelandic team's Rúrik now has over a million Instagram followers". Iceland Monitor. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Rúrik Gíslason". European Football. 23 June 2018.

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