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Interview (Article): Rurik Gislason is “not the type for the Bachelor”

Translated from a German article

Sandhausen. Rurik Gislason is the last player to leave the cabin. The Icelander is in high demand on the media day of SV Sandhausen. Publishers and radio stations, which otherwise do not lose themselves to the Hardtwald, came only because of the 30-year-old Viking.

For at the World Cup, he was one of the stars. At least in social media. 36,000 fans followed him in front of Russia on Instagram, now it is 1.3 million.

“How is it possible that you are so beautiful?”, Brazilian actress Gabriela Lopes posted after Gislasons World Cup debut against Argentina – and triggered a veritable hype. “It has fundamentally changed my life,” laughs the attacker from Hardtwald, who handles the sudden fame surprisingly easy, friendly and approachable and (almost) answered all questions of the RNZ.

Only the according to his relationship status not. “I do not talk about my private life,” smiles the good-natured Nordmann, who the audience can experience live on Wednesday evening.

At the peak of the season preparation, the second division team will welcome VfB Stuttgart at 6.30 pm at the Hardtwald. Otmar Schork, who hopes for 4,000 spectators, is pleased with the new adage of his striker.

“Rurik is currently very much in focus,” says the CEO, “but we believe that he can handle the hype well.” Tickets for the friendly against Stuttgart are still available in all categories.

Question: Rurik Gislason, after the World Cup you were allowed two weeks vacation.

I was with friends for six days in Miami. And then I spent vacation in the rain in Iceland (laughs). But it was nice with my parents, my brother and my sister and my six nieces and nephews.

Immediately before the World Cup you extended your contract with SV Sandhausen. What spoke for it?

It’s important for me to play – week by week. The coach trusts me and supports me. I want to give back some of the trust he gives me. The decision was therefore very easy for me.

How did you learn about your sudden glory?

After the Argentina game, my Instagram account went crazy. The numbers have skyrocketed. But I was very happy, that was only positive for me.

You have received many requests …

On vacation, I wanted to recover, because I have only visited a TV and a radio show. Now I try to answer as many requests as possible. There were also offers to work as a model for fashion. Maybe I do one or the other. I’m thinking about it. But it has to be the right thing.

Were there even crazier offers, whether you would go on television as a Bachelor, for example?

(laughs) No, I would not do that. I’m not the type for that.

The Brazilian actress Gabriela Lopes has triggered the hype around you. Do you have contact with her?

(smiles) No, I do not have one. She has changed my life fundamentally.

Could the sudden glory attract more viewers to Sandhausen?

I hope so. But it’s not about me, but about the team. If the team plays well, the fans come. And we have a good team! The SV Sandhausen is such a wonderful little club, here it is like in a family.

Iceland beat Argentina 1-1 at the World Cup but then lost to Nigeria and Croatia. Does the pride or the disappointment outweigh?

It’s a mix of both. I am a bit disappointed, but also proud of Iceland and my team. Hey – we played at the World Cup.

They had two missions at the World Cup …

I’m realistic and happy about every minute I was allowed to play. Because I had not played so many internationals in recent years.

In the training camp, you met eleven new players. What’s up for Sandhausen in the new season?

It’s too early to say that. In the 2nd league, everyone can really beat anyone. Our goal is definitely to do better than last year.

With Fabian Schleusener, Kevin Behrens or Karim Guédé SV Sandhausen has been upgraded especially in the storm. Are these more like colleagues or competitors?

They are colleagues – and really good players. That already increases our quality.


Article: Iceland player gains 250,000 Instagram followers after substitute appearance against Argentina

There’s a lot of articles floating the internet right now, about Rúrik and the many Instagram followers he’s gotten the past few days. I won’t be posting them all, since they are mostly in spanish, but I found this one in english. I think it’s amazing that he’s getting all this attention and hopefully he’ll get even more minutes on the pitch in the coming games, so everyone can see that he’s a great football as well 🙂

Rurik Gíslason, a previously unheralded midfielder from the German second division, has seen his Instagram following swell by 250,000 overnight after a brief cameo in his nation’s opening game in the World Cup.

He may have only played a half hour in Iceland’s 1-1 draw with Argentina but Rurik Gíslason has already made quite an impression on the World Cup – and more specifically, the sport’s female viewers.

Gíslason has proved to be particularly popular with South American football fans, with Brazilian actress Gabriela Lopes writing to her 2 million followers to ask “how is it possible to be this cute?”

Argentinian actress Gimena Accardi also noted to her audience that over 40,000 of her fans had followed Gíslason’s account in just 30 minutes – and it is still growing at an astounding rate. In fact, in the time is has taken to write this his Instagram following has grown by 10,000.

Gíslason’s new legion of female fans will have another chance to watch him in action when Iceland take on Nigeria in their second Group D match on Friday.


Rúrik: “If we do not give 110% we are not a good team”

Roughly translated from Spanish

Rúrik Gíslason, Icelandic midfielder, said his team should give everything and more if they want to beat Argentina on Saturday in their debut in a World Cup.

The Icelandic Rúrik Gíslason drew a parallel between his team and his club, the German Sandhausen, to indicate that his country will have to leave everything on the court this Saturday against Argentina in the start of Group D of the World Cup.

“In both teams, it’s like that: if we do not give 110 percent, then we’re not a good team,” said the Viking midfielder. “That is the key for us in both cases, we are the two small teams, but if we give 110 percent, we can achieve something,”.

Before the crossing against Argentina, expectations are higher than in the European Championship two years ago, when Iceland was the surprise of the tournament and reached the quarterfinals eliminating England. “People expect more from us, so it’s important to be careful and talk a little less,” said Gíslaslon.

Of course, Lionel Messi is one of the main concerns of the Nordics, although not the only one. “He is a great country and a team with a great history in football, he has the best team on paper, but we have already shown that we can get results against better teams”, concluded Gíslason.


Rúrik: Try to pay people back

Roughly translated

Rúrik Gíslason was in the starting lineup of Iceland in the friendly match against Norway last night. The game ended with Norway’s 3-2 victory.

Rúrik played a little bit at the beginning of the year but has had more playing time after the new year.

“I just like playing soccer now. The coach of Sandhausen gave me a new life in January and I try to pay people back, who believe in me.” Rúrik said after the game.

Rúrik started the game on the left wing, but he has played a lot of different positions on the national team.

“I feel good just in the field and feel like I’m feeling confident from the world, which is a very good feeling and elevates me to a higher level. Hopefully I can help the team, no matter what position it will be.”


The future for Rúrik

Roughly translated

It is uncertain where Rúrik Gíslason will play next season, but his deal with Sandhausen in the German B-league is running out.

Rúrik signed with Sandhausen during the season when he joined the club in January. Rúrik came to Sandhausen from Nurnberg as he was in the cold. Sandhausen wants to hold Rúrik but is uncertain whether he will stay there.

“This is untouched. I have a contract offer from them and will check my case after the World Cup, “said Rúrik at today.

Rúrik scored three goals in fifteen games with Sandhausen, who finished 11th in the German B-league.

“This was what I needed. I had a coach who had great faith in me. It was a good feeling to be in the starting line-up, although you have been traveling with the national team. It was respectful to me and that’s what I needed at this point, “said Rúrik who tested Sandhausen’s new position after the longest finishing touches.

“After a long time at the Nurnberg class, it’s amazing what one can appreciate the time you get. I was playing as a winger, striker and backman in a four-line line. I was playing various positions and had fun at all. ”

Source: (Icelandic article)

Transfer news: Rúrik will move on from FC Nurnberg in January

Rurik Gislason is going to move on from FC Nürnberg in the January transfer window, and there is interest from Denmark, where he has a past in Viborg FF, OB and FCK.

With his 181 matches in the Superligaen, Rurik Gislason is the Icelander listed for most performances in Denmark’s best football series. From 2007 to 2015, the offensive player broke his folds in Viborg FF, OB and FC Copenhagen.

The 181 matches have been standing since Rurik Gislason left FC Copenhagen in favor of FC Nürnberg in 2015, but it is not unthinkable that more matches will soon be added.

29-year-old Rurik Gislason can stand in front of a comeback in Danish football in the January transfer window.

He leaves FC Nürnberg in January. It’s still unclear what’s going to happen, but Rurik really wants to join Iceland in World Cup, and it requires him to play some time in the spring. There is no immediate prospect in Nuremberg, so he must go away, says Rurik Gislason’s agent, Magnus Agnar Magnusson, to and adds:

“There is interest from Denmark, and that is also from Holland, Belgium and Turkey. The Danish clubs can remember Rurik from his time in Viborg, OB and FC Copenhagen, and it is my impression that he has a nice name in Denmark. We must see – it is not at all possible that he finds a club in Denmark.

Just over a year ago, brought an interview with Rurik Gislason, who made it clear that he finds it hard to see himself in other Danish clubs than FC Copenhagen.

“There is only one club for me in Denmark. It is FC Copenhagen at this time. There are Danish clubs who have asked, but I have said that I will only play for FCK in Denmark. I felt so good at FCK and I have a lot of respect for the club. I also had a good time in Viborg and OB, but I received a lot of respect from the fans in FCK. It’s also about the level, for FCK playing in the top, but it’s mostly because I enjoyed it so much in the club. It would be a shame to play for another club in Denmark, said Rurik Gislason on January 6th to

Immediately, Rurik Gislason does not look like an obvious topic for FCK in the forthcoming transfer window, so the Irishman must eat their own words if the interest from Denmark is to be a club change.

“After playing for FC Copenhagen, it’s hard to play for another club in Denmark, because it will be on a completely different level. But Rurik is in a situation where he can not only choose between all clubs in the world, so if there is a good offer from Denmark, I’m sure he will consider it, “said the agent.

Rurik Gislason has had a bad season in Germany and has just played in three league matches for FC Nürnberg in the German 2nd Bundesliga.

Source: Tips Bladet

Rúrik: ‘This is my last chance!’

When Rurik Gislason (29) was substituted for Garching (5: 2) on Tuesday in the club test, the Icelander gave everything he had, shaking his opponents at high speed like pesky flies.

He scored a goal and made many dangerous actions – It seemed liked it had finally clicked for the national team player!
Gislason says: “It is my last chance to leave my footprints here. I can not afford another season with so few stakes.”

Since his transfer in 2015, the sympathetic Viking waits for his breakthrough at the club.
In his first season, he was set back by an Achilles tendon rupture, but under the ex-coach Alois Schwartz (50), he could only convince very little in the second year.

Gislason retrospectively: “I came full of hope with high expectations. Of course, I’ve promised myself more. For example, becoming a star.
I hope I can play an important role this year. Since I’ve been here, that was all I ever wanted.”

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