Iceland will meet Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in next years World Cup in Russia.
16/06 | Argentina – Iceland (Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow)
22/06 | Nigeria – Iceland (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd)
26/06 | Iceland – Croatia (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don)
I’ve seen multiple German articles these last days, that talks about a possible move away from FC Nurnberg. Iceland just qualified for next years World Cup, and with Rúrik’s injury shortly before last years Euro Cup, he is looking to be a regular starter for his team. He takes nothing for granted, and will fight for his place in the Icelandic squad, that will be heading to Russia next year, but it’s hard when the FC Nurnberg coach is looking elsewhere for players and often leaves Rúrik out.
Rúrik’s contract expires in the summer 2018 and if FC Nurnberg want’s to earn a bit of cash, there could very well be a transfer on the way this winter.
I’m soooooo proud to see that Rúrik has been called up to the national team again. It really shows that hard work does pay off!! Congrats Rúrik!!
Iceland will play against Kosovo and Ireland on March 24th and March 28th.
Rúrik is back training with the FC Nurnberg squad and was even on the bench when the team met RB Leipzig yesterday. A game they won with 3-1.
It won’t be long until we see him on the field again, putting in hard work for the team to stay in top 3 of the 2. Bundesliga, which will earn them a place in the Bundesliga next season.
“I played a reserve game last weekend, so it all looks good. I’ve been working hard on my rehabilitation. It’s not been long since I started practicing with the team, but I am still in fine form. I do not feel like I have been sidelined for five months”
“I managed to practice three times last week and the coach wanted me in the squad last weekend but the doctor would not accept it. I expect to be in the squad this weekend. I feel like I’m ready and I’ve been showing in training that I am in good shape”
Rúrik had surgery to repair his Achilles tendon that was partially demolished and has kept him out since September last year. Now he is back and ready to fight for his place on the FC Nurnberg team, as well as the national team, who’s going to the 2016 UEFA European Championship, which is held in France this summer.
“I would be frustrated if I was not named in the squad. It would be the first time in several years that I was not named in the squad when I’m injury-free. Of course I would be very frustrated, but I just need to work hard and show people that I belong in this group.”
“First and foremost, i need to start playing and playing well.”
Quotes taking from an interview Rúrik did with the Icelandic site visir.is
Earlier today the draw for the groups was made and Iceland is in Group F with Portugal, Austria and Hungary.
14 June 2016 – Iceland vs. Portugal (Saint Etienne – Stade Geoffroy Guichard)
18 June 2016 – Iceland vs. Hungary (Marseille – Stade Vélodrome)
22 June 2016 – Iceland vs. Austria (Paris – Stade De France)