Yesterday the Iceandic football team made their World Cup debut in a game against the big nation, Argentina. Many had ruled them out, but in true viking style the guys managed to get a great 1-1 result. Rúrik came onto the pitch after 63 minutes.
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 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.”
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.
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)