German article from nordbayern.de – roughly translated.
BAMBERG – 1. FC Nürnberg is still looking for a striker, although a couple are still running at the Valznerweiher sports park. Rurik Gislason, for example, who is hoping for his breakthrough in his third year at the club – and not for the first time.
Life is far too good to be stressful. Rurik Gislason knows this. In his holidays he likes to fly the sun afterwards, to Florida or Dubai, even in everyday life, the friendly Icelander always feels deeply relaxed. Little can get him out of his way. He can be really angry if he feels unjustified. As by Alois Schwartz, his former coach.
Rurik has often been left out of the starting line up, for whatever reason. Last season, Gislason scored for the first time on the 21st day of the match, at the 0-2 in Munich. Far too little for one who is called unconditional teamplayer. And the next year with his country selection would like to go to the World Cup to Russia.
“He is developing and working well for himself,” says coach Köllner, “he takes things very well.” Gislason, as a substitute midfielder, beat Bohemians Prague and tried to set a sign, the two internal defenders, he also shaken a few times vigorously; Just before the end of the game. A success story, which has been denied him in the Second League so far. And in times when an offensive force is often measured by their goals.
“I am always optimistic,” he says, before the others in the squad he does not need to hide. “There is always competition in a big club like Nuremberg,” says Gislason, “but I’m sure the competition will be fair this season.”
Gislason is ready, “I feel fit, I’ve trained well,” he says. Even Iceland’s national coach Heimir Hallgrímsson is back on Gislason; In the World Cup qualification, he switched to the final victories in Kosovo and against Croatia in the final phase, during the test in Ireland Gislason was allowed to participate in 88 minutes.
“There is no reason for me not to be optimistic,” says Gislason, “for my career it would be a disaster to experience a season like the past.” At that time he had the feeling “never to get a chance to show me, I felt I deserved more chances.” Now, in preparation, he gets it – and seems to use it as well.
“I came here to have success with this great club,” says Gislason, whose contract expires next summer. “It is up to me and the club what the future brings.” For him hopefully a beautiful life. Especially as a footballer.