Iceland’s starting line-up for their first World Cup match

Rúrik is not in the starting line-up, but hopefully we’ll get to see him being substituted later on.


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.

Source: www.ole.com.ar

Rúrik has prolonged his contract with Sandhausen


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.”

Source: www.fotbolti.net

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 Football.com 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: www.fotbolti.net (Icelandic article)