The last group match, and unfortunately the last match at the World Cup for Iceland. After a fantastic 1-1 draw against Argentina in the first match and a hard defeat against Nigeria, Iceland had to go out and win the match against Croatia, and hope for a good result in the groups other game between Argentina and Nigeria. The Icelandic team fought for it like the true vikings they are, but it wasn’t enough in the end, with Croatia winning 2-1. Rúrik didn’t play the match.
Rúrik played the entire game on the right wing.
(There are english subtitles)
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.
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.