In conversation with: Rúrik Gislason, Footballer , 1. FCN (Curt Magazine)

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curt: How important was it for you to leave Iceland in 2004 to play on the European continent?
Rurik Gislason: That was really important to me. I started to train more and to play football, rather than go to school, hang out with my friends and have fun. A first hard decision for me, because I have my life, just as it was, really liked it, but I have not regretted a second. I started to live my dream.

curt: Football in Iceland was more of a niche sport, when you went back then …
Rurik Gislason: Yes, it was. But since then a lot has happened. There are many more football halls with good facilities. Back then we played outdoors, was regardless of the weather and the place looked like. The kids today have much better options.

curt: For you it was important to leave in accordance with Iceland to be a professional footballer?
Rurik Gislason: I always wanted to be a professional soccer player and knew that I would eventually have to leave my home to take the next steps.
 
curt: Finally, you’re landed here, at 1. FCN.
Rurik Gislason: Why finally? [Laugh]

curt: What were the reasons for your move to Nuremberg?
Rurik Gislason: A good friend of mine, Per Nilsson has played here before. He influenced me to go in my decision to Nuremberg decisively. He has praised team and environment here in the highest terms. To be honest, I had not heard too much from the club and the second Bundesliga by then, then began to but to occupy myself with the association and all its tradition and am super happy to be here. Unfortunately I was injured a lot so far, but I’m working hard to be fit again and want the fans and all the people who have supported me here to get something back.

curt: What are your ambitions to the end of this season?
Rurik Gislason: I think I must not have too high claims. The coach has a great team available, which is off to a great series. I will continue to work hard to be there when the team needs me.

curt: You play well for many years in the Icelandic national team. What are the differences between the Icelandic team and the club for you?
Rurik Gislason: Both teams work very hard for what they have achieved, each player is ready to go far – for himself and for the team. In this they are very similar. Finding differences is not easy, when you let the tactics get out. The Icelandic national team have been together for a long time in their current occupation. Since we once won two matches, football fans have built a very nice print. The team has been rather driven and made the already very good team spirit even better. Iceland is a small country with a small capital, as it is closely related.

curt: What did the Icelandic national team so successful in the European Championship qualifiers?
Rurik Gislason: For me, it is a mixture of talent, team spirit and mutual trust. As just been told, we are playing a long time together. Very long. The coaches give us much confidence and help us to develop ourselves, individually and as a team. We may make mistakes and lose games. But the confidence is undiminished.

curt: What has changed in Iceland with the success of the football team?
Rurik Gislason: It has changed a lot. One could say that it has the whole society changed a bit. It was hard to imagine for us that people from Iceland traveling to one of our Games Away. Meanwhile, there are always more. When we play, that’s almost a national holiday. For the kids we are a lot more as a model than before, we can encourage them to improve themselves and to believe that everything can be possible.

curt: What purpose does the team for the European Championship?
Rurik Gislason: Probably thinking of one or the other, we have already achieved our goal with the qualification. But we want to go, as soon as possible. We go to the games to win them.
 
curt: What role do you want to play in this?
Rurik Gislason: Unfortunately, I was injured quite a while. That was not a good timing. But before the qualification I’ve played an important role in the team, then I want to go back. And for that I will work hard!
 
curt: Good luck for it!
Rurik Gislason Thank you!

curt: We read again and again that you like to hear rock and hip-hop. Have you ever been on one of these beautiful music festivals in Islands, as the Iceland Airwaves or the Sonar Reykjavik?
Rurik Gislason: That’s what I initially meant by the hard decision. So far I could never go to one of these festivals.
 
curt: you are listening to Icelandic music?
Rurik Gislason: Oh yes, I have been following the Icelandic music scene carefully. When I was in Iceland last December, rehabilitation, I imitated my degree, then celebrated a bit and invited other bands and artists. For example Úlfur Úlfur.

curt: I looked at last year’s Iceland Airwaves live plays, great Icelandic rap. However, I have other than “motherf ** ker, understood nothing.
Rurik Gislason: [laughs] Yeah, they’re cool. Icelandic musicians have a great instinct, a blatant creativity, and what new influences and their processing terms. I like not really a specific genre, but everything is good.
 
curt: We can indeed, when the interview will be online, even grab a video of Úlfur Úlfur to …
Rurik Gislason: As pleased viewed. But you must also grab one of Kaleo. They have also played at my party and are really great.

[Interview: David Lodhi, Photos: Thomas Bönig, thomasboenig.com]

Update on injury: Rurik is playing again

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

Rurik working on getting back on the pitch.

Really happy to be on the pitch again after my Achilles' tendon surgery in October! Photo by Bernd Müller

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Rúrik is back!

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Ten weeks after the injury, the 27 year old has one main goal.

Rúrik didn’t join his teammates on Monday, but on Tuesday he was back on the court at 1. FC Nürnberg. Two and a half months after his surgery on the Achilles tendon, he’s been cleared by rehab coach Tobias Dippert, to start training again.

“I am delighted to be back in Nuremberg,” the winger said after his first training session. “It’s nice to be back with the team.” Because of continuing problems with the Achilles tendon itself Gíslason had undergone a surgical procedure in October 2015 “It was unpleasant to constantly play with pain. Therefore I hope that it is now over and I’m fit again soon.”

The signs are good. On Monday Gíslason went to Switzerland for a follow-up.

“The doctor said that everything looks very good. I also feel that it is constantly improving.”

First of, Rúrik will train individually and then join the team on their training camp in Belek.

If all goes well, it is quite “realistic, that I am ready for the first game in Munich” says Gíslason, however “I do not want to pressure the moment. I only have one goal, and that is to play without pain again. The team has played really well without me. I’m just going to work hard for it to be right back there.”

Interview in Icelandic

Rurik_fotboltiRúrik is doing well after the surgery he had in October, to fix is Achilles tendon and he’s looking to be back in training in FC Nurnberg on January 4th 2016.
Right now he is back home in Iceland where he is working with the physiotherapist from the Icelandic national team, Stefan Stefansson.

In the interview Rúrik also talks about how different the german way of professional football is to the danish way, which Rúrik had been used to for years. He really likes the more strict rules and hopes he can come back stronger from the injury and help the team move up from the German B league to the Bundesliga.

He also talks about how important his time in Viborg was and how it gave him a reality check, because the players in Charlton, where he played prior to moving to Denmark, was all about spending their money on expensive cars and stuff and not so much on saving up for the future.

Listen or read the full interview here: http://www.fotbolti.net/news/07-12-2015/rurik-gisla-markmidid-ad-sla-i-gegn-i-thyskalandi (It’s in Icelandic!)