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Rúrik Gíslason
Icelandic footballer

Rúrik Gíslason

Rúrik Gíslason
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Icelandic footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player Politician
From Iceland
Field Politics Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 February 1988, Reykjavík, Reykjavíkurborg, Capital Region, Iceland
Age 34 years
Star sign Pisces
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Sports Teams
Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs
F.C. Copenhagen
Viborg FF
Odense Boldklub
Charlton Athletic F.C.
1. FC Nürnberg
Iceland national under-17 football team
Iceland national under-19 football team
Iceland national under-21 football team
Iceland national association football team
The details (from wikipedia)


Rúrik Gíslason (born 25 February 1988) is an Icelandic former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career

Rúrik started his career with HK Kópavogur in his youth. Following a youth stint at R.S.C. Anderlecht, the then-champions of Belgium, he made his senior debut with HK Kópavogur.

At the end of August 2005, Rúrik signed for Charlton Athletic, but failed to make an appearance for Charlton's first team.

On 10 November 2020, Rúrik announced his retirement from football. He is currently appearing on the German TV programme Let’s Dance.

International career

In 2011, Rúrik was chosen as part of the Iceland U21 squad to represent Iceland at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Denmark. The striker was named on the bench for the opening game against Belarus.

In May 2018 he was named in Iceland's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Personal life

Rúrik was a candidate for the centre-right Independence Party in the 2016 Icelandic parliamentary election and 2017 Icelandic parliamentary election.

After Iceland's World Cup Group game against Argentina, Rúrik's Instagram profile went viral, as his followers increased by 250,000 after the game. His follower count is now right under one million, more than triple the size of Iceland's current population.

In 2021, Rúrik is scheduled to appear in the action-comedy film Cop Secret, directed by Hannes Þór Halldórsson.

Career statistics


National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland 2009 4 0
2010 5 1
2011 4 0
2012 8 0
2013 5 0
2014 7 1
2015 4 1
2016 0 0
2017 6 0
2018 10 0
Total 53 3

International goals

Scores and results list Iceland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Rúrik goal.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 11 August 2010 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Liechtenstein
Friendly [1]
2. 10 October 2014 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [2]
3. 31 March 2015 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
Friendly [3]



  • Danish Superliga: 2012–13
  • Danish Cup: 2014–15
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Nov 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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