Siarhei Rutenka

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Siarhei Rutenka
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Personal information
Born (1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 32)
Minsk, Belarus
Height 1.98 metres (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 96 kilograms (212 lb)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club FC Barcelona
Number 22
Senior clubs
2000–2001
2001–2005
2005–2009
2009–
Gorenje Velenje
Celje Pivovarna
Ciudad Real
FC Barcelona
National team
  Slovenia
Belarus
40 (269)
37 (238)[1]

Siarhei Rutenka, also Sergej Rutenka (Belarusian: Сяргей Рутэнка; born 29 September 1981) is a Belarusian handball player. Besides Belarusian citizenship in 2003 he acquired also Slovenian citizenship. In January, 2008, he received the Spanish nationality,[2] renouncing the Slovenian nationality. His preferred position is outside left, but he is also capable of playing as the pivot and playmaker. He came to prominence while playing for the Slovenian club Celje Pivovarna Laško and earlier for RK Gorenje. He currently plays for FC Barcelona in Spain. The club acquired him for €1 million.[3] His hobbies include bowling and films.

Rutenka was the top goalscorer at the 2006 European Men's Handball Championship, representing Slovenia. Currently he is back to representing native Belarus. In 2013 was included into the list of three candidates for the title of the best left-back in the world. [4]

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