Siarhei Rutenka

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Siarhei Rutenka
Siarhei Rutenka 02.jpg
Personal information
Born (1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 38)
Minsk, Soviet Union
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior clubs
Years Team
1998–2000
Arkatron Minsk
2000–2001
RK Gorenje
2001–2005
RK Celje
2005–2009
BM Ciudad Real
2009–2015
FC Barcelona
2015
Lekhwiya SC
2016
SKA Minsk
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Slovenia 56 (308)
Belarus 65 (421)

Siarhei Rutenka, also Sergej Rutenka (Belarusian: Сяргей Рутэнка; born 29 September 1981) is a Belarusian former handball player. Besides Belarusian citizenship, he also acquired Slovenian citizenship in 2003. In January 2008, he received the Spanish nationality.[1] His preferred position was outside left, but he was also capable of playing as the pivot and playmaker. He came to prominence while playing for the Slovenian club RK Celje and earlier for RK Gorenje. He has also played for FC Barcelona in Spain. The club acquired him for €1 million in 2009.[2]

Rutenka was the top goalscorer at the 2006 European Men's Handball Championship, representing Slovenia. In 2013, he was included into the list of three candidates for the title of the best left-back in the world.[3]

He is the older brother of handball player Dzianis Rutenka.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Concedida la nacionalidad española a Sterbik y Rutenka - Marca.com
  2. ^ http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/downloads/sala_premsa/memoria/2009/memoria_barca_economica_eng.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Siarhei Rutenka claims to be the best left-welterweight in the world in 2013". Land of Ancestors. 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.