29 August 1981|
Minsk, Soviet Union
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|BM Ciudad Real|
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. 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.
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.
He is the older brother of handball player Dzianis Rutenka.
- Concedida la nacionalidad española a Sterbik y Rutenka - Marca.com
- http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/downloads/sala_premsa/memoria/2009/memoria_barca_economica_eng.pdf[permanent dead link]
- "Siarhei Rutenka claims to be the best left-welterweight in the world in 2013". Land of Ancestors. 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.