Siarhei Rutenka

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Siarhei Rutenka
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Personal information
Born (1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 35)
Minsk, Soviet Union
Height 1.98 metres (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Senior clubs
Belarus Arkatron Minsk
Slovenia Gorenje Velenje
Slovenia RK Celje
Spain BM Ciudad Real
Spain FC Barcelona
Qatar Lekhwiya SC
Belarus SKA Minsk
National team
40 (269)
65 (421)

Siarhei Rutenka, also Sergej Rutenka (Belarusian: Сяргей Рутэнка; born 29 September 1981) was a Belarusian handball player.Besides Belarusian citizenship in 2003 he acquired also Slovenian citizenship. In January, 2008, he received the Spanish nationality,.[1] 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 previously plays for FC Barcelona in Spain. The club acquired him for €1 million.[2] His hobbies include bowling and films.[3]

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]

He is the older brother of handball player Dzianis Rutenka.