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Sandhausen to 'expand stadium to fit Gislason's female fans'

2:10 PM GMT+4 28/06/2018
Rurik Gislason
The attacker will be heading home after falling at the group stage, but it's been an interesting ride along the way

SV Sandhausen’s manager has joked that plans are in place to expand their stadium due to the number of female admirers Iceland’s Rurik Gislason has gained during the World Cup.

Gislason’s national side have crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage, but it is not all bad news for the attacker. 

Playing on a world stage has seen him become something of an internet sensation, with his Instagram page surpassing one million followers and the hashtag #sexyrurik has been trending.

And his Sandhausen coach, Kenan Kocak, has reacted to the hype with a sense of humour.

"We are ready for the onslaught of all his female fans - the plans to expand the stadium are already in place!" he told Sport Bild with a wink.

“At least the whole world knows how beautiful football is in Sandhausen!"

The club themselves got involved in the fun on twitter, too. 

Taken from Iceland’s opening game with Argentina, Gislason is pictured alongside Lionel Messi, with the caption saying: "He is a gifted footballer and delighted the hearts of the fans at this World Cup! Half of South America is at his feet! The other in the picture is Messi."

Gislason has himself has had his say on the social media excitement surrounding him, and the attacker has attempted to play it down.

"I try not to focus on it, it does not distract me," he said.

The 30-year-old has been all around Europe during his career, playing for the likes of Copenhagen, FC Nurnberg and he even had a two-year spell at Charlton between 2005-2007, but failed to make a single senior appearance for the Londoners.

Gislason was not included in Iceland’s squad for the European Championships in 2016, but since making his debut in 2009 he has been capped 49 times for his national team.

He made the move to Sandhausen in January of 2018 and his boss Kocak is full of praise for his midfielder from a footballing standpoint.

“[Gislason] is a real team player and an absolute winner for our team. We pay less attention to the externalities."