Another title for Sergey Rutenko

Leader of Barcelona and Belarusian national handball team becomes Spanish champion for fourth time

By Kirill Karin

In the last but one round of the elite Spanish League, Barcelona snatched a win from Logrono in an away match, securing first place ahead of time. Sergey Rutenko scored four goals, bringing him to a total of 119 goals across 29 matches during this championship.

Rutenko, 29, has now won four titles — the previous three while playing for Barcelona’s main rival: Ciudad Real. Sergey transferred to Barcelona in 2009, for a record price of over 1m Euros — making him the most expensive handball player in the world.

Rutenko previously played for Arkatron Minsk, moving to the Slovenian team of Gorenje in 2000. He transferred to Slovenia’s Celje in 2001, staying until 2005, when he moved to Ciudad Real of Spain. He then joined Barcelona in 2009. He also played for the Slovenian national team from 2004 to 2007.
Meanwhile, the Belarusian national women’s handball team goalkeeper, Yelena Abramovich, has been playing for Hungarian Budapest’s FTC squad. Her team won the Cup of Cups after defeating Spanish Alicante in the final.

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