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British tycoon buys Danish Wolves

While it's true that Denmark has recently witnessed a surprising influx of wild wolves, it is a completely different type of wolf that Englishman Matthew Benham has his eyes on.

British tycoon buys Danish Wolves
Happy Wolves. Photo: Lars Rønbøg/Scanpix
Brentford FC's owner, the entrepreneur and physicist Matthew Benham, has bought the majority of the shares in the Danish Superliga outfit FC Midtjylland – a team also known as The Wolves (Ulvene) – based in the Jutland town of Herning.
 
The 46-year-old Brit now owns 60 percent of the shares in FCM Holding after injecting the lion's share of the around £8 million (75 million kroner) of new capital the club has received from its current crop of investors like Dempo Global Corporation Pte. Ltd., Ejner Hessel A/S, H.T. Holding ApS, Johnny Rune og Poul Sand ApS. Benham's purchase also makes him the majority holder of the handball club FCM Handball.
 
Benham, having already sunk more than £43M of cash into his newly-promoted London-based side Brentford, with an aim to reach the promised land of the Premier League within a few years, is now looking to boost FC Midtjylland and make them a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
 
"FC Midtjylland has what it takes to develop into a successful club at the top of the league. An impressive talent setup, with a remarkable amount of academy-players making the grade, either to the first team or by being sold abroad. Football directors with a great passion for the game and the club and finally, it is a club with a strong foundation in it's region," Benham said on FC Midtjylland's official homepage.
 
FC Midtjylland finished third in the Superliga last season behind winners from Aalborg BK and runners up in FC Copenhagen.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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