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Dane rumoured as South Korea national coach

Michael Schjønberg, currently coaching in Norway, is reportedly in talks to take over South Korea's national side.

Dane rumoured as South Korea national coach
Could this be the new face of the South Korea national team? Photo: POLFOTO
Could a Dane be heading up South Korea’s national football team the next time the World Cup comes around? 
 
That’s the word from sports site Tipsbladet, which reported on Tuesday that Michael Schjønberg has been approached by South Korea about its vacant top coaching position.
 
Schjønberg is currently an assistant coach for the Norwegian club Vålerenga. He has been the head coach for the Danish clubs Herfølge BK and FC Vestsjælland and has also coached in Germany.
 
As a player, Schjønberg made over 40 appearances for the Danish national team, scoring three goals. He spent most of his playing career with the German clubs Hannover 96 and 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
 
According to Tipsbladet’s report, Schjønberg’s agent said that his client had a good chance of taking a job in Asia but did not confirm if the offer was from the South Korean national team.
 
South Korea national coach Hong Myung-bo stepped down after his team’s winless appearance in the World Cup. An official with the Korea Football Association confirmed that Schjønberg has shown interest in the position but said there was no rush to find Hong’s replacement. 

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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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