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Copenhagen to host four Euro 2020 matches

Uefa selected the Danish capital as one of 13 cities to host the 2020 European Championships.

Copenhagen to host four Euro 2020 matches
DBU's Jesper Møller (holding Danish ball) said "we look foward to showing our best to all of Europe". Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Scanpix
Danish football fans will have plenty to look forward to at the European Championship in 2020 even if the national team doesn’t qualify. 
 
Copenhagen on Friday was chosen as one of 13 host cities for the 2020 tournament. The newly-rechristened Telia Parken will host three group matches and a final 16 face-off. 
 
Copenhagen was the only Scandinavian city selected as a host, much to the disappointment of Stockholm, which was one of six cities from a list of 19 to not get the nod. 
 
“This is a fantastic day for Danish football, for Copenhagen and for all football fans in Denmark. We are proud that Uefa has shown us the trust to name us as co-hosts for one of the world’s largest sporting events. We look forward to showing our best to all of Europe,” Jesper Møller, the chairman of the Danish Football Association, said in a press release. 
 
Photo: Lars Møller
The matches will be played in Telia Parken. Photo: Lars Møller/Scanpix
 
Copenhagen’s mayor, Frank Jensen, also welcomed Copenhagen’s selection.
 
“This is the first time ever that Denmark is among the hosts for an Euro elimination round and I look forward to welcoming Danes and the entire world to a huge football party in Copenhagen,” Jensen said. 
 
London’s Wembley Stadium was chosen as the site of the semi-finals and finals. Baku, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg will host quarter-final matches while the other cities to host group games a final 16 are Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, and Glasgow.

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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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