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Denmark coach Olsen to quit after Euro 2016

Marking the end of an era in Danish football, Morten Olsen has decided to step down next year.

Denmark coach Olsen to quit after Euro 2016
Morten Olsen will be done as national coach no later than next summer. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
Denmark coach Morten Olsen said on Tuesday he will step down after next year's European championships, when his contract with the Danish Football Association (DBU) expires.
 
"It's an emotional decision that you eventually have to take," he told reporters at a press conference.
 
"I have a good feeling about my decision, for two reasons: I do not want the distraction of people discussing 'will he or won't he stay.' And it gives DBU more time to find the right replacement," he said.
 
The 65-year-old has steered the national side through 156 matches, a remarkable run given the longevity of most football managers.
 
The Euro 2012 tournament was the fourth time he guided the Danes to a major championships since taking over in 2000, but he failed to qualify the team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
 
The coach, who won three Belgian titles with Anderlecht as well as the 1983 UEFA Cup as a player, was a stylish sweeper in a talented and exciting Danish side that reached the 1984 Euro semi-finals and the second round of the 1986 World Cup.
 
He went on to win 102 international caps before retiring in 1988.
 
Denmark are ranked first in the Euro 2016 Group I qualifiers, ahead of Portugal, Albania, Serbia and Armenia but are the only team in the pool to have already played four matches.
 
The national team is currently embroiled in a bitter pay dispute with the DBU that threatens to jeopardize Denmark's friendly against the United States on March 25th. 

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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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