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Laudrup named best Nordic footballer ever

Much to the chagrin of Zlatan-obsessed Sweden, Danish football legend Michael Laudrup was named the Scandinavia’s best ever footballer.

Laudrup named best Nordic footballer ever
Michael Laudrup currently manages Lekhwiya in Qatar. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix
In a poll amongst some of Scandinavia's leading sporting journalists and pundits put together by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, the 50-year-old Laudrup claimed the top spot ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
 
Retired Danish stars Peter Schmeichel and Allan Simonsen took third and fourth place, while Jair Litmanen from Finland rounded out the top 50. 
 
Laudrup played for several top European clubs during his career including rival Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.
 
He scored 37 goals in 104 international matches for Denmark and is currently manager of Lekhwiya in Qatar.
 
Laudrup had been rumoured to be eyeing a coaching job with a larger club or even a managerial post in the US, but his agent told Tipsbladet on Monday that he would stick with Lekhwiya for at least one more year. 

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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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