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Laudrup turns down Denmark coaching job

Danish football legend Michael Laudrup will not head up the national team following Morten Olsen's departure.

Laudrup turns down Denmark coaching job
Michael Laudrup. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Michael Laudrup has turned down the post as coach of Denmark, a Danish federation spokesman said on Monday.
 
“Michael has terminated discussions because he doesn't think that the position of coach is the right one for him at the present time. He has personal reasons,” Danish Football Association (DBU) adminstrative director Claus Bretton-Meyer told Ritzau.
 
Laudrup, 51, who was a legend with the national team scoring 37 goals in 104 games from 1982 to 1998, is without a club since leaving the post of coach at Qatari side Lekhwiya last June.
 
Some Danish media reported that Laudrup felt that with his status as a national football hero, expectations would be unreasonably high if he were to take the head coaching job.
 
The former Swansea City manager was an assistant coach with the Danish team from 2000 to 2002 and was among the frontrunners to succeed Morten Olsen, who recently quit after 15 years as national coach.
 
Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after losing to rivals Sweden in a two-legged play-off last week.

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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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