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Norway’s Hareide new Denmark national coach

Former Norwegian national coach Åge Hareide will now lead the Danish side and said in his introduction on Thursday that he expects "much, much bigger" things from his new club than Norway's national team.

Norway's Hareide new Denmark national coach
Åge Hareide was introduced as Denmark's new coach on Thursday. Photo: Nikolai Linares/Scanpix
Åge Hareide was named Denmark's new national football coach on Thursday, replacing Morten Olsen who stepped down last month.
 
“Our team and our fans deserve to go to the World Cup in 2018 and I look forward to fighting for it with the players,” Hareide said in a statement.
 
“The Danish national team has great potential, with a very strong defense and a number of strong individualists who make the team flourish,” he added.
 
The 62-year-old Norwegian replaces Olsen, who quit on November 17 after Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2016.
 
Hareide last week announced his departure as coach at Malmö. He has previously coached several Scandinavian teams, including Danish side Brøndby, and was in charge of the Norwegian national team between 2003 and 2008.
 
“With Åge Hareide we get a coach who has great passion, experience and results as a coach both at the club level and for a national team,” the chief executive of the Danish Football Association (DBU), Claus Bretton-Meyer, said in a statement.
 
Hareide said that he expects big things out of his new club.
 
“The potential on the Danish national team is much, much bigger than what I worked with when I was the Norwegian national coach,” he said. 

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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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