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Nordic nations to make joint bid for future Euros

Sweden, Denmark and Norway are clubbing together with Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands in a joint push to host the European Championship in 2024 and 2028.

Nordic nations to make joint bid for future Euros
Norway's Marcus Pedersen, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner, who've all played in previous big tournaments. Photos: TT/Scanpix/Vegard Wivestad Grøtt; TT/Denis Tyrin;TT/Michael
The Nordic countries announced their plans for a combined bid in a media statement released after the region's football associations met for talks over the weekend.
 
Jesper Møller, head of the Danish Football Association (DBU) said that efforts would focus on “sustainability, volunteerism and well-being”, while promoting an environmentally friendly and transparent approach.
 
“The Euros is one of the biggest events in the world of football, and it is great for all of us who love football,” he said.
 
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic representatives alongside officials from Finland and the Faroe Islands are set to brainstorm the deal's details at a meeting in Greenland scheduled to take place in August.
 
France is currently counting down the days until it hosts the next European Championship, Euro 2016, with the group stages kicking off on June 10th. Sweden and Iceland are the only Nordic countries to have qualified for the tournament.
 
The competition, which takes place every four years, is usually led by just one or two host nations. However Euro 2020 will be staged in 13 different countries, including Denmark, in a nod to the 60th anniversary of European football contests.
 
Uefa says the move is also designed to “give some countries and cities the potential opportunity to be part of a tournament they may otherwise not be able to host”.

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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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