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Norway offers national coach job to FC Copenhagen’s Solbakken: report

Ståle Solbakken has been offered the job as Norway’s national football coach, newspaper VG reported on Friday.

Norway offers national coach job to FC Copenhagen’s Solbakken: report
FC Copenhagen's Ståle Solbakken has reportedly been offered the chance to return to Norway. Jan Christensen / Scanpix Danmark / NTB scanpix
Solbakken has long been the favourite amongst most football experts to take over for the departed Per-Mathias Høgmo. The question is whether he wants to leave his current job as the coach of FC Copenhagen.
 
VG reported that Solbakken is currently considering a concrete offer from the Norwegian Football Association (NFF). 
 
That could mean that NFF is nearing its decision on who will replace Høgmo.
 
Earlier this week, former Stabæk coach Bob Bradley confirmed reports that he had had a meeting with NFF head Nils Johan Semb. 
 
Semb, himself a former Norway national team coach, kept his cards close to his chest. 
 
“As I have said many times, I will not comment on names, rumours or speculation,” he told VG via text message. 
 
Solbakken, who returned to FC Copenhagen in 2013 after previously coaching the club between 2006-2013, has said he wants to gather his family under one roof in 2017. 
 
He currently resides in Copenhagen, while his wife and children live in Hamar in Norway’s Hedmark county. 

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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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