Denmark postpones training and cancels media activities

Fears about Christian Eriksen: These pictures went around the world. (Photo: Keystone)

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You can find all the news and results for EURO 2021 here.

Cancelo liefert positive Corona-Test

Portugal’s Joao Cancelo tested positive for the corona virus shortly before the defending champions’ European Championship kick-off against Hungary on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Manchester City defender is doing well, according to the Portuguese Football Association (FPF). Cancelo immediately went into isolation in Budapest after the positive test result. U21 national player Diogo Dalot (22) from AC Milan replaced him.

Portugal’s Joao Cancelo (left) tested positive for the corona virus shortly before the defending champions’ European Championship kick-off against Hungary on Tuesday. (Image: Keystone)
Quiet and idyllic: this is how the national team stayed in Rome

For their stay in Rome, the Swiss national football team has chosen quiet accommodation far away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The four-star Sheraton Golf Parco de’Medici is around 20 minutes from the center. The accommodation is located in a spacious garden area, where the players can relax after training by the pool. There is a golf course right next to the hotel. Keystone-SDA had an on-site inspection before the players arrived:

(Video: Keystone-SDA)
That is why there were so few spectators in Baku

Although over 30,000 spectators would have been admitted, only 8782 fans officially saw the match in the Olympic Stadium in Baku between Wales and Switzerland (1-1) on Saturday. Because of the restrictions due to the corona pandemic, only a few hundred fans came from Switzerland and Wales.

Although the entry requirements for EM fans in Azerbaijan have been eased, the Welsh fans will have to be quarantined when they return to the UK. For many locals, the tickets, which cost between 30 and 130 francs, were too expensive. Due to the geographical proximity, significantly more spectators are expected at the two games in Turkey.

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Denmark postpones training

Denmark’s national team has postponed the training planned for Sunday after the collapse of star player Christian Eriksen. All media activities were also canceled. In addition, the Danish association offered its players psychological help, as it announced the day after the 0-1 defeat in Copenhagen against the newcomer to the European Championship Finland.

Christian Eriksen is cared for in the field. (Photo: Key)

Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during the Danes’ European Championship opening game shortly before the end of the first half and had to be reanimated. Meanwhile, the condition of the 29-year-old Inter Milan offensive player is stable, according to the association, he is in a hospital in Copenhagen. According to Inter Milan’s managing director Beppe Marotta, Eriksen is said to have sent a message to the club’s internal team chat a few hours after his collapse.

Despite the incident, the game was finally continued after a 100-minute break at the request of both teams. Eriksen, who is said to have exchanged views with his teammates over Facetime, also spoke out in favor of continuing the game.

With encouragement from Federer, Josi, Cologna and Co. on the exploit

In a video message on the day of the first European Championship appearance, the Swiss sports world expressed its support for coach Vladimir Petkovic’s national football team.

From the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, to the NHL stars Roman Josi, Timo Meier or Nino Niederreiter and the winter athletes Wendy Holdener, Dario Cologna and Andri Ragettli, the Swiss sports elite insisted on the SFV selection Wish good luck. Tips included: “Don’t forget, play deep and win big,” said Dario Cologna. The 4:10 minute long video shows one thing very clearly. The Swiss sports world trusts the national team with the big exploit: “Break the spell, let’s finally get a title like this,” said Fischer, Petkovic’s counterpart in the national ice hockey team.

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Order of Knights for Henderson and Sterling

The English internationals Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are honored with the British Knightly Order. 30-year-old Henderson received the “Member of the British Empire” award for special service to football and charity during the corona pandemic. Sterling (26) is recognized for his work for equality and against racism in sport.

The MBE is the lowest of the five degrees that does not yet entitle the holder to the title “Sir”. The English world champions Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst, for example, as well as the football of the century Pelé, who, as a foreign dignitary, could only be accepted on account of honor and which Sir also has to do without, have received the knighthood. (sda)

Italy shines at the start of the European Championship
(Alfredo Falcone / LaPresse via AP)

In the opening game of the EURO, Italy flexed its muscles at the start of the tournament and won 3-0 against an overwhelmed Turkey without discussion. And that in front of around 16,000 spectators in the Roman Olimpico stadium.

You can find the detailed match report here.

Russian Mostovoi tested positive

Russia also has its first corona case. Zenit St. Petersburg’s winger Andrei Mostovoi tested positive and was replaced by Dinamo Moscow’s Roman Yevgenyev the day before the first group match against Belgium in St. Petersburg.

Belgium at the beginning without De Bruyne
(AP Photo / Francisco Seco)

Belgium will have to play the first European Championship group game against Russia on Saturday without Kevin de Bruyne. The midfield strategist is still injured.

World Cup third and co-favorite Belgium traveled to St. Petersburg without key player Kevin de Bruyne, where he will meet host Russia (9 p.m.) on Saturday. The 29-year-old Manchester City midfielder suffered a broken nose and orbital floor in the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29 and had to undergo surgery. De Bruyne hopes to be able to play in the second game next Thursday against Denmark (6pm).

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The change by Vladimir Petkovic
(KEYSTONE/Ti-Press/Samuel Golay)

Nati coach Vladimir Petkovic is not a man of many words. But it has changed in the past two years. It has to do with people in the background. You’ll find more about it here.

Italy without Lorenzo Pellegrini

The Swiss group opponent Italy must make a squad mutation one day before the European Championship opening game against Turkey. Lorenzo Pellegrini will be able to travel to the EURO. You’ll find more about it here.

Gareth Bale – Messiah or Judas?
(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

For some the Messiah, for others a Judas. The career of Wales superstar Gareth Bale shifts between savior and hate figure. Read here why this is so.

The English internationals Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are honored with the British Knightly Order. 30-year-old Henderson received the “Member of the British Empire” award for special service to football and charity during the corona pandemic. Sterling (26) is recognized for his work for equality and against racism in sport.

The MBE is the lowest of the five degrees that does not yet entitle the holder to the title “Sir”. The English world champions Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst, for example, as well as the football of the century Pelé, who, as a foreign dignitary, could only be accepted on account of honor and which Sir also has to do without, have received the knighthood.

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