Prestigious Award to Be Given to Staff That Saved Christian Eriksen’s Life at Euro 2020

Published 08/24/2021, 2:44 PM EDT


Christian Eriksen’s tragic cardiac arrest at the Euro 2020 was one of the most heartbreaking stories from Euro 2020. Football fans watched holding their breath as doctors tried help Eriksen after his tragic collapse.

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A medical complication of this magnitude would certainly have been fatal if the doctors hadn’t intervened. Additionally, Denmark’s captain and AC Milan centre-back Simon Kjaer played a huge role as well.

Kjaer was the first to put Christian on his side and made sure that he did not swallow his own tongue. However, the Dane didn’t stop there and went to comfort Eriksen’s wife when she was crying on the pitch. He acted like a true captain during the entire ordeal and even led the Denmark players to form a wall around the unconscious Eriksen, as the doctors tended to him.

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As a result, UEFA will now recognise the team of doctors and Kjaer and award them for their actions. The doctors, Mogens Kreutzfeldt, Frederik Flensted, Anders Boesen, Peder Ersgaard, Jens Kleinefeld, Valentin Velikov, Morten Skjoldager, and Morten Boesen will receive the prestigious UEFA President’s award along with Kjaer.

The doctors surely saved Eriksen’s life, and even if the Inter Milan star might not play again, he’ll always be remembered in the sport.

Denmark’s amazing run in the Euro 2020 competition

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Denmark’s campaign at Euro 2020 started horribly as they lost to Finland and Belgium in their first two games. However, they completed a rout of Russia in their final game to reach the Round of 16 as one of the best third-place teams.

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The Danes surprised everyone by beating Wales and then the Czech Republic to reach the semi-final of the  competition. In the end, they were knocked out by England at Wembley after a very close match and a controversial penalty. Nevertheless, every fan would remember this run without their talisman Christian Eriksen, as the entire team recovered from the trauma of losing its best player and made their country proud.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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