Soccer Wiretap

Christian Eriksen Says He Feels 'Fine Under The Circumstances'

Jun 15, 2021 1:21 PM

Christian Eriksen said he feels "fine -- under the circumstances" in his first message to fans since suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark's opening match of the Euro Championship.

Eriksen is still in hospital awaiting further tests as they seek to determine what caused his cardiac arrest. But in his first official communication since collapsing, Eriksen said: "Hello everyone, Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

"I'm fine -- under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel OK. Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian."

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Euro

Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Man To Play In Five Euros

Jun 15, 2021 1:20 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first man to play in five European Championship tournaments. 

Ronaldo debuted in 2004 with Portugal and has played in 22 matches. 

"This is my fifth European Championship but for me it feels as though it's my first," Ronaldo said ahead of Tuesday's game.

Portugal won the tournament in 2016, though he exited the final match against France early with an injury.

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Tags: Portugal, UEFA Euro

Martin Odegaard Likely To Return To Real Madrid From Arsenal

Jun 15, 2021 8:31 AM

While Arsenal would like to re-sign Martin Odegaard, he now looks more likely to return to Real Madrid.

Odegaard made 25 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions last season.

Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach in Madrid and there are indications now that Odegaard could be retained.

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Tags: Arsenal, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Anderlecht Rejects Arsenal's Bid For Albert Sambi Lokonga

Jun 15, 2021 8:30 AM

Anderlecht has rejected a £12.9 million bid from Arsenal for Albert Sambi Lokonga. 

The Gunners have been told a fee of £17.2 million will be enough to land the 21-year-old and talks are ongoing.

Mikel Arteta is seeking an improved midfield this summer and will likely lose Martin Odegaard back to Real Madrid.

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Tags: Anderlecht, Arsenal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Barcelona Close To Deal With Memphis Depay

Jun 15, 2021 8:23 AM

Memphis Depay is close to a deal with Barcelona as he's out of contract with Lyon.

Depay first agreed on personal terms with Barca last summer and a fee of around €25 million was set with Lyon, but the club were unable to accommodate him within their La Liga imposed wage cap.

Barcelona's deal for Depay this summer was dependent on Ronald Koeman remaining in charge of the club.

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Tags: Barcelona, Lyon, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Lionel Messi Worried About Contracting COVID-19 During Copa America

Jun 14, 2021 8:12 AM

Lionel Messi revealed he worries about contracting COVID-19 as Copa America begins. 

"It worries us because it is a risk for everyone catching COVID-19," he told reporters. "We try to be careful but it's not easy. These things happen."

"We'll try to do all we can so no one gets it but sometimes it doesn't depend solely on ourselves."

Messi is not believed to have been vaccinated, even though the South American Football Confederation said in April it had received vaccinations and aimed to give all international players shots before the Copa America kicked off.


Tags: Argentina, Barcelona

Paulo Fonseca Agrees To Become Manager Of Spurs

Jun 13, 2021 11:51 PM

Paulo Fonseca has agreed to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year deal.

Spurs turned to Fonseca after they were unable to agree to terms with Antonio Conte.

Fonseca was manager of Roma from 2019 until 2021 and previously managed Shakhtar Donetsk. 

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor

Christian Eriksen Suffered Cardiac Arrest, 'Gone' Before Resuscitated

Jun 13, 2021 12:53 PM

Christian Eriksen was "gone" before he was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest, the team's doctor, Morten Boesen, said in a news conference Sunday.

Eriksen is in stable condition after being taken to a hospital in Copenhagen after he collapsed on the pitch. 

"He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest," Boesen said. "How close were we [to losing Eriksen]? I don't know.

"We got him back after one defibrillator, so that's quite fast. I'm not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital."

Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell facedown onto the ground and was given urgent medical attention for around 10 minutes.

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Tags: Internazionale, Injury, UEFA Euro

Christian Eriksen Stable, Awake At Hospital After Collapse

Jun 13, 2021 8:43 AM

Christian Eriksen was awake at a hospital and stabilized after he collapsed on the pitch during the first half of Denmark's match against Finland. 

"We have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination," wrote the Danish federation in a statement.

Danish football federation director Peter Moeller said Eriksen got a "heart massage" while being treated on the field.

"He fell over and got help and heart massage on the field," Moeller told Danish public broadcaster DR. "He was fortunately awake when he left stadium."


Tags: Internazionale, UEFA Euro

Georginio Wijnaldum Thought He'd Join Barcelona

Jun 13, 2021 8:33 AM

Georginio Wijnaldum has said he thought he was going to join Barcelona this summer after leaving Liverpool but the move never materialized and he instead joined Paris Saint-Germain.

"What I can say is that I made a different choice," Wijnaldum said in Saturday's press conference.

"It was a difficult choice. We negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks, but we have not come to an agreement. PSG was more decisive and faster. The project also really appealed to me. But it was difficult. I have to say that I also thought I would go to Barcelona. That was the only club that was really interested in me for a long time."

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Tags: Barcelona, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Eden Hazard Hasn't Considered Leaving Real Madrid

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Spurs Hire Fabricio Paratici As Managing Director Of Football

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Christian Eriksen Collapses On Pitch, Denmark-Finland Match Postponed


Everton In Advanced Talks With Nuno Espirito Santo

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David De Gea Unsure If He'll Remain At United

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Xavi Ready To Manage Barcelona If Called Upon

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United Has Not Offered New Contract To Paul Pogba

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Spurs On Advanced Talks With Paulo Fonseca

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Diego Llorente Tests Positive For COVID-19, Spain Expects More Cases


United Seeks Extension With Paul Pogba Entering Final Year Of Contract

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PSG Agrees To Sign Georginio Wijnaldum To Three-Year Deal

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City Target Transfers For Jack Grealish, Harry Kane

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Critisano Ronaldo In Touch With PSG, Madrid, United On Transfer

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Aston Villa Agree To Purchase Emi Buendia For $42 Million

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PSG Linked With Georginio Wijnaldum Signing

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Gianluca Busio Drawing Interest From Several Serie A Teams

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Thomas Tuchel Signs Two-Year Extension With Chelsea

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Luis Campos In Talks With Arsenal, Real Madrid

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Antonio Conte Emerges As Favorite To Become Manager Of Spurs

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Barcelona Recalls Emerson Royal From Real Betis

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