What happened to Christian Eriksen in Euro 2020?

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At the last Euros, a tragic and frightening fate befell Manchester United star Christian Eriksen. It is a blessing to see him at this tournament in Germany, because it might have been one he tragically missed.

Back in 2021, the world of football was left in shock when Eriksen collapsed during Denmark's Euro 2020 group match against Finland. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder later revealed in an interview that he had been "gone from this world" for a few minutes.

The past three years have been nothing short of miraculous for Eriksen, who has made a remarkable comeback to top-tier football, proudly representing his nation again.

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What caused Christian Eriksen's collapse?

Eriksen was part of the Danish squad at the postponed Euro 2020 tournament and took to the field in their first match against Finland on June 12. In a harrowing moment during the 42nd minute, as Eriksen moved to control a throw-in, he fell to the ground, causing immediate concern.

Medical staff from both teams, alongside paramedics, were quick to respond, administering CPR and using a defibrillator while the crowd at Copenhagen's stadium watched in silence. His teammates formed a protective circle around him during the emergency treatment, shielding him from the public gaze and live broadcast cameras.

Eriksen was subsequently stretchered off the pitch, with the match being put on hold. Roughly an hour later, it was confirmed that he was conscious and stable, with the game resuming later that evening.

Despite Finland's 1-0 victory, Eriksen was named man of the match.

The following day, Denmark's team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed that Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest. Eriksen later shared a photo of himself on social media, stating he was "fine under the circumstances".

It was revealed that he would be fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) to manage "rhythm disturbances", and he underwent a successful operation less than a week after his collapse.

Before their final group match against Russia, which they won 4-1, Eriksen visited his Danish teammates and dedicated the victory to him. He then returned home to his family. The Danes made it to the semi-finals of the tournament, but were defeated by England at Wembley.

What has happened to him since Euro 2020?

After the incident, it seemed doubtful that Eriksen would return to football. Despite players like Daley Blind and more recently Tom Lockyer also being fitted with an ICD, it was announced in October 2021 that Eriksen would not be permitted to play for Inter Milan with the implanted device.

His contract with the club was terminated two months later.

After a determined effort to return to the pitch, he started individual training at his former youth club Odense Boldklub. In January 2022, he was offered an unexpected return to the Premier League when he signed a six-month contract with newly promoted Brentford.

He made his first appearance since his cardiac arrest coming off the bench against Newcastle on February 26, and his first goal in his comeback led the Bees to a 4-1 victory over Chelsea, their first since 1939.

He continued to be in top form for the rest of the season, with only Kevin De Bruyne and Martin Odegaard creating more chances between Eriksen's debut and the end of the season.

The ex-Tottenham star completed his remarkable comeback this summer when he signed a three-year deal with Manchester United, quickly becoming one of the most reliable players in Erik Ten Hag's squad. He won the FA Cup with the club this year.