The Danish meets his former club Tottenham for the first time in the English Premier League. At Brentford, Eriksen dared to a fresh start after a severe stroke – and inspired his new team.
The Premier League duel between Brentford FC and Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, from 6.30 pm in the live tape on t-online) should raise goosebumps. This is less due to the constellation Table or the particularly pronounced rivalry between West and North Londoners, but only to one person: Christian Eriksen.
The 30-year-old was under contract with Tottenham from 2013 to 2020 and reached the Champions League final with the club in 2019. Eriksen then finished with “bees” across top Italian club Inter Milan – but the initial deciding factor was the blow of fate that kept the world On the lookout.
The European Championship That Changed Everything
European Championship 2021, Denmark’s first group stage match against Finland: Eriksen collapses on the pitch just before the break without any outside influence. He suffers from a heart attack. Not yet revived on the lawn. Then he was immediately taken to the hospital. Players on the field burst into tears, and spectators in the stadium and on screens around the world were shocked. Fear of Eriksen.
Denmark national team: Eriksen suffered a heart attack. (Source: Ritzau Scanpix / imago photos)
It will be hours before the first midfield status update. Hours full of uncertainty, full of hope and fear. Then he sighed: Eriksen conscious again. He was said to have died five minutes ago. Later, a defibrillator was placed for him, just in case.
And this interference has its consequences: the Italian health authority decided in October 2021 that Eriksen was no longer allowed to play in Serie A. Inter and the professional agree to terminate the contract in December 2021 after two seasons, 49 competitive matches and the 2021 championship.
Eriksen celebrated the 2020/21 championship with Inter. (Source: Nicolo Campo / Imago Pictures)
New Jersey, same professionals
career end? Impossible: Six months after the breakup, he joined the team coaching at the youth club Odense BK. And he signs just one month later in Brentford until the end of the season.
After 259 days, Christian Eriksen returns on February 26, 2022. He comes in the 52nd minute of the Newcastle United match with the number 21 on the back. The fact that the hosts eventually lost the match 0-2 is in the background for the fairy tale’s comeback – which begins with its next chapter just a few weeks later when Eriksen also returns to the Denmark national team.
Brentford celebrates their 4-1 victory over Chelsea. (Source: Focus Images/Imago Images)
Since then, the strategist has made his way into the starting line-up and contributed one goal and two assists in six matches. Notably, since Eriksen’s return, Brentford has lost only one match (1-2 at Leicester City). The Bees managed to beat Norwich, Burnley, West Ham, Watford and even Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team. The Dane really inspired the team.
Eriksen and the twelfth-placed team now meet his former club Tottenham in Round 34.
Will there be a return?
And maybe there’s more to the story: According to information from The Sun and The Times, Tottenham are dealing with Eriksen’s return. Obviously, coach Antonio Conte did not deny: “Ericsen is definitely a part of Tottenham’s history. Returning here would be a good opportunity for the club,” the Italian told Sky Sports.
Christian Eriksen in a Spurs dress. (Source: Sportimage / imago images)
But his current coach Thomas Frank is also ready to stay at Brentford. He can imagine another season with the 30-year-old and wants to keep the Dane. Whatever Eriksen chooses, one thing is certain: he will survive in the world of football. Today, in the match between Brentford and Tottenham, he continues to write his own story.