How Christian Eriksen returned to football after cardiac arrest


Christian Eriksen is back! The man who literally came back from the brink of death. He has not only returned to professional activity, but also managed to perform outstandingly, for both the premier league and for his national team.

What happened to Christian Eriksen

How on earth was Eriksen able to come back and do it all at the highest level? By now, everyone knows what happened to Eriksen. During the nation’s first game at euro 2020, Denmark superstar suffered a heart attack, and almost lost his life. Doctors even confirmed he was dead for a few minutes. Eriksen being alive was all that mattered, although his football career seemed to be over.

Sanjay Sharma, one of the world’s most prominent cardiologists, who worked with Eriksen at Tottenham. He went further when he was interviewed by PA agency:

“Frankly he died, if only for a few minutes but he died, Would a medical professional allow him to die again? the answer is no. The good news is that he will live, the bad news is that he is nearing the end of his career”.

Why Eriksen left the Serie A

Eriksen was not allowed to play for Inter in Serie A anymore, this wasn’t the team’s decision. Of course after recovering in the hospital, Eriksen was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator(ICD). According to rules established by Italy’s national Olympic committee, Eriksen was not allowed to play in Italy with such a device in his body.

“I’ve been lucky with the doctors, and I’ve been lucky with the diagnosis. Everything’s okay to go back to play again. That of course gave me the the push to get back to my life I had before”. – Christian Eriksen

The move to Premier League

After receiving permission to return to professional activity, Eriksen only needed a league that would allow him to play with the implanted ICD, and the team who would take the risk of signing a player given his condition. As the Premier League doesn’t have restrictions for these cases, Brentford gave Christian the opportunity he was waiting for – to feel like a footballer again.

On February 26, almost 9 months after his collapse, Eriksen returned. Brentford lost at home against Newcastle, but honestly, no one cared, all eyes were on the Danish playmaker. The former Ajax and Tottenham star, played almost 40 minutes and was then included in Bradford starting 11 for the following 2 premier league games. He performed pretty impressively, even though the fact that he spent more than half a year without playing or training.

The return to national team

Prior to receiving the call from Denmark’s national team– the news that delighted the world of football. Even his former coach Antonio Conte, could not hide his happiness before Tottenham’s game with Bradford:

“I think you are talking about an important player, but first of all, He’s a really good man, a really good person. He and his family deserve to live in a normal situation. I think it’s important and I’m very happy for him”.

Eriksen made his second debut for his national team last Saturday, during Denmark’s friendly against the Netherlands. He came onto the field during the second half, and he scored with his first touch of the game. Eriksen was applauded by teammates, rivals and fans from both countries.

How Christian Eriksen returned to football after cardiac arrest

That was the first goal since his “resurrection” and the confirmation that he is back in business. With Brentford close to securing their place in the premier league for next season, and the World Cup coming up in November, which could be the third time he appears for his nation on the world’s biggest stage, Eriksen has everything to win. He never lacks motivation.

The game continues

keep in mind that, Eriksen is the guy who amazed everyone in Amsterdam, London and Milan. Now he’s recovered from a heart attack. Hearing that he wouldn’t play professionally again, to putting in outstanding performances for both Brentford and Denmark. Christian is determined to reach its best level and anyone would be foolish to bet against him.

“I ended up trusting the doctors. Obviously I wouldn’t stand here today if  I didn’t know that I was able and capable of coming back without any bad things happening to me”.

What do you think? Would Eriksen and his country be able to make history in the World Cup?

After an amazing performance reaching the semi finals of euro 2020, and with Eriksen back on the field, Denmark can truly dream of making history in Qatar.

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