Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen Is Back In Football

Christian Eriksen made his Brentford debut in the Premier League against Newcastle United, playing off the bench for Denmark and coming off the bench for his first match since suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 eight months ago.

The Denmark international was named among the substitutes for Thomas Frank’s side, with the playmaker seeking his first competitive action following a remarkable recovery from a heart attack in June 2021.

Eriksen, who signed for the Bees in the January transfer window, was fitted with a heart implant following his collapse in Copenhagen, and was released by former club Inter due to rules for such devices in Serie A.

The 28-year-old was given a huge ovation by the Brentford fans as he entered the field at St James’ Park on Saturday, and played for just over 20 minutes as the Bees secured a 2-0 victory.

“It’s been a long eight months,” Eriksen told Sky Sports after the match. “To be back on a football pitch and playing again is a great feeling.

Brentford’s Christian Eriksen
Brentford’s Christian Eriksen

“I’m just really happy that I’m able to play football again and hopefully I can stay fit and healthy.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank was also delighted to see the midfielder make his return, telling Sky Sports: “It’s an amazing story. It’s a fairytale story.

“It’s been a long journey for him, but it’s great to see him back on the pitch and I’m really happy for him.”

Christian Eriksen’s return to action is a remarkable story, with the midfielder having suffered a cardiac arrest in June 2021 that saw him fitted with a heart implant. The 28-year-old has since made a full recovery, and made his Brentford debut in the Premier League against Newcastle United 

Christian Eriksen played for just over 20 minutes as the Bees secured a 2-0 victory, with the midfielder telling Sky Sports after the match: “It’s been a long eight months. To be back on a football pitch and playing again is a great feeling.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank was also delighted to see the midfielder make his return, telling Sky Sports: “It’s an amazing story. It’s a fairytale story.


Brentford’s Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen began his senior club career at the age of 18 in 2010, when he joined Ajax. Eriksen spent three seasons with Ajax, winning three Eredivisie titles and the KNVB Cup. Eriksensigned for Tottenham Hotspur in a £11 million (€12.45 million) deal in 2013, where he returned to the Premier League in 2022 with a move to Brentford.

Christian Eriksen made his senior international debut for Denmark in 2010 at the age of 18, and since then he has accrued over 100 caps, including playing in five major events; he was also the youngest player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Eriksen is his country’s seventh-highest all-time scorer, and he has been named Danish Football Player of the Year. 

On 12 June 2021, during a Euro 2020 match, Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field; he was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation before being fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.


The inevitable situation

What are the specifics? Since joining Brentford Community Stadium, the Denmark international has trained and played a part in several behind-closed-doors friendlies, gaining game time as he aims to make a stunning return. Last time out, he was not deemed ready to face Arsenal, but he was named in the matchday squad for Newcastle – and at

He was met with a standing ovation from all corners of the crowd, who cheered his return to the pitch. What has he said?

“It was an unbelievable feeling to be back on the pitch and to get that ovation from the fans was amazing,” Eriksen said.

“I have worked so hard to get back to this point and it feels great to be out there playing again. I am really happy with how everything has gone so far and I am looking forward to getting more games under my belt.”

Eriksen underwent surgery in November after collapsing on the pitch during a training session with Brentford, and spent time in intensive care.

He has made an incredible recovery since then, returning to light training in January and playing in several behind-closed-doors friendlies.

What did the manager say?

“It was a really proud moment for me to be able to put Christian on the pitch,” Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said.

“He has worked so hard to get back to this point and it is a great credit to him and all of the medical staff who have helped him.

“He has been excellent in training and it was great to see him get some minutes under his belt. The ovation from the fans was really special and it meant a lot to him.”

Eriksen’s return to football is an incredible story, with the midfielder making a remarkable return just eight months after suffering a heart attack. The Brentford star was given a standing ovation from all corners of the crowd as he made his return to the pitch, and he will be looking to build on this in the coming weeks and months.