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Kristoffer Olsson: Mysterious brain disease in professional footballer

The Scandinavian football world is worried about Swedish national player Kristoffer Olsson, who suddenly became seriously ill. The 28-year-old professional from the Danish first division club FC Midtjylland lost consciousness at home a week ago and was then taken to Aarhus University Hospital, where he continues to lie and is receiving artificial ventilation, his club announced on Tuesday.

Olsson apparently suffers from an acute brain disease. Medical experts are therefore working hard to make a diagnosis and find the right treatment method. The illness was neither due to self-inflicted injuries nor to external factors, emphasized the club, which only wanted to comment further after a diagnosis.

The midfielder is one of the leading players in the Danish top team. He has so far played 47 international matches for the Swedish national team. “On Tuesday morning we received the terrible news that Olsson was diagnosed with a sudden illness and is now connected to a ventilator in the hospital,” said the national association Svensk Fotboll: “The entire Swedish football family is thinking of you and hopes that you will get well soon.”

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Olsson played his last competitive game in the Danish league before the winter break on December 4th, and the regular player was already missing from the squad at the start of the second half of the season on February 18th. He was a regular for the Swedish national team at the 2021 European Championships, where he often acted as a joker.

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