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Swedish coach for Panathinaikos

Swedish coach Hans Backe will be the new coach for Greek club Panathinaikos Athens next season, the domestic Athens News Agency (ANA) reported Thursday.

Backe was in Athens and reportedly signed a one-year contract with the club.

The Greek press has reported that Backe would be replacing Italian Alberto Malesani who will step down at the end of the season.

Backe, 54, left Danish club FC Copenhagen last December after coaching the team for four seasons.

He has also coached Austria’s SV Salzburg (2000-2001) and Swedish clubs AIK Solna (1994-1995) and Hammarby IF (1987-1988).

AFP

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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