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Lagerbäck to continue as Sweden’s football coach

The Swedish Football Association agreed to keep head coach Lars Lagerbäck in place through 2010.

Along with his assistant Roland Andersson, Lagerbäck will lead Sweden’s national team through the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“I’m very happy we’ve been able to extend the contracts of Lasse and Roland,” said football association head Lars-Åke Lagrell. “Their results have been outstanding.”

Last fall, Lagerbäck became the first European national team coach to take his team to five straight European championship playoffs when the team qualified for next summer’s Euro 2008 tournament finals hosted by Switzerland and Austria. The extension also makes Lagerbäck the longest serving national team head coach in Sweden’s history.

“It will be a big and exciting challenge to try to get Sweden to a sixth-straight World Cup finals,” said Lagerbäck and Andersson in a joint statement.

The team is currently preparing for friendly matches in Costa Rica and the United States later in January.

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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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