Eriksson to take on North Korea job: report

Swedish football coach Sven Göran Eriksson is being hotly tipped as the next coach of the North Korean team that has already secured qualification for next summer's World Cup.

Eriksson is flying to Asia this week for final talks to take charge of the North Korea team, British media reported on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old Swede, who twice led England in the tournament, was to meet soccer chiefs from Pyongyang in Beijing, The Guardian said.

Eriksson, Notts County football director, was to travel with the club’s executive chairman Peter Trembling, the daily said.

Trembling had already been involved in talks with intermediaries representing the Football Association of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea about a loan for Eriksson’s services.

“The process is now advanced enough for Trembling and Eriksson to be travelling to Beijing later this week on an eight-day trip,” The Guardian said.

The newspaper said North Korea’s embassy in London suggested an announcement could be made in “two or three weeks”.

The rogue state of North Korea has qualified for the final stages for the first time since 1966.

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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.