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Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch

Swedish football player Sebastian Larsson linked up with manager Steve Bruce for the second time in his career after joining English Premier League side Sunderland on a free transfer on Friday.

Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch

“I want to take the next step in my career and I really feel I can do that coming to Sunderland,” the 26-year-old Larsson told Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC) TV.

Larsson was signed by Bruce for Birmingham, relegated from the top flight last season, from Arsenal in January 2007 following a successful loan spell.

“I have worked with the manager before and that obviously made the decision

easier, but mainly it feels like it is a huge club and it feels like a great challenge for me,” Larsson told SAFC TV.

Bruce added: “Seb was a fantastic young player for me at Birmingham and he has matured into a very good midfielder.

“He has been courted by a number of top clubs over the summer, both in

England and across Europe, so we are naturally delighted that he has chosen to come to Sunderland,” he said.

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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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