Emil Pálsson, the 28-year-old football player for Sogndal who collapsed on the field during a match last week, was released from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen on Tuesday. The incident badly shook up teammates and opponents alike, and the match was cancelled.
Pálsson suffered a heart attack during an Obos-league match against Størdals-Bling at Fosshaugane Campus on Monday. He received life-saving first aid from health care personnel at the scene, and was then rushed by helicopter ambulance to Haukeland.
The incident came not long after a star Danish football player also collapsed during a match, and it startled everyone involved in Norwegian football. Terje Svensen, president of the Norwegian Football Federation, was quick to send greetings and encouragement to both Pálsson and Sogndal. Ståle Solbakken, head coach of the Norwegian national men’s football team, conveyed his support, too.
“It fortunately looks like it will go well for him, but he faces a tough time ahead,” said Solbakken, who also collapsed with a heart attack during training in Copenhagen in 2001. Solbakken, meanwhile, was preparing this week for two important World Cup qualifers, the first against Latvia on Friday, followed by the Netherlands on Tuesday.