As one half of a soccer-playing couple in Denmark, Erik Sviatchenko never imagined having eight straight weekends free during a season to spend with his wife, Anne, and their two kids.
“We have become much closer,” Sviatchenko says of his family, “having been able to have more quality time together.”
Indeed, the captain and center back of Danish league leader FC Midtjylland has found himself in reflective mood amid the general gloom of being in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. He is trying to take some positives from a troubling situation.
Like being unshackled from the gruelling churn of competition. “That pressure of being watched,” as he describes it.
“It has been quite healthy,” Sviatchenko, a Denmark international like his recently retired