FAMOUS FOOTBALLERS DEATH
Football is a game that entertains millions every day all over the World. It brings people together in a manner not seen in any other sport. Enemies put their differences together to enjoy it for 90 minutes. However, it is also where fatal injuries and sometimes death happen. A number of players have collapsed and died on the pitch over the years. Today we want to look at six football deaths that shocked the World.
6. Jumadi Abdi- Indonesia
Jumadi Abdi was an Indonesian football player who played as a midfielder for PKT Bontang. The midfielder had represented Indonesia at U-21 level and was slowly rising through the ranks in Indonesian football. He died eight days after a collision with Persela’s Deny Tarkas in a match between PKT and Persala on 7 March 2009 in Mulawarman Stadium.His death showed the reckless side of football as a simple high footed challenge claimed his life.The foul had severely damaged his stomach and intestine. He underwent a surgery to limit the damage, but could not live on post his surgery and breathed his last on 15 March 2009. Abdi’s death shook the Asian football fraternity to the core as they looked to focus more on limiting such instances.
NOTE:Indonesia rising star Jumaidi Abdi sadly died exactly eight days after a harmless-looking collision with Persela’s Deny Tarkas in a clash against PKT at Mulawarman Stadium in March 2009. To make matters worse is that it was a stomach injury that looked ok after surgery but he still succumbed eight days later.
5. Cristiano Junior- Dempo
Cristiano Sebastião de Lima Júnior arrived in India the summer of 2003, signing for East Bengal ahead of the new National Football League season. He struck a telepathic understanding with Bhaichung Bhutia immediately as the duo ran riot, scoring 27 goals between them as they took the club to the title. In his maiden season in India, Junior also bagged the top scorer award, finishing the season with 15 goals in 18 games.”My job was at stake. Junior proved to be my saviour,” said EB coach Subhas Bhowmick at the end of the season.While he wasn’t among the greatest foreigners to grace the game in India, Junior sure had an eye for goal. They weren’t the most graceful of finishes, but he would tuck them away, winning matches and hearts in the process.”He might be ordinary for 89 minutes and 30 seconds. But in the remaining 30 seconds, he will get you a goal,” remembers Bhowmick. “He was like a cheetah on the hunt. Junior could smell goals.”
NOTE: We don’t get to hear a lot from the Indian Premier League but on this day, we did get very bad news. Dempo number 10 Cristiano Junior collided with Mohun Bagan keeper Subrata Paul and was knocked down unconscious, there was no doctor on the pitch the star died. The entire hierarchy from the federation to both teams are still blamed for their negligence. There should always be doctors capable of doing a proper first aid to save lives but there was none on the day.
4. Patrick Ekeng- Cameroon
( 26 March 1990 – 6 May 2016 ) was a Cameroonian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He had two international caps for his country ‘ s national team , whom he represented at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations .After starting at Canon Yaoundé and spending time on the fringes of France ‘s Le Mans, he had brief spells in Switzerland , Spain , and Romania , where he died after collapsing in a match for Dinamo București.
NOTE: Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Patrick Ekeng collapsed and died on the pitch after what the doctor was a heart attack in May 2016 in a clash against Viitorul Constanta.“Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and a half without success,” said doctor Liviu Paltinean.
3. Albert Ebosse- Cameroon
Bodjongo played with his hometown club Douala Athletic Club, a club in MTN Elite Two , Cameroon ‘s National Second Division. He also played for Coton Sport FC and Unisport Bafang in Cameroon.He was signed by Malaysian club Perak FA on 15 April 2012 as a replacement for outgoing striker Lazar Popović .He made his league debut for Perak in a 2–2 draw with Sabah FA on 17 April 2012 and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw with Terengganu FA on 4 May 2012.In July 2013, Bodjongo signed for JS Kabylie (JSK). He was the top scorer of the Algerian Championship in 2014 with 17 goals.Bodjongo reportedly had six caps with the Cameroon national football team (mainly with the ‘B’ team) [ citation needed ] , and had also played for the under-20 team in 2009.
NOTE: In August 2014, yet another Cameroonian star sadly died after succumbing to injuries caused by an object reportedly thrown by the home fans who were disappointed after losing a league match in which Albert Ebosse actually scored.The 24-year-old JS Kabylie striker netted in the clash against USM Alger but his side still lost the match. He was rushed to hospital but upon arrival, he was declared dead. It was a shocker to the World of football.Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou released a statement after the tragic death.“My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad,” said Hayatou.“African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence,” he continued.
2. Marc-Vivien Foe- Cameroon
It is exactly 17 years since former West Ham United favourite Marc-Vivien Foé tragically passed away at the age of just 28.The midfielder collapsed while playing for his country, Cameroon, against Colombia in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France, on 26 June 2003.Despite prolonged attempts to resuscitate him, Foé sadly passed away an hour later. A post mortem found evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary heart condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise.It was a shocking and unforgettable moment for football, and one which touched everyone associated with West Ham, the club Foé had joined for a record £4.2million fee and represented 48 times between January 1999 and May 2000.
NOTE: In 2003 the World was shocked by a sudden death of former Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe who collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack. The 28-year-old was playing for his country in the semi-final of Confederation Cup against Columbia.
1.Davide Astori- Fiorentina/Italy
Davide Astori, who played 14 times for Italy’s national soccer team, was found dead on Sunday in his hotel room in Udine, Italy. He was 31.Astori, a defender and captain of the Fiorentina team, was discovered by team staff members when he failed to show up for breakfast. The team was scheduled to play in Udine, in northeast Italy, later in the day.“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” the Udine prosecutor, Antonio De Nicolo, said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”Italian soccer has more stringent rules and tests than many other countries. Professional athletes in Italy are required to undergo some examinations every six months.
NOTE: Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is the most recent footballer to die on duty. The 31-year-old was found dead hours before his team played Udinese in Serie A. It was shocking and untimely. All League matches were called off when the news broke. According to the autopsy report, the former Italian International suffered a cardiac arrest.“Based on the evidence of the autopsy examination, carried out on March 6, 2018, on the body of Davide Astori, with reference to the cause of death, this cause can be indicated as of a cardiac nature, most likely a bradyarrhythmia with pluri-visceral congestion and pulmonary oedema,” Antonio De Nicolo, the chief prosecutor of Udine, told RAI television.“From the preliminary results, it does not seem like there is any external causes other than that of a natural death, but prudently our advisors are telling us that we must wait for the result of histological examinations before making a definitive
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Note: I knew till date Nigerians can’t forget the death of the here who collapse and die on the field while playing for his father’s land for world cup qualifying against the senior team of Angola . Nigeria won the match by one goals to nil. The here the NIGERIA legend, Named SAMUEL OKWARAJI.