Miklós Fehér

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The native form of this personal name is Fehér Miklós. This article uses the Western name order.
Miklós Fehér
Personal information
Full name Miklós Fehér
Date of birth (1979-07-20)20 July 1979
Place of birth Tatabánya, Hungary
Date of death 25 January 2004(2004-01-25) (aged 24)
Place of death Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Győri ETO
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Győri ETO 62 (23)
1998–2002 Porto 10 (1)
1999–2002 Porto B 7 (2)
2000 Salgueiros (loan) 14 (5)
2000–2001 Braga (loan) 26 (14)
2002–2004 Benfica 30 (7)
Total 149 (52)
National team
1996–1997 Hungary U18 8 (3)
1996–2000 Hungary U21 5 (0)
1998–2004 Hungary 25 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miklós "Miki" Fehér (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈmikloːʃ ˈfɛheːr]; 20 July 1979 – 25 January 2004) was a Hungarian professional footballer who played as a striker.

Fehér spent most of his nine-year career in Portugal, representing four clubs and amassing Primeira Liga totals of 80 games and 27 goals. He also gained 25 international caps for Hungary over a period of six years, scoring seven goals.

On 25 January 2004, he died of a cardiac arrest during a match between Vitória de Guimarães and his team Benfica in Guimarães.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Tatabánya, Fehér started his playing career at Győri ETO FC, where he was spotted by F.C. Porto scouts. He was signed in 1998 but never really made a breakthrough onto the first team, being loaned to gain experience from ages 20–21 to another two northern sides, S.C. Salgueiros and S.C. Braga.

At Braga Fehér had his best professional season, scoring 14 top division goals in 26 games in 2000–01. After Porto chairman Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa quarrelled with his agent José Veiga, the player refused to part with his agent and left, joining Lisbon side S.L. Benfica and going on to net eight official goals during two seasons.

Death[edit]

Fehér memorial

On 25 January 2004, Fehér was in Guimarães with Benfica to play against Vitória de Guimarães. The game was being broadcast live on television, and Benfica were leading 1–0. Fehér had just come on as a substitute and assisted another player just off the bench, Fernando Aguiar, for the match's only goal, but received a yellow card in injury time and suddenly bent forward, seemingly in pain; he then fell backwards to the ground.

Members of both teams rushed immediately to aid Fehér before medical personnel arrived on the pitch. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed, an ambulance arrived on the pitch and he was rushed to the hospital. His condition was covered by the Portuguese media throughout the day and, before midnight, his death was confirmed, the cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia brought on by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.[2] In his memory Benfica retired the number 29 shirt, which he wore during his time at the club;[3] he was remembered by many and his death caused a profound shock in Portuguese sports. Among others, Porto director of football Reinaldo Teles and manager José Mourinho paid their respects at the Estádio da Luz, where the player's body remained before his burial in his native Hungary.

A club delegation, which included the entire squad, travelled to Hungary, presenting Fehér's parents with the 2004–05 league championship medal, in respect for the player and his time with the club.[4] On 9 October 2009, the day before their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Portugal in Lisbon, the Hungarian national team squad laid a wreath next to a metal bust of him at Benfica's homeground, in tribute to his memory.[5]

International career[edit]

Fehér made his first international appearance for Hungary in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying match on 10 October 1998 against Azerbaijan. He came on as a sixth-minute substitute for Ferenc Horváth at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku, and scored the final goal of the 4–0 win.

On 11 October 2000 he netted a hat-trick in a 6–1 away thrashing of Lithuania, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[6] In total, he scored seven goals in 25 international appearances.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[7]

Club performance League Cup International Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hungary League Hungarian Cup International Total
1995–96 Győri ETO Nemzeti Bajnokság I 8 2 8 2
1996–97 29 8 29 8
1997–98 25 13 25 13
Portugal League Taça de Portugal International Total
1998–99 Porto Primeira Liga 5 0 2 0 1 0 8 0
1999–2000 5 1 1 0 2 0 8 1
1999–2000 Porto B Portuguese Second Division 4 1 4 1
1999–2000 Salgueiros Primeira Liga 14 5 2 1 16 6
2000–01 Braga Primeira Liga 26 14 26 14
2001–02 Porto B Portuguese Second Division 3 1 3 1
2002–03 Benfica Primeira Liga 17 4 1 0 18 4
2003–04 13 3 2 0 4 1 19 4
Total Hungary 62 23 62 23
Portugal 87 29 8 1 7 1 102 31
Career total 149 52 8 1 7 1 164 54

International[edit]

Source:[8]
Hungary national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 3 1
1999 5 0
2000 4 4
2001 3 0
2002 7 1
2003 3 1
Total 25 7

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 1998 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 4–0 4–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
2 11 October 2000 Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 2–0 6–1 2002 World Cup qualification
3 3–0
4 5–1
5 15 November 2000 Gradski Stadium, Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
6 17 April 2002 Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, Debrecen, Hungary  Belarus 2–5 2–5 Friendly
7 20 August 2003 Stadion Fazanerija, Murska Sobota, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–2 1–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Benfica

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benfica's Miklós Fehér dies after heart attack on pitch; The Guardian, 26 January 2004
  2. ^ Fehér death stuns football; UEFA.com, 26 January 2004
  3. ^ "Miklos Fehér partiu há 11 anos" [Miklos Fehér departed 11 years ago] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Benfica trip a tribute to Fehér; UEFA.com, 31 May 2005
  5. ^ Hungary squad honours late striker Feher; Reuters, 9 October 2009
  6. ^ «Minhoto» Fehér marca três pela Hungria em goleada na Lituânia («Minho»'s Fehér scores three for Hungary in rout in Lithuania); Record, 12 October 2000 (Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Miklos Fehér". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fehér Miklós". European Football. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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