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)
2000–2002 Porto B 7 (2)
2000 Salgueiros (loan) 14 (5)
2000–2001 Braga (loan) 26 (14)
2002–2004 Benfica 29 (7)
Total 145 (51)
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.

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

Fehér spent most of his nine-year career in Portugal, representing three teams as a professional and amassing top division totals of 80 games and 27 goals.

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 Sporting de 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]

Miklós 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. CPR was performed as match participants looked on in visible distress. An ambulance arrived on the pitch and Fehér was rushed to the hospital. His condition was covered by the Portuguese media throughout the day. However, 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; 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.[3] 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 Estádio da Luz, in tribute to his memory.[4]

International career[edit]

Fehér made his first international appearance for Hungary in October 1998 against Azerbaijan, and went on to score seven goals in 25 international matches.

On 11 October 2000 he netted a hat-trick in a 6–1 away thrashing of Lithuania, for the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.[5]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 1998 Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 4–0 Win Euro 2000 qualifying
2 11 October 2000 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 6–1 Win 2002 World Cup qualification
3 11 October 2000 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 6–1 Win 2002 World Cup qualification
4 11 October 2000 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 6–1 Win 2002 World Cup qualification
5 15 November 2000 Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia 1–0 Win Friendly
6 17 April 2002 Debrecen, Hungary  Belarus 2–5 Loss Friendly
7 20 August 2003 Murska Sobota, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–2 Loss Friendly

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hungary League Hungarian Cup Total
1995–96 Győri ETO Hungarian League 8 2
1996–97 29 8
1997–98 25 13
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Total
1998–99 Porto Portuguese League 5 0 2 0 7 0
1999–00 5 1 1 0 6 1
1999–00 Salgueiros Portuguese League 14 5 0 0 14 5
2000–01 Braga Portuguese League 26 14 0 0 26 14
2001–02 Porto B Third Division 3 1 0 0 3 1
2002–03 Benfica Portuguese League 17 4 1 0 18 4
2003–04 12 3 1 0 13 3
Total Hungary 62 23
Portugal 82 28 5 0 87 28
Career total 144 51 5 0 236 79

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Benfica

Individual[edit]

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