Fehér representing Benfica
|Full name||Miklós Fehér|
|Date of birth||20 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Tatabánya, Hungary|
|Date of death||25 January 2004(aged 24)|
|Place of death||Guimarães, Portugal|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2000||→ Salgueiros (loan)||14||(5)|
|2000–2001||→ Braga (loan)||26||(14)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
On 25 January 2004, while Benfica travelled to Guimarães 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 brought from 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. 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. 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.
|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|
|1995–96||Győri ETO||Hungarian League||8||2|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Total|
|2001–02||Porto B||Third Division||3||1||0||0||3||1|
- Young Hungarian Player of the Year: 1997
- Ferenc Puskás Award: 2001
- Benfica's Miklós Fehér dies after heart attack on pitch; The Guardian, 26 January 2004
- Fehér death stuns football; UEFA.com, 26 January 2004
- Benfica trip a tribute to Fehér; UEFA.com, 31 May 2005
- Hungary squad honours late striker Feher; Reuters, 9 October 2009
- «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)
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