Serhiy Perkhun

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vladimirovich and the family name is Perhun.
Serhiy Perhun
Personal information
Full name Serhiy Vladimirovich Perhun
Date of birth (1977-09-04)4 September 1977
Place of birth Dnipropetrovsk, USSR
Date of death 28 August 2001(2001-08-28) (aged 23)
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 23 (0)
1999–2000 Sheriff Tiraspol ? (0)
2001 CSKA Moscow 13 (0)
National team
2001 Ukraine 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Perkhun memorial in Dnipropetrovsk

Serhiy (Sergey) Vladimirovich Perhun (Ukrainian: Сергій Володимирович Перхун; Russian: Серге́й Влади́мирович Перху́н; born on 4 September 1977 in Dnipropetrovsk, USSR; died 28 August 2001) was a Ukrainian footballer. He is the only player to date in the history of the Russian Premier League to die from injuries sustained during an official game.

Serhiy was also capped by the Ukraine national football team in a friendly game against Latvia on 15 August 2001. He played in the second half of the match.


Perhun collision with Budun Budunov

On 19 August 2001, during the game against Anzhi Makhachkala, he collided head-to-head with Anzhi forward Budun Budunov who also sustained serious head trauma during the collision.[1] At first, the injury appeared to be minor. Perkhun was substituted for and diagnosed with a broken nose. However he became suddenly comatose on the way to the airport and died nine days later from a brain hemorrhage.