List of association footballers who died while playing

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The following is a list of association footballers who died while playing a game, died directly from injuries sustained while playing, or died after being taken ill on the pitch. Following an increase in deaths,[1] both during matches and training, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) considered mandatory cardiac testing,[2] already in place for years in some countries, such as Italy.[3]

By 2009, FIFA player Pre-Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA) included family history, heart rhythm, sounds, and electrocardiogram (ECG) results.[4] The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) required extensive medical tests, including ECG and echocardiogram for players in the Europa League 2011–12.[5] Constant monitoring has been advised.[6]

Date Name Age Team Notes
13 January 1889 England William Cropper 26 England Staveley Ruptured bowel in a match against Grimsby Town led to death the next day.
11 January 1892 Scotland James "Daddy" Dunlop 21 Scotland St Mirren Tetanus from fall on piece of glass in a friendly game against Abercorn led to death ten days later, at the age of 21.[7]
23 November 1893 England Walter "Wash" Bannister 24 England Chesterfield Town Rupture of the kidney from a tackle in game against Derby Junction; he died almost three weeks later.[8]
25 May 1896 Scotland James Logan 25 England Loughborough F.C. Pneumonia while playing.
29 November 1896 England Joe Powell 25 England Woolwich Arsenal Blood poisoning and tetanus after breaking his arm against Kettering Town in 1896.
January 1900 England James Collins England Sheppey United Tetanus caused by on-field injury.[9]
27 August 1902 Wales Di Jones 35? England Manchester City Gashed knee turned septic leading to death.
27 October 1906 England David "Soldier" Wilson 23 England Leeds City Heart attack while playing against Burnley, probably from heavy smoking. He attempted to return to the field of play even when in great pain.[10]
8 April 1907 Scotland Tommy Blackstock 25 England Manchester United Collapsed after heading a ball in a game against St. Helens and died.
January 1908 England Frank Levick 26 England Sheffield United Pneumonia during recovery from collar bone broken playing against Newcastle United on New Years Day 1908. Attending Dr Selby of Attercliffe (Sheffield) noted heart failure at 1:40pm on 1 February 1908 at his father's house on 125 Plumpers Road Tinsley Sheffield[11]
29 December 1909 Scotland James Main 23 Scotland Hibernian Fatal stomach injuries during a Christmas Day match in 1909 against Partick Thistle at Firhill on a frostbound pitch, after colliding with a Thistle player, led to death four days later.
19 February 1916 England Bob Benson 33 England Arsenal Burst blood vessel following a wartime game against Reading.[12][13]
7 January 1921 England Horace Fairhurst 27 England Blackpool Head injury in a league game at Barnsley in December 1920; died as a result of his injury early in the new year.
22 May 1921 Kingdom of Yugoslavia Nikola Gazdić Kingdom of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Late stage tuberculosis after a game against Građanski Zagreb, Hajduk's greatest rival at the time.[14]
14 November 1921 Scotland Joshua Wilkinson 24 Scotland Dumbarton Goalkeeper who died from peritonitis two days after a game against Rangers.[15]
11 November 1923 England Tom Butler England Port Vale Died from tetanus eight days after fracturing his arm in a match.
13 March 1927 France Georges Le Bidois 26 France Stade Olympique de l'Est During a season-ending match of the Ligue Île-de-France [fr], the goalkeeper Georges Le Bidois received a violent kick at his carotid from Swiss Aron Pollitz of US Suisse Paris, which made him succumbed in the locker room. Upon the announcement of his death, the game was called off.[16][17]
4 April 1927 Belgium Albert Van Coile 27 Belgium Cercle Brugge Perforated bowel after a collision with an opponent. Died one day later.
3 May 1927 Chile David Arellano 24 Chile Colo-Colo Peritonitis after being hit by an opposing player during the match. Shortly after the incident Arellano was brought to a nearby clinic where he ultimately died.
30 April 1927 England Sam Wynne 30 England Bury Collapsed and died on the field of pneumonia during a match against Sheffield United, although Bury claim it was a cerebral hemorrhage.[18]
5 September 1931 Scotland John Thomson 22 Scotland Celtic Injured during an Old Firm match when he dived for the ball and suffered a fractured skull in an accidental collision with Rangers' Sam English. He died that same evening.
17 June 1933 Iceland Jón Kristbjörnsson 22 Iceland Valur A goalkeeper who collided with a striker from KR Reykjavik and suffered a head injury in the last game of the Icelandic League on 13. June 1933. Was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries on 17 June 1933.[19]
1 December 1934 England Sim Raleigh 25 England Gillingham Died after a clash of heads with Brighton & Hove Albion's Paul Mooney in a game, who subsequently retired.
5 February 1936 England Jimmy Thorpe 22 England Sunderland When playing as goalkeeper, Thorpe, a diabetic, collapsed into a coma from which he never recovered, attributed to the rough treatment he received on the pitch in a game against Chelsea. His death lead to the rule that players were no longer able to kick the ball out of the goalkeeper's arms.
12 November 1936 Peru Jorge Chávez Boza Peru Atlético Chalaco Playing in a friendly match for Atlético Chalaco, Chávez Boza had his femoral artery injured by Víctor Guarderas Lavalle from Alianza Lima. His limb was amputated which later led to his death since having diabetes.[20]
14 May 1939 Norway Asbjørn Rønneberg 17 Norway Hof IL Collapsed with a heart attack during the away game against Ramnes IL. He died within minutes after he was carried off the pitch.[21]
15 May 1941 Netherlands Switzerland Law Adam 32 Netherlands Thor After retirement at the age of 24 due to heart problems in 1933, Adam was playing for Thor against Anasher in Surabaya in the Dutch East Indies on 15 May 1941. He suffered a heart attack which led to his death.[22]
22 March 1946 Peru Isaac Angulo Peru Alianza Lima Collapsed during a friendly match against a saltpeter workers team in Antofagasta, Chile. He died from a possible cardiac arrest.[20]
20 February 1949 West Germany Gustav Fähland West Germany TSV Braunschweig Internal bleeding a few days after a collision with an opposing player in a match between his club TSV Braunschweig (a temporary name for Eintracht Braunschweig) and SV Werder Bremen on 13 February 1949.[23]
1 April 1951 Brazil Mitotônio 35 Brazil Ceará Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to stomach congestion.[24]
August 1953 United States John Kirkby 23 England Wrexham Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to a cardiac arrest.[25]
14 July 1963 Socialist Republic of Romania Constantin Tabarcea 26 Socialist Republic of Romania Petrolul Ploieşti Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to unusual activity of the thymus gland.[26]
1 November 1966 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petar Radaković 29 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia NK Rijeka Collapsed during a training session due to a heart ailment and died on the way to the hospital.[27][28]
25 February 1967 England Tony Allden England Highgate United Struck by lightning during an FA Amateur Cup quarterfinal against Enfield.[29]
16 December 1973 Portugal Pavão 26 Portugal F.C. Porto Heart attack during a league game.[30]
14 December 1975 Peru Ángel Avilés Peru Deportivo Junín Collapsed on the field after a run with the ball, playing against Atlético Chalaco at the Estadio Nacional del Perú, he previously had heart complications since playing for Colegio Nacional Iquitos. A stadium in Moyobamba was named after him.[20]
18 May 1977 England Tony Aveyard 21 England Scarborough Head injuries received during match.[31][32]
27 August 1977 Belgium Michel Soulier 27 Belgium Namur Died as a result of an attack in a Belgian Cup away match against Anderlecht at Parc Astrid. Stade Michel-Soulier [fr] in Namur was named in his honor.
30 October 1977 Italy Renato Curi 24 Italy Perugia Heart attack while playing in a Serie A match against Juventus. Perugia's ground is named after him.
21 April 1980 France Omar Sahnoun 24 France Bordeaux Died from a heart attack during a club training.
5 November 1981 Algeria Hocine Benmiloudi 26 Algeria CR Belouizdad Died during the Ligue 1 match against USM Aïn Beïda in Stade 20 Août 1955 (Algiers), from severe food poisoning.[33]
7 March 1982 Brazil Carlos Alberto Barbosa 28 Brazil Sport Died from infarction after fainting in the match against XV de Jaú.[34]
23 September 1984 Netherlands Erik Jongbloed 21 Netherlands DWS Struck by lightning during an exhibition game.[35]
Son of Jan Jongbloed, goalkeeper of the Dutch national team in both the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup Final.
15 January 1987 Spain José Antonio Gallardo 25 Spain CD Málaga Collided with an opponent on 21 December away to Celta de Vigo, underwent emergency surgery and returned home. Relapsed on 7 January with a cerebral haemorrhage and fell into an eight-day coma before dying.[36]
23 August 1987 Portugal Paulo Navalho 20 Portugal Atlético Clube de Portugal Acute myocardial infarction during a friendly match between Atletico and the UAE's Al-Jazira Club.[37]
9 December 1987 Turkey Dursun Özbek 17 Turkey Galatasaray Died from a heart attack in a training match in Florya.[38]
7 February 1989 Netherlands Antilles Sixto Rovina 27 Netherlands Groningen Collapsed at the moment he wanted to take a throw-in while playing against VV Hoogezand. He died of a heart attack.
12 August 1989 Nigeria Samuel Okwaraji 24 Nigeria Nigeria Collapsed and died while playing against Angola in a World Cup Qualifier. An autopsy showed that the 24-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
8 September 1990 England David Longhurst 25 England York City Heart attack on the pitch while playing against Lincoln City. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.[39]
2 February 1993 Romania Michael Klein 33 Germany Bayer Uerdingen Heart attack during a training session.
1 September 1993 Hungary Gábor Zsiborás 35 Hungary MTK The goalkeeper collapsed into a coma in the training session of Hungarian national team. After a week he died.
30 April 1995 Zaire Mukandi Tsimaya 28 Greece Atromitos F.C. Received an elbow hit in the neck by an opponent player, during a match against Panelefsiniakos. He died before going to hospital.[citation needed]
25 August 1995 Northern Ireland Michael Goddard Northern Ireland Dundela Died during a game against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park after being struck in the chest by the ball.[19]
29 October 1995 Nigeria Amir Angwe 29 Nigeria Julius Berger F.C. Collapsed and died on the pitch of a heart attack.[40]
4 January 1997 Tunisia Hédi Berkhissa 24 Tunisia Esperance Sportive de Tunis Heart attack in a friendly game against Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Chedli Zouiten
4 April 1997 Israel Waheeb Jabara 23 Israel Hapoel Taibe Heart attack while playing against Bnei Yehuda.[41]
February 1998 Wales Robbie James 40 Wales Llanelli A.F.C. Cardiomyopathy.
28 April 1998 Germany Axel Jüptner 29 Germany Carl Zeiss Jena Died suddenly of a heart attack during training.
January 1999 Romania Ferenc Biro 15 Romania Nirajul Miercurea-Nir. Died after a crossbar fell on his head during a warmup.[26]
24 July 1999 Romania Stefan Vrăbioru 23 Romania Astra Ploieşti Undetected heart defect that led to his collapse.[26]
January 2000 Romania Daniel Orbeanu 18 Romania Caraimanul Buşteni Died after an infection from a simple sprain, misdiagnosed by four different hospitals.[26]
February 2000 Nigeria John Ikoroma 17 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda S.C.C. Collapsed on the pitch and later died in hospital.[42]
2 April 2000 Indonesia Eri Irianto 26 Indonesia Persebaya Surabaya Died in hospital due to heart failure after a game between Persebaya and PSIM Yogyakarta.[43]
6 May 2000 Poland Robert Mitwerandu 30 Poland Raków Częstochowa Died from a heart attack in his house's bathroom, at the same night when his team lost 1–3 to Polar Wrocław.
21 May 2000 Algeria Hocine Gacemi 24 Algeria JS Kabylie Died from a fractured skull after clash of heads.[26]
30 May 2000 Ivan Krstić 19 Radnički Niš Struck by lightning during a training session, and was killed instantly.[44]
5 October 2000 Romania Cătălin Hîldan 24 Romania Dinamo Bucharest Died while playing for Dinamo; In the 74th minute of a friendly game against Olteniţa, Hîldan had a heart attack, and fell to the ground. The North Stand of Dinamo's stadium is named in his honour.
29 August 2001 Ukraine Serhiy Perkhun 23 Russia CSKA Moscow Injured in a collision with Budun Budunov who also sustained serious head trauma. He received a brain hemorrhage and died eight days later.
20 November 2001 France Cédric Lestic 26 France AS Cherbourg Died during a training session at André-Picquenot Stadium in Tourlaville as a result of a heart attack.[45]
20 February 2002 Romania Cristian Neamțu 21 Romania Universitatea Craiova Accidentally struck in the mandible by a teammate charging towards goal. Internal bleeding was discovered, before he died one week later.[26]
October 2002 Brazil Marcio Dos Santos 28 Peru Deportivo Wanka Dos Santos suffered a heart attack after a game of his Peruvian club Deportivo Wanka, which scored a goal in the 3–1 win over Alianza Lima.[46]
24 October 2002 Colombia Hernán Gaviria 32 Colombia Deportivo Cali Struck by lightning during a training session, and was killed instantly.
27 October 2002 Colombia Giovanni Córdoba 24 Colombia Deportivo Cali Struck by the same lightning that killed Hernán Gaviria, and died three days later from the injuries.[47]
12 December 2002 Republic of Macedonia Stefan Toleski 23 Republic of Macedonia FK Napredok Collapsed during a match and later died in a hospital.[48]
9 March 2003 Trinidad and Tobago Marvin Lee 21 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 football team Sustained neck and spinal injuries in a collision with Landon Donovan during the 2001 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament on 20 March 2001. Paralysed, he died two years later on 9 March 2003 having stopped breathing.[49][50]
26 June 2003 Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foé 28 Cameroon Cameroon Collapsed while playing in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between his country and Colombia, and died shortly afterward in hospital. An autopsy later revealed the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
9 August 2003 Malaysia Ali Bakar 55 Malaysia Malaysia and Penang Suffered a heart attack and died on the field while playing in a charity football match in Singapore in 2003.[51]
25 January 2004 Hungary Miklós Fehér 24 Portugal Benfica Cardiac arrest caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while playing against Vitória.
29 February 2004 Guatemala Danny Ortiz 27 Guatemala CSD Municipal Torn pericardium during a match against CSD Comunicaciones when he collided with Mario Rafael Rodríguez. He died later in a hospital.
27 October 2004 Brazil Serginho 30 Brazil São Caetano Sudden cardiac death during a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match against São Paulo. His death motivated a revamping of practices in medical assistance from clubs and stricter preventative measures in sports grounds in Brazil.
5 December 2004 Brazil Cristiano Júnior 24 India Dempo Sports Club Collided with Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the 78th minute of the Federation Cup finals while scoring his second goal. He staggered away, then collapsed. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at Hosmat Hospital.
12 April 2005 England Paul Sykes 28 England Folkestone Invicta Collapsed on the pitch 30 minutes into the game against Margate F.C. in the Kent Senior Cup Semi-Final. An undiagnosed heart defect was identified as the cause of his death.[52]
27 May 2005 Romania Alin Paicu 32 Romania Minerul Mătăsari Collapsed after heading a ball. Died of a heart attack.[26]
25 June 2005 Portugal Hugo Cunha 28 Portugal U.D. Leiria Died suddenly from a cardiac arrest during a football match played with friends in Montemor-o-Novo.[53]
11 April 2006 Colombia Victor Alfonso Guerrero 17 Colombia Envigado F.C. Died suddenly during a training match. He had lost consciousness on the ground and his body had arrived lifeless to the hospital.[54]
12 June 2006 Denmark Rasmus Green 26 Denmark Næstved BK Heart attack during a training session and was, despite revival attempts from teammates and a doctor, declared dead upon arrival at the local hospital. The number 7 was afterwards retired in his honor.[55]
10 August 2006 Turkey Gökmen Yıldıran 28 Turkey Elazığspor Suffered a heart attack during training, he died before being taken to the hospital.[38]
30 August 2006 Egypt Mohamed Abdelwahab 23 Egypt Al-Ahly Died from undetected heart defect during a training match.[56]
9 September 2006 England Matt Gadsby 27 England Hinckley United Collapsed on the pitch during a Conference North game against Harrogate Town and died soon afterwards at Harrogate District Hospital. Medical tests revealed he died from a heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.[57]
18 September 2006 Brazil Nilton Pereira Mendes 30 Kazakhstan FC Shakhter Karagandy Collapsed on the pitch during a training session with his club and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The Brazilian was a former top scorer and best player for the Kazakhstan Premier League.[58]
27 March 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Karačić 19 Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Široki Brijeg Heart attack and died during a training match in Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[59]
19 August 2007 England Anton Reid 16 England Walsall Collapsed and died during youth team pre-season training. An inquest recorded a verdict of natural causes.[60]
28 August 2007 Spain Antonio Puerta 22 Spain Sevilla FC Collapsed during a match against Getafe C.F.. He died later in hospital after several cardiac arrests. Autopsy revealed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
29 August 2007 Zambia Chaswe Nsofwa 28 Israel Hapoel Beersheba Sudden heart failure during a training match against Maccabi Beersheba.
29 December 2007 Scotland Phil O'Donnell 35 Scotland Motherwell Collapsed during his team's 5–3 win against Dundee United with what was later confirmed as left ventricular failure. He died on the way to the hospital.[61]
9 February 2008 Gabon Guy Tchingoma 22 Gabon FC 105 Libreville Died shortly after a league game against Union Sportive O'Mbila. During the match, he collided with an opponent. He managed to finish the game, but collapsed shortly after and medics were unable to revive him.[62]
16 February 2008 England Hervé King 27 England Ringmer Collapsed 17 minutes into a game against Three Bridges[63] of an undetermined cause (heart attack suspected).[64]
3 April 2008 Croatia Hrvoje Ćustić 24 Croatia NK Zadar Collided with a concrete wall during a game against Cibalia and died in a hospital 5 days later of severe head injuries[65]
31 May 2008 Russia Rustem Bulatov 34 Russia Torpedo SDYuSShOR Kaluga Felt ill during a game, died later that day in a hospital.[66]
15 March 2009 Indonesia Jumadi Abdi 26 Indonesia PKT Bontang Collapsed after an incident with Denny Tarkas during the match of his club PKT Bontang against Persela Lamongan. Denny kicked Jumadi's stomach when he was trying to get the ball. Jumadi died in a hospital 8 days later of severe infection.[67]
3 April 2009 Paraguay Víctor Hugo Ávalos 37 Paraguay Villa Florida Heart attack during a match against Salesianito. He died the next day.[68]
26 May 2009 Nigeria Orobosan Adun 28 Nigeria Warri Wolves FC Before an away match with Enugu Rangers, goalkeeper Adun of Warri Wolves FC, was assaulted by thugs suspected to be fans of the opposition team. Adun died 3 days later from internal haemorrhage, during a training session.[69]
8 August 2009 Spain Daniel Jarque 26 Spain RCD Espanyol Cardiac arrest following a training session.[70]
2 September 2009 Romania Alexandru Iatan 19 Romania Dunărea Giurgiu The Romanian goalkeeper was hit in the abdominal area with a ball while trying to defend a penalty kick during team training. He continued his training but a few moments later he collapsed and died of cardiac arrest.[71][72]
15 November 2009 Italy Maurizio Greco 25 Germany TuS Güldenstern Stade Collapsed during the match of his club TuS Güldenstern Stade against Lupo Martini Wolfsburg at Campers Höhe and died later in the hospital.[73]
18 November 2009 United Arab Emirates Salem Saad 31 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Died of a heart attack during a training session.[74]
24 January 2010 Cameroon Yannick Dago 17 France Arras Football Collapsed during the match of his under-19 team club Arras Football against Etoile Sportive Anzin Saint Aubin and died later on a heart attack.[75]
6 March 2010 Nigeria Endurance Idahor 25 Sudan Al-Merreikh Collapsed during the match of his Sudanese club Al Merreikh against Alamal Atbara. He died in the ambulance. Autopsy report revealed that he suffered a circulatory collapse from a heart attack.
8 March 2010 Ghana Bartholomew Opoku 19 Ghana Kessben F.C. Collapsed the day before while playing against league side Liberty. He was quickly taken to hospital and is understood to have stabilized overnight. His death was announced the next day by his club.[76]
May 2010 Croatia Goran Tunjić 32 Croatia Mladost FC Heart attack during a 5th Division match. It was widely reported that Tunjić had been booked by the referee for diving,[77] though such reports were later refuted by some sources.[78]
2 May 2010 Liberia Ambrose Wleh 24 Liberia Invincible Eleven Heart failure in a match against Mighty Barrolle. He came on as a substitute in the second half before collapsing in the center circle with no other players near him. He died shortly afterwards upon arrival to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.[79]
18 August 2010 Nigeria Victor Omogbehin 22 England Ilford F.C. Collapsed during a league match. He played in the Isthmian Football League game from Ilford against the Lowestoft Town FC.[80]
8 May 2010 Nigeria Wilson Mene 22 Cambodia Prek Pra Keila Collapsed during a league match. He played in Metfone Cambodian League at National Olympic Stadium.[81]
10 November 2010 Ghana Benjamin Owusu 21 Benin Cavaliers FC Parakou Collapsed while playing in Benin.[82]
12 December 2010 Nigeria Emmanuel Ogoli 21 Nigeria Ocean Boys F.C. Collapsed on the pitch while playing a league match, and died later in a hospital.[83]
12 April 2011 Chad Lokissimbaye Loko 30 France FC Beaumontois Heart attack during a Ligue Midi-Pyrenees match.[84]
4 August 2011 Japan Naoki Matsuda 34 Japan Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. Collapsed during training on 2 August 2011 due to a cardiac arrest after finishing a 15-minute warmup run, and doctors diagnosed his condition as "extremely severe". After two days, he died on 4 August.[85]
13 November 2011 Nigeria Bobsam Elejiko 30 Belgium K. Merksem S.C. Collapsed and died while playing a 5th tier match for K. Merksem S.C. against F.C. Exc. Kaart[86]
15 March 2012 India Dhanraj Venkatesh[87] 27 India Bangalore Mars Collapsed toward the end of the game; reports suggest cardiac arrest as the cause of death.[88]
10 April 2012 United States Patrick Grange 29 United States University of New Mexico Died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, after already having chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[89]
14 April 2012 Italy Piermario Morosini 25 Italy Livorno Collapsed during a Serie B game against Pescara. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[90]
5 May 2012 Mauritania Mohamed Lemine Ould M'Boye Mauritania ASC Nasr Zem Zem Collapsed twenty minutes into a game against FC Legwareb-FC Trarza in a Mauritanian Premier League match. Died on arrival at a hospital due to cardiac arrest. The game was postponed and replayed on 26 May, with Zem Zem winning 2–1.[91][92]
5 August 2012 Nigeria Chinonso Ihelwere Henry 21 Romania Delta Tulcea Collapsed during a friendly game against FC Balotesti in the 86th minute, after having been brought on for only 10 minutes. With the temperature being 40 °C, doctors tried reviving the Nigerian player for 30 minutes before declaring him dead. Supposedly, he underwent health tests a week before his death with no signs of problems detected. The cause was of his death was heart failure.[93]
2 September 2012 Sweden Victor Brannstrom 29 Sweden Piteå IF Collapsed shortly after scoring during a meeting in the Division 2, in which he suffered a cardiac arrest and died after arriving at hospital.[94]
7 October 2012 Nigeria Joshua Pepple 24 Poland LKS Pomorzaninem Nowogard Collapsed from a heart attack in a league game against Iskierką Szczecin and died on the pitch.[95]
20 October 2012 Morocco Jaouad Akaddar 28 Morocco Hassania Agadir Suffered a heart attack immediately after the end of a match.[96]
2 April 2013 France Quentin Margueritte 25 France USON Mondeville Collapsed during a training session of his club USON Mondeville. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[97]
20 April 2013 Germany Dominik Rupp 23 Germany FSV Hemmersdorf Collapsed during a Saarlandliga game against Saar 05 Saarbrücken. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[98]
16 May 2013 Kosovo Berat Sacipi 31 Germany SV Inter Itzehoe Collapsed during a Kreisklasse A Steinburg game against ABC Wesseln. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[99]
17 June 2013 Kuwait Mohammad Fahad 32 Kuwait Al-Sulaibikhat In a non-official match played in May 2013, Mohammed Fahad collided with another player, causing him a severe bleeding in the brain and coma until the dawn of June 17, 2013, when he died.[100]
21 June 2013 Croatia Alen Pamić 23 Croatia NK Istra 1961 Collapsed during a retreat game for MNK Maružini of a heart attack.[101]
21 July 2013 Peru Yair Clavijo 18 Peru Sporting Cristal The 18-year-old footballer from Sporting Cristal died during a reserve match against Real Garcilaso on 20 June 2013.[102] The autopsy determined he died from a cerebral edema with brain herniation caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.[103][104]
27 July 2013 Mali Sékou Camara 27 Indonesia Pelita Bandung Raya Collapsed on the field during his team's practice session in Bandung. He was rushed to the nearest hospital, but died on the way there. The cause of death was a heart attack.[105]
30 July 2013 Austria Matthias Viereckl 19 Austria SC Marchtrenk Died in a friendly game against Union Steinhaus.[106]
17 November 2013 Portugal Alex Marques[107] 20 Portugal G.D. Tourizense Cardiac arrest after seven minutes of the match between Tourizense and Carapinheirense.[108][109]
23 December 2013 Scotland Jamie Skinner 13 Scotland Tynecastle Cardiac arrest during a game in the Saughton Park in Edinburgh.[110]
28 February 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Carter 30 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Died of a heart attack after feeling chest pains during a training session in the morning.[111]
19 May 2014 Indonesia Akli Fairuz 27 Indonesia Persiraja Died after colliding with opposition goalkeeper during a match in the Indonesian Premier League. Fairuz was substituted and admitted to hospital but died due to internal bleeding the next day.[112]
23 August 2014 Cameroon Albert Ebossé Bodjongo 24 Algeria JS Kabylie Hit by a projectile while leaving the pitch.[113] However a post-mortem examination showed he may have actually died from a severe beating.[114]
19 October 2014 India Peter Biaksangzuala 23 India Bethlehem Vengthlang Died from spinal injuries that occurred as he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal at 61 minutes against Chanmari West.[115][116]
10 November 2014 Nepal Dipak Adhikari United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Police Force Team The Nepalese born player and member of the Abu Dhabi Police's team died after collapsing during a match.[117]
28 March 2015 England Ben Hiscox 30 England Stoke Gifford While tackling during a league match against Mangotsfield Sports, the English footballer stumbled and fell backwards, hitting his head against the wall of Stoke Gifford's clubhouse. He died a few days later.[118]
30 April 2015 Belgium Gregory Mertens 24 Belgium Sporting Lokeren Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens died of heart failure, three days after collapsing during a reserve team match against Genk, having never regained consciousness after receiving CPR during the first half.[119]
11 May 2015 Belgium Tim Nicot 23 Belgium Beerschot-Wilrijk Belgian footballer died of heart failure, only two weeks after Gregory Mertens, during a tournament game.[120]
14 May 2015 Argentina Emanuel Ortega 21 Argentina San Martín de Burzaco Argentine footballer passes away after sustaining fatal head injury during match.[121]
24 May 2015 Argentina Cristian Gómez 27 Argentina Club Atlético Paraná Argentine footballer died of heart failure during a Primera B Nacional match.[122]
31 May 2015 Nigeria Shetemi Ayetigbo 16 Republic of Ireland Belvedere During a Dublin & District Schoolboy League game against St Kevin's Boys, Ayetigbo, a Nigerian-Irish footballer collapsed and died.[123][124][125][126]
13 June 2015 Nigeria David Oniya 30 Malaysia T-Team Nigerian footballer collapsed three minutes after kick-off in a friendly match against Kelantan and died less one hour later in hospital.[127]
7 July 2015 England Junior Dian 23 England Tonbridge Angels Collapsed in a pre-season friendly game at Whyteleafe.[128]
15 October 2015 Russia Sergei Filippenkov 44 Russia FC Zenit Penza Died during a friendly match between veteran teams in Pensa.[129]
1 May 2016 Australia Stefan Petrovski 18 Malaysia Melaka United Struck by lightning while training on 5 April, died in hospital.[130]
6 May 2016 Cameroon Patrick Ekeng 26 Romania Dinamo București Collapsed in a match against FC Viitorul Constanța seven minutes after he came on from the bench and was taken to hospital, where he died less than two hours later.[131]
7 May 2016 Brazil Bernardo Ribeiro 26 Brazil Friburguense Brazilian footballer for Friburguense collapsed during a friendly match before being taken to a hospital, where he died of a suspected heart attack.[132]
9 May 2016 Cameroon Jeanine Christelle Djomnang 26 Cameroon Femina Stars Ebolowa, Cameroon national team Cameroonian goalkeeper, collapsed during her warm-up before a match in Cameroon. She died of a suspected heart attack.[133]
16 July 2016 Australia Antony Stott 26 Australia Thirroul Thunder Australian amateur footballer, collapsed 10 minutes into a match against Sandon Point and died en route to hospital. Cause of death suspected to have been a cardiac arrest.[134]
15 August 2016 Nigeria Michael Umanika 20 Azerbaijan Zagatala Nigerian midfielder for Zagatala PFK collapsed during a team training session in Zagatala. He died of a suspected heart attack.[135]
11 September 2016 Burkina Faso Ben Idrissa Dermé 34 France AJ Biguglia Died of a heart attack during a French cup match.[136]
13 September 2016 England Dan Wilkinson 26 England Shaw Lane Suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in an Integro League Cup match against Brighouse Town. He died in the following hours in hospital.[137]
26 April 2017 Gabon Moïse Brou Apanga 35 Gabon FC 105 Libreville Ivorian-born Gabonese defender for FC 105 Libreville died after suffering a heart attack during team training.[138]
28 April 2017 Botswana Gofaone Tiro 26 Botswana Township Rollers Botswana winger; collapsed of a heart attack during team training session and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.[139]
3 June 2017 Ethiopia Aseged Tesfaye 46 Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopian striker; collapsed of a heart attack during team training session and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. Doctors described the cause of death as Mitral Valve Regurgitation.[140]
5 June 2017 Ivory Coast Cheick Tioté 30 China Beijing Enterprises Ivorian defensive midfielder; collapsed and lost consciousness during a training session and was pronounced dead later that day with a suspected death cause of a heart attack.[141]
15 October 2017 Indonesia Choirul Huda 38 Indonesia Persela Lamongan Indonesian goalkeeper; while trying to retrieve the match ball from an opponent during a match against Semen Padang F.C., he collided with his teammate at high speed and suffered injuries to his lower jaw and head. He was briefly conscious immediately after the collision, but later succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.[142]
2 November 2017 Belgium Joel Lobanzo 17 Belgium Royal Antwerp u-19 Lobanzo collapsed in training with the U-19 team on 31 October. He died a day later during the night of 1–2 November. It is believed that a heart attack was the cause of death.[143]
24 March 2018 Croatia Bruno Boban 25 Croatia Marsonia 1909 Croatian winger; Boban collapsed during a match between Marsonia and Požega Slavonia. After several minutes of attempted resuscitation by medical staff and a retired doctor who was spectating, he was pronounced dead.[144]
4 May 2018 South Africa Luyanda Ntshangase 21 South Africa Maritzburg United South African midfielder who was struck by lightning during a friendly game on 1 May 2018. He died three days later from his injuries.[145]
6 October 2018 Brazil Ramon Neto da Costa 31 Brazil Araranguá Esporte Clube Brazilian attacker who died during a friendly game on 6 October 2018.[146]

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