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Ten years ago Marc-Vivien Foe died at the Fifa Confederations Cup

Posted: 26 June 2013 Time: 10:28

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the sudden and shocking death of Marc-Vivien Foe during a FIFA Confederations Cup match in France.

The Cameroonian midfielder had played in the victories against Brazil and Turkey, but tragedy struck in the semifinal against Colombia at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon.

In the 72nd minute he collapsed in the centre circle, with no-one close to him. Players rushed over to see what had happened and the panicked look on their faces immediately suggested that something was horribly wrong.

After attempting to resuscitate him on the pitch, medics stretchered Foe off and spent 45 minutes trying to restart his heart. He was still alive when they got to the stadium’s medical centre, but died shortly afterwards.

A second autopsy revealed evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise.

Foe had started his career at Canon Yaoundé, before a five-year stint at lens in France. After two seasons at West Ham United he left for Lyon, and was on loan at Manchester City when at the time of his death. He was 28.

Previous comments on this story...

Football Fanatic
posted: 10:36 am
Thanks to Marawa, you are now posting this story,well done Kickoff,sometimes it doesn't hurt learning from the best.
posted: 10:42 am
What a talent
Lady Goldilight
posted: 11:01 am
I watched the video of how he died on youtube and it was really sad. It just goes to show that in life when your time is up there's really nothing you can do about it. God is the only one who knows what life has in store for us.
posted: 11:02 am
I have been wondering why FIFA hasn't done anything to remember him at this tournament.
posted: 11:07 am
During my school days called me Foe coz we playing same position n same kind heart were broken after his death n it happened during my matric ,even today no one closed the gap he left @ Cameroon national team,they are suffering from that position.i hope his soul rest in peace.
Psl Champ 12/13
posted: 11:08 am
Gone too soon
posted: 11:09 am
When you hear of this kind of news as a human, it touches you and as a football lover, though you never played for any team I support, I bow and say Rest In Peace Foe.. You died serving your country. Sure you are in a better place...... 1 Love.. !! Nkosi for life.
Santi Santi
posted: 11:28 am
Anytime i remember Foe's tragedy my heart skips a beat and i say to myself what a lucky guy Nwankwo Kanu is.
Lady Goldilight
posted: 11:34 am
@Santi Santi

What do you mean? What does Kanu have to do with this?
KC is National Defence Force
posted: 11:44 am
Lady Goldilight

posted: 11:34 am | Report

@Santi Santi

What do you mean? What does Kanu have to do with this?


Kanu had heart problems in his early playing was so serious that doctors believed he wont play soccer again....
I think he had an operation? (I might be wrong)....and he went on to become a star that he was
Abdul Parker is a Super star in Ethopia.
posted: 11:48 am
Gone to soon..

posted: 11:57 am
Santi Santi
posted: 12:12 pm
Lady Goldlight no Kanu's heart disease was discovered while taking his medical with Inter then just imagine if Kanu wasnt diagonsed of heart disease early he would have suffered same fate like Foe, the leggy dude is just lucky
posted: 01:12 pm
What a player
posted: 03:17 pm
Rest in peace man you will always be remembered.Pliz Kickoff we need more updates like these ones not always Chiefs and Pirates.
Addis Ababa The Capital of Africa
posted: 03:30 pm
RIP our African brother , it feels like yesterday 10yrs i still remember your team mates made it to the finals only to lose to France
posted: 03:35 pm
RIP Marc-Vivian Foe.
You were the true soldier. You gave it all for your country. The continent of Africa misses you, soldier.
posted: 05:04 pm
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