Soccer players who died on the field: Footballers who died on the pitch

Soccer players who died on the field

Soccer players who have died on the field have caused sadness among football fans. For football lovers and players, the most heartbreaking experience is death, especially on the field of play. However, despite football being the most popular sport in the world, the sports world as a whole would prefer to avoid it.

Since 13 January 1889 many football players have lost their lives while playing football take a look at the list of soccer players who died on the field.

Game after game, football provides us with unforgettable moments, victories, and joys. However, it does have its sad and moving moments. Footballers who died on the field will never be forgotten. After all, we should live with their memories and bargain our beloved idols farewell.

List of soccer players who died on the field while playing football

List of soccer players who died on the field while playing football
List of soccer players who died on the field while playing football

This is a full overview of football players who passed away and whose deaths were published in the media for an assortment of causes, including injuries, cardiac arrests, natural deaths, and occasionally uncertain causes. So far, many footballers have lost their lives while playing soccer for their beloved clubs. The following is a list of soccer players who died on the field from 1889 to the Present:

Date of deathPlayerAge at deathTeamCause Of Death
12 April 2023Martin Filipcic15SamoborIn the youth league match against Dugo Selo, he informed the referee he wasn’t feeling well and then collapsed while receiving medical attention. He was reportedly alive when the ambulance arrived but was dead soon after.
15 February 2023Arne Espeel25Winkel Sport BHe was a goalkeeper, who collapsed just a moment after saving a penalty against Westrozebeke. After saving the shot, the goalkeeper rose to his feet to celebrate before falling unconscious. The emergency team raced to rescue him yet, he was declared dead shortly after being moved to the hospital.
07 January 2023Modeste M’bami40Cameroon and Paris Saint-GermainDied after suffering from a heart attack.
03 December 2022Erion Kajtazi17KF Trepca ’89Cardiac arrest while playing match.
29 November 2022Andrés Balanta22Atletico TucumanCardiac arrest during training.
30 September 2022Alexandru Vagner33Inter CristianDuring a workout at the Inter Cristian sports complex, Vagner suffered a heart attack. He was taken to the emergency unit at Brasov County Hospital but was unable to survive.
14 September 2022Mariano Ondo23Cano Sport AcademyEquatorial Guinean right back; fainted and lost consciousness after a training session; later that day, he was declared dead with a heart attack as the likely cause of death.
15 July 2022Aleksandr Kozlov29Ararat YerevanSpartak Moscow announced Kozlov’s death, which was reportedly caused by a blood clot suffered while training with Zorkiy Krasnogorsk.
15 May 2022Mark Davies49RetiredAlthough paramedics were performing CPR on Davies, the 49-year-old collapsed on the field while playing for Llanelli in a veterans cup final. Davies was found unresponsive.
2 February 2022Alexandros Lampis21GS IlioupoliFollowing the Greek footballer’s cardiac arrest, Lampis passed away on the field five minutes later. It took an ambulance 20 minutes to arrive at the stadium, and there was no defibrillator there. Following the incident, the game versus Ermionida was called off.
3 January 2022Marcos Menaldo25Deportivo MarquenseThe central defender, who was 25 years old, reportedly fainted while training with his teammates. He was taken to a hospital, where his death was officially verified.
25 December 2021Sofiane Loukar30MC SaidaImmediately passed away after collapsing in the middle of a match.
23 December 2021Mukhaled Al-Raqadi29Muscat Clubcollapsed in the warm-up for the Omantel League match against Suwaiq Club.
23 December 2021Marin Cacic23NK NehajDied in a hospital on December 21, 2021, while undergoing training, from a cardiac arrest.
22 December 2021Ahmed Amin23Al Rebat & Al Anwar SCGoalkeeper Ahmed Amin died in the team’s locker room after suffering a heart attack following a training session. Attempts to immediately revive the player was pointless. The player was then taken in an ambulance to a nearby hospital, but it is reported that he died en route.
22 December 2021Taufik Ramsyah20Tornado FC PekanbaruIn a Liga 3 Riau game, the goalkeeper was involved in a collision with a Wahana FC player and sustained a fractured skull. Taufik underwent surgery for his shattered skull and spent several days in a coma before succumbing to his wounds.
17 December 2021Karol Setniewski13Znicz PruszkowAfter the game, he passed away due to a severe headache.
12 November 2021Jony Lopez16Sol del EsteWhile playing the game, he had a fatal heart attack.
15 October 2021Christophe Ramassamy54AS Saint YvesChristophe Ramassamy, a 54-year-old footballer, died of a heart attack.
8 October 2021Benoit Sabard49SC MassayThere were 20 minutes left in the game, and he died.
25 September 2021Guillermo Arias31Camaguan FCArias passed away from a cardiac arrest after collapsing on the field during the third division tournament’s quarterfinals.
4 September 2021Jens De Smet27FCC FilosoofJens (27), an amateur player, collapses and passes away on a Dutch football field.
2 September 2021Dylan Rich17West Bridgford ColtsA young football player allegedly had a cardiac arrest during a game and died as a result.
28 August 2021Alexander Shishmarev23Krasnaya ZvezdaDuring a Russian training game Alexander Shishmarev, collided with an opponent. He received medical attention for “more than an hour” before dying.
16 July 2021Imad Bayumi45RetiredDuring a friendly match, he suffered a circulatory collapse.
11 July 2021Jajov Adenan30PiansanoCardiac arrest
22 June 2021Viktor Marcell Hegedus18Andrashida SCPassed away during a training warmup.
1 June 2021Giuseppe Perrino29ParmaDied Due to a Heart Attack
18 April 2021Tremaine Stewart33Portmore UnitedDied while playing football
11 April 2021Dejan Orsus24NK OtokAfter suffering a cardiac arrest during a league match against Radnicki, he collapsed and died later that day in the hospital.
8 March 2021Abdul Rahman Atef23Al QanayatHe died during a league match against El Rowad.
7 January 2021Alex Apolinario24AlvercaIn the 27th minute of a league match on January 3, 2021, went into cardiac arrest. After several attempts, he was revived and taken to the hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma and died four days later.
27 November 2020Sajjad AliAl-SulaikhWhile playing a league match against Bismayah, he died of a heart attack.
21 November 2020Ricky Yacobi57RetiredWhile participating in a friendly game with several teammates and journalists, he suffered a heart attack.
8 March 2020Chineme Martins22Nasarawa UnitedDuring a league game, he collapsed and died.
29 December 2019Radhakrishnan Dhanarajan39East Bengal After facing breathing problems and chest pain, he collapsed suddenly. 
7 November 2019Renan Henrique Santos16Agua Santa U17During a training session, he passed away. Cardiac arrest was the cause of death.
26 September 2019Agustin Martinez17Boston RiverHe went into cardiac arrest while sitting on the bench after being replaced in a league game against Cerro due to a knee injury.
6 July 2019Derrick Williams30Lucas CwmbranDuring a friendly match, he suffered a cardiac arrest.
17 June 2019Edwin BoakaiNational Port Authority AnchorsDuring a training session, he collapsed and died.
8 May 2019Ludwin Flores Nole27Los RangersAfter drinking ice-cold water at the end of a match, he suffered a heart attack.
25 April 2019Faty Papy28Malanti ChiefsHe suffered a heart attack while playing in a match in Eswatini.
2 March 2019Herman Tsinga30Akanda FCHe collapsed after attempting to win a header. He received a twenty-minute cardiac massage on the field but died en route to the hospital.
27 January 2019Francisco Cavada32Marina de CudeyoCollapsed and died
22 January 2019 Fode SidibeASC BouakeDied after collapsing during a training session.
4 November 2018Ekundayo Ebenezer Mawoyeka23 SaraykoysporDied of a heart attack
6 October 2018Ramon Neto da Costa31Ararangua Esporte ClubeDied during a friendly game.
14 September 2018Mamadou Camara26USON MondevilleHeart attack during training.
1 September 2018Tijmen Steenbergen13VV Marinus vanDied after a collision with the Left back.
29 June 2018Mohamed Farouk33Sidi Salem ClubHeart attack during a friendly match
4 May 2018Luyanda Ntshangase21Maritzburg UnitedDied from injuries.
24 March 2018Bruno Boban25Marsonia 1909Collapsed during a match and was found dead.
13 February 2018Danilinho32JuazeirenseHeart attack during training.
3 February 2018Nacho Barbera15UD AlziraDied on the field during a youth team match.
12 December 2017Izzy Dezu17Shelbourne U16Unhealthy
2 November 2017Joel Lobanzo17Royal Antwerp U19He died of a heart attack during a training match.
15 October 2017Choirul Huda38Persela LamonganHe collided with his teammate Ramon Rodrigues and got injured to his lower jaw and head before passing away in a local hospital.
1 October 2017Shota Maminashvili31FC ZugdidiCollapsed during his warmup and died.
17 September 2017Luc Jacobs26SC HelmondiaCollapsed and died in the hospital.
5 June 2017Cheick Tiote30Beijing EnterprisesA heart attack caused him to collapse and lose consciousness during a training session.
3 June 2017Aseged Tesfaye46Ethiopian CoffeeHeart attack during the team training session.
28 April 2017Ben Walker15Thrapston Town JuniorsCardiac Arrest
27 April 2017Gofaone Tiro26Township RollersHeart attack during the team training session.
26 April 2017Moise Brou Apanga35FC 105 LibrevilleHeart attack during team training.
11 February 2017James Moorfoot28Langtoft AFCCardiac arrest during a match and died on the field.
4 December 2016Ismail Mrisho Khalfan19MbaoDuring the U-20 League match, he was tackled by an opponent and died of a heart attack.
13 November 2016Jack Atkinson18Holland F CDuring a U-18s game, a heart attack occurred, and died.
19 September 2016Dominic James18WaterhouseCollapsed and died.
13 September 2016Dan Wilkinson26Shaw LaneCardiac arrest on the field and died in the hospital.
11 September 2016Ben Idrissa Derme34AJ BigugliaDied of a heart attack.
26 August 2016Kieran McDade13Dunbeth FCCardiac arrest during football training.
15 August 2016Michael Umanika20ZagatalaDied of a suspected heart attack.
16 July 2016Antony Stott26Thirroul ThunderCardiac arrest.
9 May 2016Jeanine Christelle Djomnang26CameroonShe died of a heart attack
7 May 2016Bernardo Ribeiro26FriburguenseHe died of a heart attack.
6 May 2016Patrick Ekeng26Dinamo BucureștiCollapsed in a match and died.
1 May 2016Stefan Petrovski18Melaka UnitedStruck by lightning while training on 5 April, died in hospital.
13 March 2016Hugo Suarez28LlaranesWith severe chest pain, he collapsed and died.
6 December 2015Abdul Haruna27Kano Pillars F.C.Collapsed and died on the field while playing in a friendly match.
15 October 2015Sergei Filippenkov44FC Zenit PenzaDied during a friendly match
2 September 2015Stelios Markousis18VeriaHeart attack during a training session and died shortly afterward.
11 July 2015Daniel Kowalski24Germania NiederrodenbachHeart problem.
7 July 2015Junior Dian23Tonbridge AngelsCollapsed in a friendly match.
13 June 2015David Oniya30T-TeamCollapsed and died.
31 May 2015Shetemi Ayetigbo16BelvedereCollapsed and died.
24 May 2015Cristian Gomez27Club Atletico ParanaDied of heart failure during a match.
14 May 2015Emanuel Ortega21San Martin de BurzacoDied after sustaining a fatal head injury.
11 May 2015Tim Nicot23Beerschot-WilrijkDied due to heart failure
30 April 2015Gregory Mertens24Sporting LokerenDied due to heart failure
28 March 2015Ben Hiscox30Stoke GiffordHitting his head against the wall
10 November 2014Dipak AdhikariAbu Dhabi Police Force TeamDied after collapsing during a match.
19 October 2014Melissa Smith15Cadley FCCollapsed on the field and was found dead.
19 October 2014Peter Biaksangzuala23Bethlehem VengthlangHe died from spinal injuries sustained when he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal.
3 September 2014Carlos Barra23Deportes Maipo QuilicuraCardiac arrest caused his death.
23 August 2014Albert Ebosse Bodjongo24JS KabylieWhile leaving the pitch, he was hit by a projectile.
19 May 2014Akli Fairuz27PersirajaDied after colliding with the opposite goalkeeper during a game, but died the next day from internal bleeding.
3 May 2014Kodjo Etonam Adjassou24Bankstown CityCollapsed and died.
28 February 2014Kevon Carter30Defence ForceAfter having chest pains during a training session, he died of a heart attack.
23 December 2013Jamie Skinner13TynecastleCardiac arrest during a match.
17 November 2013Alex Marques20G.D. TourizenseCardiac arrest.
27 August 2013Hector Sanabria27Deportivo LaferrereIn the league match, he suffered a heart attack and died before reaching the hospital.
30 July 2013Matthias Viereckl19SC MarchtrenkDied in a friendly match.
27 July 2013Sekou Camara27Pelita Bandung RayaThe cause of death was a heart attack, which occurred on the field during a practice session.
21 July 2013Yair Clavijo18Sporting CristalDuring a reserve match, he died from cerebral edema with brain herniation caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
21 June 2013Alen Pamic23NK Istra 1961Heart attack.
17 June 2013Mohammad Fahad32Al-SulaibikhatCollided with another player during an unofficial game, which caused severe brain bleeding that kept him in a coma.
16 May 2013Berat Sacipi31SV Inter ItzehoeCardiac arrest
20 April 2013Dominik Rupp23FSV HemmersdorfCardiac arrest
2 April 2013Quentin Margueritte25USON MondevilleCardiac arrest
20 October 2012Jaouad Akaddar28Hassania AgadirCardiac arrest
7 October 2012Joshua Pepple24LKS Pomorzanin NowogardCardiac arrest
2 September 2012Victor Brannstrom29Pitea IFCardiac arrest
5 August 2012Chinonso Ihelwere Henry21Delta TulceaHeart failure
7 July 2012Arjuna Luiz Venutto Ramos17Sao BernardoCardiac arrest
12 June 2012Gerome Graham20Bodden TownHe passed away during a training session. The cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
5 May 2012Mohamed Lemine Ould M’BoyeASC Nasr Zem ZemCardiac arrest
14 April 2012Piermario Morosini25LivornoCardiac arrest
10 April 2012Patrick Grange29University of New MexicoChronic traumatic encephalopathy
21 March 2012Dhanraj Venkatesh27 Bangalore MarsCardiac arrest
13 November 2011Bobsam Elejiko30K. Merksem S.C.Collapsed and died during a match
4 August 2011Naoki Matsuda34Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.Cardiac arrest
12 April 2011Lokissimbaye Loko30FC BeaumontoisHeart attack
12 December 2010Emmanuel Ogoli21Ocean Boys F.C.Collapsed on the field and died.
10 November 2010Benjamin Owusu21Cavaliers FC ParakouCollapsed while playing and died.
12 September 2010Nduka Anyanwu30SV 1920 Geinsheim Collapsed during a league match and died.
18 August 2010Victor Omogbehin22Ilford F.C.Collapsed during a league match and died.
8 May 2010Wilson Mene22Prek Pra KeilaCollapsed during a league match and died.
8 May 2010Frederico da Costa Pinheiro26MesquitaCardiac arrest
2 May 2010Ambrose Wreh24Invincible ElevenHeart failure
May 2010Goran Tunjic32Mladost FCHeart attack
9 April 2010Daniel Robert de Jesus28Irtysh PavlodarHeart attack
8 March 2010Bartholomew Opoku19Kessben F.C.Collapsed and died.
6 March 2010Endurance Idahor25Al-MerreikhHeart attack
24 January 2010Yannick Dago17Arras FootballHeart attack
18 November 2009Salem Saad31Al-NasrHeart attack during a training session.
15 November 2009Maurizio Greco25TuS Guldenstern StadeDuring the game, he collapsed and died later in the hospital.
20 September 2009Neridson Estevao26Progresso de SambizangaHe died after collapsing during a match in the second division.
2 September 2009Alexandru Iatan19Dunarea GiurgiuCardiac arrest
8 August 2009Daniel Jarque26RCD EspanyolCardiac arrest
26 May 2009Orobosan Adun28Warri Wolves FCInternal bleeding during a training session.
2 April 2009Victor Hugo Avalos37Villa FloridaHeart attack
15 March 2009Jumadi Abdi26PKT BontangCollapsed after an incident during the match and died due to a severe infection.
31 May 2008Rustem Bulatov34Torpedo SDYuSShOR KalugaHe died after becoming ill during a game.
3 April 2008Hrvoje Custic24NK ZadarSevere head injuries
16 February 2008Herve King27RingmerHeart attack
9 February 2008Guy Tchingoma22FC 105 LibrevilleHe collided with an opponent.
29 December 2007Phil O’Donnell35MotherwellCollapsed and died.
29 August 2007Chaswe Nsofwa28Hapoel Be’er ShevaSudden heart failure.
28 August 2007Antonio Puerta22Sevilla FCAfter several cardiac arrests.
19 August 2007Anton Reid16WalsallCollapsed and died
27 March 2007Ivan Karacic19NK Siroki BrijegHeart attack
18 September 2006Nilton Pereira Mendes30FC Shakhter KaragandyCollapsed on the field during a training session and died.
9 September 2006Matt Gadsby27Hinckley UnitedA heart condition caused him to collapse on the field during a Conference.
30 August 2006Mohamed Abdelwahab23Al AhlyDuring a training match, he died from an undetected heart defect.
10 August 2006Gokmen Yıldıran28ElazıgsporSuffered a heart attack during training.
12 June 2006Rasmus Green26Naestved BKHeart attack
11 April 2006Victor Alfonso Guerrero17Envigado F.C.Died unexpectedly
25 June 2005Hugo Cunha28U.D. LeiriaCardiac Arrest
27 May 2005Alin Paicu32Minerul MatasariHe died of a heart attack after collapsing after heading a ball.
12 April 2005Paul Sykes28Folkestone InvictaHe collapsed on the field and died of an undiagnosed heart defect.
5 December 2004Cristiano Junior24Dempo Sports ClubCollided with the goalkeeper and died.
27 October 2004Serginho30Sao CaetanoSudden Cardiac Arrest 
29 February 2004Danny Ortiz27CSD MunicipalCollided with Mario Rafael Rodriguez and died.
25 January 2004Miklos Feher24BenficaCardiac arrest
9 August 2003Ali Bakar55Malaysia and PenangHeart attack and died
26 June 2003Marc-Vivien Foe28CameroonCollapsed while playing in the semi-finals
9 March 2003Marvin Lee21Trinidad and Tobago U20He died two years later after suffering neck and spinal injuries.
12 December 2002Stefan Toleski23FK NapredokCollapsed during a match on the field.
27 October 2002Giovanni Cordoba24Deportivo CaliThe same lightning that killed Hernan Gaviria struck him, and he died three days later from his injuries.
24 October 2002Hernan Gaviria32Deportivo CaliStruck by lightning during a training session, and was killed instantly.
October 2002Marcio dos Santos 28Deportivo WankaHeart Attack
20 February 2002Cristian Neamțu21Universitatea CraiovaInternal bleeding
20 November 2001Cedric Lestic26AS CherbourgHeart Attack
29 August 2001Serhiy Perkhun23CSKA MoscowThe brain hemorrhaged and he died eight days later.
14 February 2001Roman Pavelka33SK UnicovDuring physical training, he collapsed and died from a heart condition.
5 October 2000Catalin Hildan24Dinamo BucurestiHeart Attack
30 May 2000Ivan Krstic19Radnicki NisStruck by lightning
21 May 2000Hocine Gacemi24JS KabylieFractured skull after a clash of heads.
6 May 2000Robert Mitwerandu30Rakow CzestochowaHeart attack.
2 April 2000Eri Irianto26Persebaya SurabayaHeart failure after a game
February 2000John Ikoroma17Al-Wahda S.C.C.Collapsed on the pitch and died
January 2000Daniel Orbeanu18Caraimanul BusteniInfection from a simple sprain
24 July 1999Ștefan Vrabioru23Astra PloiestiAn undetected heart defect led to death.
January 1999Ferenc Biro15Nirajul Miercurea-NirajuluiThe crossbar fell on his head during a warmup.
28 April 1998 Axel Juptner29Carl Zeiss JenaHeart attack.
18 February 1998Robbie James40Llanelli A.F.C.Cardiomyopathy.
4 April 1997Waheeb Jabara23Hapoel TaibeHeart attack.
4 January 1997Hedi Berkhissa24Esperance Sportive de TunisHeart attack.
29 October 1995Amir Angwe29Julius Berger F.C.Heart attack.
25 August 1995Michael GoddardDundelaDied during a game after being struck in the chest by the ball.
30 April 1995Mukandi Tsimaya28Atromitos F.C.Elbow hit in the neck by an opponent player
1 September 1993Gabor Zsiboras35MTKCollapsed into a coma in the training session and died.
2 February 1993Michael Klein33Bayer UerdingenHeart attack during a training session.
8 September 1990David Longhurst25York CityHeart attack.
20 April 1990Vagner Bacharel35ParanaHead trauma and a 180mm fracture of his left side bone and later severe cerebral edema caused his death.
12 August 1989Samuel Okwaraji24Nigeria High blood pressure.
7 February 1989Sixto Rovina27GroningenHeart attack.
9 December 1987 Dursun Ozbek17GalatasarayHeart attack.
23 August 1987Paulo Navalho20Atletico Clube de PortugalAcute myocardial infarction
15 January 1987Jose Antonio Gallardo25CD MalagaCollided with an opponent and died
23 September 1984Erik Jongbloed21DWSStruck by lightning
7 March 1982Carlos Alberto Barbosa28SportDied from infarction
5 November 1981Hocine Benmiloudi26CR BelouizdadDied during the Ligue 1 match from severe food poisoning.
21 April 1980Omar Sahnoun24BordeauxHeart attack.
30 October 1977Renato Curi24PerugiaHeart attack.
27 August 1977Michel Soulier27NamurHeart attack.
18 May 1977Tony Aveyard21ScarboroughHead injuries
14 December 1975Angel AvilesDeportivo JuninCollapsed on the field due to heart complications
16 December 1973Pavao26F.C. PortoHeart attack
7 January 1973Pedro Berruezo27Sevilla F.C.Heart attack
25 February 1967Tony AlldenHighgate UnitedStruck by lightning
1 November 1966Petar Radakovic29NK RijekaCollapsed during a training session due to a heart ailment and died
14 July 1963Constantin Tabarcea26 Petrolul PloiestiCollapsed during a match which led him to die in the thymus gland.
4 April 1953John Kirkby23WrexhamCardiac arrest.
1 April 1951Mitotonio35CearaDue to stomach congestion.
20 February 1949Gustav FahlandTSV BraunschweigInternal bleeding.
22 March 1946Isaac AnguloAlianza LimaCollapsed and died from cardiac arrest.
15 May 1941 Law Adam32 ThorDue to heart issues, which ultimately caused his death.
14 May 1939Asbjorn Ronneberg17Hof ILHeart attack during the game.
12 November 1936Jorge Chavez BozaAtletico ChalacoDue to diabetes, his limb was amputated, which ultimately caused his death.
5 February 1936Jimmy Thorpe22SunderlandAfter the game, he collapsed at home and died four days later in a hospital from diabetes mellitus and heart failure.
10 February 1935Samuel Beattie28Distillery After a head-to-head collision during a quarter-final, he died from a cerebral haemorrhage.
3 December 1934PfeiferlikUnion ZizkovHe fell and suffered from trauma, and he died on the way to the hospital.
1 December 1934Sim Raleigh25GillinghamDied after a clash of heads
17 June 1933 Jon Kristbjornsson22ValurCollided with a striker, suffered a head injury, and died.
5 September 1931John Thomson22CelticDied after suffering a fractured skull in a match
3 May 1927David Arellano24Colo-ColoHe died of internal bleeding after being hit by an opposing player during the game.
30 April 1927Sam Wynne30BuryIt was a cerebral haemorrhage that caused him to collapse and die.
4 April 1927Albert Van Coile27Cercle BruggeAfter a collision with an opponent, he died.
13 March 1927Georges Le Bidois26Stade Olympique de l’EstHe died in the locker room after receiving a violent kick to the carotid artery.
11 November 1923Tom ButlerPort ValeEight days after breaking his arm in a match, he died of tetanus.
14 November 1921Joshua Wilkinson24DumbartonTwo days after a game, he died from peritonitis.
22 May 1921Nikola GazdicHajduk SplitLate-stage tuberculosis following a game
7 January 1921Horace Fairhurst27BlackpoolHead injury
19 February 1916Bob Benson33ArsenalBlood vessel burst
29 December 1909James Main23HibernianHe passed away due to fatal stomach injuries.
January 1908Frank Levick26Sheffield UnitedHe had pneumonia after breaking his collarbone while playing against Newcastle United, and he eventually died of heart failure.
8 April 1907Tommy Blackstock25Manchester UnitedIn a game against St. Helens, he collapsed after heading a ball and died.
27 October 1906David “Soldier” Wilson23Leeds CityHeart attack
27 August 1902Di Jones35?Manchester CityThe infected knee caused death.
January 1900James CollinsSheppey UnitedOn-field injuries led to tetanus.
29 November 1896Joe Powell25Woolwich ArsenalAfter fracturing his arm during a game against Kettering Town in 1896, he had blood poisoning and tetanus.
25 May 1896James Logan25LoughboroughPneumonia (infection) while playing.
28 March 1894Teddy Smith27BedminsterSuffered a severe concussion after colliding with Eastville Rovers in the Gloucestershire Cup semi-final. He originally continued to play but was eventually forced to leave the game and died the next morning due to wounds.
23 November 1893 Walter Bannister24 Chesterfield TownA tackle during a game against Derby Junction caused a kidney rupture; he died almost three weeks later.
12 November 1893John Henry Morris26 Shrewsbury TownInternal bleeding after a poor tackle in a heated game. The conclusion was that the death was accidental.
11 January 1892 James Dunlop21 St MirrenTen days after contracting tetanus from a fall on a piece of glass during a friendly game versus Abercorn, the player passed away.
13 January 1889 William Cropper26 StaveleyA day later, death was caused by a ruptured bowel sustained during a game versus Grimsby Town.

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Diego Maradona died in November 2020 of heart failure and pulmonary edema. He had been recovering from brain surgery at a home in the Buenos Aires suburbs, rather than a hospital, and prosecutors say Maradona’s doctors and other caregivers should have known he was in danger and done more to save him.

Has anyone ever died on the field while playing football?

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FAQs about soccer players who died on the field

What football player died of a heart attack?

According to the medical examiner, former Miami Hurricanes player Sam Bruce died of a heart attack at the age of 24.

How many footballers have died of heart attack?

In 2020, the FIFA Sudden Death Report was released. From 2014 to 2018, the report tracked worldwide footballers’ deaths attributed to sudden cardiac arrest or other unexplained sudden death while playing (or shortly after playing). During the last five-year period, there were 617 footballers died due to heart attacks (cardiac arrest).

Why do so many footballers have heart attacks?

In young athletes, congenital heart disease is the most typical cause of sudden cardiac death. Coronary artery disease affects older athletes. The optimal way to test for risk factors is still up for debate, yet sudden cardiac death occurs seldom in athletes.

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