Gigi Meroni is an interesting one, he was a Torino legend and was killed by a car outside the stadium when he was only 24. The same man that accidentally hit him with his car was then elected president of Torino more than 30 years later. There’s a few more very strange footballing deaths. Legends Were Born In October 1949 71st Birthday Gift T-Shirt Luciano Re Cecconi (a Lazio legend) was shot when he was 28 because he pretended to rob his friend’s jewellery shop as a joke. And Vladimir Durkovic, one of the best full backs of the 60s, was shot by a policeman in the street by mistake. When the Nazis took over, Austria was considered the “jewish club” and we had to rename ourself to “SC Ostmark”. But the pressure from the public was too much and they renamed it back to Austria.
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The president back then – Michl Schwarz, was jewish and they removed him and it wasn’t even allowed to greet him anymore. But Sindelar just said “I, Herr Doktor, werd’ Ihna oba immer griaß’n.” (But I will still greet you). He was my favourite player at the time and I couldn’t believe he was just gone from one moment to the other. What made things worse was, he killed himself on the very same railroad I took every day on my commute to college. Legends Were Born In October 1949 71st Birthday Gift T-Shirt Can’t believe it’s been ten years already.Dener should be the top player at this list probably. He arguably had a potential closer to Ronaldinho’s potential at the time of his death. We can’t know the future and what would happen but a lot of people firmly believe he could be one of the greatest ever.
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Dani Jarque, one-club man and Espanyol captain at the time, Legends Were Born In October 1949 71st Birthday Gift T-Shirt died of a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 26. My understanding is that to this day Espanyol fans stand and applaud through the 21st minute, his squad number. Iniesta dedicated his World Cup-winning goal to him in South Africa, by removing his shirt when celebrating and revealing a vest which had written on it ‘Dani Jarque. Siempre con nosotros.’ I think the two were close friends, maybe from the U21s? despite the club rivalry. I once spoke to someone who works for the organization and he said that his death is a loss still felt deeply within the club. Have a couple of tournaments named after him for the academy grads, if IIRC.