CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN collapsed at the end of the first half of the first round of Group B between Denmark and Finland and was subsequently interrupted.
In the terrible scene, the Danish national team player staggered on the lawn, motionless. His teammates stepped forward to help, and the medical service rushed to wake up the Danish captain for a few minutes.
The players of both teams watched what happened in shock and tears. The Danish national team surrounded Eriksson with their bodies so that the camera could not record his dramatic resurrection. Less than an hour later, UEFA confirmed that Eriksson was in the hospital and his condition was stable.
The case of Eriksson is one of a series of extremely sad moments in the history of the sport, some of which unfortunately ended in tragedy.
In 1977, during the Serie A match between Perugia and Juventus, Renato Curry fell to the ground due to a heart attack and died. The Perugia Stadium is still named after him today. Twelve years later, in the qualifiers between Nigeria and Angola, Nigeria’s Samuel Ovalagi died in the same way.
In modern history, Marc-Vivien Foe tragically passed away in June 2003, shocking the world. Cameroon and Colombia played the Confederations Cup. In the 72nd minute, Foy Road fell flat. He was resuscitated for 45 minutes. Although he was conscious when he arrived at the hospital, Foe passed away at the age of 28.
Just a year later, football also lost Benfica forward Miklos Fejer. The Hungarian received a yellow card in the referee’s compensation and then staggered to the ground. His teammate Tomo Šokota came to the rescue first, and the medical team arrived 10 minutes later. Feher was transferred to the hospital, where he died, Benfica retired forever on the 29th, he was only 24 years old.
The Brazilian goalkeeper San Caetana Serginho died on the field after 60 minutes against Sao Paulo. The cause was also a heart attack. An autopsy revealed that his heart weighed 600 grams, twice the weight of an ordinary person.
In August 2007, 22-year-old Antonio Puerta fell to the ground during the 35th minute match between Seville and Getafe. The Sevilla players woke up and were replaced, only to fall in the locker room again. He was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and died three days later.
In December of the same year, in the Scottish Championship between Motherwell and Dundee, home player Phil O’Donnell fell to the ground due to a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital without any help and died an hour later.
In April 2012, the 25-year-old Livorno second-tier football player Piermario Morosini (Piermario Morosini) died in the hospital due to a heart attack. He suffered a heart attack in a match against Pescara and was arranged by the medical department. The doctors finally came to the dock.
There are also cases where football players quit after a heart attack during a game. This is the case with the 31-year-old Salamanca player Miguel García, who fell to the ground against Betis in October 2010. Doctors from both teams came to the rescue and found that Garcia had a heart attack. With the help of a defibrillator, his condition returned to normal and prevented the worst from happening. After being transferred to the hospital, his condition has returned to normal, and the unfortunate Salamán player told the public that he will no longer play football.
Bolton midfielder Patrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba’s heart did not work for 78 minutes, but it was still effective under the tremendous efforts of doctors and cardiologists who found themselves standing in the stands during the game.
Two days later, Muamba’s heart was beating without help, and the British slowly began to recover. He installed a pacemaker, Muamba interrupted his career but fully recovered.