Soccer players who collapsed on the pitch

Football players are undoubtedly some of the fittest people in the world. But sometimes even the best underlying health conditions can be hidden to knock them down. Unfortunately, the history of the sport has been shaped by stories of players who collapsed on the pitch, with Denmark’s Christian Eriksen being the latest high profile case. From heart attacks to accidents that knocked them unconscious, we’ve seen many soccer stars collapse.

Scroll through the gallery below and revisit those devastating moments.

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The Danish midfielder collapsed during his team’s 2020 Euro game against Finland on June 12, 2021.

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The player suffered cardiac arrest and was assisted on the pitch. With this release, Eriksen is now stable.

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The French striker has an illness (allegedly reflex syncope) that has fainted him several times over the years.

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The English midfielder collapsed on the pitch due to a cardiac arrest in 2012 during a game between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Muamba was reported dead for 78 minutes before being resuscitated. He survived but retired shortly after at the age of 24.

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The Espanyol player died of cardiac arrest on August 8, 2009 after a training session. You may remember that Andrés Iniesta honored him after scoring the 2010 World Cup victory for Spain.

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The former Benfica player collapsed during a game on January 25, 2004.

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The Hungarian striker died of an arrhythmia. “Miki” Fehér was 24.

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The Cameroonian player collapsed from a heart attack while playing for the Confederations Cup in 2003. Although resuscitation attempts were made, he did not survive.

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The Sevilla player collapsed and regained consciousness on the pitch. Then he collapsed again in the locker room.

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The Spanish midfielder died three days later, on August 28, 2007, of heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, following multiple cardiac arrests.

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The midfielder passed out while training at Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. The Ivorian player died in hospital on June 5, 2017. He is still pictured as a Newcastle United player.

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The Scottish midfielder collapsed during a game for his team Motherwell in December 2007 and died of heart failure. This happened just before he was substituted.

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On May 6, 2016, the Cameroonian defensive midfielder collapsed on the pitch while representing his club Dinamo Bucureşti. He was transported to the hospital, where he died two hours later.

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On August 2, 2011, the Japanese man collapsed from cardiac arrest while exercising. He died two days later. He plays for the team he has spent 15 years with, the Yokohama F. Marinos.

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The Italian midfielder died on April 14, 2012 after suffering a heart attack and collapsing during a game between Livorno and Pescara.

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On January 3, 2021, the Alverca player suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch in Portugal. The Brazilian player eventually died four days later.

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The Ivory Coast-born Gabonese defender died of a heart attack on April 26, 2017 while training. He is pictured when he was still playing for Brest in 2012.

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The Belgian player died of heart failure on April 30, 2015, three days after collapsing during a game while playing for Lokeren. He was 24 years old.

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The English player died on September 9, 2006 after collapsing at Hinckley United. Gadsby (here in the game for the Kidderminster Harriers) reportedly died of a heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

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The Brazilian died of a heart attack on May 7, 2016 while playing for Ideal EC. He is pictured here when he was playing for the Newcastle Jets.

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The Nigerian player collapsed on March 6, 2010 while playing for Sudanese club Al-Merreikh. He died while being transported to the hospital.

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The Indonesian goalkeeper collided with a teammate during a game and sustained injuries to his jaw and head. Persela Lamongan’s player later died in hospital.

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The Italian midfielder collapsed during a game between his side Perugia and Juventus in October 1977. He died of a heart attack.

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The CSKA Moscow goalkeeper died in a coma in 2001. He accidentally collided with a player during a game and was hit in the head.

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