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FACTBOX-Soccer-Sudden deaths of players

 Aug 9 (Reuters) - The captain of Spanish club Espanyol Dani
Jarque died of heart failure on Saturday during a tour of Italy.
Here are details of some other previous sudden deaths of
 OKWARAJI: In August 1989, Nigeria's 25-year-old Samuel
Okwaraji collapsed 10 minutes from the end of a World Cup
qualifier against Angola in Lagos and died from cardiac failure.
 LONGHURST: York City striker Dave Longhurst died aged 25
after collapsing two minutes before halftime in a league match
against Lincoln City in September 1990. The game was abandoned
and an inquest revealed he had suffered from a rare heart
 DOS SANTOS: In October 2002, the 28-year-old Brazilian
striker Marcio Dos Santos died of a heart attack just hours
after scoring a goal for Peruvian side Deportivo Wanka.
 FOE: Midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed during Cameroon's
1-0 victory against Colombia in a Confederations Cup match in
June 2003 in Lyon, France and died shortly afterwards aged 26.
 FERREIRA: Brazilian 20-year-old Max died in hospital in July
2003 after feeling unwell during a training session for his club
Botafogo-Ribeirao Preto.
 FEHER: In January 2004, the 24-year-old Hungarian
international Miklos Feher died after collapsing from a heart
attack in a Portuguese league game between his club Benfica and
Vitoria Guimaraes. 
 SERGINHO: Sao Caetano defender Serginho, 30, died after
suffering an apparent cardio-respiratory arrest during a
Brazilian championship match against Sao Paulo in October 2004. 
 CUNHA: In Portugal, Uniao Leiria midfielder Hugo Cunha
collapsed and died during a game with friends in June 2005. He
was 28. 
 PUERTA - Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta, 22, died on Aug.
28, 2007 three days after collapsing during a Primera Liga
match against Getafe. 
 NSOFWA - Zambian 27-year-old striker Chaswe Nsofwa of
Israeli second division side Hapoel Beer Sheva collapsed and
died during a practice match in the southern desert city on Aug
29, 2007.
 O'DONNELL - Motherwell midfielder Phil O'Donnell died
after collapsing on the pitch towards the end of a Scottish
Premier League match against Dundee United on Dec 29, 2007. He
was 35.
 TCHINGOMA: Gabon 21-year-old international Guy Tchingoma
collapsed and died on the field during a premier division match
in Libreville in Feb. 2008 after contact with an
opposing player late in a match between his club FC105
Libreville and US Mbiliandzami.
 CUSTIC: Zadar winger Hrvoje Custic died on April 3, 2008
after hitting his head on a concrete wall two metres from a
touchline during a Croatian championship match on March 29. He
was 24.
 PASHAYEV: The captain of Ukraine's under-21 national side,
Maxim Pashayev, died on Dec. 12, 2008 of injuries suffered in a
car accident. His club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk said the
20-year-old Pashayev skidded off an icy road into a ditch.
 PINAULT: French second division player Clement Pinault died
on Jan. 22, 2009 four days after suffering a heart attack.
Pinault, 23, was taken to hospital after collapsing at his home.
The defender played for Clermont two days before his heart
attack, a 2-0 Ligue 2 win over Brest.
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 (Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit,
Editing by Tom Pilcher; To query or comment on this story email