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Espanyol shocked by death of Captain

August 8, 2009
Daniel Jarque; 1983-2009

Daniel Jarque; 1983-2009

Espanyol have confirmed the very sad news that their captain Daniel Jarque has passed away at the age of 26. Jarque, who was pronounced captain of the side just a month ago, died while on the phone to a relative in the early evening of Saturday 8th August.

Reports suggest that Jarque suffered a heart attack just hours after completing a training session on the club’s pre-season tour of Italy. Espanyol were due to play Bologna on Sunday, but have cancelled their tour and will return to Barcelona in the next 24 hours.

A club statement said: “RCD Espanyol, broken with pain, wish to put themselves at the absolute disposition of the family of our Captain Dani Jarque, to whom go our warmest thoughts”. The news of Jarque’s death comes two years after Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta collapsed during a La Liga game and was later pronounced dead.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta offered his club’s condolences: “We are filled with extreme dismay at this tragic event which we deeply regret. Today we are all in mourning. I want to send on behalf of FC Barcelona, our deepest sympathies to RCD Espanyol for the painful loss of their Captain Dani Jarque, and to his family”.

Jarque was a bright prospect for the Barcelona based club, and had received interest from Liverpool and Tottenham last season. He had represented the club since 2001, and also played for Spain at all youth levels without being capped by the full National side. It’s a tragic loss for Football, and all our thoughts will be with his family and friends at this very hard time.

Rest in peace, Daniel Jarque.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2009 10:47 pm

    From a Liverpool Fan, This is really sad news to heard :( He was a great player with so much to play for in-years to come and now his life has been taking at the age of only 26, so god bless and good bye to a great footballer will be miss.

    R.I.P Dani

  2. August 9, 2009 5:54 am

    tragic news. so young too.


  3. August 9, 2009 6:28 am

    So much to play for. And he died so so suddenly… :(

  4. August 9, 2009 1:19 pm

    There should be a review on each team’s medical check up procedures. This is happening too often nowadays, including that guy with the defillabrator (spelling?) in Belgium that was revived….

  5. August 9, 2009 1:42 pm

    i dont think it was a defibrillator, it was a shot of adrenaline or something.

    not forgetting, marc-vivien foe.


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