Football Tragedies: When the beautiful game is literally a matter of life and death

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  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Turkish occupied Cyprus20686 Points
  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Turkish occupied Cyprus20686 Points
    Breaking News !! 

    Brazilaian football club Flamengo's training centre was caught up in a blaze, killing 10 people and injuring at least three ?? 
    All ten victims are said by local media to be Junior Footballers !! ?.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India18861 Points
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47170055

    Flamengo football club: Ten die in Rio de Janeiro fire

    A fire has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, killing 10 people.

    Three people were also injured when the fire broke out at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club, in Rio de Janeiro.

    All 10 victims are said by local media to be young athletes. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

    Flamengo is one of Brazil's biggest and best-known clubs internationally.

    They currently sit at second place in Brazil's Série A table - and have won the league five times.

    Former player and Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho, offered his condolences for the "terrible tragedy" in an early tweet on Friday morning.

    He published the club's crest in black-and-white alongside the message.

    What do we know so far?

    According to the G1 news portal, the fire began at 05:10 (07:10 GMT) and was extinguished by 07:30.

    None of the victims has been identified but players aged between 14 and 17 are known to have used the dormitory.

    Those injured in the blaze and were taken to a nearby hospital, firefighters say.

    • People wait for information in front of the training center of Rios soccer club Flamengo

      The area has been hit by severe storms and heavy rain in recent days.

      The weather may have left the facility without water or electricity when the fire struck, reports on G1 say.

      Who are Flamengo?

      The club's most prominent former players include World Cup winners Ronaldinho, Bebeto and Romario.

      As well as being one of Brazil's most successful football clubs, Flamengo also has basketball, rowing, swimming and volleyball teams.

      In a tweet on Friday, the team said it was "in mourning".

      The Ninho de Urubu ("Vulture's Nest" - so named because the symbol of the club is a vulture) centre underwent a major expansion last year, with the club spending 23m reals (£4.8m, $6.2m), Reuters news agency reports.

      BBC map

      The site features accommodation for young players, several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini stadium.

      The club were due to play their rivals Fluminense on Saturday. The game has been postponed, and other clubs have expressed their condolences.

      Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior, who also played for Flamengo, tweeted a crying emoji, writing, "Such sad news. Pray for everyone. Strength strength, strength."

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      A fire truck is seen in front of the training centre of Rios soccer club Flamengo after a deadly fire in Rio de Janeiro Brazil February 8 2019

      Just over two years ago, Brazil's football world was rocked by disaster when a plane carrying top football team Chapecoense crashed in Colombia.

      Of the 77 people on board, 71 lost their lives.

  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India18861 Points
    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47179795

    Flamengo football club fire: Who are the victims of the tragedy?

    Ten teenage footballers, all aged between 14 and 16, died on Friday when a fire engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs.

    The victims were all staying at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro.

    Three teenagers were also injured, one of them seriously. He has been taken to hospital for specialist treatment.

    An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.

    The players who died

    All biographical information sourced from Globo Esporte.

    Arthur Vinicius de Barros Silva Freitas, 14 (defender)

    Arthur Vinicius de Barros Silva Freitas was from Volta Redonda, in the south of Rio de Janeiro state, and lived with his mother and his aunt. He played in defence and had represented the Brazil Under-15 team. His 15th birthday would have been on 9 February.

    Athila Paixao, 14 (attacker)

    Athila started training at the 'Geracao Futuro' school in Lagarto City and travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a trial at Flamengo at the end of March 2018, getting confirmation he would be staying with the club two weeks later. He played for the club in the Zico Cup later that year, scoring three times in the competition.

    Bernardo Pisetta, 15 (goalkeeper)

    Bernardo was a goalkeeper and arrived at Flamengo in August 2018.

    Christian Esmerio, 15 (goalkeeper)

    The 15-year-old goalkeeper was regarded as one of the club's brightest prospects and had represented his country at his age group and been scouted by foreign clubs.

    Gedson Santos, 14 (midfielder)

    Known as "Gedinho," he arrived at Flamengo in 2019 and was in his early days at the club after making an impression while playing for Atletico Paranaense.

    Jorge Eduardo, 15 (left wing)

    Jorge began playing football aged seven at Democrata de Alem Paraiba, before joining Flamengo when he was 12. He was captain of the under-15 Rio champion team in 2018 and was set to start playing in the under-16 side.

    Pablo Henrique, 14 (midfield)

    Pablo Henrique da Silva Matos was the cousin of Vasco da Gama defender Werley, who plays in the Brazilian top flight, and had been at Flamengo since August 2018.

    Samuel Thomas Rosa, 15 (right-back)

    The right-back played in the Flamengo team that won the Nike Cup tournament.

    Vitor Isaias, 15 (forward)

    Vitor Isaias was a striker and had been at the club for six months. Former Real Madrid and Brazil footballer Savio Bortolini posted a tribute on Instagram to Vitor, a player he called 'Vitinho'.

    Vitor Isaias pictured with former Brazil international Savio Bortolini. Bortolini, who came through the youth system at Flamengo, wrote: "There are no words to describe the pain of this moment. Vitinho, rest in peace my friend. We will never forget his playful way, his easy smile, his battle, his friendship."

    Rykelmo Vianna, 16 (defensive midfielder)

    Named in honour of former Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme, Rykelmo started playing football when he was six, when his parents put him in a private school in Limeira, where he trained until he was 13 years old and then joined Flamengo.

    RIP!

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  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India18861 Points

    Odisha law student dies while playing football match in Calcutta

    Ritwik Das

    A 23-year-old student of National Law University Odisha collapsed and died on Saturday evening while playing football for his institution in an inter-university tournament at the SAI Complex in Salt Lake.

    Ritwik Das, a fifth-year student, was part of a 50-member contingent from the law school participating in Invicta ’19, a sports competition organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).

    The event started on February 8 and was to run till Sunday along with Outlawed ’19, the Calcutta institute’s annual festival. Both were suspended after Ritwik’s death, a member of the organising committee said.

    According to a faculty member of the NUJS, Ritwik collapsed in the middle of a game. His teammates and a physiotherapist unsuccessfully tried to revive him before he was taken to AMRI Hospitals in Salt Lake, barely 500m away from the SAI Complex.

    “He was taken to the hospital within 10 minutes but could not be saved,” the faculty member said.

    An official at AMRI said Ritwik was declared dead on arrival around 3.50pm.

    Ritwik was the son of Rashmi Ranjan Das, a joint secretary in the finance ministry, and mother Sumana Mohanty, a senior official of East Coast Railway in Bhubaneswar. The bereaved couple arrived in the city on Sunday and took their son’s body in a hearse to Bhubaneswar.

    Their daughter Saranya Das works for a multinational company in Bangalore.

    An officer of the Bidhannagar police commissionerate said a case of unnatural death had been registered but there was nothing to suggest that what happened on the ground was anything but a tragedy. “The young man just collapsed. He did not collide with any player and we have not received any report suggesting foul play.”

    The findings of the post-mortem were not available till late on Sunday night.

    According to a friend, Ritwik loved sport in general and was an accomplished football player. He was the convenor of his institution’s sports committee.

    “Riki (Ritwik) was a very good football player and gelled well with everyone. He was instrumental in motivating all of us and getting sports equipment installed for our use on the campus. He had been coming to the NUJS fest since he joined law school. All of us are in a state of shock after his sudden death,” the student said.

    Ritwik was a fan of the Premier League team Manchester United. His Facebook page has several photographs of the Manchester United players.

    Ritwik’s uncle Siddharth Mohanty said his nephew, who was captaining the university team, felt some discomfort during the match but asked his teammates to continue with the match.

    According to another member of the family, he had asthma but had managed to keep the medical condition under control through regular exercise and medication.

    Manmeet Singh Goindi, director of SAI’s Eastern Centre, said the organisers of the law school festival had taken multiple facilities on rent till February 10.

    “They had rented the football ground, cricket field, basketball and volleyball courts and the athletic track. The boy was rushed to the hospital as fast as we could and it is very unfortunate that he did not survive,” he said.

    https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/odisha-law-student-dies-while-playing-football-match-in-calcutta/cid/1684209

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    Panathinaikos v Olympiakos: Athens derby abandoned after violence

    Flags burn at Panathinaikos

    Greek Super League side Panathinaikos say they "condemn unequivocally" the violence that saw their derby against city rivals Olympiakos abandoned.

    Sunday's match was called off with 20 minutes to go after two pitch invasions and fighting between fans and police.

    Players on the visiting bench were attacked by Panathinaikos fans in the first pitch invasion after just four minutes at the Athens Olympic Stadium.

    Olympiakos had been leading 1-0 and were awarded the victory.

    "Panathinaikos FC condemns unequivocally every act of violence that took place at the Olympic Stadium and led to the permanent interruption of the derby," the club said.

    It accused "a small minority of the 25,000 fans" of failing to respect football and added: "From the administration's point of view, absolute condemnation of all forms of athletic violence is essential."

    It called on the Greek government to "finally show that it stands in the face of these events and find an effective way to definitively fight the violence in the stadiums".

    Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis said it was "difficult" to play in the game and pointed out that Panathinaikos players had attempted to calm their fans down.

    "Both we and Panathinaikos wanted to continue but when you enter the changing rooms twice and you go back, it's too hard," he added.

    "It's tragic, I can not explain it. Getting into the stadium, chasing the players... I have no words."

    The first trouble broke out minutes into the game, forcing an eight-minute stoppage.

    More violence followed after Olympiakos went ahead through Miguel Angel Guerrero in the 53rd minute.

    Riot police attempted to contain the disorder with tear gas but as the gas started to affect the players, referee Marco Fritz called the game off.

    Panathinaikos are expected to be punished with a points deduction and fine.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47611186

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  • munna219777munna219777 19511 Points
    "Derby of the Eternal Enemies" it is said.
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