Numerous Cases of Soccer Players Collapsing Due to Heart Problems

A German news outlet called Berliner Zeitung recently noted the “unusually large number of professional and amateur soccer players” who have “collapsed recently”:

Berlin– The professional player Sergio Agüero from FC Barcelona will be out for at least three months. The 33-year-old was substituted for the game against Deportivo Alavés with breathing problems. He was holding his chest and was admitted to a hospital. He is now being treated by a cardiologist for heart problems. 

At the European Championship, the player Christian Eriksen collapsed in front of the cameras. Diagnosis: cardiac arrest. Eriksen survived. The two professionals are just two examples of many footballers who struggle with heart problems, some of which are life-threatening.

DFB doctor Tim Meyer said after Eriksen’s collapse: “Even the best screening examination is not perfect, so things like this can still happen. That is why there is the second line of prevention and that is the presence of emergency doctors on the edge of the field. ”However, this system cannot avoid all life-threatening or even fatal cases.

Emergency situations have come up again and again in the last few weeks and months:

Game abandoned due to cardiac arrest of the referee in a game of Lauber SV (Donauwörth district)

A 17-year-old soccer player from JSG Hoher Hagen has to be reanimated in Hannoversch Münden during the game. 

The Gifhorn amateur player Marvin Schumann has to be reanimated after a cardiac arrest.

An assistant referee of a Kreisliga Augsburg game in Emersacker collapses with heart problems.

A district league player of the SpVgg. Oelde II has to be revived by his opponent.

A player from the Birati Club Münster collapses in a regional league game against FC Nordkirchen II.

17-year-old soccer player Dylan Rich dies of a heart attack during a game in England .

The goalkeeping coach of SV Niederpöring suffers a heart attack after a training session.

Lucas Surek (24) of the BFC Chemie Leipzig club is unable to attend due to suspicion of a heart muscle disorder .

Kingsley Coman (25) from FC Bayern Munich has to undergo heart surgery after a cardiac arrhythmia .

Trainer Dirk Splitsteser from SG Traktor Divitz collapses dead on the sidelines .

Rune Coghe (18) of the Belgian club Eendracht Hoglede (Belgium) suffers a heart attack during a game.

At the World Cup qualification match for women between Germany and Serbia in Chemnitz, an English line judge with heart problems has to be carried off the pitch.

Team leader Dietmar Gladow from Thalheim (Bitterfeld) suffers a fatal heart attack before a game .

The 53-year-old football coach Antonello Campus collapses while training with his youth team in Sicily .

Anil Usta from VfB Schwelm (Ennepetal) collapses on the field with heart problems .

Dimitri Liénard from FC Strasbourg collapses with heart problems in a Ligue 1 game .

Diego Ferchaud (16) from ASPTT Caen suffers cardiac arrest in a U-18 league game in Saint-Lô .

Belgian soccer player Jente Van Genechten (25) suffers cardiac arrest in the early stages of a cup game.

The Belgian amateur soccer player Jens De Smet (27) from Maldegem suddenly suffers a heart attack during the game and dies a little later in hospital.

A 13-year-old soccer player from the Janus Nova club from Saccolongo (Italy) collapses on the field with cardiac arrest.

Andrea Astolfi, the sports director of Calcio Orsago (Italy), suffers a heart attack after returning from training. He dies at the age of 45.

Abou Ali (22) collapses with cardiac arrest during a two-tier game in Denmark.

Fabrice N’Sakala (31) from Besiktas Istanbul collapses on the field without any action from the opponent 

The article is translated from German to English so parts of it may be oddly worded, but you get the picture.

A few things:

  1. How many of these people were vaccinated? The article mentions nothing about the vaccines even though heart problems including myocarditis are known (but uncommon) side effects to the vaccines.
  2. There are 24 cases listed here, and they range in age from 13 to 53 (some have no ages listed). They range from players to referees to coaches, and they range from amateur to professional leagues all across Europe. In other words, the individuals who have suffered these collapses come from a very large pool of people, and thus we should be mindful of the fact that these cases do not represent a high percentage of individuals within that pool. Not to say this recent trend is of no concern, but let’s keep it in perspective.
  3. We thankfully do not see this trend in American sports, at least not that I am aware of. Whether this is due to the pool of American professional and amateur athletes being smaller than that of Europe (America’s population is 330 mil vs. Europe’s combined population of something like 740 mil) or something else, I have no idea.

At any rate, this is troubling stuff. Something tells me it is not a coincidence that it’s happening at the same time vaccines are being distributed to the masses, although I guess it’s possible.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply