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Marc-Vivien Foe - 1975 - 2003

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Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe died following Thursday evening's Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon.

Foe in action before tragedy struck

Foe, 28, who spent last season on loan at Manchester City from Lyon, collapsed in the second half of the 1-0 win which took his country into the final.

The former West Ham midfielder was rushed to the side of the Stade Gerland pitch where medical staff tried for around 45 minutes to resuscitate the player without success.

In a statement issued ahead of the kick-off in France's semi-final against Turkey in Paris, FIFA said: 'FIFA and the world family of football want to give his family and the Cameroon team their condolences.'

The match in Paris was preceded by the image of Foe on the stadium's big screen and a minute's silence.

Alfred Mueller, FIFA's Swiss medical officer for Lyon, told a news conference this evening:

'After he [Foe] went off the pitch ... we took him to first aid, and the heart stopped in the first aid. The French doctors here did reanimation for 45 minutes and, during this 45 minutes, we had unfortunately absolutely no reaction.

'This is a very sad day for football, for FIFA and for the player's family. This is all we can say at the moment.'

FIFA also said there would be an post-mortem to determine the circumstances of the death.

Tributes were paid immediately by the player's French club.

'Marc-Vivien Foe will leave us the memory of a charming boy, the incarnation of the joy in life,' Olympique Lyonnais said in a statement on the player's website, which it hosts.

'We will keep of him his bursts of laughter, the music which comes out of the changing room, and his kindness away from the ground.

'Marco, we will not forget you.'

Harry Redknapp, who brought Foe to West Ham in 1998, said: 'It's come as such a shock - he was such a powerful, strong man.

'Never have I seen someone in better physical condition than Marc - and you couldn't have met a nicer boy than him.

'Everybody at West Ham loved him and you only have to see the reactions of the French players tonight when they were lining up for the national anthems to see how popular he was in the game.

'Everyone who came into contact with him would have loved the man. He was such a special person and a terrific footballer.'

Redknapp, now manager at Portsmouth, concluded: 'Marc was a great young man - it's so sad.'

Foe, a powerful midfielder, played 65 times for his country, including three caps won at World Cup 2002 in matches played against the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

He made 35 appearances while on loan at Maine Road last season, scoring nine goals. City boss Kevin Keegan was thought to be one of a number of Premiership managers hoping to secure Foe's services for next season.

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Marc-Vivien Foe, who died tragically at the age of 28 following Cameroon's Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia on June 26 2003, first came to the attention of the English footballing public in the summer of 1998 before the World Cup in France.
The midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United when at Lens, and it appeared as though it was a done deal until he broke a leg prior to the finals. Sir Alex Ferguson continued to monitor the player's progress but, just as it appeared he was Old Trafford-bound, West Ham United came in for his signature.

The Cameroon international cost the East London club £4million, but without setting the Premiership alight. He stayed at Upton Park for just a season-and-a-half, scoring once in 38 appearances, before moving to Lyon for £6million.

His career took another blow in 2000 when he contracted Malaria, but he was soon back on form to help Lyon to the French title.

Went to the 2002 World Cup with Cameroon, playing in his country's three games, before flying to Manchester to join City on loan for the season.

Sad news for any football fan, heard it while listening to talkSPORT, then turned on the TV.

Very sad indeed...

Was a very good player too, do wonder sometimes, what would have happened if he had never of broke his leg and joined Man United...

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 27th, 2003, 01:29am »

We saw him go down and when they were slapping him to try and bring him around.

So sad - RIP indeed.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 27th, 2003, 06:28am »


Manchester City have decided to retire their number 23 shirt in tribute to Marc-Vivien Foe.

The 28-year-old midfielder died after collapsing during Cameroon's Confederations Cup game against Colombia.

Foe spent last season on loan at City, scoring nine goals in the Premiership, including City's final goal at Maine Road.

A popular figure in Kevin Keegan's squad, City have decided to remember Foe by making him the last player to wear the number 23 shirt for them.

'The club and supporters believe his contribution and memory will always be part of the history of Manchester City,' City said on their website.

That's a nice little thing to do...

Didn't know he was the last guy to score at Maine Road EVER too!!
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 25th, 2003, 09:59am »

Shib thank you for writing this thread in respect and to remember Marc-Vivien Foe.

I'm a Manchester City Fan and was very upset when he sadly passed away, God Rest His Soul.
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