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A lion never dies: pro memoria of Marc-Vivien Foé
  1. Jiri Dvorak
  1. Correspondence to Prof. Jiri Dvorak, MD, FIFA Chief Medical Officer, Chairman F-MARC, Zurich; jiri.dvorak{at}

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The final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 South Africa between the United States and Brazil was played on 28 June 2009 in Johannesburg in memory of Marc-Vivien Foé, who suffered sudden cardiac death as a result of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His 15-year-old son spoke to the 52 000 spectators in honour of his father, bringing back sad memories of the tragic event during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2003 in France. Even though CPR was correctly performed on the sideline followed by treatment within the emergency room, his life was tragically lost, to the shock and dismay of the international sporting community.

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Marc Scott Foé gives an address in memory of his father at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.

This tragic event, like many …

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