Miklos Feher - Tribute R.I.P





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Published on Nov 17, 2009

On 25 January 2004, Benfica traveled to Guimarães to play Vitória Sport Clube. The game was being broadcast live on television, and Benfica were leading 1-0. Fehér, who had just come on as a substitute and assisted another player brought from the bench, Fernando Aguiar, for the match's only goal, received a yellow card in injury time and suddenly bent forward, seemingly in pain. He then fell backwards to the ground.

Teammates rushed immediately to aid Fehér before medical personnel arrived on the pitch. CPR was performed as players looked on in visible distress. An ambulance arrived on the pitch and Fehér was rushed to the hospital. His condition was covered by the Portuguese media throughout the day. However, before midnight, Fehér's death was confirmed. the cause of death was a heart attack.

In his memory, Benfica retired the number 29 shirt, which he wore during his time at the club. He was remembered by many and his death caused a profound shock in Portuguese sports. Among others, Reinaldo Teles (director of football of FC Porto) and José Mourinho (Porto's manager at the time) paid their respects at the Estádio da Luz, where the player's body remained before his burial in his native Hungary.

A club delegation, which included the entire squad, traveled to Hungary, presenting Fehér's parents with the 2004-05 league championship medal, in respect for the player and his time with the club.

On October 9, 2009, the day before their World Cup qualifier against Portugal in Lisbon, the Hungarian national team squad laid a wreath next to a metal bust of Feher at Benfica's Estadio da Luz, in tribute to his memory.


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