Reposting this previous entry because the Confederations Cup in on and because I spotted the news item below via the Beeb:
Fifa will stage memorial for Foe
Football’s world governing body Fifa will commemorate the death of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe at the Confederations Cup final on Sunday.
Foe collapsed on the field and lost consciousness during a Confederations Cup semi-final in France in 2003 and died soon after arriving in hospital.
He was later found to have suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart-related disease. He was 28.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said it was a “very sad and tragic event”.
Blatter added: “Just before the kick-off when the teams are assembled in the middle of the field, we will have a message to the world about what happened…”
Marc-Vivien Foé scored the final goal at Maine Road.
I remember back now how much it was a shock to everyone when we heard the news. Don’t need me to say much more about it, going to c&p what Wikipedia has:
…”Foé’s death caused a profound shock. Numerous tributes to the man’s joyous personality and infectious humour were expressed in the media. Also Thierry Henry and other players pointed to the sky in tribute to Foé after Henry had opened the scoring against Turkey in France’s Confederations Cup semi-final that evening. Many suggestions for ways to honour the life of Marc-Vivien Foé were made after his death: it was suggested that the Confederations Cup and the Stade Gerland could have been renamed after him, and former Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan announced that the club would no longer use the number 23 shirt Foé wore during his successful season there. At Manchester City’s ground; the City of Manchester Stadium there is a small memorial to him in the stadium’s memorial garden, and on the walls of the players’ tunnel are plaques paid for by supporters, with their names, dubbed the Walk of Pride. The first plaque on the wall is for Marc and reads “Marc Vivien Foé – 1975 – 2003”
I’ll do some more of their City stuff down the line, for now I want to highlight the song they did in tribute:
|» The Dandelion Clocks – Friend of Foe (Tribute to Marc Vivien Foe)|
» Colin Rudd – Marc-Vivien Foe
I like Colin’s stuff. Will do more for him at a later date.