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Top heartbreaking moments in the history of football

Story Highlights
  • Emiliano Sala’s Tribute in 2019
  • Retirement of Francesco Totti in 2017
  • Argentina’s loss to Germany in 2014
  • Ghana’s loss to Uruguay in 2010
  • Marc Foe collapsed during the game in 2003

As with every sport, football has its share of joy and sorrow. There’s no denying the deep connection that supporters have to their team; they cheer for them relentlessly and partake in ridiculous rituals to foster team spirit.

Here are some emotional moments in Football:

Emiliano Sala’s Tribute in 2019

After Emiliano Sala died in a plane tragedy, his football community honored his memory. Sala, a footballer, aged 28, was returning from Nantes to join his new team Cardiff City when his jet vanished. Subsequently, he was found dead.

After Sala’s death, Nantes’s first home game was played with black jerseys with the word “sala” on the back as an emotional memorial to the late player.

Retirement of Francesco Totti in 2017

A tearful farewell was said upon Francesco Totti’s retirement.

Totti, who has played for Roma since he was 16, spent 24 years there, amassing 307 goals and leading the club to the top flight in Italian soccer. Thankfully, he progressed within the organization and is now a director.

Argentina’s loss to Germany in 2014

After a hard-fought loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, the Argentinian players broke down in tears. After leading 1-0, Argentina’s hopes of winning the World Cup were dashed when Germany’s Mario Gotze scored in the 113th minute. It took some time for Argentina to accept defeat while Germany’s squad was crying tears of joy.

Ghana’s loss to Uruguay in 2010 

After all other African countries were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup, Ghana’s run to the semi-finals became a symbol of optimism for the whole continent. 

The 4-2 goal scored by Uruguay in the penalty shootout crushed the hopes of African supporters who had hoped to see the first African team advance to the semifinals. It was further disappointing considering South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Marc Foe collapsed during the game in 2003

When Cameroonian player Marc-Vivien Foe fell in 2003 during a game against Colombia, it was one of the saddest moments in football history.

It was too late by the time the first assistant arrived to help him. After 45 minutes, his death was officially pronounced. Even though Cameroon beat Colombia, the day was a disaster for the football community.

Football moves crowds. Success relieves failure’s anguish. Athletics needs winners and losers. The poignant football scenarios show how much the game means to players and fans.

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