Spanish football is experiencing a hard period at the moment. During three football seasons, the number of players collapsing on field went up to six including Antonio Puerta, Ruben de la Red, Dani Jarque, Sergio Sanchez Ortega, Jordi Pitarque, Miguel Garcia.
Antonio Puerta was born in 1984 and a Spanish footballer. In the team, he played as a left midfielder. During the 2007 - 2008 season, Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta died of a heart attack. In the first match of Sevilla vs Getafe CF at homeground Sánchez Pizjuán, Antonio Puerta was recognized collapsing when moving back to the team’s goal. Immediately, Ivica Dragutinovic và Andrés Palop run to his place when he was losing consciousness. After being treated by medical staff, Puerta himself could walk to the dressing room. Unfortunately, he collapsed again. After three days suffering multiple organ failure and irreversible brain damage, the footballer died on 28 August 2007.
Thousands of people turned out in Seville to pay their final respects to Antonio Puerta
Dani Jarque played as central defender and devoted entire career for RCD Espanyol. On Espanyol\'s pre-season in Italy, he was phoning to his pregnant girlfriend when experiencing a serious heart attack. His girlfriend immediately reported his situation to his roommate, Ferran Corominas. Unfortunately, Dani Jarque died at the age of 26 after one month being the team captain.
On Espanyol\'s pre-season in Italy, Dani Jarque was phoning to his pregnant girlfriend when experiencing a serious heart attack
23-year old Spanish Jordi Pitarque died after a cardiac arrest on September 6th. Earlier that day, he still played on the filed until being sent out by a second yellow card. However, in the afternoon, his family took an ambulance moving him to the hospital. He suffered three cardiac arrests after passing away. His fellow players said that they all passed the medical examination in July without any problems.
Jordi Pitarque suffered three cardiac arrests after passing away
Ruben de la Red was born in 1985 in Madrid where he started playing career as a central midfielder. In 2008, in a football match against Real Union, Ruben de la Red suffered a serious heart ailment. Specifically, he experienced syncope. A few months later, Ruben de la Red was announced to put his career on hold for a few years. Some newspapers even reported that he would never recover.
Ruben de la Red was announced to put his career on hold for a few years
Sergio Sanchez Ortega played as a defender for Sevilla FC from July 2006. However, according to the website of the club, Sergio Sanchez suffered from a heart disease. Sevilla FC, basing on the results of medical test, has announced Sergio Sanchez should not take any physical activities at the moment.
Currently, Sergio Sanchez moves to Barcelona for taking further medical test.
Miguel Garcia, aged 31, has to stop his football career due to a heart attack. During the match between his team and Real Betis in Seville. His heart legally stopped beating for 20 seconds. Immediately, the player was treated right on the field by electric shock with a defibrillator and then hospitalized. Currently, the player gradually recovers and hopefully leaves intensive care ward of University Hospital of Salamanca.
The 31-year-old midfielder knows that his playing days are over.
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