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A terrible day in football. The former Arsenal striker and the young goalkeeper of the Montenegrin national team died

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:49:58

June 15 is the second day of Euro 2024. But the atmosphere of a football celebration was mixed with unpleasant sensations. That day two footballers died at the same time.

The first tragedy is the death of the goalkeeper of the Montenegrin national team, Matija Sarkić. He arrived early in the morning (according to the local football association). But the boy was only 26 years old! Sarkić was born in England and made his debut for the Montenegrin national team in the fall of 2019. Since then, he has made nine appearances for the national team. There could have been more, but several injuries prevented it.

Sarkić spent almost his entire club career in the United Kingdom. In 2015 he left the youth team of Belgian Anderlecht, after which he wandered around English clubs. His resume includes a business trip to Scottish Livingston. In the summer of 2023, Sarkić moved from Wolverhampton to Millwall. It is the first time that money has been paid for his transfer (1.4 million euros). Before that, he left on loan or as a free agent.

Matija Sarkić died at 26

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Sarkić played the last game of his career on June 5; That day the Montenegrins played in the freight train with Belgium (0-2). On the 15th, the goalkeeper fell ill in the Montenegrin city of Budva. Friends immediately called an ambulance, but all attempts to save the player’s life were unsuccessful. Sarkić died at approximately 6:30 local time. The Football Federation of Montenegro and Millwall have already expressed their condolences over the player’s death.

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A few hours later, the second sad news appeared: Kevin Campbell died at the age of 55. This striker is mainly known for playing for Arsenal and Everton. As part of the London Club, he collected a good collection of awards: he became the champion of England, the winner of the National Cup, the English League Cup, the FA Super Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup. 210 games for Arsenal, 55 goals, 20 assists.

“We are devastated to learn of the death of former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell due to illness. Everyone in the club adored him. Rest in peace, Kevin,” Arsenal’s press service published on social media.

Kevin Campbell at Arsenal

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Allsport

In 1999, Campbell moved from Trabzonspor to Everton on loan. Initially, this transfer was considered a short-term deal, but then the Merseysiders bought the player for €4.5 million. Kevin ran for Everton until 2005. Result: 50 goals in 160 games. He was the team’s leading scorer for a couple of seasons and also became the first black captain in the club’s history. In 1999 he scored the winning goal at Anfield. From that moment on, Everton went 22 years without beating a major rival away from home. Kevin was very popular among fans of the Liverpool club.

Campbell retired from acting in 2007, after which he established himself as a television pundit and commentator. His reports were always infused with warmth and humor.

“Life can be very cruel sometimes,” said Mark Crossley, Campbell’s former Nottingham Forest teammate. — Absolutely devastated by the news of my former partner’s death. Kevin was a true gentleman, a legendary footballer and a fun guy. When he played, he could always consider himself the soul of the locker room.”

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“Not just a Goodison Park hero and an iconic England footballer, but an incredible human being. Anyone who has ever met him knows this. Rest in peace, Super Kev,” wrote the Everton press service.

Campbell never played for England. However, this fact did not sadden him much. “I am not disappointed that I have never played for the national team. In my time there were a lot of good players on the field, so it was difficult to get into the national team,” Campbell said.

In early June, Kevin was admitted to the hospital with sepsis. Unfortunately, his life was cut short a couple of weeks later.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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