Spanish football is mourning the death of another player following the shock passing of Daniel Jarque. The Espanyol captain suffered a heart attack following a training session, just two years after a similar fate befell Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta. Jarque, a midfielder with the Barcelona-based club, was just 26-years-old, usually a time when footballers are just coming in to their prime. He had only recently been made team captain, having been with the club since the age of 12.
Espanyol was enjoying a training session on their pre-season training camp in Coverciano, Italy, when the tragedy happened. Attempts were made to revive the player by local paramedics and club doctors but these proved fruitless. The Blanquiazules were due to play a friendly on Sunday against Bologna but have called an early end to their Italian tour as a mark of respect.
A club statement read: “RCD Espanyol, broken with pain, wish to put themselves at the absolute disposition of the family of our captain Dani Jarque, to whom go our warmest thoughts.” Tributes were also offered by city neighbours FC Barcelona, whose President, Joan Laporta, said: “We are filled with extreme dismay at this tragic event which we deeply regret. Today we are all in mourning. I want to send, on behalf of FC Barcelona, our deepest sympathies to RCD Espanyol for the painful loss of their captain Dani Jarque, and to his family.”
Quite how a supposedly fit, young professional came to suffer a heart attack will be a question on the lips of many. It was discovered that Puerta died due to an incurable, hereditary heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. It is not yet known whether Jarque suffered from a heart condition. Following the previous death of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Fo