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    RIP Naoki Matsuda

    Don't know if u guys remember this guy...he sadly passed away last night aged 34. RIP Matsuda.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14401517

    Japan World Cup star Naoki Matsuda dies at 34



    Japanese footballer Naoki Matsuda has died two days after he collapsed on the training pitch with a suspected heart attack.

    The 34-year-old, who represented Japan at the 2002 World Cup, was rushed to hospital on Tuesday.

    He collapsed during a training session with his club, Matsumoto Yamaga, and never regained consciousness.

    Former Japan manager Philippe Troussier paid tribute to the defender, saying he was a key member of the World Cup team.

    "It's terrible to see someone die at such a young age," Mr Troussier told Reuters news agency.

    "It's a big shock. He was a great guy and I felt a close bond to him. My thoughts go to his family."

    Fans, friends and former players had gathered at the hospital in Matsumoto to wish the player well.

    Matsuda played 40 times for Japan, and won two J-League titles during 15 years with the Yokohama F-Marinos.

    He moved to lower league Matsumoto earlier this year.

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    Don't know that guy, I wasn't following the sport yet in 2002 so I didn't see him play in the WC. But still no one should be dying at that young an age, very unfortunate. RIP and condolences to his family and fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visca View Post
    Don't know that guy, I wasn't following the sport yet in 2002 so I didn't see him play in the WC. But still no one should be dying at that young an age, very unfortunate. RIP and condolences to his family and fans.
    Oh I remember him alright. They owned Cameroon at the 2001 Confeds cup! That Japan team was pretty solid...the days of Nakata, Suzuki, Inamoto, Matsuda...they were pretty good.

    It is sad indeed.
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