Tears flowed last night as tributes poured in from all over for Marc Vivien Foe, who died last night after collapsing during Cameroons Confederations Cup win over Columbia.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Manchester City and soon became a crowd favourite with his high work-rate and eye for goal, tumbled to the ground in the centre circle, apparently having suffered an aneurysm.
The news of Foes death was announced on the big screen before the second semi-final between France and Turkey, with many of the players breaking down during the minutes silence.
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who scored the opener in the European Champions 3-2 win, dedicated his goal to the former West Ham and Lens player.
Everyone is shocked. I played against him a few times in France and in England. The first goal was for him, said Henry, who pointed to the sky in a tribute to Foe.
Roma-bound Leeds midfielder Oliver Dacourt said they struggled to keep back the tears during the match. It was very hard to play that match, we almost all knew him.
Before the match when we found out there was no words, just sad feelings and cries, and then we tried to do our best on the pitch.
French coach Jacques Santini explained how tough it was for his players to go out and play the match.
When we found out about this news we tried to overcome it, we all experienced more than a very strong emotion. I was very much disturbed in the warm-up before the match.
Then I saw some of his club-mates come back to the changing room in tears, we even asked Greg (Coupet) and Sidney (Govou) if they wanted to go ahead with the match.
I am very distressed; I cannot find the words to describe our sadness. Death has hit someone we knew and someone we liked.
Chelsea defender William Gallas said it was scary to think it could happen to such a fit and healthy person: During the match we were thinking about him all the time.
Some of the France players saw on TV when he fell on the ground. It is scary because it can happen to anyone.
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