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Miklós Fehér
Personal information
Full name Miklós Fehér
Date of birth July 20, 1979(1979-07-20)
Place of birth Tatabánya, Hungary
Date of death January 25, 2004 (aged 24)
Place of death Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Győri ETO
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Győri ETO 62 (23)
1998–2002 Porto 10 (1)
2000–2002 Porto B 7 (2)
2000 Salgueiros (loan) 14 (5)
2000–2001 Braga (loan) 26 (14)
2002–2004 Benfica 28 (7)
Total 144 (51)
National team
1996–1997 Hungary U18 8 (3)
1996–2000 Hungary U21 5 (0)
1998–2004 Hungary 25 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miklós "Miki" Fehér (20 July 1979 — 25 January 2004) was a Hungarian footballer, who played as a striker.

Fehér died of a sudden cardiac death during a match between Vitória de Guimarães and his team of Benfica in Guimarães, Portugal.[1]

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Club career

Fehér started his playing career at Győri ETO, where he was spotted by Porto scouts. He was signed in 1998 but never really made a breakthrough onto the team. Relatively young, he was loaned to gain experience, to another two northern sides, Salgueiros and Braga.

At Braga, Fehér had his best professional season, netting 14 goals in 26 matches in 2000-01. After Porto chairman Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa quarreled with agent José Veiga (Fehér's agent), Fehér refused to let go of his agent and left. He joined Lisbon side Benfica, going on to score seven goals in 28 matches during two seasons.

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Death

On 25 January 2004, Benfica traveled to Guimarães to play Vitória de Guimarães. The game was being broadcast live on television, and Benfica were leading 1–0. Fehér had just come on as a substitute. He assisted another player brought from the bench, Fernando Aguiar, for the match's only goal, but received a yellow card in injury time and suddenly bent forward, seemingly in pain. He then fell backwards to the ground.

Teammates rushed immediately to aid Fehér before medical personnel arrived on the pitch. CPR was performed as players looked on in visible distress. An ambulance arrived on the pitch and Fehér was rushed to the hospital. His condition was covered by the Portuguese media throughout the day. However, before midnight, Fehér's death was confirmed. the cause of death was a heart attack.[2]

In his memory, Benfica retired the number 29 shirt, which he wore during his time at the club. He was remembered by many and his death caused a profound shock in Portuguese sports. Among others, Reinaldo Teles (director of football of Porto) and José Mourinho (Porto's manager at the time) paid their respects at the Estádio da Luz, where the player's body remained before his burial in his native Hungary.

A club delegation, which included the entire squad, traveled to Hungary, presenting Fehér's parents with the 2004-05 league championship medal, in respect for the player and his time with the club.[3]

On 9 October 2009, the day before their World Cup qualifier against Portugal in Lisbon, the Hungarian national team squad laid a wreath next to a metal bust of Feher at Benfica's Estadio da Luz, in tribute to his memory.[4]

International career

Fehér made his first international appearance for Hungary in October 1998 against Azerbaijan, and went on to score seven goals in 25 international matches.

On 11 October 2000, he netted a hat-trick in a 6–1 away thrashing of Lithuania, in a 2002 World Cup qualifier.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hungary League Hungarian Cup Total
1995-96 Győri ETO Hungarian League 8 2
1996-97 29 8
1997-98 25 13
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Total
1998-99 Porto Portuguese League 5 0
1999-00 5 1
1999-00 Salgueiros Portuguese League 14 5
2000-01 Braga Portuguese League 26 14
2001-02 Porto B 3 1
2002-03 Benfica Portuguese League 16 4
2003-04 13 3
Total Hungary 62 23
Portugal 82 28
Career Total 144 51

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 1998 Baku  Azerbaijan 4–0 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
2 11 October 2000 Kaunas  Lithuania 6–1 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qual.
3 11 October 2000 Kaunas  Lithuania 6–1 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qual.
4 11 October 2000 Kaunas  Lithuania 6-1 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qual.
5 15 November 2000 Skopje  Macedonia 1–0 Win Friendly
6 17 April 2002 Debrecen  Belarus 2–5 Loss Friendly
7 20 August 2003 Murska Sobota  Slovenia 1–2 Loss Friendly

Honours

Porto
Benfica
Individual

See also

References

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