Saw this sad news over at The Telegraph, how amazing is it that healthy footballers can collapse just like that:

The midfielder passed away this evening when his heart stopped following a training session in Coverciano, Italy where the squad are on a pre-season camp.

Club doctors and Italian paramedics tried to revive Jarque, a product of the Espanyol youth system, but without success.

A statement on the club website,, read: “Tragedy struck Espanyol and the family of Dani Jarque this evening. The blanquiazul player died from a cardiac arrest.

“The doctor Cervera carried out CPR on the player and used a defibrillator, which showed that the arrest was non responsive.

“After a few minutes the first ambulance arrived from the Florence emergency services, who tried again with the defibrillator they carried.

“The medical services continued carrying out CPR, administering adrenaline and atropine for an hour, but the player’s heart did not react, so finally that determined his death.

“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.”

Espanyol, who had been due to play Bologna on Sunday, have suspended their pre-season tour of Italy and will fly back to Barcelona.

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  1. Seven games in – don’t you think that’s a bit earlier to be writing Tottenham off? I still reckon they will be up there competing for a champions league place come the end of the season. If not, they’re bound to get a UEFA Cup place!

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