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Aramburu, Raiola, Russell, Pelé… the excellent deaths on this planet of sport in 2022

From American basketball legend Invoice Russell to King Pelé, thought-about by many to be the most effective footballer in historical past, right here is the chronological checklist of the primary sports activities personalities who died in 2022.

Federico Martin Aramburu (42 years previous)

Former Argentinian rugby worldwide (22 caps), Federico Martin Aramburu was shot lifeless on the evening of March 18 to 19 after a combat in a bar. He was shot in the midst of Paris. Handed by Biarritz (2004-2006), Perpignan (2006-2008) or Dax (2008-2010), the previous middle or winger was 42 years previous. On this case, the 2 principal suspects, far-right activists, are nonetheless in detention.

Joachim Streich (71 years previous)

Nicknamed the “Gerd Müller of the East”, in tribute to the prolific West German striker who terrorized defenses similtaneously him, Joachim Streich died at 71 on April 16. He scored 55 objectives in 102 video games for the GDR choice and a complete of 223 objectives for Magdeburg in 321 video games between 1975 and 1985. He additionally received Olympic bronze in 1972.

Mino Raiola (54 years previous)

The world of soccer has misplaced one among its most influential gamers this yr. Mino Raiola died on April 30 on the age of 54 following a lung illness. The one who had constructed up a gargantuan portfolio of gamers represented the pursuits of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Erling Haaland… The Italian-Dutch was a really media-friendly businessman.

  Mino Raiola in 2017
Mino Raiola in 2017 © Bildbyran / Icon Sport

Invoice Russell (88)

American basketball legend Invoice Russell died on July 31 on the age of 88. With eleven NBA championship titles with the Boston Celtics, he’s thought-about one of many best gamers within the historical past of his sport. The primary black participant to achieve celebrity standing within the NBA and the primary black American to guide a crew in a significant North American championship, he by no means stopped defending the rights of African People.

Fernando Chalana (63 years previous)

Benfica’s emblematic participant, the previous Portuguese attacking midfielder with the well-known mustache Fernando Chalana died on the age of 63 on August 10. His expertise had come to mild throughout Euro 84 with the Seleçao, which he had carried to the semi-finals – a match misplaced on the finish of the suspense in opposition to France (3-2 ap) in Marseille. He instantly joined Bordeaux, then on the high of French soccer.

Johan Hamel (42 years previous)

Johan Hamel, who officiated for a number of seasons in Ligue 1, died immediately on the age of 42 on November 16, sufferer of a stroke. Throughout his profession, he may have refereed almost 250 skilled matches, together with 136 in Ligue 1 as principal referee. French soccer paid tribute to him on the finish of November with minutes of applause earlier than the L1 and L2 matches.

Davide Rebellin (51 years previous)

Former Italian biking champion Davide Rebellin, Olympic vice-champion in Beijing in 2008 whose profession was tarnished by doping circumstances, died on November 30 after being hit by a truck whereas out on a by bike. His observe report is immense with victories over Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Flèche wallonne (3 times), the Amstel Gold Race, Paris-Good, the Clasica San Sebastian…

Davide Rebellin in 2016
Davide Rebellin in 2016 © Newspix / Icon Sport

Patrick Tambay (73 years previous)

Former French System 1 driver Patrick Tambay died following a protracted sickness on December 4. He had received two Grands Prix, one in 1982 and the opposite in 1983, driving a Ferrari. He had additionally raced for McLaren and Renault. He was 73 years previous and suffered from Parkinson’s illness. He was additionally a terrific advisor for a few years on the RMC antenna.

Walter Beneteau (50 years previous)

His identify marked the Breton races with particularly two victories in 2000 and 2003 on the Boucles de l’Aulne. Handed by the formations Bonjour, Brioches La Boulangère and Bouygues Télécom, he additionally participated seven occasions within the Tour de France. At 50, former French rider Walter Bénéteau died on December 10. He was reportedly discovered lifeless in Bali below nonetheless unknown circumstances.

Sinisa Mihajlovic (53 years previous)

Former defender of Sampdoria, Inter and the 2 Roma golf equipment, Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic died at 53 on December 16. He had been battling leukemia since 2019. Famend for his surgical free kicks, he had received Serie A twice, received 4 Italian Cups, but additionally a European Cup of champion golf equipment and a European Cup winners’ Cup. He had transformed to a coach.

Pelé (82 years previous)

Soccer has misplaced a legend. The most effective participant in his historical past, for a lot of. Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento, says Pele, died on December 29 at age 82 after lengthy battling the illness. The one participant to have received three World Cups along with his choice (1958, 1962, 1970), the “King” has multiplied information all through his profession and left an indelible mark on the sport.

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