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Under-15 European Football Star Dies Suddenly


The sudden death of U-15 European football star Estrella Martin, 14, has shocked the Spanish football community.

Sporting Club de Huelva announced that Martin had died suddenly in her hometown of Ayamonte.

Martin was also a regular member of Spain’s U-15 women’s national team.

“The Sporting Club de Huelva deeply regrets to announce the death this morning of our player Estrella Martín Rasco in her native Ayamonte,” the club wrote.

Belonging to our lower echelons, the footballer, in the cadet category, and a regular in the calls for the provincial women’s under-15 team, has left us today in her hometown of Ayamonte, leaving a deep sorrow for her family, friends and all the club. 
Once this sad news was known, the club has suspended this week’s training sessions for the youth academy and the one that the first team was supposed to complete today. The matches of the lower ranks this week have also been postponed and the postponement of tomorrow’s League F game in Seville has also been requested.

“Real Madrid, its president and its Board of Directors deeply lament the passing of Estrella Martín, @sportinghuelva’s youth-team player. The club wishes to express its condolences and affection to her family, her teammates, her club and her loved ones. Rest in peace,” Real Madrid wrote.

According to local media, Martin’s parents found her inside their home on Wednesday.

She reportedly completed a routine training session with her team the previous afternoon.

From Canal Sur (translated):

The mortal remains of the Sporting Club de Huelva player Estrella Martín Rasco , 14 years old , are in one of the funeral homes in the capital where an autopsy was performed this Thursday to find out the causes of her sudden death .

Estrella was a regular for the Andalusian U15 team . The teenager had trained on Tuesday afternoon with her team, in the cadet category , with complete normality.

The next morning, when her parents went to wake her up, they realized that she was lifeless. A tragic news that has taken everyone by surprise. Numerous people , including Estrella’s teammates , have come to the funeral home to express their sorrow.

EuroWeekly reported:

The news of the young player’s sudden death comes after another young footballer died after a sudden collapse during a game in Spain’s Malaga last month.

Thirteen-year-old Marvelous Onanefe Johnson collapsed five minutes before the end of the clash between CD Puerto Malagueño Ciudad Jardín and UD Prados in the Third Andalucian Children’s League on Sunday, December 11.

The club said at the time: “After a few moments of uncertainty for all those attending the match and club staff and after the resuscitation attempt by the local police and 061, our player could not be resuscitated.”

Martin’s tragic passing also follows the sudden death of 20-year-old footballer Luke Abrahams.

From the Northampton Chronicle:

Tributes have poured in following the sudden death of a 20-year-old amateur footballer from Northampton.

Northants Combination and Nene Sunday League footballer Luke Abrahams, from East Hunsbury, sadly died in the early hours of Monday morning (Jan 23).

The former Abbeyfield School student played for Blisworth FC and Hunsbury Hawks FC and also had associations with AFC Spinney.

Hunsbury Hawks FC said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we had to say goodbye to Luke this week. He was a great player but an even better friend to us all. He started it all for the Hawks and we wouldn’t be here without him. Till we see you again, rest easy up there buddy. Love, your Hawks.”


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