Marc-Vivien Foe: “Your memory endures” – Manchester City, Fifa and Lyon remember the late Cameroonian star


Football governing body, along with club websites, took to social media in remembrance of the late Indomitable Lions star

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Manchester City, Olympique Lyon and West Ham United paid tribute to Marc-Vivien Foe who died on June 26, 2003.

The 28-year-old midfielder died of cardiac arrest during a FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between Cameroon and Colombia at Gerland stadium in Lyon.

As Saturday marked the 18th anniversary of his death, world football’s governing body alongside its former teams took to social media to remember his legacy.

Born in Yaoundé, Foe began his career with the local Canon Yaoundé team before joining the high-flying French team RC Lens in 1994.

The box-to-box midfielder has won the French title twice, making 18 appearances in Lens’s unbelievable triumph in 1998, a victory that spurred him on to the Premier League for the first time.

He also represented Olympique Lyonnais when they won the first of their seven consecutive titles in the 2001-02 season.

In addition, the Cameroonian also won the French League Cup with Lyon in 2001. Prior to that, he had signed with Premier League side West Ham United and helped them win the late Intertoto Cup in 1999.

On the international scene, Foe was part of the Cameroonian team which won two consecutive titles in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 (Nigeria / Ghana) then in 2002 (Mali).

He was not present for the team’s Olympic success in 2000, but competed in both Afcon finals.

His 2003 Confederation Cup finalist medal hung on a giant photograph of the player worn by French and Cameroonian players after the match.

Foe received the Bronze Ball for his performances in France after finishing third in the media vote for Player of the Tournament.

After his disappearance, he was awarded the Order of Valor from the Commander of the Nations of Cameroon, while Manchester City removed the No.23 shirt in his honor and installed a memorial to Foe in their former home on Maine Road.

In Lens, there is a street named after him near the team’s stadium, as they and Lyon have removed their No.17 jersey.


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