Marc-Vivien Foé

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he played for the youth teams of Union de Garoua and Fogape Yaoundé before making his professional debut for Canon Yaoundé in 1993. Due to his performance for Cameroon U-20 squad at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship, he was signed by French Ligue 1 club RC Lens in 1994(this was after turning down Auxerre for a trainee position). With Lens, he scored 11 goals in 86 games.

After failing to sign for Manchester United(Lens rejected a £3 million offer from the Red Devils and the deal broke down), he joined West Ham United, for a club record £4.2 million in January 1999. He played 45 matches for the Hammers, netting twice.

He also played for Lyon before returning to the Premier League to join Manchester City on loan(2002–03 season). City paid £550,000 worth of loan fee. His second goal in a 3–0 victory against Sunderland on 21 April 2003 was the club’s final goal at their Maine Road stadium

Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé lies on the field during the semi-final match of a Confederations Cup match between Colombia and Cameroon 26 June 2003

The midfielder represented Cameroon between 1993 to 2003, netting 8 goals in 62 caps. He was part of the Indomitable Lions(a nickname for the Cameroonian national team) squad that won the 2000 and 2002 editions of the African Cup of Nations. At 28, he collapsed in the 72nd minute of a FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final match between Cameroon and Colombia on 26 June 2003. Although, Cameroon won 1-0, a second autopsy concluded that his death was heart-related as it discovered evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Marc-Vivien Foé was born on this day in 1975.

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