How could it happen? That was what people in Pescara were thinking Saturday when visiting Livorno’s Piermario Morosini fell during the two sides’ Serie B match, never to regain consciousness.
Tragedy has struck yet again.
Pescara is still reeling from the loss of goalkeepers coach Francesco Mancini who died of a heart attack at age 43 two weeks ago on March 30.
The local area had just spent the past week remembering the more than 300 people who died in the L’Aquila earthquake of April 6, 2009. L’Aquila is just 41 miles from Pescara.
Morosini, who was just 25, appeared to be perfectly fine. His team scored two quick goals in the first 11 minutes to surprise Pescara. But the match would continue until just the 31st minute, when he collapsed on his own.
Livorno’s official web site, which gives a minute-by-minute account of the game mentions that Morosini made a nice take away from playmaker Marco Verratti in the 14th minute. Verratti is considered by many to be a rising star in Italian football and has drawn some comparisons to Andrea Pirlo.
Retired Italian soccer player Giacomo Dicara, who grew up in the Pescara area and spent many years as a Pescara player went to Facebook to express his grief.
“How sad,” Dicara wrote. “It doesn’t seem possible. One can’t die on a soccer field at age 25.”
All remaining games in Italy at all levels have been postponed as a result of the tragedy.
Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, played 18 times for Italy at the Under-21 level.