In Memory Of Marc Vivien Foe: 1975-2003

Perm VacationCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

MANCHESTER - DECEMBER 23:  Marc Vivien Foe of Manchester City takes the ball past Simon Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match held on December 23, 2002 at Maine Road, in Manchester, England. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-2. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Marc Vivien Foe—I was so excited when he arrived, so devastated when he left.

City fans around the world, take time in honouring our Marc Vivien Foe, the man that became a legend and a man that has since saved the lives of fellow African footballers.

A true legend and hero.

Marc-Vivien, who had spent a successful 2002-03 season on loan at City from Lyon, was playing for Cameroon in a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia when he collapsed in the centre circle after 72 minutes.

Desperate and lengthy efforts to revive him failed, and an autopsy later revealed that his death was heart-related. Marc-Vivien was given a state funeral in Cameroon, while City retired his No.23 shirt as a mark of respect.

Foe, who won the French title with Lyon in 2002, made 38 starts in 41 matches under manager Kevin Keegan, and scored nine times, including City's last-ever goal at Maine Road in a 3-0 win over Sunderland on April 21.

Club Secretary Bernard Halford said, "Marc-Vivien was popular with fans and fellow players, and the shock of his loss is still as fresh today as it was in 2003. He never gave less than his best and will always be remembered with affection by everyone connected to Manchester City."