Sudden death syndrome: Football’s silent killer

With the shock death of Daniel Jarque – the Espanyol captain who suffered a cardiac arrest after training on Saturday – fans were left wondering how a man in such peak condition could endure a fate typically associated with the ageing and obese. The incident comes almost two years after fellow Spaniard, Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta, collapsed in the first half of his team’s 4-1 victory against Spanish league rivals Getafe and died three days later aged just 22.