Shock in English football due to the death of goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the age of 26

Shock in English football due to the death of goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the age of 26
Shock in English football due to the death of goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the age of 26

Matija Sarkic, 26, defended the Montenegro shirt in a friendly against Belgium days ago

English football is experiencing hours of deep shock when the news of the goalkeeper’s death is announced. Matija Sarkic at 26 years old. The current footballer of Millwallwho plays in the second division, He was in Montenegro after playing a friendly with his national team when he “passed away suddenly”as reported in a statement by the Federation of Montenegro.

The highest local football body was responsible for releasing the information about his death: “The goalkeeper of the Montenegrin national team, Matija Sarkic, died suddenly this morning”.

Matija was in that country because ten days ago he had been a starter in the friendly against Belgium which ended in a 2-0 defeat. Chain RTCG He stated that he was in his department of the Montenegrin city of Budva when “he felt uncomfortable”. Faced with that, “His friends immediately called an ambulance, but unfortunately there was no help for him”.

The chain reported that the incident took place around 6.30 in the morning (local time) and they clarified that Police were at the scene investigating the circumstances of the death. According to unofficial reports, RTCG warned that the archer who was active in England “He went for a walk with his friends in Budva last night, had dinner in a restaurant and returned to his apartment early”. And they added: “When he got up around 6 in the morning, he complained of feeling unwell, so his friends called the ambulance.”.

The English Millwall, a club he joined this season and for which he played 33 games, showed their dismay at the news: “Millwall Football Club is completely devastated to announce that Matija Sarkic has died at the age of 26. “Everyone at the club sends their love and condolences to Matija’s family and friends at this immensely sad time.”

Matija He was born in the English town of Grimsby because his father, the diplomat Bojan Sarkić, was in that country working. Although his mother, Natalie Todd, is of English nationality, Matija defended the team’s shirt. Brave Falcons from the youth: Already in 2014 he joined the Montenegro Sub 17 and since then he remained in the sphere of the combined nationality that counted on his paternal side.

The goalkeeper had begun his sporting career in the youth ranks of the Anderlecht of Belgiumbut in 2015 he ended up in the youth team of the Aston Villa, who showed his shock at what happened on social networks: “Everyone at Aston Villa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our former goalkeeper Matija Sarkić. Matija joined our Academy in 2015 and spent five years at the club, during which he made his debut for the Montenegro senior team, before leaving in the summer of 2020. The thoughts and condolences of the entire club are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”

Aston Villa's post after hearing the news
Aston Villa’s post after hearing the news

During that period he went on loan for WiganEdit, Stratford Town and Havant & Waterlooville of different categories of the English promotion, before beginning an upward path in the Scottish Premier League with the Livingston. That led him to sign with the Wolverhampton Wanderers of the English Premier League in mid-2020, but he also lived with different assignments in the Shrewsbury Town, Birmingham City and Stoke Citybecoming a leading goalkeeper in the English Football League Championship, the country’s second division.

In August 2023, the Millwall decided to sign him and he was a starter in a large part of the competition that ended with his team in the middle of the table, far from the promotion positions. It must be taken into account that during this entire growth process, Matija Sarkic reached the Montenegrin senior team: He made his debut in a friendly against Belarus at the end of 2019 and was the great hope to occupy the three suits of his country “for the next 10 years”according to the local chain RTCG.

“We are truly heartbroken by today’s tragic news. Matija was someone who had time for everyone at the football club, no matter who they were. He was smart, bright, warm and funny, and he gave his all to his profession and to the people around him. A teammate, a colleague and a friend. “He will be missed by all of us,” was the message issued by the Wolverhampton.

His twin brother, Oliver, also started in the youth team of Anderlecht, but later jumped to the youth team of Benfica in Portugal. After passing through Leeds and Blackpool, among others, without much luck, this midfielder recently played for Pakhtakor of Ubzekistan and FK Decić of Montenegro.

Wolverhampton's post
Wolverhampton’s post
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