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On August 28th, just few days before the Uefa Super Cup game, the Sevilla player Antonio Puerta died affected with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, three days after suffering a series of cardiac arrests during a La Liga game against Getafe. On August 25th, Puerta collapsed and lost consciousness in the penalty area due to a cardiac arrest during Sevilla’s first La Liga match of the 2007–08 campaign at homeground Sánchez Pizjuán against Getafe CF. He was seen crouching and then subsequently collapsing upon moving back to his team’s goal after only 35 minutes of the game had passed, as teammates Ivica Dragutinović and Andrés Palop immediately ran to his side as he lost consciousness; moments later, club medical staff and other players followed suit. After recovering and being substituted, Puerta was able to walk to the dressing room, where he collapsed once again. He was resuscitated by the doctors and taken, by ambulance, to the intensive care unit of Virgen del Rocío hospital, where he received cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Puerta died on 28 August 2007, at 14:30. Doctor Francisco Murillo reported that he had suffered multiple organ failure and irreversible brain damage as a result of multiple prolonged cardiac arrests due to an incurable, hereditary heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. There was no official word on whether he had ever been equipped with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, an essential precaution in people with the disease; his premature death was similar to those of Marc-Vivien Foé, Matt Gadsby, Miklós Fehér, Renato Curi, Serginho and Phil O’Donnell, all of whom collapsed whilst playing football. Puerta’s girlfriend was expecting their first child at the time of his death.[3] As a mark of respect, players from both Sevilla and city rivals Real Betis attended his funeral days after his death and, subsequently, FIFA ordered the installation of resuscitation rooms in every stadium that hosted the World Cup qualifiers. The death of Antonio Puerta raised a possibility that the match would be cancelled, but the game was still played, and all players, including A.C. Milan players, wore the name “PUERTA” on their shirt, below their number.


Uefa Super Cup

August 31st 2007

Milan vs Sevilla

Match Worn Shirt

Alfaro Alejandro

Things to Know:

The 2007 UEFA Super Cup was the 32nd UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions. The match was held at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on 31 August 2007 and contested by Milan, who won the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, and Sevilla, winners of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. Sevilla were looking to become only the second team to defend the trophy in its history, the first being their opponents Milan, who had previously won the trophy four times. This was Milan’s seventh appearance in the Super Cup, putting them one ahead of the previous season’s runners-up, Barcelona. Milan won the match 3-1, with goals from Filippo Inzaghi, Marek Jankulovski and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, Kaká. All three of Milan’s goals came in the second half after Renato had put Sevilla 1–0 up after only 14 minutes. This was Milan’s fifth Super Cup title, a new record.