Footballer Jarque's body brought back to Spain

11th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Fans of Espanyol captain and defender Daniel Jarque will be able to pay their respects at the club’s recently inaugurated new stadium Tuesday.

Barcelona -- The body of Espanyol captain and defender Daniel Jarque was brought back to Spain on Tuesday, three days after he died from heart failure while on a pre-season tour of Italy.

Fans will be able to pay their respects for the 26-year-old at a chapel set up at the Spanish club's recently inaugurated new stadium between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) before a private funeral is held for the player, the club said.

"The family is devastated because nobody expects something like this," Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre, who accompanied Jarque's body back from Italy, told reporters.

Jarque, who was about to become a father, had trained on Saturday morning but collapsed in his hotel room in Coverciano while talking to his girlfriend on the telephone in the early evening.

Since his death, hundreds of fans have left candles, flowers and blue and white Espanyol jerseys at the club's stadium in Barcelona as a tribute to the player. Jarque had just been made captain for the new season.

Jarque came up through the club's youth ranks, helping them win the King’s Cup in 2006 and reach the UEFA Cup final in 2007.

In the last campaign, he featured in 36 league matches and scored two goals.

AFP / Expatica

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