European Super Cup and sad memories of Antonio Puerta's death 0

European Super Cup and sad memories of Antonio Puerta's death 0

Sevilla tonight will return to the European Super Cup match for the first time since 2007, when this club's talented defender left forever at the age of 22.

Puerta during his lifetime.

`Every year, we remember our precious ‘Diamond’, Antonio Puerta, a wonderful person, a talented guy who had to return to God too soon,` Sevilla Club President, Mr. Jose

That was the seventh time the match named after Antonio Puerta was organized by Sevilla every August to commemorate the former left-back who passed away from a heart attack right on the field.

Antonio Puerta passed away forever when he was just about to turn 23, but he was able to make many important contributions to Sevilla.

Some information about Antonio Puerta

Born on November 26, 1984 in Sevilla.

– Position: Defender or left midfielder.

– Joined Sevilla at the age of 8, in the same group as other excellent talents in Sevilla’s youth training system such as Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Antonio Reyes, Kepa Blanco…

– A key member of Sevilla, winning 2 UEFA Cups 2006, 2007, 2006 European Super Cup, and 2007 Spanish King’s Cup.

– Was called up to the Spanish team once, in 2006.

Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on August 26, 2007 witnessed the saddest day in Sevilla history.

His funeral was held right at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

On August 31, 2007, just two days after Puerta’s funeral, Sevila played the European Super Cup against AC Milan in Monaco.

Tonight, Sevilla will again participate in the European Super Cup match as the defending Europa League champions, meeting defending Champions League champion Real Madrid.

European Super Cup and sad memories of Antonio Puerta's death

Puerta was in his last moments of consciousness, before collapsing on the field.

Puerta is not only a player but also considered the biological son of Sevilla.

In March 2004, when he was only 19 years old, Puerta was given the opportunity to make his first appearance in the first team by coach Joaquin Caparros, when they met Malaga.

He made 17 appearances in La Liga in the 2005-2006 season, and made a historical mark with the club he worships in the UEFA Cup arena.

The image of Puerta celebrating a goal with a kiss on his left fist has now become Sevilla’s symbol of victory.

European Super Cup and sad memories of Antonio Puerta's death

The 2007 European Super Cup match between Milan (red and black) and Sevilla took place a few days after Puerta’s death.

`It’s not easy to find nice words to say about a person, a player like Antonio Puerta,` Sevilla coach Manolo Gimenez said in 2008, during a memorial service one year after the day.

In the European Super Cup match Sevilla – Milan on August 31, 2007, all players wore shirts with Puerta’s name printed on the back, below the shirt number (above is still the real name of each player).

`What has happened in the past few days has created a rare atmosphere for this match: respect and solidarity,` coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the 2007 European Super Cup. At that time, he was still leading Milan.

During the moment Spain welcomed the Euro 2008 Championship Cup, famous midfielder Sergio Ramos – Puerta’s friend since his time as an apprentice at Sevilla’s youth academy – and his teammates wore shirts with the words `Always

European Super Cup and sad memories of Antonio Puerta's death

Friends and fans have never forgotten Puerta.

Ramos initially wore the number 15 shirt for the Spain national team, but then he gave this shirt number to Puerta in the former Sevilla defender’s debut for the national team against Sweden in 2006. That was also the match

Shirt number 16 is no longer used at Sevilla, because this club has decided that it forever belongs to Antonio Puerta.

Sevilla even recognized Aitor, Puerta’s son, as an official member of the club right after the boy was born.

Sevilla won the UEFA championship last season after tense victories over Betis, Valencia and Benfica, but is considered unlikely to shock Real Madrid in the European Super Cup match tonight, August 12.

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