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On 10/03/2021 at 07:22, MarcJWallace said:

Agustín Balbuena, who was in the Argentine squad for the tournament in 1974, has died aged 76.

 

Scored the winning goal in the 1973 Intercontinental Cup against Juventus.

 

Enrique Chazarreta, Balbuena's team-mate in 1974 has also died https://www.tycsports.com/san-lorenzo/futbol-argentino-luto-fallecio-enrique-chazarreta-gloria-san-lorenzo-id329910.html

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2 hours ago, Octopus of Odstock said:

Shocked and appalled no-one has noted the death of 1982 World Cup Kuwaiti defensive colossus Jamal Al Qabendi from diabetes https://m.kooora.com/default.aspx?n=1021340

Him having such a memorable tournament too!

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1 hour ago, MarcJWallace said:

Zhang Enhua, part of the China squad that played at the 2002 World Cup, has died aged 48.


https://sports.sina.com.cn/china/j/2021-04-29/doc-ikmxzfmk9720331.shtml

 

He must rank as the (equal) most futile/superfluous World Cup player ever - no minutes played, for a side that lost all its games, without scoring. And now he's gone. Still, he probably dined out for days on being a squad member, and at least Grimsby Town FC remembers him for those stunning 16 loan matches (3 goals).

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Alan Mcloughlin, 54, was in ireland's 1994 squad but did not play - https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/14849821/alan-mcloughlin-dead-at-54-ireland-legend/

 

"His legendary status in Ireland was secured with his goal against Northern Ireland in 1993 though he remained a fixture in the squad until 1999, with his last appearance coming against Macedonia.

 

Despite firing Ireland to the World Cup in 1994, he failed to feature in any of the games.

 

He was an unused substitute in the group matches against Italy, Mexico and Norway, while he also sat out the Round of 16 tie against Holland."

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1 hour ago, Kenny said:

Alan Mcloughlin, 54, was in ireland's 1994 squad but did not play - https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/14849821/alan-mcloughlin-dead-at-54-ireland-legend/

 

"His legendary status in Ireland was secured with his goal against Northern Ireland in 1993 though he remained a fixture in the squad until 1999, with his last appearance coming against Macedonia.

 

Despite firing Ireland to the World Cup in 1994, he failed to feature in any of the games.

 

He was an unused substitute in the group matches against Italy, Mexico and Norway, while he also sat out the Round of 16 tie against Holland."

 

He played twice in 1990 though, both times asa substitute. 

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18 hours ago, Octopus of Odstock said:

 

He played twice in 1990 though, both times as a substitute. 

 

I had forgotten that the Irish had qualified in 1990.

 

Thanks for that.

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On 09/05/2021 at 08:56, Octopus of Odstock said:

Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria captain in the 1986 World Cup has died of cancer. https://www.24chasa.bg/amp/9776443 (Because we can all read Bulgarian!) 

 

There's been a slow trickle of Mexico 86ers departing over the last couple of years. My first World Cup so rather poignant. 

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