By now, you may have read about the sad plight of Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta, who collapsed because of a heart attack during a Spanish league match on the weekend and succumbed to his failing heart.
It happened again on Wednesday. Chaswe Nsofwa of Israeli side Beersheva collapsed during training and died minutes later.
Both Puerta and Nsofwa were young. Puerta was 22 and Nsofwa was 26.
The hope here is that these are sad but isolated incidents. Really, though, it's a wonder that such tragedies don't happen more often. Soccer players, perhaps more than any other athlete, put their bodies under such duress and stress on a daily basis.