Tributes: Karl-Alfred Jaconsson (January 15, 1926-March 4, 2015)
Lasse Larsson (March 16, 1962-March 8, 2015)
Antonio Rodrigo Betancort Barrera (March 13, 1937-March 15, 2015)
Harrie Leo Louis ‘Harry’ Heijnen (October 17, 1940-March 18, 2015)
Zhao Dayu (January 17, 1961-March 18, 2015)
Stephen Madi Mokone (March 23, 1932-March 19, 2015)
Jerzy Orlowski (February 16, 1925-March 28, 2015)
Nicolae Rainea (November 19, 1933-April 1, 2015)
Raul Gorriti (October 10, 1956-April 2, 2015)
William Ellerington (June 30, 1923-April 4, 2015)
Ramon Ivanoes Barreto Ruiz (September 14, 1939-April 4, 2015)
Naken Kyrykbaev (August 29, 1975-April 5, 2015)
Richard Tebogo Henyekane (September 28, 1983-April 7, 2015)
Raymond Christopher Patrick Treacy (June 18, 1946-April 10, 2015)
Heino Kleiminger (February 3, 1939-April 16, 2015)
Driss Bamous (December 15, 1942-April 16, 2015)
Erwin Waldner (January 24, 1933-April 18, 2015)
Hassan El-Shazly (November 13, 1943-April 20, 2015)
Aziz Aslimanesh (April 9, 1938-April 23, 2015)
Jiri Hledik (April 19, 1929-April 25, 2015)
Zhivko Gospodinov (September 6, 1957-May 4, 2015)
Joseph Mwepu Ilunga (August 22, 1949-May 8, 2015)
Mario Rodriguez (October 20, 1937-May 10, 2015)
John Davidson Hewie (December 13, 1927-May 11, 2015)
Harald Seeger (April 1, 1922-May 18, 2015)
Jean-Luc Sassus (October 4, 1962-May 22, 2015)
Karl-Alfred Jacobsson was an Swedeish striker who played mostly for GAIS in the 1940s and 50s.
He earned 6 caps between 1952 and 1954.
He passed away on March 4th , aged 89.
Lasse Larsson was a Swedish striker who represented Trelleborg and Malmö FF in two separate spells in the 1980s. He also had a short spell in the Serie A when he joined newly promoted Atalanta, along with compatriot Glenn Stromberg, for the 1984/85 season.
He earned 9 caps between 1984 and 1987.
He passed away due to cancer on March 8th , aged 52.
Antonio Rodrigo ‘Betancort’ Barrera
Antonio Betancort was a Spanish goalkeeper who represented Real Madrid in the 1960s.
He earned just 2 caps, both in 1965 and both World cup Qualifiers vs. Republic of Ireland. The excellence of Jose Iribar restricted his chances.
He was a member of Spain’s World Cup squad of 1966.
He passed away on March 15th , aged 78.
Photo From : Todo Sobre La Seleccion Espanola, Felix Martialay, 2006(Antonio Betancort. October 27, 1965, World cup Qualifier, Spain 4-Republic of Ireland 1)
Harry Heijnen was a Dutch forward who played for VVV Venlo and ADO in two separate spells from thelate 1950s through 1970s.
He earned a solitary cap for Holland in a Friendly in Vienna vs. Austria on September 18, 1966 (1-2 Austria win).
He passed away on March 18th , aged 74.
Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989(Harry Heijnen, September 18, 1966, Austria 2-Holland 1)
Zhao Dayu was a Chinese International striker in the 1980s.
He earned 29 caps between 1982 and 1986.
He passed away due to cancer on March 18th , aged 54.
Stephen Madi Mokone
Stephen Mokone was the first ever Black South African player to play in Europe when he joined Coventry in 1955.
He moved to the United States in 1964. In the 1970s he was sentenced to serve Prison sentences for a number attacks on his wife and her lawyer. He was released in 1990.
He passed away on March 19th , aged 82.
Jerzy Orlowski was a Polish defender who played for Legia Warszawa in the 1950s.
He earned a solitary cap for his nation in a Friendly vs. Bulgaria on August 8, 1954 at Warszawa (2 to 2 tie).
He passed away on March 28th , aged 90.
Nicolae Rainea was a Romanian FIFA referee who officiated during the 1974, 1978 and 1982 World Cups. He was the match referee for the 1980 UEFA European Championships Final on June 22, 1980 at Rome between West Germany and Belgium (2-1 German win).
He passed away on April 1st , aged 81.
Photo From: Onze, Issue 55, July 1980(Nicoale Rainea pointing to the spot, Juen 22, 1980, UEFA European Championships, West Germany 2-Belgium1 )
Raul Enrique Gorriti Drago
Raul Gorritti was a Peruvian midfielder who represented Sporting Cristal in the 1970s.
He earned 11 caps between 1976 and 1979. He was a member of the 1978 World Cup squad. His only match during the World Cup was the controversial match vs. Argentina (June 21, 1978, 0-6 loss), when he entered the match in the 51st minute.
He passed away on April 2nd , aged 58.
Bill Ellerington was an English defender who represented Southampton in the 1940s and 50s.
He earned 2 caps for England, both in 1949
He passed away on April 2nd , aged 91.
Ramon Ivanoes Barreto Ruiz
Ramon Barreto was an Uruguayan FIFA referee who officiated in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
He passed away on April 4th , aged 75.
Naken Kyrykbaev was an International goalkeeper from Kazakhstan.
He earned 2 caps in 2000
He passed away on April 5th , aged just 39.
Richard Tebogo Henyekane
Richard Henyekane was a South African striker who most notably represented Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2000s and 2010s.
He earned 9 caps between 2009 and 2013.
He was killed in a traffic accident on April 7th , aged just 31.
Raymond Christopher Patrick Treacy
Ray Treacy was a Republic of Ireland International striker, whose career spanned the 1960s and 80s.
He earned 42 caps between 1966 and 1980.
He passed away on April 10th , aged 68.
Photo from: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Ray Treacy, May 19, 1973, World cup Qualifier, France 1-Republic of Ireland 1)
Heino Kleiminger was an East German international from the 1960s.
He earned 4 caps between 1963 and 1964.
He passed away due to cancer on April 16th , aged 76.
Driss Bamous was an Moroccan midfielder who most notably played for FAR Rabat.
He represented Morocco in the 1964 Olympics and the 1970 World cup.
He passed away on April 16th , aged 72.
Erwin Waldner was an West German striker who most notably represented VfB Stuttgart in two separate spells during the 1950s and 60s.
He earned 13 caps between 1954 and 1958.
He passed away on April 18th , aged 82.
Photo From: Chronik des deutschen fussballs, 2005(Erwin Waldner, September 15, 1956, West Germany 1-USSR 2)
Hassan El Shazly was an Egyptian midfielder who represented Tersana in a career spanning the late 1950s into the late 70s.
He earned 52 caps between 1961 and 1974.
He passed away on April 20th , aged 71.
Aziz Aslimanesh was an Iranian International goalkeeper from the 1960s who played for teams such as Shahin and Persepolis.
He earned 24 caps between 1962 and 1968.
He passed away on April 23rd , aged 77.
Jiri Hledik was a Czechoslovakian International defender who represented teams like Sparta Prague and Spartak Hradec Kralove in the 1950s and 60s.
He earned 28 caps between 1953 and 1962.
He passed away on April 25th , aged 86.
Photo From: se Lvickem na prsou-Authors O.Bartunek, J.Kalat
(Jiri Hledik, June 16, 1954, World Cup, Uruguay 2-Czechsolovakia 0)
Zhivko Gospodinov was a Bulgarian International midfielder who represented Spartak Varna in the 1970s and 80s.
He earned 39 caps between 1983 and 1987 and participated in the 1986 World Cup.
He passed away on May 1st , aged 57.
Joseph Mwepu Ilunga participated in the 1974 World Cup with Zaire (now called the DR Congo).
He is remembered for the farcical incident in the World Cup match with Brazil during the World Cup, where he ran from the defensive wall and kicked away Brazil’s free kick to the astonishment of everyone.
He passed away on May 8th , aged 65.
Photo From: Miroir du football, June 1, 1974(Mwepu Ilunga)
Mario Rodriguez was an Argentinean International striker who represented teams like Chacarita Juniors, Independiente and Colo Colo in the 1950s and 60s.
He earned 10 caps between 1962 and 1963.
He passed away on May 10th , aged 77.
John Davidson Hewie
John Hewie was a Scottish International defender who most notably represented Charlton Athletic for nearly two decades from 1949 to 1966.
He earned 19 caps between 1956 and 1960.
He passed away on May 11th , aged 87.
Harald Seeger managed the East German national team from 1967 to 1969.
He passed away on May 18th , aged 93.
French defender Jean-Luc Sassus earned a single cap for France in 1992, as a Paris St Germain player under Artur Jorge.He passed away on May 22nd , aged just 52 due to a heart attack.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 46, November 1992
(Jean-Luc Sassus and Careca, October 21, 1992, UEFA Cup, Napoli 0-Paris St Germain 2)