Monday, 18th November, 2013
Former Portugal youth international Alex Marques has died aged 20, after collapsing during a third-division game between Tourizense and Carapinheirense yesterday.
Marques, who played for Tourizense, collapsed in the seventh minute of the game and died on his way to the hospital.
The 20-year-old had been a former FC Porto youth player as well, and the news of his death was confirmed by Tourizense president Jorge Alexandre, according to Portuguese outlet Record.
Initial suggestions as to the cause of death point to cardiac arrest, as Marques was seen collapsing with neither player nor ball near him at the time.
Messages of support have poured in for Marques, with FC Porto expressing their condolences via their official website.
"Porto offers condolences to the family of the late Alex Marques, who died today, aged just 20", a statement read.
"Alex Marques played in the youth team of FC Porto until 2010, having joined the squad of under-17 team coached by Pedro Emanuel.
"The following year, Alex played in the juniors team at Rio Ave, and was last season aligned with Braga, before moving to Tourizense, where he tragically died."
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