Besian Idrizaj

12 Oct 1987
15 May 2010
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Besian Idrizaj (12 October 1987 – 15 May 2010) was an Austrian professional footballer who last played as a striker for Swansea City.He also played in the Football League for Crystal Palace and Luton Town both whilst on loan from Liverpool for whom he did not make a League appearance. He also played for LASK Linz, Wacker Innsbruck and FC Eilenburg. He died of a heart attack on 15 May 2010 at the age of 22.

He signed for Liverpool FC from LASK Linz in the summer of 2005 on a two-year contract, following a trial spell. He was Austria’s young player of the year in 2004–05.

On 16 March 2007, Idrizaj went on loan to Championship team Luton Town, until the end of the 2006–07 season.

On 30 August 2007 he signed for Crystal Palace on a 12-month loan deal.

On 31 January 2008 he signed for Austrian club Wacker Innsbruck on loan, from Liverpool, until the end of the 2007–08 football season, when his contract at Liverpool was terminated.

Idrizaj played five games in the German NOFV-Oberliga Süd for FC Eilenburg and received a red card in his second game.

Idrizaj died on 15 May 2010 at the age of 22, barely two weeks after the end of the Championship campaign. Reports suggest he suffered a heart attack in his sleep.It was also reported that Idrizaj had previously collapsed on two separate occasions while playing football: once during a trial with his former club LASK Linz in November 2008 and also during a match for Wacker Innsbruck in February 2008.

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