- Bruno Martini has passed away to cardiac arrest at the age of 58
- The goalkeeper for France was a member of the squad that won the Euro 2000 Championships
- He had different spells with Ligue 1 side Auxerre and Montpellier during his career
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Bruno Martini, France legendary goalkeeper, has passed on at the age of 58 after suffering from cardiac arrest.
Martini made 31 appearances for Les Bleus and was number one in goal during the Euro 1992 Championships in Sweden.
The former Montpellier star was in between the sticks for France between 1999 and 2000 where he was part of the side that won Euro 200 and World Cup runners-up in 2006.
He made 139 appearances for Auxerre and another 113 matches for Montpellier in his glittering career as a goalkeeper, according to the BBC and Sky News.
President of the French Football Federation Noel Le Graet said Martini remains part of history in the game for his country.
Le Graet said:
"He knew how to put his technical experience, high level and his human qualities at the service of others. He was a discreet but remarkable man. Bruno is part of the history of French football. We will not forget it."
In other soccer news closer to home, Briefly.co.za reported recently that John Maduka shared that he knew his team, the Bloemfontein Celtics, would have victory over Sundowns in last weekend's MTN8 quarter-finals. The team managed to beat the Brazilians 1-0 in the anticipated match.
While not many expected Celtic to win the match - especially considering the Brazilians came armed with not one but three coaches - Maduka says he knew that his team was well-equipped with a strategy that certainly proved to be rock-solid.
“What we did was to allow them to have the ball, we drop a bit so that we can be able to use the space behind their defence and we defended well, that’s one thing we wanted to make sure of, make sure that we defend well. If we defend well, we knew that at the end of the day we’ll be able to win the game," said Maduka.
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