The World enjoyed great football once again in 2018. Russia World Cup 2018 was the biggest extravaganza and France carried the day. UEFA introduced Nations League, AFCON qualifiers entertained and European Leagues mesmerized our souls once more. However, it was also a tough year for some soccer families in Europe. Today, we want to take this opportunity to highlight 12 of them. We will certainly never forget their contribution to the game. May their souls rest in peace.
5. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha- Leicester City Owner
I'll never forget this from 2018. The family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha consoled by @LCFC players after the fatal helicopter crash. Such trauma for the families, fans, club.pic.twitter.com/nVyLIjuwhC
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) December 30, 2018
Leicester City FC is still mourning the tragic demise of their owner billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October 2018. The Thailand businessman was accompanied by three other passengers plus the pilot. All died after the chopper burst into flames immediately after hitting the ground a few minutes after take-off from King Power Stadium ground.
The others killed in the accident include two Vichai staff members (Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare), the pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz. It happened a few minutes after he watched a 1-1 draw between his beloved club and West Ham United.
The rich owner was popular with the fans since he bought the club. He was the man behind the club most successful year in their history when Claudio Ranieri led them to a Premier League crown in 2015/16 season. He had made many donations to the community in recent years.
4. Liam Miller- Man United & Celtic
— Red Army! (@RedorDead07) February 10, 2018
On 9th February 2018, Manchester United legends led by the likes of Rio Ferdinand mourned the sudden demise of their former teammate Liam Miller.
It was #OnThisDay in 1981 that Liam Miller was born.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2018
The former Irish international was only 36 years at the time. He also played for Celtic, Sunderland and QPR.
3. Cyrille Regis- West Brom & Coventry City
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 15, 2018
West Brom and Coventry City legend Cyrille Regis left us in 2018. He played a total of 614 League matches scoring 158 goals. He will be dearly remembered. He died on 14th January 2018.