The most prominent athletes who died in 2014


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Possibio won the World Cup Top Scorer in 1966.

Death was lost during 2014 Many sports icons around the world, BBC highlights some of these.

Portuguese football legend Eusebio

Born in Mozambique, Eusebio won the title of top scorer in the 1966 World Cup, and played 64 games for Portugal, scoring 41 goals.

He was considered one of the best players in football history, having scored 733 goals in 745 international matches in his career.

The player was known for his amazing dribbling and quick launches, and crowned the title of Best Player in Europe in 1965.

He won the European Cup with his club Benfica in 1962, was top scorer in the Portuguese League 7 times in 15 years and died in January.

Algerian football player Mostafa Zitouni

Zitouni was born in Algeria during the French occupation.

He played with the French team four times, and a prominent Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stefano described him as one of the best defenders in Europe.

But Zaitouni left an opportunity to participate with the French national team in the 1958 World Cup, and preferred to help form a football team for the National Liberation Front, which was fighting for independence from France.

The FLN team played 80 caps before Algeria won independence in 1962.

Zitouni died in January at the age of 85.

Cameroonian player Albert Ibusi

The autopsy revealed that the Algerian JS Kabylie player, Albert Ibusi, died as a result of the severe beating he suffered in Algeria and not because of a projectile that was struck by a spectator.

The Cameroon striker died last August after losing to JS Club in an Algerian league match.

The Algerian authorities had said at the time that the 24-year-old was killed after being hit by a sharp projectile delivered by the public.

Ibusi, 24, scored the only JSK goal in the match.

Spanish football player and former coach Luis Aragones

Aragones led Spain to their first international title in 44 years when Spain won the European Nations Championship in 2008.

He also led leading clubs in Spain, including Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with whom he won the La Liga title in 1977. Aragones scored 172 goals in 372 games while playing for Atletico, and represented his country on 13 occasions.

The Spanish footballer died on February 1, after reaching the age of 75.

American boxer Robin Carter

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American boxer Robin Carter.

Nicknamed “The Hurricane”, Angel Carter spent 19 years in prison on charges of three murders in the US state of New Jersey in 1966.

His wrongful accusation of murder caused intense international condemnation, and the intended racial reasons behind these accusations were portrayed in the song “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan, and a number of books and films.

A major campaign to support him included the American singer Bob Dylan and the boxer Mohamed Ali Clay, and demanded his release.

The judge, who ordered his release in 1985, said that Carter’s accusation “was based on racial rather than logical reasons, and on secrecy, not verification.”

The boxer died at the age of 76 in April.