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Fenapaf and SAPESP, respectively the professional footballers association of Brazil and São Paulo, mourn the death of Alex Alves. The former footballer player died on Wednesday November 14th due to bone marrow disease.


Alexandro Alves do Nascimento began his professional career in 1993 with EC Vitória Bahia, in Brazil. Later he joined clubs such as Palmeiras. Juventude, Portuguesa, Cruzeiro and Hertha BSC (Germany).


The striker won the 1997 Copa Libertadores and the 1998 Recopa Sul-Americana with Cruzeiro, he conquered the 1994 Brazilian title with Palmeiras, and he won the 2001 and 2002 German League Cup.


Following the 2008-2009 season, Alves ended his career after he had been diagnosed with leukaemia. He made a short return to the pitch in 2010 at União Rondonopolis, but that comeback was cut short due to health concerns.


In October 2012, Alves was hospitalized. He underwent a bone marrow transplantation. Unfortunately, Alves passed away due to a rare bone marrow disease.


The Indian professional footballers association condoled the death of Rakshak Naik. The 28-year old footballer of Margao Sports Club died in a road accident.


It was a tragic end to a promising football career. Rakshak Naik finished his morning practice session and was happily returning home on his motorcycle along with his colleague Stanley Coutinho. Unfortunately, they were involved in a head-on collision with a truck. Rakshak Naik was killed instantly, Stanley Coutinho suffered a leg fracture.


Young Rakshak got his baptism in football when Goa Police picked him for their First Division team and after short stints with ONGC, Raia and Sesa Goa. The big break came when he joined Sporting Clube de Goa. Subsequently, he switched over to another Goa Professional Club – Margao Sports Club - and excelled as striker for the team.


The Football Players Association of India (FPAI) expresses grief at this tragic loss.


FIFPro, the voice of all professional football players worldwide, wants to express its sympathy with the families, friends, relatives and teammates of Alex Alves and Rakshak Naik.