Darek Formella's emotional winning goal after the news of his father's passing


Sadly, bereavement is something that will touch almost everybody during their lives.

Whether it's a parent, sibling, friend, colleague or anybody else, it's an incredibly heart-breaking and emotional process that everybody deals with in their own ways.

It is, of course, not something to which elite sportspeople are immune and their competitive platform often gives them a stage where they can commemorate loved ones past.

Frank Lampard famously took and scored a penalty against Liverpool in 2008, which he dedicated to his then recently deceased mother with an emotional celebration,

Similarly, Gemma Gibbons emotionally mouthed 'I love you mum' for her late mother after securing a silver medal in the under-78kgs judo final at London 2012.

Tragedy for Darek Formella

And now the latest instance to hit the headlines comes in the form of Darek Formella, the Sacramento Republic footballer who played during their 2-1 win over RGV Toros on Sunday.

That in itself is something to be admired when you consider that Formella had been given the news that his father had lost his battle with cancer just three hours before kick-off.

It would have been completely understandable for Formella to pull himself out of the game, but he kept the situation under wraps and proceeded to play his heart out for Sacramento.

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Emotional winning goal

And with the game locked at 1-1 going into the final 10 minutes, the Pole fired home the winning goal with a fine finish into the roof of the net.

It was at that point that the emotions of his father's passing really hit home, prompting an unscripted celebration that saw him break down in tears on the pitch.

He wrote on Twitter: "Last couple of weeks was very tough for me and my family. My father was struggling with cancer. Three hours before the game, I found out that my dad had passed away.

"I tried not to show to anyone that something wrong was happening, keep focus on the game and do my job as good as I can, but after I scored I couldn't keep my emotion and just started crying.

"I'm in Poland right now and I will miss the next game against Energy FC, but I will come back after this game and be ready to give everything that I have for Sac to the rest of the season!"

Think football is just a game? Watch the clip of Formella scoring that winning goal and kindly think otherwise. 


While we can often get bogged down in nonsense like transfers and Ballon d'Or nominations, football is ultimately about the emotions that it brings for us all - happy or sad. 

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