Former Liverpool player Rigobert Song hospitalised after having a stroke

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Former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song is currently fighting for his life after he was found unconscious in his home in Yaoundé.

After being found, he was taken to the local hospital, where doctors have diagnosed him to be subject to a “cerebral attack”.

His condition is currently uncertain and will have to be relocated to France for further care. He is expected to be flown out later today.


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Song first came to prominence when he transferred to Liverpool back in 1999; where he won the support and the backing of the Anfield faithful relatively quickly.

However, injury problems marred his first full season with the Reds throughout the 99/00 season, and he then later transferred to West Ham United, where he also had a lack of first opportunities.

It wasn’t long before he left England and the Premier League for spells in Germany, France, and Turkey.

Despite his jagged career in club football, Song’s legendary status was built in his national colours.

He represented Cameroon a total of 137 times, becoming their most capped player ever. His career spanned an awe-inspiring 17 years, beginning back in 1993, when he was just 17-years-old.

He would remain one of the country’s most important players throughout his career, and played in four World Cups for his country, most notably in 2010, which was his footballing swansong having retired from club football before the tournament.

After his playing career ended, Song decided to try his hand at management.

11 months ago, he was handed his first appointment, the head coach of Chad’s national football team. Results were inconsistent, however, and Chad have since been banned from participating in major tournaments and qualification processes by the Confederation of African football after the country pulled out of the 2017 Cup of Nations qualification.

Song has already received a lot of messages of support from his former colleagues and peers from the world of football, which shows he's certainly a favourite with previous teammates.

Our thoughts are with Song as he continues to battle.

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