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Wednesday, December 20, 2006The Brazilian international Rogerio Oliveira died yesterday in Skopje at age of 29. The cause of the death is probably a heart attack but also there are some speculations that the probable cause of his death are drugs.
Rogerio Oliveira is a real leagend of the Macedonian football. At age of 20 he arrived in Macedonia in the club Pobeda from Prilep. He was an extraordinary player for our league and in the season 1998/99 he was the best striker in the Macedonian league with 22 goals scored and also he was named as best foreign player by the Macedonian Football Federation.
He built his football career in Macedonia in many clubs: Pobeda, Rabotnicki, Vardar, Shkendija, but also he tried his luck in the Turksih club Trabzonspor, Antwerpen from Belgium and the Greek 2nd league club Janina. At the beginning of this season he came back to Macedonia in Shkendija from Tetovo but he had no luck and he was out for longer period because of an injury. After couple of months and no luck with returning in his form, he went back to Prilep in Pobeda, the club where he started his Macedonian career. But there he had some administrative problems with his former club and also he had problems with his form so he didn't get the chance to play a single match this season.
But the tragedy is even bigger for his family. Oliveira is father of two children and he got his son 3 months ago but he never got to see him. Because of his financial and administrative problems he wasn't able to go back to Brazil to see his wife and new born son.
Maybe that's the main reason for his death. His friends say that he wasn't the same as he used to be. In the last period he was more depressed and he started drinking more and also there are some speculations that he started taking some "medicines" so he can get back in his form faster. It seems like his heart was not able to hold all those things.
The night before he died he played indoor football with his friends. After the match he felt pain in his chest but he still went in a bar with the friends. He spent the night at the apartment of Braga (Brazilian whit Macedonian passport), who found him early in the morning in the toilet. He took him in the Medical Center but all the efforts were too late.
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