Monday April 25 2011
Juventus remember Fortunato

Juventus have honoured the passing of Andrea Fortunato, the club's 23-year-old left-back, who died of leukaemia in 1995.

Fortunato's death shocked Italian football, no more so because it looked as though he might recover only for a bout of pneumonia to bring about a relapse.

"Another year has passed," read an official statement on Juventus' website. "Another year without Andrea Fortunato. Monday, April 25 2011 is the 16th anniversary of the young lad from Salerno's death from leukaemia.

"Andrea remains in the hearts of all Juventus fans who on this anniversary are closer than ever to his family."

Juventus re-published a quote from Gianluca Vialli who was very close to Fortunato at the time.

"We believed you were invincible. In these 11 months you have been an example for us, for how you knew how to face real problems, not those linked to simple victories or defeats, with courage, serenity, strength and determination.

"We love you. We carry you in our hearts. Honour to you, brother Andrea Fortunato."

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