ESAD OSMANOVSKI MEMORIAL CUP

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After fleeing his home country of Macedonia and staying in temporary accommodation in cities like; Dordrecht, Katwijk aan Zee and Leeuwarden, the family Osmanovski; father Cisko, mother Sali and children Diana and Esad arrived in Breskens.

Esad started playing on his 12th birthday for  the local football club Breskens and it was already very clear that he had a great talent for the game. At the age of 15 he played his first game in the first squad and his talent was not gone unnoticed by several professional clubs such as, PSV Eindhoven, NAC Breda, Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge. After some doubts and a lot of talks with his father, Esad decided to choose for PSV Eindhoven.

He really stood out in the team of PSV which played at an international tournament in Austria and his future looked very bright. But Esad was troubled by a lot of football injuries and unfortunately in 1999 he had to end his professional career after only two years. After his short career he choose to play football again for our local club FC Breskens.

Esad was a natural gifted technical player with a beautiful kick and could play nearly on all positions in the team. You could find Esad all weekends at the FC Breskens grounds, especially  Saturdays, helping were he could, as assistant coach, linesman, referee, etc for the youth of Breskens.

On Friday 12 November 2004 Esad was training with the first team and he got a small warning , he wasn’t feeling very well and was send to the hospital. They checked him over and had an ECG made and was advised  not to play that Sunday.

Monday 15 November he went back to the hospital and was examined thoroughly, but nothing was found, so he resumed training again.

On a Tuesday night the 16th of November, after one hour of training, disaster struck and Esad collapsed on the training field. He was reanimated by some bystanders and rushed by ambulance  to the hospital In Brugge. Esad’s heart had given up and he never gained conscience again.