The Czech sports world is in mourning. After former football defender Pilsen Marián Čišovský, who lost her battle with the insidious disease ALS in June of last year, the former midfielder of Pilsen and Domažlice and later Slavia coach Vejprnice Jiří Šámal has succumbed to the same disease. He passed away last weekend at the age of 49.
Šámal started playing football in the youth team of Sparta Prague, for Viktoria Plzeň he played seven league matches in the 1993/94 season. He then played at Jiskra Domažlice, which is closely linked with the West Bohemian club and who announced the death of the former midfielder on his Facebook.
“A great warrior and friend is gone, but he left an indelible mark on the hearts of those close to him,” the announcement begins.
Shamal has battled insidious amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, abbreviated as ALS, which affects neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Football Domažlice tried to help him in the fight by organizing a special advantage match for him this summer, thanks to which they wanted to get funding for the treatment.
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