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Bill Russell, Fernando Chalana, Mike Birch, Benoît Dauga ... the main missing from the world of sport in 2022


The legend of the Boston Celtics, the strategist of Portuguese football, the first winner of the Route du Rhum, the former captain of the XV of France, are among the main personalities in the world of sport who died in 2022.


1: Vadim KHAMUTTSKIKH, 52, Russian volleyball player, world champion and three-time Olympic medalist.

18: Paco GENTO, 88, Spanish player for Real Madrid between 1953 and 1971, the only player in history to have won six European Cups.

19: Lusia HARRIS, 66, the only woman officially drafted by a men's NBA team, the New Orleans Jazz in 1977.

19: Peter ROBINSON, 86, secretary then general manager of Liverpool FC from 1965 to 2000, during which time the Reds won 29 titles and trophies.

24: Szilveszter CSOLLANY, 51, Hungarian gymnast, double Olympic champion in 2000 in Sydney.

25: Wim JANSEN, 75, Dutch football international, double World Cup finalist in 1974 and 1978, Feyenoord Rotterdam icon where he served as coach, technical director and adviser after a playing career.

29: Guy LAPORTE, 69, former international opener, finalist of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 with the XV of France.


10: Jean-Henri JAEGER, 77, surgeon, who had operated on the elite of football.

14: Eduardo ROMERO, 67, Argentinian golf player, winner of eight titles on the European circuit and more than 80 titles in South America.


4: Maryan WISNIEWSKI, 85, hero of the Blues epic at the 1958 World Cup alongside Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine.

19: Federico Martin ARAMBURU, 42, former Argentine rugby international who passed through Biarritz, Perpignan and Dax, killed following an altercation in Paris.

26: Aimé MIGNOT, 89, player then coach of Olympique Lyonnais and coach of the French women's team.


6: Tom SMITH, 50, pillar of the XV of Scotland and the British Lions, former player of CA Brive.

14: Freddy RINCON, 55, football star in Colombia, member of the golden generation qualified for three consecutive World Cups, died in a road accident.

15: Jack NEWTON, 72, former Australian golf champion.

15: Mike BOSSY, 65, NHL champion four years in a row with the New York Islanders from 1980 to 1983, one of the league's top scorers.

16: Joachim STREICH, 71, former East German striker, leading scorer in the history of the GDR, nicknamed the “Gerd Müller of the East”.

22: Guy LAFLEUR, 70, Canadian NHL legend, legendary Montreal Canadiens player, winner of five Stanley Cups, nicknamed the “blonde demon”.

24: Dawie DE VILLIERS, 81, former scrum half and captain of the Springboks.

30: Mino RAIOLA, 54, famous player agent including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland.


9: Adreian PAYNE, 31, American basketball player, passed by the US university championship and the NBA, killed by firearm.

11: Bob LANIER, 73, former Detroit Pistons center, Hall of Famer, eight-time All-Star Game selection.

18: Faouzi MANSOURI, 66, Algerian ex-professional footballer.

27: Jean CARRERE, 92, third line of the French rugby team.

29: Lester PIGGOTT, 86, considered one of the greatest jockeys of all time, nicknamed "Long Fellow", winner of 4,493 races, including nine editions of the Epsom Derby.


8: Julio JIMENEZ, 87, cycling legend, three-time best climber in the Tour de France and the Vuelta.

12: Bernd BRANSCH, 77, former captain of the East German football team, Olympic champion in 1976 in Montreal.

12: Phil BENNETT, 73, fly half and captain of Wales in the 1970s.

24: Alain PLANTEFOL, 79, former second line of the XV of France and Agen, winner of the Grand Slam in 1968.

28: Jean-Hervé STIEVENART, 67, iconic French triple jump coach.


2: Andy GORAM, 58, goalkeeper, Glasgow Rangers legend.

13: Marcel REMY, 99, mountaineer, dean of his sport in Switzerland and one of the oldest active climbers in the world.

21: Uwe SEELER, 85, one of the greatest figures in post-war German football.

30: Jean BOBET, 92 years old, French cyclist, brother of Louison Bobet, winner of Paris-Nice in 1955.

31: Bill RUSSELL, 88, American basketball legend, 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics including two titles as a player-coach, Olympic gold medalist in 1956.


10: Fernando CHALANA, 63, midfielder for Benfica Lisbon, Girondins de Bordeaux and the Portugal team.

22: Tom WEISKOPF, 79, American golf player, winner of the British Open in 1973.

25: Herman VAN SPRINGEL, 79, Belgian cyclist, seven-time winner of the Bordeaux-Paris classic, Belgian champion in 1971.


2: Earnie SHAVERS, 78, American boxer in the heavyweight category, defeated by Muhammad Ali then Larry Holmes for a world champion title.

15: Eddie BUTLER, 65, ex-captain of the XV of Wales, player of the British Lions and Barbarians.

26: Jean-René TOUMELIN, 80, former president of the professional section of FC Nantes from 1996 to 1998.

30: Luis QUINONES, 25, Colombian boxer victim of a cranio-encephalic trauma during a fight.


1: Antonio INOKI, 79 years old, famous Japanese wrestler, who became a parliamentarian.

4: Aïda BA, 39, former third line of the XV of France.

6: Phil READ, 83 years old, motorcycle rider, seven times world champion including twice in the premier category in 1973 and 1974.

22: Masato KUDO, 32, Japanese international striker, died of complications following brain surgery.

26: Mike BIRCH, 90, Canadian sailor, first winner of the Route du Rhum in 1978.


3: Benoît DAUGA, 80, ex-second row and ex-captain of the XV of France, winner of the first French Grand Slam, nicknamed the "Grand Ferré".

11: Henry ANGLADE, 89, French cyclist, second in the 1959 Tour de France, nicknamed “Napoleon”.

16: Johan HAMEL, 42, referee who led nearly 250 professional matches, including 136 in Ligue 1 as main referee.

17: Aleksander GORSHKOV, 76, first Olympic champion in ice dancing, president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation.

26: Fernando GOMES, 66, Portuguese footballer, double winner of the Golden Shoe in the 80s and top scorer in the history of FC Porto.

26: Doddie WEIR, 52, former Scottish rugby international in the 1990s.

30: Davide REBELLIN, 51, triple winner of the Flèche Wallonne and 2008 Olympic vice-champion, knocked down by a truck.


4: Patrick TAMBAY, 73, French Formula 1 driver in the 70s and 80s for McLaren and Ferrari with two victories.

5: Nick BOLLETTIERI, 91, former tennis coach who notably trained Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova.

10: Walter BENETEAU, 50, former French professional cyclist who has participated in seven Tours de France.

Source: lefigaro

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