In 1989, Sheffield Wednesday FC's home stadium, Hillsborough , witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in sport: 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives on a day like today when they were trapped between the building's fences and a sea of supporters.
And on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, here is a brief list of other events that shocked the world of football due to the number of fatalities and injuries that were registered.
The Hillsborough tragedy isn't the only one that has seen Liverpool and their fans in mourning . Four years ago, on May 29, 1985, 39 fans were killed at Heysel Stadium in Belgium, and at least 600 more were injured.
The Red team faced Juventus in the European Cup final that day and, as in Hillsborough, the stadium fences became a death trap for the fans.
2.- Tunnel 29, University City:
Our country has not been exempt from historical tragedies where several fans lost their lives. Three days before the Heysel tragedy took place in Brussels, on May 26, 1985, the Olympic Stadium in Ciudad Universitaria was the scene of a terrible event that claimed the lives of eight people.
That day the authorities were overwhelmed by the number of fans who came to witness the final of the 84-85 season between Pumas and América. And the saddest thing happened in tunnel 29 , where an avalanche of people forever marked Mexican soccer.
3.- The tragedy of Ibrox Park:
At the end of the so-called Old Firm, 66 Rangers fans lost their lives on 2 January 1971 at the Ibrox Park stadium in Glasgow.
The tragedy occurred when a crowd of people leaving the stadium before the end of the match tried to return after hearing that their team drew the match against Celtic in the final minutes. The metal barriers of the stairs did not resist and the consequences were fatal.
4.- The Valley Parade fire:
A fire in the middle of the game between Bradford City and Lincoln City caused fans to try to leave the building at all costs. The doors were closed but the rush of people was unstoppable. 53 people died on May 11, 1985.
5.- Gate 7 of the Karaiskakis Stadium:
After Olympiacos' spectacular victory over AEK Athens on February 8, 1981 , the home crowd tried to leave the Karaiskakis Stadium early to celebrate the victory with their players.
Some of those running at the front of the crowd fell on the stairs, and the door, poorly closed, prevented those behind from leaving. Fans fell on each other in a devastating domino effect that claimed the lives of 21 people.
6.- Tragedy of Superga:
The Superga tragedy did not occur in a football stadium, it was a plane crash . However, it is one of the first events related to football that shocked the whole world.
On May 4, 1949, the flight on which the Torino from Italy was traveling crashed on Superga Hill. There were a total of 31 dead, including the footballers of the Italian team . Torino dominated Seria A in those years.
7.- River-Boca and Gate 12:
The Argentine superclassic is also one of the world famous. The tragedy, sadly, accompanies this important meeting between River Plate and Boca Juniors .
On June 23, 1968, 71 fans died in unclear circumstances when an avalanche was obstructed by the closed door of access 12 in the historic Monumental de Buenos Aires.
8.- The tragedy of Lima:
A scored a great selection of Peru in the match where the Incas were played classification to Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 against Argentina , which caused perhaps be named as the worst tragedy in the history of football .
It happened on May 24, 1964. More than 300 people died in the Nacional de Lima after the fans fired up against refereeing and the police fired tear gas towards the stands; This caused people to try to leave and ran into the doors of the building closed.
9.- The Ohene Djan Stadium disaster:
In 2001 , a terrible event forever marked football in Ghana and around the world. Following a Hearts of Oak win over Asante Kotoko at Ohene Djan Stadium, the visiting fans did not contain their fury at the loss and began vandalizing the property.
The local Accra police responded and things got out of hand. Around 130 people never returned home after that game.
10.- The flight of the Chapecoense:
The accident of LaMia Flight 2933 is undoubtedly the most familiar to most of us because we had to experience it only three years ago. En route to contesting the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atlético Nacional de Colombia, 19 Chapecoense players from Brazil lost their lives when their plane crashed before reaching Medellín.
That night of November 28, 2016, 71 people died in total . Only six crew members of the flight managed to survive.
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