Ivory Coast striker Sebastian Haller has joined a long list of players who have suffered from testicular cancer, after tests revealed the presence of a malignant tumor in his testicle, his German club announced on Saturday.
Dortmund wrote on its official website: Sebastian Haller (28 years old) will be absent from Borussia Dortmund for several months. Histological results showed the presence of a malignant tumor in the testicle.
Dortmund had announced last Wednesday that Haller would be out of action for at least several months, after undergoing surgery to remove a testicular tumor, which was discovered during the team’s training camp in Switzerland in preparation for the new season.
Football has seen many cases of players who had testicular cancer earlier, led by Dutchman Robben.
According to studies, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer among young people between the ages of 20 and 35. It is the same age range as a footballer’s career, but research has revealed that more than 95% can be treated successfully if diagnosed early enough.
In February 1994, the Bulgarian striker was forced to leave his team Valencia to overcome testicular cancer, after the doctors of the Spanish club discovered the tumor after a painful shot received by the player during one of the matches.
Benev missed the remainder of the season and did not participate with his country in the World Cup finals in the United States, and in October 1994 he returned to official matches.
In October 2002, Spanish goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina, who was 32 years old at the time, announced his temporary departure from his team Deportivo La Coruña, in order to fight testicular cancer, and was able to overcome the disease after undergoing chemotherapy sessions and returning to participate with the team after 3 months, and spent 3 months. Seasons with Deportivo La Coruna before moving to Levante.
Molina served as the sporting director of the Spanish Football Federation.
He was 20 years old when the Dutch winger was forced to stop his professional career after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, and he had signed with Chelsea, England, and despite knowing his illness, he participated with his country in the European Championship in Portugal.
After recovering from the disease, he said in press statements: I was very afraid, it was difficult to live without playing football, I did not know what would happen to me.
Robben made his first game with Chelsea at the end of October, and achieved a successful career with the team, in addition to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Carlos Angel Roa
Carlos Angel Roa
The Argentine goalkeeper spent a whole year on treatment for testicular cancer, after he contracted the disease in June 2004 when he was 34 years old, underwent surgery and then spent a whole year between chemotherapy and rehabilitation, then joined the ranks of Olympo de Bahia Blanca in his country and retired after one season.
The Spanish goalkeeper suffered from cancer twice in the testicles, the first in 2005, when he joined Elche, and was able to overcome it, and in 2007, during a periodic examination, another tumor was discovered, but in the same area, and he managed to beat it again and continued to play with the Tenerife team.
The Argentine player overcame the disease that was diagnosed in 2013, and after a year of recovery he was able to return to the field and participate with his team, Newcastle.
The player discovered his illness after contact with Bacary Sanya, Arsenal’s back then, and tests showed a tumor in his left testicle, and he underwent treatment in Argentina, and was able to score the goal that saved Newcastle from relegation that season.
The Athletic Bilbao defender discovered that he had a tumor in his right testicle in December 2016, and he was 21 years old.
In April 2014, West Ham club announced the death of its player, Dylan Tombides, at the age of 20, after a battle with cancer.
The story of the Australian striker dates back to mid-2011, when the doctor told him that it was a benign cyst, and after a random drug test shortly after Australia exited the Junior World Cup finals, it was confirmed that he had testicular cancer, then he returned to his health and appeared for the first time with West Ham in September 2012 But in December he underwent chemotherapy but the cancer had spread to his liver and he was later told that his condition had become incurable.