The Yahoo Sports website is reporting that former Omiya Ardija striker Jeroen Boere has died. The Dutchman, who was only 39, had been living in Spain where he was working as an estate agent. The cause of his death is not confirmed in the article. Boere started his professional career in Holland at Excelsior Rotterdam before joining English side West Ham United in 1993. He also played in England for Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Southend United before going to Omiya in 1999. After a very successful couple of months at the beginning of the season, he was suddenly forced to forced to retire from the game after a tragedy that was reported in the Yomiuri Shimbun at the time:
"Omiya Ardija's Dutch striker Jeroen Boere... will stay in hospital for one month for treatment after being stabbed outside a bar in Tokyo on Friday 21st May and losing his left eye, club officials said on Saturday. Jeroen, 31, was stabbed in his left eye and left forearm in the Roppongi district around 4am on Friday and was taken to a Tokyo hospital where he had an operation to remove the ruptured eye. Police said Jeroen quarrelled with two foreigners, who reportedly appeared to be of Middle East origin, at the bar he was visiting with his wife and friends. Omiya officials said the operation was successful, but were apprehensive about his future playing career."
Jeroen Boere, pictured in his days at Southend United