Einherji Vopnafjörður’s star player Violeta Mitul dies in hiking accident at 26

The soccer community mourns as Violeta Mitul, Einherji Vopnafjörður's player, dies after falling off a cliff.

The soccer community is grappling with a heart-wrenching loss after Violeta Mitul, a standout player for Einherji Vopnafjörður, tragically died in a hiking accident. The 26-year-old fell off a cliff during a team outing near the club’s marina on September 4. The news, however, was only made public by the team recently.

Mitul wasn’t just a star in Iceland. She was an international sensation, representing the National Team of Moldova in over 40 matches. She was undeniably one of their most pivotal players.

Remembering Violeta Mitul

Her journey in soccer was remarkable. From an early age, Mitul’s talent was evident. She clinched championships like the Cup of Moldova and Romania, playing for clubs like Alga Tisapol and Casas Femina. Her skills also took her to Spain, where she played for La Solana, and later to Italy with Apulian Trani.

In 2017, she made a significant mark, debuting for the Moldovan National Team. Her prowess on the field was evident during the qualification cycle for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.

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In a touching statement, the Einherji Vopnafjörður club expressed their profound grief. “We are deeply saddened by this loss. Violeta will always remain in our hearts. She wasn’t just an exceptional player; she was a cherished friend and an invaluable team member.”

A History of loss in the soccer world

While the world mourns Mitul, it’s a grim reminder of other talented players who have tragically passed away. The soccer scene, for instance, has witnessed the loss of some of its brightest stars:

  • Pablo Hernan Gomez in 1999
  • Daniel Jarque in 2009
  • Salem Saad in 2009
  • Antonio DeNigris in 2009
  • Miguel Calero in 2012
  • Piermario Morosini in 2012
  • Christian Benitez in 2013
  • Cristian Gomez in 2015
  • Patrick Ekeng in 2016
  • Jeanine Christelle Djomnang in 2016
  • Alfredo Moreno in 2021
  • Giuseppe Perrino in 2016
  • Martin Filipcic in 2023
  • Modeste M’bami in 2023

These losses, both on and off the field, serve as somber reminders of the fragility of life, even for those at the pinnacle of their careers.