Florijana Ismaili Lake Como drowning causes great anguish. After two days of intense search, Italian firefighters found Tuesday the lifeless body of the footballer Florijana Ismaili at the bottom of Lake Como, 204 meters deep.
The 24-year-old Swiss midfielder Florijana Ismaili had been reported missing on Saturday after apparently jumping into the lake Como. According to the authorities, Florijana jumped into the water from a rental boat to dive and did not re-emerge.
A friend who was with her gave the notice to the police.
“The Swiss Football Federation (SFV) has the painful task of reporting on the death of its player Florijana Ismaili,” the organization said in a statement.
Ismaili, of Albanian descent, made her international debut in 2014. She was part of the national football team on 33 occasions and was the captain of the Young Boys Bern team. In March he participated in a friendly against Spain.
“I’m very sad and shocked, it’s hard to accept that Flori has left,” said Swiss national team coach Nils Nielsen.
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Image caption Flori, as she was fondly called, was 24 years old.
“She always had a smile on her face and inspired us with her optimistic nature, she was a person who faced each challenge and set an example, I can not even imagine how this is for those who knew Flori more than me, but my thoughts they are with them in these hard times. ”
“We are very affected,” they declared from their soccer club. And they posted a video on Twitter dedicating “a heart to Florijana and her family.”
Swiss international striker Xherdan Shaqiri, who plays for Liverpool, said he was “very dismayed” by the news.
The Swiss Lia Walti, of the women’s section of the Arsenal Football Club in London and partner of the Young Boys, said: “Until the last moment, I expected a miracle to happen and I wished in my heart that everything had been just a bad dream”.
“The news affected me a lot and you can not find the right words for a moment like this, I just hope that Flori did not suffer.”
Another teammate, Lara Dickenmann, said: “We are all very sad and shocked, it is inconceivable that Flori is no longer with us.”
“A star went out in the sky, we’re very, very sad,” said Swiss national coach Vladimir Petkovic.
Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, also paid tribute to the soccer player saying: “This is an extremely sad moment for the entire football community, especially now that we meet in the Women’s World Cup.”
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin added: “UEFA and the football community in Europe are deeply affected and saddened by the death of Florijana Ismaili.”
“We express our condolences to his family and friends in this sad moment.”