DThe Swiss national footballer Florijana Ismaili died following a swimming accident in Italy: a spokesman for the Italian fire department declared on Tuesday at the German news agency that the Lake Como's 24-year-old body was lowered to a depth of over 200 meters was found and then recovered.
"The BSC Young Boys, in consultation with the grieving family, have a painful duty to inform on the departure of the player Florijana Ismaili. We are very upset and deeply affected," his club said Tuesday in a statement. FIFA president Gianni Infantino was also shocked. "This is a very sad time for the entire football community, especially at a time when we gather at the FIFA Women's World Cup," said a statement from the World Football Association.
Ismaili, captain of the Swiss youth champion Young Boys of Bern, had rented a boat on Saturday together with a friend on Lake Como in northern Italy. The midfielder jumped off the boat and did not reappear later.
Ismaili has been playing in Bern since 2011. In January 2014, he completed his first of 33 international matches for Switzerland. More recently, he played for the selection in Serbia on June 14th.