Matej Ferjan

Matej Ferjan (5 January 1977[1] – 22 May 2011) was a Slovenian motorcycle speedway rider who also rode for the Hungary national speedway team.

Matej Ferjan
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Born5 January 1977
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died22 May 2011 (2011-05-23) (aged 34)
Nationality Slovenia  Hungary
Current club information
British leagueNewcastle Diamonds
Czech leagueZlata Priba Pardubice
Danish leagueHolstebro
German leagueWolfslake Berlin
Polish leagueStal Gorzów Wielkopolski
Swedish leagueIndianerna Kumla
Career history
1998–1999Grudziądz (POL)
2000Zielona Góra (POL)
2001Częstochowa (POL)
2002Opole (POL)
2003–2004, 2006Ostrów Wlkp. (POL)
2005Krosno (POL)
2007–2008Gorzów Wlkp. (POL)
1998, 2001, 2002Belle Vue Aces
1999, 2004, 2005Poole Pirates
2000Ipswich Witches
2001Peterborough Panthers
2003Oxford Cheetahs
2011Newcastle Diamonds
Individual honours
2000Continental Champion
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001Slovenian Champion
2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009Hungarian Champion
Team honours
2004Elite League Champion
2004Elite League Knockout Cup

Ferjan was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[2] He was a five-time Slovenian champion (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and a six-time Hungarian champion (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). In 1998 he won a third place in Individual U-21 World Championship. In 2004, he was second in the Individual European Championship. He was also a permanent rider in the 2001 and 2002 Speedway Grand Prix. He was also the first foreigner to win the Polish Criterium of Aces, winning in 2007.

On 22 May 2011 Ferjan was found dead in his van at the apartment block where he lived in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland. His cause of death has been attributed to a blood clot in his leg.[3][4]

Ferjan had a son, Mark, born on 19 April 2004, and a daughter, Victoria.

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  1. ^ Świat Żużla, No 2 (75) / 2008, page 25, ISSN 1429-3285
  2. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (74) / 2008, pages 26-27, ISSN 1429-3285
  3. ^ "Verdict on Diamonds ace Matej Ferjan's death". ChronicleLive. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  4. ^ Wadley, Ian (22 May 2011). "Pirates: Ford's shock over Ferjan". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2015-11-10.

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