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Football stardom drives some to suicide

The recent apparent suicide of Welsh ex-footballer and coach Gary Speed has people asking whether or not there's too much pressure on top athletes. Victor Elm, who plays for the Dutch football club Heerenveen, now has a mental coach to help him cope with the psychological strain of playing professional football.

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