World News – AU – Senegalese papa Bouba Diop, who upset the FIFA World Cup, dies at 42


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Papa Bouba Diop, the great Senegalese midfielder who scored the goal that caused one of the biggest surprises in World Cup history, has died at the age of 42.

« FIFA is saddened by the death of Senegalese legend Papa Bouba Diop, » said the sports association on Sunday.

Diop was the hero when Senegal shocked defending champions France 1-0 in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

It was Senegal’s World Cup debut and the win brought the West Africans to the quarterfinals to get the best performance of any African team at the tournament.

« Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero, » said FIFA in its tribute on Twitter.

Among Diop’s many successes, he will always be remembered when he achieved the opening goal of the 2002 World Cup. RIP, Papa Bouba Diop. image. Twitter. com / O2tG9xj5J7

Diop was first appointed to his country at the age of 21 and played for Senegal more than 60 times from 2001 to 2008. He played club soccer in Switzerland, France and Greece and for four teams in England: Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham.

Diop was 6-foot-5 (1. 96 meters) and called “Wardrobe” because of its outstanding presence. He was loved in Senegal for this target against the French, the former colonizers of Senegal, but also for his personable personality outside the field and his skills.

We are deeply saddened to hear that Papa Bouba Diop, FA Cup winner at @Pompey in 2008, has passed away at the age of 42. Twitter. com / wp5b8AMzN5

The Senegalese team from 2002 are still loved at home and Liverpool Senegalese striker Sadio Mane wrote on his official Twitter page on Diop: “Heartbroken we learned of your departure. Know that even if you left without saying goodbye, you will remain in our hearts forever. ”

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