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Former Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42 after a long illness


Former Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop – one of the heroes of Senegal's entry into the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup after winning the opening game against France – dies after a long illness at 42 years old

  • Former Senegalese midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness
  • Diop played for Fulham and Portsmouth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup
  • He scored the winner in Senegal's memorable 1-0 victory over France at the 2002 World Cup

Former Senegalese international Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness.

Diop was one of the heroes of Senegal's memorable run to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, scoring the only goal in a shocking 1-0 win over then-defending champions France in the opening game.

The former midfielder played for Fulham and Portsmouth in the Premier League and won the 2008 FA Cup victory in Pompey.

Former Senegalese international Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness

Diop scored the winner in a famous 1-0 win for Senegal against France in the 2002 World Cup

The Senegalese team won the hearts of many for their performance at the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea. Diop scored two goals in the group stage against Uruguay before being eliminated by Turkey in their last eight games.

He was also a member of Pompey's triumphant 2008 FA Cup squad and was introduced by manager Harry Redknapp as a late substitute in the 1-0 final win over Cardiff City.

Diop is already being honored, including the former Fulham club tweeted: & # 39; We are devastated when we hear the news tonight that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of 42. Get some rest, cloakroom & # 39 ;.

The former midfielder was a star in Senegal's memorable quarter-finals

He was part of the Portsmouth team that won the FA Cup in 2008 after coming on as a sub in the final

He was part of the Portsmouth team that won the FA Cup in 2008 after coming on as a sub in the final

Also the former Club Portsmouth paid their respect: "We are devastated to hear that FA Cup winner Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of only 42 after a long illness. Rest in peace, The Wardrobe."

In a well-traveled career with 325 games and 63 international matches, Diop also played for clubs in Switzerland, France and Greece.

Before retiring in 2013, he returned to England to play for West Ham United and then Birmingham City.

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