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Former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has passed away

last updated Monday 30th November 2020, 11:53 AM

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FormerFulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop
Former Fulham midfielder
Papa Bouba Diop
Papa Bouba Diop

Former Fulham midfielder and Senegal international Papa Bouba Diop has passed away after a long illness at the age of 42.

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

The former midfielder played for Fulham in the Premiership between 2004 and 2007 appearing 84 times and scoring 9 goals and becoming a fan favourite. 6' 5" Diop, nicknamed "The Wardrobe, was a tough central midfielder who could also play in defence. He then transfered to Portsmouth in the Premier League - winning the FA Cup win with them in 2008.

The Senegal side won the hearts of many for their performance in the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea, with Diop also scoring twice in a 3-3 group stage draw against Uruguay before they were eliminated by Turkey in the last eight.

Tributes are already pouring in for Diop, including former club Fulham who tweeted: 'We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe'.

Fellow former club Portsmouth also paid their respects: 'We’re devastated to hear reports that FA Cup winner Papa Bouba Diop has passed away after a long illness, aged just 42 Rest in peace, The Wardrobe.'

In a much-travelled career amassing 325 games and 63 internationals, Diop also played for clubs in Switzerland, France and Greece.

He returned to play in England for West Ham United and then Birmingham City before his retirement in 2013.

Source Cian Cheesbrough at Mail on Line
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