At the age of only 42: Senegal’s World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop is dead

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Updated November 30, 2020, 8:46 a.m.

  • Senegal’s World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop has passed away.
  • The former national soccer player was only 42 years old.
  • FIFA confirmed Diop’s death on Sunday.

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Senegal’s soccer World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop is on Sunday at the age of 42 after a long time illness died. This was reported by various media in his home country – including the world association FIFA confirmed the death of the former midfielder.

Papa Bouba Diop had in his career more than 60 international matches completed for his country. Diop was with the celebrated hero WM 2002 when he scored the winning goal for the blatant underdog in the opening game against defending champions France.

The big favorite for superstars Zinedine Zidane was eliminated in the preliminary round, Senegal reached the quarter-finals when it played for the first time in the World Cup.

Diop played in Europe for Xamax Neuch√Ętel, Grasshoppers Zurich, RC Lens, FC Fulham, FC Portsmouth and others most recently until 2013 for Birmingham City. (AFP / dpa / lag)

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