He scored – in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup against the reigning world champion – Senegal’s first world championship goal. Long-time Premier League professional Papa Bouba Diop has now died.
Senegal’s soccer World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop died on Sunday at the age of 42 after a long illness. This was reported by various media in his home country, and the world association Fifa confirmed the death of the former midfielder.
Diop had become a celebrated hero at the 2002 World Cup when he scored the winning goal for the blatant outsider in the opening game against defending champions France. The big favorite around superstar Zinedine Zidane was eliminated after the preliminary round, Senegal reached the quarter-finals in its first World Cup participation. Diop, who played a total of 63 international matches, played in Switzerland, France and England, among others. In 2008 he won the English club cup, the FA Cup, with Portsmouth FC.