Papa Bouba Diop: Senegal’s 2002 World Cup Hero Dead

Former Senegal defensive midfielder Popa Bouba Diop has passed away aged 42.

He has died on Sunday in France after battling with long illness.

Diop, born January 28, 1978, is mostly remembered for his 2002 World Cup opening goal as Senegal shocked then defending champions France.

Diop (19) scores past France in the opening game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Courtesy photos

He went to score two more goals against Uruguay for the Lions of Terranga, in a squad that had the likes of Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara etc, went on to reach the World Cup quarter finals on first attempt.

At club level, he played for Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham, Diaraf, Grasshoppers, AEK Athens etc before ending at Birmingham City in 2013.

He was capped 63 times, with 11 goals for Senegal.

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