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Senegal World Cup Hero Papa Bouba Diop Dies at 42

Former Senegalese World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop and Fulham midfielder, has died at the aged of 42.

Bouba Diop, nicknamed the Wardrobe, was one of the heroes of Senegal’s run to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and scored the winner in their shock 1-0 win over holders France in the opening game of the tournament.

He spent three years at Fulham between 2004 and 2007, won the  FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 and also had a spell at West Ham towards the end of his career.

Fifa announced on Sunday evening: “FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop.

“Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.”

Fulham tweeted: “We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42.  Rest well, Wardrobe.”

West Ham tweeted: “Everyone at West Ham United is saddened to learn of the passing of Papa Bouba Diop at just 42.  A part of our 2011/12 promotion-winning squad, he’ll always be a part of our club. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.  Rest in peace, Papa.”

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