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Papa Diop, Senegal football legend, dies at 42

Papa Bouba Diop, former Senegal midfielder and World Cup hero, has passed away after a long term illness.
The former Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham star, who scored the only goal to defeat France in Senegal’s first World Cup match in 2002, died at the age of 42.
FIFA, the world football governing body, broke the news of Diop’s passing on its Twitter page on Sunday.
“FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop. Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero,” it wrote.
“Among Diop’s many accomplishments, he will always be remembered for scoring the opening goal of the 2002 World Cup. RIP, Papa Bouba Diop.”
FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop.
Diop represented his country in 63 games and scored 11 goals in a seven-year international career. He also played 147 matches in the English Premier League (EPL) over an eight-year period.

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