Former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies

29 Nov 2020
Papa Bouba Diop, Fulham

Tributes paid as Senegal World Cup star passes away at the age of 42

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Former Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42.

Diop, who won 63 caps for Senegal, scored the goal which secured a historic 1-0 win over France in their opening FIFA World Cup match in 2002.

The midfielder joined Fulham from Lens two years later and excelled as a powerful defensive midfield enforcer.

Diop went on to make 98 Premier League appearances for Fulham and scored 10 goals.

He played a further 53 times in the top flight after joining Portsmouth in 2007 where he became an FA Cup winner 12 months later.

Diop then had a spell with AEK Athens before returning to sign for West Ham United in 2011 and enjoyed a brief stint at Birmingham City.

The Premier League would like to offer sincere condolences to Papa's family, friends and all those who worked with him at this sad time.

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