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Tributes paid as ex-Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham player dies

Tributes have been paid as ex-Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham player Papa Bouba Diop dies, it has been confirmed.

It’s unfortunate to say that the well loved former Senegal international has passed away following a long illness.

He was well loved during his Premier League days, is to have passed away at the age of 42 according to reports emerging on Sunday afternoon.

He is a Senegalese hero and is perhaps best known for scoring the first goal of the 2002 World Cup against France.

Diop was part of the Teranga Lions side that stunned reigning world champions France 1-0 in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup, scoring the only goal of the game to secure one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition.

Senegal reached the quarter-final of the tournament, with Diop going on to score twice in a 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay before they were eventually eliminated by Turkey in the final eight.

Who can forget this classic moment with Chris Karama on Sky Sports all those years ago…

Youth career
1994–1995 – Ndeffann Saltigue
1995–1996 – ASC Diaraf

Senior career*

1996–1999 – ASC Diaraf
1999–2000 – Vevey
2000–2001 – Neuchâtel Xamax – 19 apps (4 goals)
2001–2002 – Grasshoppers – 29 apps (5 goals)
2002–2004 – Lens – 47 apps (6 goals)
2004–2007 – Fulham – 76 apps (8 goals)
2007–2010 – Portsmouth – 53 apps (0 goals)
2010–2011 – AEK Athens – 19 apps (1 goal)
2011–2012 – West Ham United – 16 apps (1 goal)
2012–2013 – Birmingham City – 2 apps (1 goal)
Total – 261 apps (26 goals)

National team
2001–2008 – Senegal – 63 apps (11 goals)

Diop played 63 times for Senegal scoring 11 goals and became well known following the African country’s run in 2002.

They reached the quarter-finals with Diop scoring three times during the tournament in Japan and South Korea.

Diop also helped his nation reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, making his last international appearance in 2008.



Grasshopper Club Zürich
Swiss Super League: 2000–01

FA Cup: 2007–08

AEK Athens
Greek Cup: 2010–11

West Ham United
Football League Championship play-offs: 2012

Africa Cup of Nations runner-up: 2002

As mentioned, tributes were paid as the ex-Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham player sadly dies…

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