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South Korea’s 2002 FIFA World Cup star Yoo Sang-chul succumbs to cancer at 49-Sports News , Happy Easterday

South Korea’s 2002 FIFA World Cup star Yoo Sang-chul succumbs to most cancers at 49-Sports activities Information , Comfortable Easterday

In keeping with the Yonhap information company, Yoo is certainly one of solely two gamers in Okay-League historical past to be included within the season-ending prime XI as a ahead, a midfielder and a defender.

File picture of South Korea’s Yoo Sang-chul. AP

Seoul: Yoo Sang-chul, one of many stars of South Korea’s shocking run to the semi-finals on the 2002 World Cup, has died after lengthy battle with pancreatic most cancers. He was 49.

Yoo performed 124 instances for South Korea from 1994 to 2005. Essentially the most well-known of the Yoo’s 18 objectives was the one which sealed his nation’s first ever win in a World Cup match — 2-0 in opposition to Poland. It was in South Korea’s first recreation within the World Cup it was co-hosting with Japan.

“We are going to ceaselessly keep in mind the shouts and glory of that day with you. Relaxation in peace,” the Korea Soccer Affiliation stated in a message posted Monday on its social media channels.

South Korea’s impressed run on house soil additionally included a win over Portugal within the group stage and a golden purpose win over Italy within the Spherical of 16, with tens of millions of individuals pouring onto the streets to have a good time. The Koreans superior to the semi-finals on penalties after their quarter-final in opposition to Spain ended 0-0.

The marketing campaign concluded with a 1-0 loss to Germany within the semi-finals and a 3-2 loss to Turkey within the third-place playoff. Reaching the highest 4 stays one of the best efficiency by an Asian crew at FIFA’s world match.

Yoo, a flexible midfielder who additionally performed on the again and in assault throughout his lengthy profession, was included by FIFA in its 2002 World Cup All-Star crew after showing in all seven video games for the South Koreans.

After retiring in 2005, Yoo, who gained league titles as a participant in Japan with Yokohama F.Marinos and in South Korea with Ulsan Horangi, labored as a pundit on nationwide tv.

Yoo began his teaching profession within the Okay-League with Daejeon Citizen in 2011 and his final job was as head coach of Incheon United.

He was recognized with most cancers in November 2019 however remained with the crew and solely give up as head coach two months later, after serving to Incheon keep away from relegation to the second tier.

In keeping with the Yonhap information company, Yoo is certainly one of solely two gamers in Okay-League historical past to be included within the season-ending prime XI as a ahead, a midfielder and a defender.

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Updated: June 8, 2021 — 3:57 am

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