Papa Bouba Diop reportedly died in Paris on the 29th of November 2020, following long illness. The former defensive midfielder who represented his national team Senegal and played for several European football clubs, has died at the age of 42. Senegal football’s federation confirmed Diop’s death on Sunday 29th November 2020.
Diop was part of the Senegal national team “ The Lions of Teranga” in the 2002 world cup co-hosted in Japan and South Korea. He scored the first goal in their first world cup match against former champions France. The solitary goal gave The Lions of Teranga their first world cup win. Diop also scored twice in their group stage match against Uruguay that had given them a 3-0 advantage in the first half. The Lions of Teranga’s pre-eminent performance made them the second African Nation to reach the world cup quarter finals after Cameroon. In the same year the Senegal national team were the runners up of the African cup of Nations
Diop was part of the Portsmouth team that won the English FA cup of 2007- 2008. The final was held at Wembley stadium in London against Cardiff. His manager at Fulham, Chris Coleman, described him as a player with “great feet, scores goals, defends well, tackles, has got good pace”, and that his “stature and ability” were unique in the Premier League at the time, similar to that of Patrick Viera.