South Korea football legend, Yoo Sang-chul dies at 49 following long battle with cancer

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Former South Korean soccer player, Yoo Sang-chul,  has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the Korea Football Association said in a statement. He was 49.

The midfielder starred in the country’s run to the 2002 World Cup semifinals in 2002, under Guus Hiddink, which the country co-hosted with Japan.

Yoo scored against Poland to kick off the group stage with a victory, the team going on to defeat Italy and Spain.

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He made FIFA’s All-Star team of the tournament that year.

The KFA confirmed his passing with a message: “We will forever remember the shouts and glory of that day with you. Rest in peace.”

Yoo won the K-League title with Ulsan Hyundai in 1996 and 2005 and also helped Yokohama F. Marinos claim the J. League crown in 2003 and 2004 during his 16-year playing career. He then moved into coaching, where he most recently was head coach at South Korean club Incheon United.

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He went into coaching, most recently at Incheon United in 2019, but was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that year, forcing him off the bench just months later.

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