South Korea’s 2002 World Cup star Yoo Sang-chul dies at 49

Yoo Sang-chul, one of many stars of South Korea’s shocking run to the semifinals at 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. Probably the most well-known of the Yoo’s 18 targets was the one which sealed his nation’s first ever win in a World Cup match — 2-0 towards Poland. It was in South Korea’s first recreation within the World Cup it was co-hosting with Japan.

“We’ll without end keep in mind the shouts and glory of that day with you. Relaxation in peace,” the Korea Soccer Affiliation mentioned in a message posted Monday on its social media channels.

South Korea’s impressed run on dwelling soil additionally included a win over Portugal within the group stage and a golden objective win over Italy within the Spherical of 16, with hundreds of thousands of individuals pouring onto the streets to have fun. The Koreans superior to the semifinals on penalties after their quarterfinal towards Spain ended 0-0.

The marketing campaign concluded with a 1-0 loss to Germany within the semifinals and a 3-2 loss to Turkey within the third-place playoff. Reaching the highest 4 stays the perfect efficiency by an Asian group at FIFA’s international match.

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

After retiring in 2005, Yoo, who received 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 identified with most cancers in November 2019 however remained with the group 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 one among 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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