When he was only 42 years old, Papa Bouba Diop died Sunday, November 29, 2020, as reported by the Senegalese press.
It’s sad news for the man who made a generation dream with the Senegal team. In 2002, he was one of the most important members of the selection which then reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup a few months after an African Cup of Nations final. He is the one who brought down the French team from its pedestal as world champion during the opening match of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Born in Dakar, Papa Bouba Diop studied at ASC Jaraaf before flying to Europe at the age of 21. He took over the management of Switzerland where he won a championship title with the Grasshopper Zürich in 2001, the year of his first selection with the “ Lions ”(There are 63 in total). Then, he joined France and RC Lens in January 2002, at the dawn of the best year of his career. Because, in addition to his exploits with Senegal, Papa Bouba Diop and his club finished in second place in the championship, synonymous with qualification for the Champions League.
Retired since 2013 and a last experience in Birmingham City, Papa Bouba Diop remains one of the great figures of Senegalese football. On social networks, the world of football hailed the memory of the Senegalese legend. Sweet champion rest!