South Korea football legend dies at 49 following long battle with cancer

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Yoo Sang-chul, one of the stars of South Korea’s surprising run to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals, has died after long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 49.

Yoo played 124 times for South Korea from 1994 to 2005, scoring 18 goals, with his most famous strike coming in a 2-0 win over Poland at the World Cup 19 years ago.

His performances at the 2002 showpiece, which was co-hosted alongside Japan, saw him named in the All-Star team. He is the sixth most-capped South Korean of all time.

‘We will forever remember the shouts and glory of that day with you. Rest in peace,’ the South Korea Football Association said in a message posted Monday on its social media channels.

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