Yoo Sang-chul, one of many stars of South Korea’s stunning run to the semifinals on the 2002 World Cup, has died after lengthy battle with pancreatic most cancers. He was 49.
Yoo performed 124 occasions for South Korea from 1994 to 2005. Probably the most well-known of the Yoo’s 18 objectives was the one which sealed his nation’s first-ever win in a World Cup match — 2-Zero in opposition to Poland. It was in South Korea’s first recreation within the World Cup it was co-hosting with Japan.
“We are going to eternally 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 aim win over Italy within the Spherical of 16, with hundreds of thousands of individuals pouring onto the streets to rejoice. The Koreans superior to the semifinals on penalties after their quarterfinal in opposition to Spain ended Zero-Zero.
The marketing campaign concluded with a 1-Zero loss to Germany within the semifinals and a Three-2 loss to Turkey within the third-place playoff. Reaching the highest 4 stays one of the best efficiency by an Asian staff at FIFA’s international event.
Yoo, a flexible midfielder who additionally performed on the again and in assault throughout his lengthy profession, was included by FIFA in its 2002 World Cup All-Star staff after showing in all seven video games for the South Koreans.
After retiring in 2005, Yoo, who gained 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 Ok-League with Daejeon Citizen in 2011 and his final job was as head coach of Incheon United.
He was recognized with most cancers in November 2019 however remained with the staff and solely give up as head coach two months later, after serving to Incheon keep away from relegation to the second tier.
In accordance with the Yonhap information company, Yoo is one in all solely two gamers in Ok-League historical past to be included within the season-ending prime XI as a ahead, a midfielder and a defender.