Pope Bouba Diop, a former Senegalese national football player , died at the age of 42. In the statement made by FIFA , it was stated that Diop, who had been treated for cancer for a long time, died.

In his career, Diop, who played for teams such as Lens, Fulham, AEK and West Ham United , scored the first goal of the tournament in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup , in which Senegal beat France 1-0 .