Yoo Sang-Chul is one of the most important players in the Korean national team, finishing fourth in the 2002 World Cup. The former midfielder played for Gus Hiddink’s starting team in every match of the World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Sang-Chul was even selected as the top 11 of the championship.
On Monday, the Korean Football Association confirmed that Sang Cheol, who had been fighting pancreatic cancer for many years, had passed away. The statement said: “We will always remember the glorious years we celebrated with you.”
In the 2002 World Cup, Xiang Zhe scored a goal. It happened in the first game of the tournament’s co-organizers, where they defeated the Poles 2-0. Sang-Chul scored the second goal for the South Korean team, beating Jerzy Dudek with a blow in the penalty area.
The Koreans were the inspiration for that game. Hiddink’s team reached the semifinals all the way, becoming the first (and only) team in Asia to do this. But in the semi-finals, South Korea lost to Germany 0:1, and in the third place match South Korea lost to Turkey 2:3.
Xiangzhe played 124 games for the national team and scored 18 goals. During his career, he played for clubs such as Ulsan Hyundai, Yokohama Mariners and Beresol. After the end of his football career, Sang Cheol became a coach and played for Daejeon Citizens, Ulsan University, Jeonnam Dragons and Incheon United. Xiangzhe is 49 years old.