Former Korea-Japan World Cup hero Yoo Sang-cheol dies after fighting pancreatic cancer

Former Incheon United manager Yoo Sang-cheol, who took the lead in advancing to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, died on the 7th after a battle with cancer. 50 years old.

According to the Incheon club, former coach Yoo died at Asan Hospital in Seoul around 7 pm on the same day.

Director Yoo was hospitalized with jaundice symptoms in October 2019 at the Incheon headquarters, but was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and struggled with the disease.

Former coach Yoo kept the bench while fighting the disease and prevented Incheon’s relegation from the second division that year. With the promise of “I will definitely come back”, he laid down his baton and devoted himself to fighting the disease.

He often appeared at Incheon training grounds and stadiums, appearing to have recovered his health.

In May of last year, he appeared on a TV variety program along with his teammates at the Korea-Japan World Cup.

In the middle of the 2020 season, Incheon fell into a slump and the manager was sacked, and former coach Yoo was mentioned as the next commander.

At that time, former coach Yoo strongly expressed his intention to return to the field, saying he wanted to help the team, but the club refused to do so because of concerns about his health.

Earlier this year, he was more active, such as looking back on his active days and creating YouTube content that illuminates his juniors, inflating the fans’ expectations for his return to the command post.

But the disease did not let him go. Director Yoo, whose condition has deteriorated rapidly in recent years, eventually passed away after a year and eight months of battling the disease.

Director Yoo, who was a star player representing Korea during his active career, retired from Ulsan in 2006 after playing professionally for 12 years with Ulsan Hyundai, Yokohama Marinos (Japan), and Kashiwa Reysol (Japan).

Having served as a youth representative, Olympic representative, and national team for each age group, he played an active role in the Korea-Japan World Cup as a mainstay of the Hiddink, taking the lead in creating a legend in the semifinals.

The record for A match (match between national teams) is 18 goals in 124 matches.

Incheon CEO Jeon Jeon-soo said, “The club will treat former coach Yoo with respect and help him find something to help.”

The mortuary was set up at Asan Medical Center in Seoul.

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