It has been two years since the passing of the late Yoo Sang-cheol, a Korean soccer legend.
The late Yoo Sang-cheol passed away on June 7, 2021 at the age of 50 after fighting pancreatic cancer. It was the death of a legend who was a hero of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and played a major role in the soccer world after that.토토사이트
In November 2019, the late Yoo Sang-cheol revealed that he had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite his transparent life, he did not let go of his passion for football and took the helm of Incheon United until January 2021, dramatically retaining the team.
The late Yoo Sang-cheol continued chemotherapy. He had several emergencies, but in June 2020, he finished chemotherapy and his cancer was significantly reduced to the extent that it could be seen with the naked eye.
After completing his external activities, the late Yoo Sang-cheol’s health improved to the extent that he was even mentioned as returning to Incheon United as manager. However, he was informed that the cancer had spread to his brain and the situation worsened.
When the late Yoo Sang-cheol passed away, the memory of him continued from all walks of life, including the soccer world. Lee Kang-in (Maryoca), the beloved disciple of the late Yoo Sang-cheol, left a heartbreaking message, saying, “Please watch over us from the sky.” Coach Guus Hiddink, another hero of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, expressed regret, saying, “A true hero to Korea and to me.”
The National Football Association (FIFA) commemorated, “Once a World Tup hero, always a World Cup hero,” and the Korea Football Association (KFA) said, “We will forever remember the shouts and glory of the day you were together.” Incheon United and Yokohama, Japan, each posted messages of condolence.
The late Yoo Sang-cheol started his professional career in 1994 when he joined Ulsan Hyundai. After that, he went through Yokohama, Kashiwa Raysol in Japan, and ended his professional career at Ulsan Hyundai in 2006.
The late Yoo Sang-cheol is regarded as one of the best multi-players in Korean history. This is because he has the ability to digest most positions in all weathers, from defense to midfield and attack.
The late Yoo Sang-cheol confessed for the first time that his left side was almost blind when he retired from active duty in 2006. It was also a symbol of fighting spirit. In the 2001 Confederations Cup against Mexico with coach Hiddink, he played full-time despite a broken nose in the first half and led the team to a 2-1 victory with a header just before the end of the game.
Since then, he has served as a leader by serving as the founding coach of the soccer team at Chuncheon Machinery Technical High School, Daejeon Citizen, Jeonnam Dragons, and Incheon United.
On June 7, last year, the first anniversary of the late Yoo Sang-cheol, the deceased was once again commemorated in the name of the Korea Professional Football Players Association, and Ulsan also operated a memorial space honoring the deceased.