Japanese media paid tribute to the late Yoo Sang-cheol, a member of the 2000 FIFA World All-Star. The deceased died at the age of 50 in 2021 after battling pancreatic cancer.굿모닝토토
‘Gekisaka’ said in ‘Overall Soccer List’ on October 18, “Yoo Sang-cheol, a Korean born in 1971, was Asia’s best utility player who also played in the Japanese J-League. “If he had not passed away, today would be his 52nd birthday.”
Yoo Sang-cheol scored 48 points in 133 Japanese professional soccer games, including cup competitions, as a member of Yokohama F. Marinos in 1999-2000, 2003-2004 and Kashiwa Reysol in 2001-2002. He averaged 81.1 minutes and scored 0.40 goals per 90 minutes.
The first and last time that Yokohama F. Marinos won the J1 League for two consecutive seasons was in 2003 and 2004. Yoo Sang-cheol, who also won the championship at the time, is highly regarded in Japan.
Sang-cheol Yoo was also in the K League 1 Best 11 in 1994, 1998, and 2002. In the history of Korean professional soccer, Kim Joo-seong (57) and Kim Joo-seong (57) are the only players to be included in the first division team of the year as a defender, midfielder, and attacker.
▲1998 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup All-Star ▲2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star ▲2003 East Asian Football Confederation (EAFF) Championship MVP, etc. He also excelled as a member of the national team.