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Hungarian keeper Fulop dies of cancer at 32

Friday, November 13, 2015 8:09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Tributes poured in for former Hungary goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who played for a string of English Premier League clubs, after he died from cancer aged just 32.

"It is with deep sadness and grieving that we inform that after a long illness Marton Fulop has passed away," Fulop's former club MTK Budapest said on its website.

As a mark of respect Hungary's national team wore black armbands for Thursday's UEFA EURO 2016 play-off first leg in Oslo.

Spotted at MTK's youth academy before having played a top flight game in Hungary, Fulop was signed by Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 as backup to England international Paul Robinson. A series of loan moves brought the Hungarian to Chesterfield, Coventry City and Sunderland, who signed Fulop in 2007 before loaning him out again to Leicester City, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

The player also had a short stint in Greece with Asteras Tripolis, whom he helped reach their highest ever league finish of fourth position in the 2012/2013 season. Handed an international debut against France in 2005 by then-coach Lothar Matthaus, Fulop kept nine clean sheets in 24 appearances for Hungary, his last game for his country coming in Amsterdam against the Netherlands in 2011.

In February 2013, Fulop reported sharp pain in his arm after saving a shot during a training session. A cancer diagnosis followed soon after. Following an operation to remove the tumour and chemotherapy treatment, the player believed he had made a full recovery.

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