Former Premier League goalkeeper Marton Fulop dies aged 32 after battle with cancer


Former Premier League goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.

Fulop, who played for Tottenham, Sunderland and Manchester City during his time in England, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

He had a tumour removed from his arm in 2013 – but never played professional football again.

Fulop joined Spurs from Bodajk in 2004 and went on to play for nine English clubs.

He also had spells with Stoke, Coventry, Leicester, Ipswich and West Brom during his time in England.

After undergoing an operation in June 2013, Fulop said: ”I am sure that after a few months I will be ready both physically and mentally to continue playing football.

“I’d like to train between treatment courses, as the doctors have said this is fine and heartily recommend it.”

Fulop last played professional football for Asteras Tripoli in 2012/13 and won 24 caps for Hungary.

Several of his former clubs and team-mates – along with his opponents – took to Twitter to express their sadness at the news and send their condolences to Fulop’s family.

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “We are devastated to hear of Marton’s passing. He was a genuinely lovely man, liked and respected by everyone at the club during his four years with us.

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“It is desperately sad when we lose a member of our Sunderland family but to lose one so young and in such circumstances is simply heart-breaking.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Marton’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.”

Fulop moved to Tottenham in 2004 but never made a first-team appearance, spending periods out on loan at Chesterfield and Coventry.

After a brief temporary spell with Sunderland, he joined the Black Cats on a permanent deal in 2007 for £900,000 – before immediately signing for Leicester on a season-long loan deal.

He returned to the Stadium of Light and went on to appear in 47 games for the club.

In 2010, he joined Manchester City on an emergency loan until the end of the season after injuries to the club’s goalkeepers and went on to make three appearances at the Etihad.

Marton Fulop of Manchester City
City: Marton Fulop during his time at the Etihad

Roy Keane, who managed him at Sunderland, took him to Ipswich the following summer – where he spent one campaign, making 38 appearances.

He signed a one-year deal at West Brom and became back-up to Ben Foster with the majority of his appearances coming in the League Cup.

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Fulop appeared in the club’s final game of the 2011/12 Premier League season against Arsenal, which the Gunners won 3-2.

The Hungarian signed for Asteras Tripoli the following summer and made 24 appearances for the Greek outfit.

He was a guest of Sunderland’s at their Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in March 2014.

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