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.
Everyone at the Club is saddened to hear of the passing of our former goalkeeper Marton Fulop aged 32. pic.twitter.com/JeoQPnarU7
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 12, 2015
Manchester City FC passes on its condolences to the family of former keeper Marton Fulop who has sadly passed away pic.twitter.com/tPSMH5CvOv
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 12, 2015
All at Chelsea send our condolences to the family and friends of Marton Fulop, who played against us many times. May he rest in peace.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 12, 2015
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 12, 2015
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.
“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.”
The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with the friends and family of Marton Fulop. May he rest in peace
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 12, 2015
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 12, 2015
— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 12, 2015
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.
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.
Fulop appeared in the club’s final game of the 2011/12 Premier League season against Arsenal, which the Gunners won 3-2.
Shocked and saddened by the news about my former team-mate Marton Fulop. RIP my friend.
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) November 12, 2015
Rest in Peace Marton Fulop, one of the good guys and taken way too early. Thoughts and Love go to the Fulop family.
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) November 12, 2015
Sad to hear about the death of Martin Fulop, thoughts go to his family and friends. #gkunion
— Stephen Harper (@steveharper37) November 12, 2015
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.
RIP Marton Fulop thoughts are with his family #gkunion
— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) November 12, 2015
So sad to hear the news of Marton Fulop. Spent a lot of time with him @SunderlandAFC one of the good guys. Thoughts with his family.
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) November 12, 2015