Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who had suffered from cancer, died Thursday, according to multiple reports. He was 32.
The Hungarian national played in England from 2004 to 2012 after departing from his former club MTK Budapest, which announced his death Thursday. Fulop was known best for his time playing at English club Sunderland AFC, where he took to the pitch 47 times between 2006 and 2010. Sunderland lowered the flags at its stadium to half-mast in honor of their former keeper, according to the club's website.
“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 club said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Marton’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.”
Fulop also had a notable run with English side Ipswich Town and stints at Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. He also played loan spells with British clubs Manchester City, Stoke City, Leicester City, Chesterfield and Coventry City. Fulop began his career with his local club, MTK Budapest. The organization announced his passing Thursday with a statement that read, "We are deeply sorrowful and grieved to announce that after a long illness, Marton Fulop has died," according to Guardian.
The goalkeeper had a tumor removed from his arm in 2013 and was cleared to return to soccer. He last played professionally in 2012-13, taking the field for the Greek club Asteras Tripoli. During his career, Fulop -- who departed from Hungary to play English soccer at age 21 -- also registered 24 caps, or playing appearances, for his home country.
After the news of his passing, the soccer world reacted, with tributes flooding in from his former clubs and teammates. Collected below is a sampling of the responses from the sporting world.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) November 12, 2015
To the family and the dearest, I'd like to offer my deepest condolences in the loss of your loved one. Marton Fulop, may you Rest In Peace.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) November 12, 2015
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
Our thoughts and condolences are with Marton's family and friends at this difficult time #pusb
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) 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
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
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 FC (@MCFC) November 12, 2015