Budapest - Tributes poured in on Thursday 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.
England coach Roy Hodgson led the tributes, saying: "I'm really devastated by the news.
"I worked with him for a year at West Brom, he was a really nice person and a good professional.
"All I can do is pass on my condolences to his family and say it is a sad day for them, but also a sad day for football too."
Byrne, chief executive of Sunderland, Fulop's club between 2006 and
2010, commented: "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.
is desperately sad when we lose a member of our Sunderland family but
to lose one so young and in such circumstances is simply
As a mark of respect Hungary's national team wore black armbands for Thursday's Euro 2016 play-off first leg in Oslo.
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.
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.
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
Handed an international debut against France in
2005 by then-coach Lothar Matthaeus, 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.
"I hope to carry on where I left off," he said during an interview with Hungarian website Origo.hu in October 2013.
But although several clubs were interested in signing the player, he never returned to professional football again.
Hungarian clubs on Thursday posted photographs and tributes to the
popular Fulop on their websites, while former teammates took to social
media to pay their respects.
"My dear friend! This is unspeakable
pain, but you are with us in our hearts, we are more determined than
ever, we will play today for you," Hungary and Videoton defender Roland
Juhasz said in a Facebook message.
"Rest in peace Marci," said
Liverpool reserve goalkeeper and current first choice for Hungary Adam
Bogdan, who changed his Twitter profile to black.