Abdoulaye Diallo

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Abdoulaye Diallo
Personal information
Full name Abdoulaye Diallo
Date of birth (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Reims, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Le Havre
Number 16
Youth career
1999 AS Française
1999–2002 Tinqueux
2002–2007 Reims
2004–2007 INF Clairefontaine
2007–2009 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Rennes 6 (0)
2014– Le Havre (loan) 38 (0)
National team
2010–2011 France U19 10 (0)
2011–2012 France U20 10 (0)
2015– Senegal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 February 2014

Abdoulaye Diallo (born 30 March 1992 in Reims) is a a French-born Senegalese footballer who currently plays for Ligue 2 club Le Havre on loan from Rennes.[1] He is a former graduate of the prestigious Clairefontaine academy and joined Rennes in 2007. Diallo made his professional debut, at the age of 17, on 29 November 2009 in a league match against Olympique Lyonnais.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Diallo began his football career playing for his hometown club Stade Reims joining the club as a youth player. In 2004, he was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy and spent three years at the facility training at the academy during the weekdays and playing for Reims on the weekend. Prior to leaving Clairefontaine, Diallo agreed to join the nationally recognized youth academy of Stade Rennais on an aspirant (youth) contract. Rennes had been scouting the player since 2004.


Diallo joined Rennes and was among a host of internationally recognized youth talent the club had comprised. The talent included youth internationals Elliot Sorin, Wesley Yamnaine, Jérémy Helan, who now plays for Manchester City in England, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Axel N'Gando. Diallo initially joined the club's under-18 team who were playing in their own league, the Championnat National Under-18. Rennes finished in 4th place position missing out on the playoffs.[2] The 2008–09 season saw Diallo earn a place in the club's Coupe Gambardella team with the club attempting to defend their title from the previous season. In the tournament, the goalkeeper appeared in three matches and conceded four goals. Rennes suffered elimination in the Round of 16 losing to Le Havre.

Diallo was promoted to the club's Championnat de France amateur team for the 2009–10 season. He made his debut on 15 August 2009 earning a clean sheet in the team's 2–0 victory over US Sénart-Moissy.[3] Diallo appeared in four more matches before earning a call up to the senior team on 20 November by manager Frédéric Antonetti for their league match against Le Mans in place of injured backup goalkeeper Cheick N'Diaye. Antonetti preferred the 17-year old ahead of Patrice Luzi and Florent Petit, the third and fourth goalkeepers, respectively.[4] Diallo appeared on the bench in the Le Mans match with Rennes earning a 2–1 victory.[5] The following week, Diallo was named the starting goalkeeper for the club's league match against Lyon, almost an hour before the match was set to be played, due to an injury picked up by starting goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez the previous day.[6] Diallo started the match and played the entire 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw making spectacular saves, including an important save in the 88th minute off a shot by Bafétimbi Gomis.[7]

On 18 April 2010, Diallo signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal.[8]




  1. ^ "Des nouvelles de Diallo, le Sénégalais". Ferloo. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "CHAMPIONNAT NATIONAL 18 ANS". French Football Federation (in French). 17 June 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Moissy Cramayel v. Rennes". Foot National (in French). 15 August 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Stade Rennais – Le Mans : les groupes". Stade Rennais F.C. (in French). 20 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rennes v. Le Mans Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 21 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Diallo, 17 ans et de l’assurance". Le 10 Sport (in French). 29 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Lyon v. Rennes Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 29 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Diallo, premier contrat pro". France Football (in French). 18 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 

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