Baba Diawara

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Personal information
Full name Papa Babacar Diawara
Date of birth (1988-01-05) 5 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Getafe (on loan from Sevilla)
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Jeanne d´Arc 24 (9)
2007–2008 Marítimo B 23 (6)
2008–2012 Marítimo 103 (37)
2012– Sevilla 30 (3)
2013–2014 Levante (loan) 20 (3)
2014– Getafe (loan) 6 (1)
National team
2009– Senegal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Papa Babacar 'Baba' Diawara (born 5 January 1988) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Getafe CF on loan from Sevilla FC as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Marítimo[edit]

Born in Dakar, Diawara started his career with Senegal Premier League club ASC Jeanne d'Arc, moving to Europe aged just 19 to sign for C.S. Marítimo, in Madeira, Portugal. Having risen to prominence in the club's B-team, he made his debut for the main squad late into the 2007–08 season, appearing in the second half of a 1–1 home draw against C.F. Estrela da Amadora.

Promoted to the first team the following summer, Diawara scored ten goals in the 2008–09 campaign, in 25 top flight games. His form attracted the attention of several clubs, including fellow league side Sporting Clube de Portugal, Greek team Olympiacos F.C. and Scotland's Heart of Midlothian, with the latter however being put off by Marítimo's £2.5 million (€2.75 million) valuation of the player.[1]

On 12 August 2009, Diawara made his international debut for Senegal, in a friendly against Congo DR. [2]

Diawara bettered his individual totals to 11 goals in 2010–11, with Marítimo finishing in ninth position. Scottish Premier League club Celtic came close to signing him in August 2011, but the deal collapsed on the last day of the transfer window due to visa issues.[3]

Diawara netted ten goals in only 15 matches in the first half of the 2011–12 season, including the last-minute winner at Sporting in a 3–2 win.[4]

Sevilla[edit]

On 17 January 2012 Diawara signed with Sevilla FC in Spain, penning a four 1/2-year contract.[5] He made his La Liga debut on the 29th, coming on as a substitute for José Antonio Reyes late into the first half of a 1–2 away loss against Málaga CF.[6]

On 17 April 2012, Diawara scored the opening goal in the new National Stadium in Warsaw, during a friendly with local Legia Warsaw. He added another in a 2–0 win.[7]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2013[8]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Marítimo Primeira Liga 2007–08 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
2008–09 25 10 3 2 0 1 2 0 1 29 10 5
2009–10 30 6 6 3 2 0 2 1 0 35 9 6
2010–11 29 11 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 6 2 3 38 14 8
2011–12 15 10 2 4 1 0 3 4 0 22 15 2
Maritimo Total 103 37 16 11 4 1 8 5 1 6 2 3 128 48 21
Sevilla La Liga 2011–12 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 0
2012–13 19 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 23 1 1
Sevilla Total 30 3 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 4 1
Career Total 133 40 16 15 5 2 8 5 1 6 2 3 162 52 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hearts can't afford to move for Baba Diawara
  2. ^ "Baba vence na sua estreia pela Selecção Senegalesa (portuguese)". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Celtic step up interest in striker as chief scout makes personal check". STV. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maritimo stun Sporting at the Alvalade". PortuGOAL. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "El Sevilla ficha a Babá" [Sevilla signs Babá] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sevilla sunk by Boquerones". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Beckham survives Olympic cut; Warsaw Stadium stages first club match; World Football Insider, 18 April 2012
  8. ^ "B. Diawara". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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