Lamine Diarra

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Lamine Diarra
Lamine Diarra 2012.jpg
Diarra with Antalyaspor in 2012
Personal information
Full name Lamine Diarra
Date of birth (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Bignona, Senegal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Antalyaspor
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Dakar UC - (-)
2003–2005 Jeanne d'Arc - (-)
2005–2007 Zrinjski Mostar 27 (12)
2007 Beira-Mar (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2012 Partizan 112 (56)
2010–2011 Al Shabab (loan) 8 (3)
2012– Antalyaspor 67 (23)
National team
2009– Senegal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lamine Diarra (born 20 December 1983) is a Senegalese football striker who plays for Süper Lig club Antalyaspor. He was capped once for the national team of Senegal.

Nicknamed "Black Mamba" and "Mamba Di",[1][2] due to his speed and clinical finishing, Diarra is the second-highest goalscorer in the history of Serbia's SuperLiga.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

On 4 July 2007, Diarra signed a three-year contract with Partizan and was given the number 26 shirt.[3] He made his official debut for Partizan in a UEFA Cup qualifier against his former club Zrinjski Mostar, on 19 July 2007, in which he scored three goals.[4] In the Serbian Cup semi-final, on 16 April 2008, Diarra scored two goals against Crvena zvezda in a 3–2 win. He also scored a hat-trick in the 2008 Serbian Cup final, a 3–0 win over Zemun.[5] Diarra made 31 league appearances for Partizan, scoring 12 goals, during the 2007–08 season. He also finished as a club top scorer in all competitions and signed a two-year extension to his contract.[6]

Diarra scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season against Inter Baku in a 2–0 win at home ground, in the second leg of the second qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League. On 5 October 2008, Diarra scored a goal against cross-town rivals Crvena zvezda in a 2–0 away win.[7] He continued his good form by scoring an equaliser against Sampdoria in the UEFA Cup group stage, on 24 October 2008, however Partizan would go on to lose the game 2–1.[8] He made his 50th league appearance on 7 March 2009, in a match against Javor, scoring the winning goal for Partizan. Diarra has been the top goalscorer of the 2008–09 SuperLiga season with 19 goals. He was also one of eight Partizan players named in the 2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year.[9]

Diarra made his 100th competitive match for Partizan in a game against Napredak on 1 November 2009, which Partizan won 3–1. On 16 December 2009, he scored the winning goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Europa League group stage.[10] He scored a hat-trick against Mladi radnik in the final matchday of the 2009–10 SuperLiga season, on 16 May 2010. During his third season at Partizan he made 43 appearances and scored 21 goals in all competitions.

Loan to Al Shabab[edit]

On 27 June 2010, it was announced that Diarra would be joining Al Shabab Al Arabi Club, on a season long loan.[11] He scored his first competitive goal for Al Shabab on 3 September 2010, in the second round of the 2010–11 UAE Pro-League, against Dubai Club. On 27 October 2010, in a league game against Al Wahda, Diarra suffered a fracture in his lower left leg,[12] after which he spent the rest of the season in the process of recovering.

Return to Partizan[edit]

Diarra made his first appearance back for Partizan as a substitute in a 5–0 home win over Novi Pazar, on 13 August 2011, receiving a standing ovation upon his introduction.[13] On 28 August, he scored two goals against OFK Beograd, in a 3–0 home win.[14] On 31 March 2012, Diarra scored two goals against Rad, making him Serbian SuperLiga's leading goalscorer of all time.

Antalyaspor[edit]

In the 2012 summer transfer window, after his contract with Partizan expired, Diarra signed a two-year contract with Turkish club Antalyaspor.[15] He immediately established himself as the club's leading striker, scoring 13 league goals in his debut Süper Lig season, missing only one out of 34 matches.

International career[edit]

On 14 October 2009, Diarra made his international debut for Senegal after coming on in the 79th minute in a 2–0 loss against South Korea in a friendly match.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zrinjski Mostar 2005–06 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
2006–07 14 8 1 0 2 1 17 9
Beira-Mar 2006–07 5 0 1 1 0 0 6 1
Partizan 2007–08 31 12 4 5 2 3 37 20
2008–09 29 19 4 1 10 2 43 22
2009–10 29 14 4 3 10 4 43 21
Al Shabab 2010–11 8 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 10 4
Partizan 2011–12 23 11 5 1 0 0 28 12
Antalyaspor 2012–13 33 13 8 5 0 0 41 18
2013–14 34 10 7 5 0 0 41 15
Bosnia and Herzegovina 27 12 1 0 2 1 30 13
Portugal 5 0 1 1 0 0 6 1
Serbia 112 56 17 10 22 9 151 75
United Arab Emirates 8 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 10 4
Turkey 67 23 15 10 0 0 82 33
Career total 219 94 35 22 1 0 24 10 279 126

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full focus crucial for derby game". partizan.rs. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kakav Drogba, 'Mamba Di' je zakon!" (in Serbian). sportske.net. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Potpisali Diarra i Sikimić" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Partizan deklasirao Zrinjski - 6:1!" (in Serbian). b92.net. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Het-trik Dijare za jubilarni pehar Partizana" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Diarra produžio ugovor!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dijara i Žuka za pobedu Partizana" (in Serbian). b92.net. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dessena decider breaks Sampdoria spell". uefa.com. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Izabran najbolji tim Jelen Super lige Srbije!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Partizan bow out with Shakhtar scalp". uefa.com. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Diarra i zvanično potpisao za Al Shabab Al Arabi Club" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dijara: Prelom noge me neće slomiti" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Partizanova petarda Novom Pazaru, ovacije Dijari" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dva gola Dijare za ubedljivu pobedu" (in Serbian). b92.net. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Diarra moves to Antalya". partizan.rs. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Diarra debitovao" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 

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